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HF 1907

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 01/24/2012 10:50am

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

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 01/23/2012

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying personal care assistance provisions;
appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section
256B.0659, subdivisions 11, 28.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 256B.0659, subdivision 11,
is amended to read:

Subd. 11.

Personal care assistant; requirements.

(a) A personal care assistant
must meet the following requirements:

(1) be at least 18 years of age with the exception of persons who are 16 or 17 years
of age with these additional requirements:

(i) supervision by a qualified professional every 60 days; and

(ii) employment by only one personal care assistance provider agency responsible
for compliance with current labor laws;

(2) be employed by a personal care assistance provider agency;

(3) enroll with the department as a personal care assistant after clearing a background
study. Except as provided in subdivision 11a, before a personal care assistant provides
services, the personal care assistance provider agency must initiate a background study on
the personal care assistant under chapter 245C, and the personal care assistance provider
agency must have received a notice from the commissioner that the personal care assistant

(i) not disqualified under section 245C.14; or

(ii) is disqualified, but the personal care assistant has received a set aside of the
disqualification under section 245C.22;

(4) be able to effectively communicate with the recipient and personal care
assistance provider agency;

(5) be able to provide covered personal care assistance services according to the
recipient's personal care assistance care plan, respond appropriately to recipient needs,
and report changes in the recipient's condition to the supervising qualified professional
or physician;

(6) not be a consumer of personal care assistance services;

(7) maintain daily written records including, but not limited to, time sheets under
subdivision 12;

(8) effective January 1, 2010, complete standardized training as determined
by the commissioner before completing enrollment. The training must be available
in languages other than English and to those who need accommodations due to
disabilities. Personal care assistant training must include successful completion of the
following training components: basic first aid, vulnerable adult, child maltreatment,
OSHA universal precautions, basic roles and responsibilities of personal care assistants
including information about assistance with lifting and transfers for recipients, emergency
preparedness, orientation to positive behavioral practices, fraud issues, and completion of
time sheets. Upon completion of the training components, the personal care assistant must
demonstrate the competency to provide assistance to recipients;

(9) complete training and orientation on the needs of the recipient within the first
seven days after the services begin; and

(10) be limited to providing and being paid for up to 275 hours per month, except
that this limit shall be 275 hours per month for the period July 1, 2009, through June 30,
2011, of personal care assistance services regardless of the number of recipients being
served or the number of personal care assistance provider agencies enrolled with. The
number of hours worked per day shall not be disallowed by the department unless in
violation of the law.

(b) A legal guardian may be a personal care assistant if the guardian is not being paid
for the guardian services and meets the criteria for personal care assistants in paragraph (a).

(c) Persons who do not qualify as a personal care assistant include parents and
stepparents of minors, spouses, paid legal guardians, family foster care providers, except
as otherwise allowed in section 256B.0625, subdivision 19a, or staff of a residential
setting. deleted text beginWhen the personal care assistant is a relative of the recipient, the commissioner
shall pay 80 percent of the provider rate. For purposes of this section, relative means the
parent or adoptive parent of an adult child, a sibling aged 16 years or older, an adult child,
a grandparent, or a grandchild.
deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2012.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2011 Supplement, section 256B.0659, subdivision 28,
is amended to read:

Subd. 28.

Personal care assistance provider agency; required documentation.

(a) Required documentation must be completed and kept in the personal care assistance
provider agency file or the recipient's home residence. The required documentation
consists of:

(1) employee files, including:

(i) applications for employment;

(ii) background study requests and results;

(iii) orientation records about the agency policies;

(iv) trainings completed with demonstration of competence;

(v) supervisory visits;

(vi) evaluations of employment; and

(vii) signature on fraud statement;

(2) recipient files, including:

(i) demographics;

(ii) emergency contact information and emergency backup plan;

(iii) personal care assistance service plan;

(iv) personal care assistance care plan;

(v) month-to-month service use plan;

(vi) all communication records;

(vii) start of service information, including the written agreement with recipient; and

(viii) date the home care bill of rights was given to the recipient;

(3) agency policy manual, including:

(i) policies for employment and termination;

(ii) grievance policies with resolution of consumer grievances;

(iii) staff and consumer safety;

(iv) staff misconduct; and

(v) staff hiring, service delivery, staff and consumer safety, staff misconduct, and
resolution of consumer grievances;

(4) time sheets for each personal care assistant along with completed activity sheets
for each recipient served;new text begin and
new text end

(5) agency marketing and advertising materials and documentation of marketing
activities and costsdeleted text begin; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (6) for each personal care assistant, whether or not the personal care assistant is
providing care to a relative as defined in subdivision 11
deleted text end.

(b) The commissioner may assess a fine of up to $500 on provider agencies that do
not consistently comply with the requirements of this subdivision.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2012.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin (a) $14,921,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2013 from the general fund to the
commissioner of human services for purposes of the personal care assistance program
under Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.0659.
new text end

new text begin (b) $14,921,000 is transferred in fiscal year 2013 from the budget reserve account in
the general fund to the unrestricted general fund.
new text end