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as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 01:34am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 01/21/2009

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A bill for an act
relating to autism spectrum disorders; establishing a pilot program; establishing
an Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force; establishing a surveillance system
and registry; requiring reports.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginAUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER.
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new text begin "Autism spectrum disorders" or "ASD" means a neurobiological disorder that
includes one or more of the following conditions as determined by the criteria in the
most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the
American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV Manual):
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new text begin (1) autism or autistic disorder;
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new text begin (2) Asperger's syndrome;
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new text begin (3) Fragile X syndrome;
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new text begin (4) Rett's syndrome;
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new text begin (5) childhood disintegrative disorder; or
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new text begin (6) pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER TASK FORCE.
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new text begin (a) The Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force is created in the legislative branch of
state government.
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new text begin (b) The task force is composed of 13 members as follows:
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new text begin (1) three members of the senate, appointed by the senate Subcommittee on
Committees of the Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration;
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new text begin (2) three members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of
the house;
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new text begin (3) a parent of a child on the autism spectrum who is a member of the State Special
Education Advisory Council, appointed by that organization;
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new text begin (4) an employee of the Department of Education who specializes in autism spectrum
disorders, appointed by the commissioner of education;
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new text begin (5) a pediatrician with expertise in mild to severe developmental disabilities affiliated
with the University of Minnesota autism treatment clinic, appointed by that clinic;
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new text begin (6) a person appointed by the Autism Society of Minnesota;
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new text begin (7) a county representative employed in the public health or social service division of
the seven-county metropolitan area, appointed by the Minnesota Council on Disabilities;
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new text begin (8) a county representative from the public health or social services division of
a county outside of the seven-county metropolitan area, appointed by the Minnesota
Council on Disabilities; and
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new text begin (9) an employee of a school district who works with children who have autism
spectrum disorders, appointed by the Autism Society of Minnesota.
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new text begin Appointments must be made by September 1, 2009, and must be reported to the
Legislative Coordinating Commission.
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new text begin (c) The Departments of Education and Health shall provide substantive assistance to
the task force, including providing the task force with a count of children who have autism
spectrum disorder (ASD) with an individual education plan (IEP) and students with ASD
who have a 504 plan. Additionally, the Department of Health shall submit a count of the
adults with ASD enrolled in social service programs and the number of people with ASD
who receive care under special needs basic care and other waiver programs.
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new text begin (d) The Legislative Coordinating Commission shall provide administrative and
fiscal services to the task force.
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new text begin (e) The task force shall examine the following:
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new text begin (1) ways to improve services provided by the task force and all state and political
subdivisions;
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new text begin (2) sources of public funding available for treatment and ways to improve efficiency
in the use of those funds;
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new text begin (3) methods to improve coordination in the delivery of service between agencies,
health providers, and schools;
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new text begin (4) availability of medical providers of treatment for autism spectrum disorder and
how to increase their numbers;
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new text begin (5) scientific research on the most effective treatment methods; and
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new text begin (6) ways to enhance Minnesota's role in autism spectrum disorder research and
delivery of service.
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new text begin (f) The task force shall provide a written report to the legislature in compliance with
Minnesota Statutes, sections 3.195 and 3.197, on the following:
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new text begin (1) a summary of the current service delivery model for children by medical,
behavioral, and school systems, and recommendations to improve the current model;
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new text begin (2) alternative methods for delivery, including a model that integrates medical and
behavioral therapy;
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new text begin (3) a summary of current treatment protocols and recommendations to improve
treatment protocols based on current scientific autism spectrum disorder research;
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new text begin (4) a summary of qualified medical and behavioral providers to treat autism spectrum
disorder in Minnesota and how to increase the number of these providers; and
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new text begin (5) barriers that may exist to providing care to children diagnosed with autism
spectrum disorder and recommendations to eliminate those barriers.
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new text begin (g) The task force shall issue its report no later than December 15, 2010. The task
force terminates June 30, 2011.
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new text begin (h) The task force shall elect a permanent or temporary chair or co-chairs at its
first meeting.
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new text begin (i) Nonlegislative members shall serve without pay but shall receive compensation
for expenses under Minnesota Statutes, section 15.059, subdivision 3. Compensation for
legislative members is subject to the rules of the house of representatives and senate.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2009.
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Sec. 3. new text beginAUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS PILOT PROGRAM.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of human services, in
consultation with the commissioners of employment and economic development,
education, and health, and the University of Minnesota autism spectrum disorders
program, shall establish a ten-year autism spectrum disorders pilot program. The program
shall serve up to 500 individuals ages 25 and under who have been medically diagnosed
with an autism spectrum disorder, and shall enroll individuals from all geographic regions
of the state. To the extent not covered by private insurance or state and county health care
plans or programs, the pilot program shall pay any costs directly related to the treatment,
therapy, and services received by individuals enrolled in the pilot program pursuant to
direction of that individual's physician or health care practitioner.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Purpose. new text end

new text begin The purpose of the pilot program is to:
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new text begin (1) conduct a systematic, diagnostic evaluation of each program participant that will
contribute to the development of evidence-based treatment, therapy, and services;
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new text begin (2) facilitate access to health care and early intervention services;
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new text begin (3) facilitate improved and expedited access to educational and vocational services;
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new text begin (4) monitor treatment interventions and programs designed for each program
participant;
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new text begin (5) conduct clinical research;
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new text begin (6) identify, refer, and facilitate assessments for 12- to 36-month old children who
are at risk for autism spectrum disorders; and
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new text begin (7) develop an improved referral system between providers.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Evaluation; report. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall develop written program
evaluation criteria no later than January 15, 2010. The commissioner shall issue a written
evaluation report of the pilot program to the legislative committees having jurisdiction
over health by January 15 of each year beginning January 15, 2011.
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Sec. 4. new text beginAUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS REGISTRY.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin An autism spectrum disorders surveillance system
and registry is established in the Department of Health to investigate the occurrence,
frequency, incidence, cause, effect, and prognosis of autism spectrum disorder.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Reporting. new text end

new text begin A health care professional who diagnoses any individual
that resides in the state with an autism spectrum disorder shall report the existence of
an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis to the Department of Health within 30 days.
The commissioner shall adopt rules and procedures allowing individuals with autism
spectrum disorder and their parents or guardians to voluntarily report their own diagnosis
and information.
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