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Entities initiating studies

An entity is a business, organization, state, tribe or local government agency. It can be public, private or a voluntary association. Entities can be organizations that provide care, care placement services, or organizations that license or certify others to provide care or care placement services. 

  • Entities use the DHS database called NETStudy 2.0 to initiate background study requests. 
  • The background study process is guided by Minnesota statutes. These laws specify the entities required to initiate background studies.

Specific provider types

Background study processes involve some different steps for these provider types: 

For further information

  • For general questions regarding background study requirements and processes, send an email to the Background Study Administrator
  • Call the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Background Study Division, at 651-431-6620.
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