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HF 1215

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 03/21/2011 09:32am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to children; modify certain children's mental health provisions regarding
juvenile treatment screening; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections
260C.157, subdivision 3; 260D.01.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.157, subdivision 3, is amended to
read:


Subd. 3.

Juvenile treatment screening team.

(a) The responsible social services
agency shall establish a juvenile treatment screening team to conduct screenings and
prepare case plans under deleted text beginthis subdivisiondeleted text endnew text begin this chapter, chapter 260D, and section 245.487,
subdivision 3. Screenings shall be conducted within 15 days of a request for a screening
new text end.
The team, which may be the team constituted under section 245.4885 or 256B.092 or
Minnesota Rules, parts 9530.6600 to 9530.6655, shall consist of social workers, juvenile
justice professionals, deleted text beginanddeleted text end persons with expertise in the treatment of juveniles who are
emotionally disabled, chemically dependent, or have a developmental disabilitynew text begin, and the
child's parent, guardian, or permanent legal custodian under section 260C.201, subdivision
11
new text end. deleted text beginThe team shall involve parents or guardians in the screening process as appropriate.deleted text end
The team may be the same team as defined in section 260B.157, subdivision 3.

(b) The social services agency shall determine whether a child brought to its
attention for the purposes described in this section is an Indian child, as defined in section
260C.007, subdivision 21, and shall determine the identity of the Indian child's tribe, as
defined in section 260.755, subdivision 9. When a child to be evaluated is an Indian child,
the team provided in paragraph (a) shall include a designated representative of the Indian
child's tribe, unless the child's tribal authority declines to appoint a representative. The
Indian child's tribe may delegate its authority to represent the child to any other federally
recognized Indian tribe, as defined in section 260.755, subdivision 12.

(c) If the court, prior to, or as part of, a final disposition, proposes to place a child:

(1) for the primary purpose of treatment for an emotional disturbance, a
developmental disability, or chemical dependency in a residential treatment facility out
of state or in one which is within the state and licensed by the commissioner of human
services under chapter 245A; or

(2) in any out-of-home setting potentially exceeding 30 days in duration, including a
postdispositional placement in a facility licensed by the commissioner of corrections or
human services, the court shall ascertain whether the child is an Indian child and shall
notify the county welfare agency and, if the child is an Indian child, shall notify the Indian
child's tribe. The county's juvenile treatment screening team must either: (i) screen and
evaluate the child and file its recommendations with the court within 14 days of receipt
of the notice; or (ii) elect not to screen a given case and notify the court of that decision
within three working days.

(d) deleted text beginIf the screening team has elected to screen and evaluate the child,deleted text end The child
may not be placed for the primary purpose of treatment for an emotional disturbance, a
developmental disability, or chemical dependency, in a residential treatment facility out of
state nor in a residential treatment facility within the state that is licensed under chapter
245A, unless one of the following conditions applies:

(1) a treatment professional certifies that an emergency requires the placement
of the child in a facility within the state;

(2) the screening team has evaluated the child and recommended that a residential
placement is necessary to meet the child's treatment needs and the safety needs of the
community, that it is a cost-effective means of meeting the treatment needs, and that it
will be of therapeutic value to the child; or

(3) the court, having reviewed a screening team recommendation against placement,
determines to the contrary that a residential placement is necessary. The court shall state
the reasons for its determination in writing, on the record, and shall respond specifically
to the findings and recommendation of the screening team in explaining why the
recommendation was rejected. The attorney representing the child and the prosecuting
attorney shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard on the matter.

(e) When the county's juvenile treatment screening team has elected to screen and
evaluate a child determined to be an Indian child, the team shall provide notice to the
tribe or tribes that accept jurisdiction for the Indian child or that recognize the child as a
member of the tribe or as a person eligible for membership in the tribe, and permit the
tribe's representative to participate in the screening team.

(f) When the Indian child's tribe or tribal health care services provider or Indian
Health Services provider proposes to place a child for the primary purpose of treatment
for an emotional disturbance, a developmental disability, or co-occurring emotional
disturbance and chemical dependency, the Indian child's tribe or the tribe delegated by
the child's tribe shall submit necessary documentation to the county juvenile treatment
screening team, which must invite the Indian child's tribe to designate a representative to
the screening team.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260D.01, is amended to read:


260D.01 CHILD IN VOLUNTARY FOSTER CARE FOR TREATMENT.

