License Minnesota

Adult Foster Care License (DHS Rule 203)

Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)

Agency contact information:

Human Services (DHS), Minnesota Department of
P.O. Box 64242
St. Paul, MN 55164-0242
(651) 431-2000 | For TTY/TDD communication, use Minnesota Relay Service at 711 or (800) 627-3529
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has delegated the licensing of adult foster homes to the counties. For license information, contact your County Social Services Department or County Human Services Department.
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The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) offers programs for health care, child support, food support, general assistance, nursing home care, seniors, people who are deaf, people who have developmental disabilities, foster care, child protection and adult and children's mental health services.

Statutes:

Minn. Stats. 245A
245C

Rules:

MINNESOTA RULES 9555.5105 - 9555.6265

Forms:

More licensing information is available on the MN Dept. of Human Services (DHS) website, at the Foster care section.

Requirements:

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has delegated the licensing of adult foster homes to the counties. For license information, contact your County Social Services Department or County Human Services Department.


Adult foster care is licensed under DHS Rule 203 (Foster care services and licensure of adult foster homes). This rule addresses: applicability, purpose, foster home development, local agency orientation and training role, record on the residence, assessment, provision of adult foster care services to residents of adult foster homes, applicability and purpose, license application process, licensing study, negative licensing actions, capacity, individual resident placement agreement, cooperate and report to agencies, foster care training, prohibition against abuse, neglect and discrimination, physical environment, water and food, sanitation and health, adult foster home program, personal record of resident in foster care, resident rights and safeguards for cash resources entrusted to operator.

Counties may require that the applicant complete forms that provide necessary licensing information. The forms which may be used by the county include, but are not limited to:
Adult foster care application form
Physicians report
Authorization for release of information from BCA
Request for fire inspection.
Floor plan and escape plan.
Home safety checklist.


Licensing rules for foster care programs

Adult foster care

Fee:

A county agency may also charge a fee to a corporate applicant or corporate license holder to recover the actual cost of licensing inspections, not to exceed $500 annually.

Counties may elect to reduce or waive the fees:
1) in cases of financial hardship;
2) if the county has a shortage of providers in the county's area; or
3) for new providers.

Period of Issuance:

An adult foster care license is generally issued for two years, after the first year of licensure.

Length of Determination Process:

Minn. Stat. § 245A.04, subd. 1 requires that the Commissioner shall act on the application within 90 working days after a complete application and any required reports have been received from other state agencies or departments, counties, municipalities, or other political subdivisions.

Other Pertinent Information:

The licensing of adult foster homes is delegated to counties. Counties generally develop their own information pamphlets for prospective applicants.