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The Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection -
Protecting vulnerable people through oversight and regulation.

Mary E. Peterson, Director
John Thomas Murray, Deputy Director

The Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection, within the Department of Health and Social Services, was created in 1998.  Its mission is to protect residents in Delaware long term care facilities through:

  • Promotion of quality of care, quality of life, safety and security, and
  • Enforcement of compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations.

The Division is responsible for:  the Adult Abuse Registry, Criminal Background Checks and Mandatory Drug Testing, the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Registry, complaint and incident reporting related to long term care facilities, licensing/certifying long term care facilities, and developing regulations related to these areas.

The Office of Health Facilities Licensing and Certification is located within the Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection. The mission of this office is to improve the quality of healthcare, in acute care and outpatient care settings throughout Delaware, through regulatory oversight.