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What's new: COVID-19 pandemic information and legislative changes

News and updates on background studies activities at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS),

COVID-19 pandemic information

The Department of Human Service is temporarily modifying certain statutory background study requirements. Completing studies that meet current requirements has become increasingly difficult due to closures of public fingerprinting sites and lack of responses to requests for records from other states. The temporary modifications will assist health and human service providers to quickly respond to changing workforce needs related the COVID-19 pandemic and are permitted under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-12 (PDF) and the authority granted to the human services commissioner. 

Background study public fingerprint site closures: Some public sites for fingerprinting required for background study applications have temporarily closed or are closing in response to COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information about which public fingerprint sites are open visit Public fingerprinting site information is updated daily by the Department of Human Services contracted vendor, Gemalto.

Note: For updates related to agency-wide DHS programs, visit the DHS homepage. It has information for providers, counties, tribal nations and members of the public as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. There you can also sign up for COVID-19 DHS emails.

Legislative and other updates

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