The Department of Human Services works with facilities across the state that help us serve Pennsylvanians of all ages who require day-to-day care and support. To ensure the health and safety of the people that these facilities serve, the department is responsible for licensing and inspecting each organization. Typically each facility is inspected once a year unless the department receives a complaint about a facility.
Inspections are done using health and safety regulations that were set up for each facility's clients. Facility regulations can be found on the PA Bulletin website. Family members and concerned citizens are encouraged to explore licensing history of an organization prior to picking that facility for a loved one.
Information on the Department of Human Services website is posted in order to comply with requirements ordered by the Public Welfare Code. These provider search pages contain information regarding the provider’s compliance with regulatory requirements for licensure. Licensure allows the provider to operate in Pennsylvania. The Department of Human Services handles both routine and special inspections of providers to determine ongoing compliance with regulatory requirements which is a condition of licensure. If, during an inspection, the Department determines a provider does not meet regulatory requirements for licensure, the Department notifies the provider in an Inspection Summary. The Inspection Summary is not intended to be evidence of compliance with any legal standard of care in third party litigation. Providers are required to submit a Plan of Correction in response to the Inspection Summary. The Plan of Correction is mandatory, regardless whether the provider agrees with Department findings or not, and is the means by which the Department monitors and ensures correction of deficiencies. A Plan of Correction, submitted for purposes of licensure, is not an admission of wrongdoing on the part of the provider for purposes of a private lawsuit and should not be regarded as such. The Department also does not intend for its inspection reports to be used in advertisements for legal services or as a basis for solicitations of any type.
Use the "Related Topics" section to review licensing information for the organization(s) that interests you.