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Latest information about COVID-19 from Licensing

This page will be updated with the latest news about the COVID-19 pandemic and information from the Licensing Division for our partners, providers and the people we serve. For information about temporary changes to background studies, visit the DHS Background Studies page.  

For updates related to agency-wide DHS programs, visit the DHS homepage. To be notified when changes occur, you can sign up for COVID-19-specific DHS email notifications.

All licensed and certified services

In March 2020, the commissioner issued a waiver suspending or modifying specific routine licensing activities and requirements so that essential services could continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commissioner temporarily extended the timelines for training for existing staff and license holders during the peacetime emergency. The waiver was modified and extended on May 1 and July 1, 2020. The commissioner is now amending the waiver to require license and certification holders to resume most annual and other ongoing training requirements effective Jan. 1, 2021.  

Executive Order on Face Coverings

As of July 25, 2020, Executive Order 20-81 requires Minnesotans to wear face coverings in certain settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All Department of Human Services-licensed and certified programs are expected to comply, except for family foster care programs which are exempt. License and certification holders are required to update their COVID-19 Preparedness Plans and practices to implement them, as necessary. The Executive Order encourages licensing agencies to assess for compliance and use existing enforcement tools to bring businesses into compliance.

Required COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Beginning June 29, 2020, DHS-licensed and certified critical businesses are required to have developed and implemented COVID-19 preparedness plans incorporating guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. License holders need to review, monitor, and update their plan as guidance, requirements, and circumstances evolve.

HCBS and Adult Day Centers

Behavioral Health and Children's Residential Facilities

DHS-wide information

Under the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 20-12, the Minnesota Department of Human Services has temporary  authority to temporarily suspend or modify requirements so that the agency and its partners can continue to provide essential programs and services to Minnesotans safely and without undue delay during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find a complete list of temporary waivers and program modifications here.
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