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List of organizations required to initiate background studies

State law directs the Department of Human Services to complete background studies for more than 50 provider types, including:

  • 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
  • Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT)
  • 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 3,000 entities in Minnesota initiate background studies. Many of these have unique study requirements. In 2020, DHS received 464,178 background study applications.

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