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What’s new for: Licensing information
New family child care training information available online
Information on new and increased training requirements for licensed family child care providers as a result of 2013 legislation is now available. The information includes updates on requirements for pre-service training as well as annual in-service training. Providers can also reference the Guide (Scenarios) to New 2014 FCC Training Requirements (PDF), which provides several different scenarios for new family child care licensing applicants as well as current license holders.
DHS sees increase in maltreatment reports and investigations
The number of reports of maltreatment in Minnesota licensed programs in fiscal year 2013 increased by 7 percent while the number of substantiated reports rose by 10 percent. These are some of the findings in the Minnesota Department of Human Services FY 13 Maltreatment Report (PDF) to the Legislature. Also noteworthy is that from FY 12 to FY 13, the number of maltreatment investigations the department was able to complete in FY 13 increased 9 percent over the previous reporting period. More information is in a story about the report.
Summary of licensing, fraud and abuse legislation posted
The DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has prepared a 2013 legislative summary (PDF) that details the numerous legislative proposals that were enacted into law this year. The proposals cover all areas over which the inspector general has oversight, including licensing, background studies and financial fraud and abuse investigation.
2013 legislative session fact sheets now available online
Fact sheets summarizing highlights of the 2013 legislative session are now available on DHS’ public website. Two overview fact sheets highlighting human services initiatives and budget changes are included, along with fact sheets that focus on behavioral health, children's issues, fraud prevention and investigation, health care, Reform 2020 and the Transition to Community initiative. The fact sheets are posted on the 2013 session fact sheets page.
Study of infant deaths focuses on sleep safety
About 30 recommendations for countering a sharp increase in the number of infant deaths in licensed family child care homes since 2006 cap an analysis by a subcommittee of the Child Mortality Review Panel. The panel issued a report, Review of Child Deaths in Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Homes (PDF), which will be used to inform work with legislative leaders to improve Minnesota's child care standards. More information is in a story about the report.
Parents searching for child care for their baby, a son concerned about his mother’s adult day care program, family members evaluating services for their sibling with developmental disabilities — all of these consumers now have 24/7 access to important information about licensed programs with the expansion of DHS Licensing Information Lookup: http://licensinglookup.dhs.state.mn.us. Members of the public can subscribe to email alerts when new documents are posted.
License Minnesota, a one-stop website with information on state agency licenses and permits, is available off the Minnesota.gov portal. Minnesota.gov is the electronic entry point to Minnesota state government information and services. The License Minnesota website features licensing information on more than 500 licenses administered by more than 40 state agencies.
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