SB 1515 overview document​On April 4, 2016, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 1515 into law. The legislation is designed to make residential care safer for children. It demands changes in the way the Department of Human Services (DHS) regulates child caring agencies (CCA) and responds to reports of abuse or neglect to ensure children are safe. The safety and well-being of children in the Department’s care is a priority. SB 1515 requires increased coordination and vigor as DHS monitors, enforces existing regulations and maintains a culture focused on the individual needs of children and youth. Programs closest to this work includes but is not limited to the Background Check Unit (BCU), Child Welfare (CW), the Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations (OAAPI) and the Office of Licensing and Regulatory Oversight (OLRO).

SB 1515

SB 1515 Rules

The Department adopted temporary rules on July 1, 2016 to comply with SB 1515. The Department then held stakeholder meetings and convened a Rules Advisory Committee. On December 1, 2016, the Department adopted permanent rule changes to seven sets of rules. Information regarding these rules changes is available below.

Summary of all rule changes



If you have questions about the SB 1515 rulemaking process, please contact the following:

Helen Hoang
Project Manager

Kris Skaro
Rules Coordinator