Residential facilities for adults with mental illness



Other Licensing Requirements

The Minnesota Department of Health licenses and regulates certain facilities as it relates to sanitation and safety of the buildings and to the health, treatment, comfort, safety, and well-being of the persons being served. Depending on the type of service that you intend to provide in your facility, you may need a license from each state agency. Additional information for MDH licensing information may be found on their website for:

Supervised Living Facility

Food, Beverage and Lodging (FBL) License

Residential facilities for adults with mental illness

Residential facilities for adults with mental illness are licensed under Minnesota Rules, parts 9520.0500 to 9520.0690. The rule establishes requirements governing services including: conducting assessment of persons receiving services; developing programming to respond to identified needs of the individual; ensuring rights of persons receiving services; meeting staff qualifications, staff orientation and staff training requirements; meeting service expectations to ensure health and safety of persons receiving services; and developing policy and procedures for the program.

Application packet for Residential Facilities licensed under Minnesota Rules, parts 9520.0500 to 9520.0690

Depending on the type of service, these facilities must also obtain a “Supervised Living Facility” license from the Minnesota Department of Health (Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4665) or a “Board and Lodging” license from the Minnesota Department of Health (Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4625) or its equivalent from a local health department. Those rules govern the construction, equipment, maintenance, and operation of the facility as it relates to sanitation and safety of the buildings, to the health, treatment, comfort, safety, and well-being of the persons being served. Applications for this type of license must be made to the Minnesota Department of Health or local health department directly.

The Division of Licensing may also grant a variance under the residential treatment rule for adults with mental illness (Rule 36) to provide Intensive Residential Treatment Services or Crisis Services. Please call the Division of Licensing (651) 431-6500 for further information.

Self-Monitoring Checklist

The self-monitoring checklist for Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS) variance to Minnesota Rules, parts 9520.0500 to 9520.0690 (effective July 1, 2010) is divided into three primary sections 1) policy/procedures/practice; 2) personnel files; and 3) client files.   Please note that not all of the variance language is contained in the checklist.  Its intended use is to guide the monitoring of programs’ compliance with applicable regulations. Please continue to refer to the actual variance for specific language. It is anticipated that the checklist will be revised and future versions will be posted here.

Statutes and rules

The following Minnesota Statutes and Rule apply to these services:

Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 245A (Human Services Licensing Act)

Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 245C (Human Services Background Studies Act)

Minnesota Statutes, sections 626.557 and 626.5572 (Vulnerable Adults Act)

Minnesota Rules, parts 9520.0500 to 9520.0690


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