To improve its enforcement actions in order to effectively address health and safety violations by child care facilities, the department should require follow-up monitoring visits to ensure that child care facilities with revoked licenses are not operating and that individuals excluded from facilities are not present in the facilities. The department should also revise its policies for following up on excluded individuals to ensure that it more promptly verifies that they are not present in facilities.
The department issued a memo in October 2006 that directed all licensing staff to consider follow-up visits to facilities with revoked licenses or those with excluded individuals as the highest priority work, equal to complaint visits. The memo also addressed instructions for ensuring that a facility is actually closed when revocation becomes effective, ensuring that an excluded person has actually left the facility, and monitoring visits to facilities on probation. (2008-406, p. 193)
Subsequent to the original publication of this response, the state auditor considered this recommendation to be fully implemented.
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