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Child care systems transformation underway

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has begun an initiative to improve and integrate the information technology systems used for the licensing, certification, and Child Care Assistance Program registration of child care providers. In April provider and agency hubs for certified child care programs, which will  eliminate current paper-based processes and create a more efficient and user-friendly experience, were launched. Child Care Systems Transformation has additional details. 

Background study documents accessible online

Background study subjects can access most of their notices and documents electronically through the NETStudy 2.0 Applicant Data Entry Portal or Applicant Portal. This paperless option securely stores documents electronically so study subject scan access them any time and eliminates sending most documents through standard mail. Online access to background study notifications and documents has more information.

OIG fact sheets available

The functions of the Office of Inspector General are summarized in a series new fact sheets. They include  Office of Inspector General DHS-8416 (PDF) , Background studies protect the most vulnerable populations DHS-8417 (PDF)Licensing human services providers protects health, safety and rights of children and vulnerable adults DHS-4743 (PDF) and Providing program integrity for human services programs DHS-8418 (PDF).

Three oversight functions 

Together we promote the health, safety and well-being of Minnesota children and vulnerable adults.

Background studies

We help keep vulnerable people who receive health and human services safe. Background studies determine whether a person has committed a criminal or maltreatment act that would disqualify them from providing care.


We license facilities that care for children, the elderly and vulnerable adults. We require providers to meet minimum standards of care and physical environment.

Program integrity

We work to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently by identifying and preventing provider and recipient fraud, waste and abuse in public programs administered by DHS.


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