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Licensing rules are the minimum standards that license holders are required to meet. The purpose of the alerts is to highlight areas where we see injury or harm to people receiving service in licensed programs. Because our investigations into these matters include a review of how the events could have been prevented, we include some suggestions. Please consider this information and take precautions that best fit your program. In addition, please familiarize yourself with the alerts available on the Minnesota Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities web site at: http://www.ombudmhdd.state.mn.us/alerts/.
Although many of the areas of the alerts and the corresponding suggestions are requirements of licensure, some are not specifically mentioned in the regulations. However, if an incident occurs, failure to address these areas may result in finding(s) of maltreatment under the Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors Act (Minnesota Statutes, section 626.556) or the Reporting of Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults Act and Definitions (Minnesota Statutes, sections 626.557 and 626.5572). Findings of maltreatment at a facility may result in the disqualification of an individual or individuals and/or fines against the license holder.
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