Past Free Webcast – Assisted Living Licensure: What to Do if You Work with Older Adults – June 24th, 2021

Earn 2 hr. CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

By: Lindsey Krueger, Home Care and Assisted Living, MN DHS;
Sean Burke, JD, O’Connell Consulting LLC, consultant for Minnesota Elder Justice Center;
Aisha Elmquist, Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care, MBA;
Elissa Schley, Senior Linkage Line, MBA.

NOTE: This is a two hour webinar, noon – 2 pm

Handout–Assisted Living Licensure 6.24.21

The Minnesota Department of Health and facilities across the state are starting the process of transitioning to an assisted living licensure system in preparation for the new Assisted Living licensure that will begin on August 1, 2021.  Throughout the course of this two-hour session, participants will learn from four panelists about the basic changes coming with the new assisted living licensure law, and what it means for residents in Minnesota’s housing and long-term care settings as well as for those serving and supporting the residents. With an extra hour planned, Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the four panelists.

Objectives for participants:

  • Learn about the capacity and requirements for sites to obtain Assisted Living Licensure, following a brief review of the path taken to revise the licensing system.
  • Review expectations among residents, resident advocates and loved ones as the licensure transition occurs.
  • Understand consumer protections under the new assisted living license, including protections against retaliation and contract terminations.
  • Confirm Senior LinkAge Line’s supportive role and resources, available through the transition.

Lindsey Krueger, RN, MN Dept of Health

Lindsey Krueger is the director of the Office of Health Facilities Complaints (OHFC), current program manager for the Home care and Assisted Living Program (HCLP) and overseeing the implementation of Assisted Living Licensure. Lindsey has been with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for over 5 years. Lindsey is a registered nurse with previous experience working in the acute and long-term care settings.  Since April 2020, Lindsey has helped lead MDH’s COVID-19 response for long-term care

Sean Burke, JD, O’Connell Consulting

Sean Burke is a consultant and lobbyist with O’Connell Consulting, LLC. A graduate of Creighton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, Sean has worked as an attorney at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, the Minnesota Disability Law Center, and as the Public Policy Director with Minnesota Elder Justice Center.

Sean has a decade of experience advocating for individual clients and systemic changes on topics including vulnerable adult maltreatment prevention, disability advocacy, Medicaid and health care access, health care appeals, consumer protection issues, housing advocacy and eviction defense, guardianship issues, and more.

Aisha Elmquist, JD, Deputy Ombudsman,  Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care  

Prior to joining the Ombudsman office, Aisha Elmquist was an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP, and Fox Rothschild LLP.  She clerked for Judge John R. Tunheim of the United States District Court, District of Minnesota.  Aisha held a Borchard Fellowship in Law and Aging and represented older adults experiencing housing discrimination.  Aisha holds a BA from Carleton College and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Elissa Schley,  Options Counseling Policy Analyst, Senior LinkAge Line

Elissa Schley has been a part of Minnesota’s Senior LinkAge Line since 2001 and has been with the Minnesota Board on Aging’s team that oversees the service since 2007. Currently she is the product manager who oversees the housing with services counseling done by the Senior LinkAge Line. Elissa has helped develop and launch several key pieces of the Senior LinkAge Line system including the Return to Community initiative in 2009, Pre-Admission Screening in 2013 and was lead of the Long-Term Care Consultation Expansion Service in 2014.


MN Department of Health – Assisted Living Licensure

Assisted Living Licensure in Minnesota (Fact Sheet; 3/8/20)

Assisted Living Licensure in Minnesota: Frequently Asked Questions (11/24/20)

Assisted Living Licensure in Minnesota: Making the Transition (2/3/21)

MN Department of Health – Resident and Provider Resources