In the 2016 and 2017 legislative sessions, new laws were passed to improve safety and oversight in most substitute care settings for children and young adults. First, in 2016, SB 1515 changed how the Department of Human Services (DHS) regulates child-caring agencies (CCA) and responds to safety concerns and reports of child abuse or neglect. In 2017, many of the provisions of SB 1515 were expanded to apply to DHS certified foster homes (including homes certified by Child Welfare and Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS)) and ODDS licensed group homes.

This page provides information for providers, DHS staff, and other interested parties to learn about DHS' actions to comply with the new laws and ensure the highest standards of safety are provided to children whenever they reside or receive services outside of their family homes.

SB 243 and related legislation (2017)

Background Information and Fact Sheets
Training for Providers on New Requirements
New Rules
  • The department is amending several rules to implement 2017 legislation and make other changes. Rule text and information relating to the changes will be available on the Child Welfare Policy and Rule page starting January 1, 2018.

SB 1515 (2016)

Implementation-Related Communications

  • Coming Soon

SB 1515 Communications from 2016


For updates on the process, or to be directed to a subject matter expert, please contact Kris Skaro at

2016 Stakeholder Meetings on SB 1515