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2019 legislative changes strengthen oversight, fraud efforts

The 2019 Legislature enacted a number of changes to improve oversight of essential programs and providers, and to strengthen efforts to address fraud in public programs. This fact sheet, Program integrity: Stronger oversight, more focus on fraud, June 2019 (PDF),  provides more information. Summaries of legislative changes for licensed programs and background studies are also available.

DHS expands list of child care fix-it ticket violations  

Nine violations for family child care and 16 violations for child care centers have been added to the fix-it ticket list. Child care licensors began issuing fix-it tickets in January 2018 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 revised lists and more information are on the DHS website for family child care and child care centers.     

2018 report on child care in Minnesota available 

The legislative report Status of Child Care in Minnesota, 2018 DHS-7660A (PDF) provides information about state child care and early education programs. It includes summary data, changes to legislation, and department efforts and recommendations in continuing to improve child care for Minnesota families.

$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.  

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.

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