Home Care Background

Home Care Program Background

Our Mission

The purpose of the Home Care Program is to protect, maintain and improve the health of Minnesotans who receive home care and home management services.

About Us

The Home Care Program within the Health Regulation Division of the Minnesota Department of Health oversees and regulates licensed home care providers in Minnesota. These activities include:

  • Licensure and registration
  • On-site surveys and enforcement
  • Communication with providers and the public on the issues of home care laws and regulation

Licensing and Registration

In 2013 the Minnesota Legislature passed new laws which strengthened MDH’s ability to regulate home care providers to better protect Minnesotans who use home care services. Home care providers must hold either a comprehensive home care license or a basic home care license. The license a provider holds is based on the types of services they provide. You can see the services that are allowed under each license by clicking on these links:

Home Care also registers providers that offer only housekeeping, meal preparation and shopping services to clients who, because of a disability, illness or physical condition, have a need for these home management services. More information about the home management registration can be found at this link:

Home Management Registration

Home care provider licensees who also provide basic support services under home and community-based services (HCBS)  have the option to apply for an integrated license designation. More information and the application can be found at this link:

HCBS Integrated License Designation (245D)

Updated Friday, July 30, 2021 at 11:35AM