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Maltreatment reduction

Licensing rules are the minimum standards that license holders are required to meet. The following information is provided to call your attention to areas that pose a risk of harm to individuals receiving services in licensed programs and to provide recommendations to reduce this likelihood. Although many of the areas and the corresponding recommendations are requirements of licensure, some are not specifically mentioned in the rules. They also address topics where DHS has received reports of injuries or alleged maltreatment. Implementing these recommendations does not mitigate the license holder's responsibility to ensure compliance with licensing rules and statutes.

If an incident occurs, failure to address the topics may contribute to findings of maltreatment under the Reporting of Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults Act (Minnesota Statutes, sections 626.557 and 626.5572) or the Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors Act (Minnesota Statutes, section 626.556). Findings of maltreatment at a licensed program may result in the disqualification of one or more individuals and fines or actions against the license holder. In addition, please familiarize yourself with the alerts issued by the ombudsman's office and available at

Risk reduction for vulnerable adults

Risk reduction for children and adolescents

Risk reduction for vulnerable adults and children

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