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The Minnesota Department of Health has opened the official public comment period for new rules that will help establish an assisted living license for senior care facilities in Minnesota. The authority for these rules comes from groundbreaking reform legislation passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by Governor Tim Walz in 2019 to improve the safety and quality of care in long-term care in Minnesota. Under the new law, each assisted living facility will have one license that combines housing with services and home care regulations. The new assisted living licensure law is in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 144G. The new assisted living licensure regulations are scheduled to go into effect on August 1, 2021. 

The proposed rules for the Assisted Living Licensure, the Notice of Hearing, and the Statement of Need and Reasonableness (SONAR) are now available to view on the Assisted Living Licensure webpage. The official comment period begins today, December 14, 2020, giving the public 30 days prior to the hearing to comment on the proposed rules.

The department encourages comments. You have at least 30 days to submit written comments, as described in our Notice of Hearing, in support of or in opposition to the proposed rules and any part or subpart of the rules. You must submit all written comments via the Office of Administrative Hearings Rulemaking eComments website. You can find instructions on how to submit all written comments on the Assisted Living Licensure webpage