(a) Sections 260D.01 to 260D.10, may be cited as the "child in voluntary foster care
for treatment" provisions of the Juvenile Court Act.

(b) The juvenile court has original and exclusive jurisdiction over a child in
voluntary foster care for treatment upon the filing of a report or petition required under
this chapter. All obligations of the agency to a child and family in foster care contained in
chapter 260C not inconsistent with this chapter are also obligations of the agency with
regard to a child in foster care for treatment under this chapter.

(c) This chapter shall be construed consistently with the mission of the children's
mental health service system as set out in section 245.487, subdivision 3, and the duties
of an agency under deleted text beginsectiondeleted text endnew text begin sectionsnew text end 256B.092, new text begin260C.157, new text endand Minnesota Rules, parts
9525.0004 to 9525.0016, to meet the needs of a child with a developmental disability or
related condition. This chapter:

(1) establishes voluntary foster care through a voluntary foster care agreement as the
means for an agency and a parent to provide needed treatment when the child must be in
foster care to receive necessary treatment for an emotional disturbance or developmental
disability or related condition;

(2) establishes court review requirements for a child in voluntary foster care for
treatment due to emotional disturbance or developmental disability or a related condition;

(3) establishes the ongoing responsibility of the parent as legal custodian to visit the
child, to plan together with the agency for the child's treatment needs, to be available and
accessible to the agency to make treatment decisions, and to obtain necessary medical,
dental, and other care for the child; and

(4) applies to voluntary foster care when the child's parent and the agency agree that
the child's treatment needs require foster care either:

(i) due to a level of care determination by the agency's screening team informed by
the diagnostic and functional assessment under section 245.4885; or

(ii) due to a determination regarding the level of services needed by the responsible
social services' screening team under section 256B.092, and Minnesota Rules, parts
9525.0004 to 9525.0016.

(d) This chapter does not apply when there is a current determination under section
626.556 that the child requires child protective services or when the child is in foster care
for any reason other than treatment for the child's emotional disturbance or developmental
disability or related condition. When there is a determination under section 626.556 that
the child requires child protective services based on an assessment that there are safety
and risk issues for the child that have not been mitigated through the parent's engagement
in services or otherwise, or when the child is in foster care for any reason other than
the child's emotional disturbance or developmental disability or related condition, the
provisions of chapter 260C apply.

(e) The paramount consideration in all proceedings concerning a child in voluntary
foster care for treatment is the safety, health, and the best interests of the child. The
purpose of this chapter is:

(1) to ensure a child with a disability is provided the services necessary to treat or
ameliorate the symptoms of the child's disability;

(2) to preserve and strengthen the child's family ties whenever possible and in the
child's best interests, approving the child's placement away from the child's parents only
when the child's need for care or treatment requires it and the child cannot be maintained
in the home of the parent; and

(3) to ensure the child's parent retains legal custody of the child and associated
decision-making authority unless the child's parent willfully fails or is unable to make
decisions that meet the child's safety, health, and best interests. The court may not find
that the parent willfully fails or is unable to make decisions that meet the child's needs
solely because the parent disagrees with the agency's choice of foster care facility, unless
the agency files a petition under chapter 260C, and establishes by clear and convincing
evidence that the child is in need of protection or services.

(f) The legal parent-child relationship shall be supported under this chapter by
maintaining the parent's legal authority and responsibility for ongoing planning for the
child and by the agency's assisting the parent, where necessary, to exercise the parent's
ongoing right and obligation to visit or to have reasonable contact with the child. Ongoing
planning means:

(1) actively participating in the planning and provision of educational services,
medical, and dental care for the child;

(2) actively planning and participating with the agency and the foster care facility
for the child's treatment needs; and

(3) planning to meet the child's need for safety, stability, and permanency, and the
child's need to stay connected to the child's family and community.

(g) The provisions of section 260.012 to ensure placement prevention, family
reunification, and all active and reasonable effort requirements of that section apply. This
chapter shall be construed consistently with the requirements of the Indian Child Welfare
Act of 1978, United States Code, title 25, section 1901, et al., and the provisions of the
Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act, sections 260.751 to 260.835.