Assisted Living Licensure - Minnesota Department of Health

Assisted Living Licensure

Assisted Living Licensure (ALL) within the Health Regulation Division of the Minnesota Department of Health oversees and regulates licensed assisted living providers in Minnesota. These activities include:

  • Licensure
  • On-site surveys and enforcement
  • Communication with providers and the public on the issues of assisted living laws and regulation.

Our mission is to protect, maintain and improve the health of Minnesotans who receive assisted living services.

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The Assisted Living Licensure law under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 144G was passed by the 2019 Minnesota Legislature and updated as part of the Legislature's 2020 7th Special Session. The law established regulatory standards governing the provision of housing and services in assisted living facilities and assisted living facilities with dementia care to help ensure the health, safety, well-being, and appropriate treatment of residents. It also authorized the commissioner to adopt rules for all assisted living facilities that promote person-centered planning and service delivery and optimal quality of life, and that ensure resident rights are protected, resident choice is allowed, and public health and safety is ensured.


June 16, 2022: New guidance for providers on the use of bed rails

The Resources and FAQs page has been updated with guidance for assisted living providers for both hospital-style and consumer bed rails, as well as links to related FDA resources. Providers should conduct an assessment and follow the manufacturer guidelines for the product selected.

June 7, 2022: Renewals for ALL facilities are in progress

MDH has begun processing license renewal applications for providers who have submitted them. If you have not submitted your application yet, you are not in compliance with statute. Make sure to submit by July 1 in order to avoid fines.

To view the status of your application, you can log in to ICSD. You will receive an email from MDH when your license is approved, or if the reviewer has any questions about your applications. MDH will print and mail renewal licenses starting this week.

For more information about the renewal process, check out the License Renewal page.

May 9, 2022: Updates to Assisted Living Closure Forms and Training Videos

The Assisted Living Forms and Self-Audit Tools page has been updated with a new Closure Forms section, an updated Closure Form, and new resources to help guide you through the closure of an assisted living facility.

Additionally, new training videos for providers working on their renewal applications have been added to the License Renewal page.

Updated Wednesday, 15-Jun-2022 18:52:31 CDT