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List of organizations required to initiate background studies

State law directs DHS to complete background studies for more than 60 provider types, including but not limited to:

  • Programs licensed by DHS
  • Programs licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health
  • Certain children's residential treatment services programs licensed by the Department of Corrections (DOC)
  • Personal Care Provider Organizations (PCPO)
  • Child foster care providers
  • Counties and agencies assisting people who are seeking to adopt
  • County probate courts in guardianship and conservatorship cases
  • Early Intensive Developmental Behavioral Intervention (EIDBI) providers
  • Statewide guardian ad litem program
  • Tribal governments in foster care cases, adoption cases, and the Tribal child care center
  • Unlicensed Personal Care Provider Organizations (PCPOs)
  • Temporary personnel agencies and educational programs that place people in facilities that are subject to background studies
  • Supplemental nursing services agencies that are registered with MDH
  • County social service agencies and private child placing agencies.

More than 35,000 entities in Minnesota initiate background studies in the NETStudy 2.0 system. Many of these have unique study requirements.

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