News and updates from the Office of Inspector General
$1.5 million will help increase availability of quality child care in Greater Minnesota
A total of $1.5 million in grants and donations will help increase quality child care in Greater Minnesota, which has the state’s most acute child care shortages. New grants totaling $900,000 from the Department of Human Services will be combined with nearly $600,000 in private and community donations. More information is a news release.
OIG annual report highlights child care outreach, background study improvements and fraud prevention
The DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) 2017 Annual Report DHS-6560B (PDF) reviews the work and accomplishments of the OIG during the year. Among the highlights are successful efforts to eliminate a backlog and improve the background study process and outreach to licensed child care providers. Other accomplishments include increasing capacity and strengthening efforts to investigate fraud and abuse in public programs.
DHS to cover initial costs of enhanced background studies for child care providers
DHS is preparing to implement enhanced background studies, which will impact all licensed child care programs, license-exempt centers and non-licensed providers participating in the Child Care Assistance Program. These studies are required by changes in federal law. DHS will pay the cost of new background studies for existing providers and their staff and family members who already have a current background study when the new enhanced studies are rolled out. Additional information is available about DHS coverage of costs and Minnesota child care provider background studies.
2018 legislative changes affect licensed human service programs
The 2018 Legislature enacted several changes that impact DHS licensed programs and services. DHS, in cooperation with counties, licenses approximately 20,000 service providers to protect the health, safety and rights of those receiving services. Changes this session affect licensing and background study requirements, as well as responsibilities of DHS and county licensing agencies. An overview of changes for licensed programs is available on the DHS website.
Licensing Information Lookup adds family child care, more user-friendly documents
DHS is making revisions to the way licensing and maltreatment information is displayed on the Licensing Information Lookup. These include more specific, plain language names for licensing action documents and adding summaries of licensing reviews and investigations for family child care providers. The changes support the goal to provide information about licensed programs in plain language and in an easy-to-understand format.
Licensors now issuing fix-it tickets for minor child care licensing violations
Family and child care center licensors are issuing fix-it tickets for violations identified during an annual inspection that don’t imminently endanger the health, safety or rights for children in care. If providers correct the eligible violations at the time of the inspection or within 48 hours, no correction order is issued and the violation will not be posted on the Licensing Information Lookup. The fix-it ticket system, which began Jan. 1, 2018, was enacted by the 2017 Legislature. More information is in a Licensed Child Care Fix-It Ticket Implementation DHS-7657 (PDF) legislative report and for child care centers and family child care providers.
2017 child care information available
Two documents provide updated information about child care in Minnesota.