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HF 2294

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 03/05/2012 10:19am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to human services; providing a supplementary rate for a certain group
residential housing provider; modifying the general assistance program;
modifying early childhood learning and child protection facilities; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 256D.06, subdivision 1b; 256E.37, subdivision
1; 256I.05, subdivision 1e.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 256D.06, subdivision 1b, is amended to
read:


Subd. 1b.

Earned income savings account.

In addition to the $50 disregard
required under subdivision 1, the county agency shall disregard an additional earned
income up to a maximum of deleted text begin$150deleted text endnew text begin $500new text end per month for: (1) persons residing in facilities
licensed under Minnesota Rules, parts 9520.0500 to 9520.0690 and 9530.2500 to
9530.4000, and for whom discharge and work are part of a treatment plan; (2) persons
living in supervised apartments with services funded under Minnesota Rules, parts
9535.0100 to 9535.1600, and for whom discharge and work are part of a treatment plan;
and (3) persons residing in group residential housing, as that term is defined in section
256I.03, subdivision 3, for whom the county agency has approved a discharge plan
which includes work. The additional amount disregarded must be placed in a separate
savings account by the eligible individual, to be used upon discharge from the residential
facility into the community. For individuals residing in a chemical dependency program
licensed under Minnesota Rules, part 9530.4100, subpart 22, item D, withdrawals from
the savings account require the signature of the individual and for those individuals with
an authorized representative payee, the signature of the payee. A maximum of deleted text begin$1,000deleted text endnew text begin
$2,000
new text end, including interest, of the money in the savings account must be excluded from
the resource limits established by section 256D.08, subdivision 1, clause (1). Amounts in
that account in excess of deleted text begin$1,000deleted text endnew text begin $2,000new text end must be applied to the resident's cost of care. If
excluded money is removed from the savings account by the eligible individual at any
time before the individual is discharged from the facility into the community, the money is
income to the individual in the month of receipt and a resource in subsequent months. If
an eligible individual moves from a community facility to an inpatient hospital setting,
the separate savings account is an excluded asset for up to 18 months. During that time,
amounts that accumulate in excess of the deleted text begin$1,000deleted text endnew text begin $2,000new text end savings limit must be applied to
the patient's cost of care. If the patient continues to be hospitalized at the conclusion of the
18-month period, the entire account must be applied to the patient's cost of care.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 256E.37, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Grant authority.

The commissioner may make grants to state
agencies and political subdivisions to construct or rehabilitate facilities for early childhood
programs, crisis nurseries, or parenting time centers. The following requirements apply:

(1) The facilities must be owned by the state or a political subdivision, but may
be leased under section 16A.695 to organizations that operate the programs. The
commissioner must prescribe the terms and conditions of the leases.

(2) A grant for an individual facility must not exceed $500,000 for each program
that is housed in the facility, up to a maximum of $2,000,000 for a facility that houses
three programs or more. Programs include Head Start, School Readiness, Early Childhood
Family Education, licensed child care, and other early childhood intervention programs.

(3) State appropriations must be matched on a 50 percent basis with nonstate funds.
The matching requirement must apply program wide and not to individual grants.

new text begin (4) Grants are limited to facilities located in counties not included in the definition
under section 473.121, subdivision 4.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 256I.05, subdivision 1e, is amended to read:


Subd. 1e.

Supplementary rate for certain facilities.

new text begin(a) new text endNotwithstanding the
provisions of subdivisions 1a and 1c, beginning July 1, 2005, a county agency shall
negotiate a supplementary rate in addition to the rate specified in subdivision 1, not to
exceed $700 per month, including any legislatively authorized inflationary adjustments,
for a group residential housing provider that:

(1) is located in Hennepin County and has had a group residential housing contract
with the county since June 1996;

(2) operates in three separate locations a 75-bed facility, a 50-bed facility, and a
26-bed facility; and

(3) serves a chemically dependent clientele, providing 24 hours per day supervision
and limiting a resident's maximum length of stay to 13 months out of a consecutive
24-month period.

new text begin (b) Notwithstanding subdivisions 1a and 1c, beginning July 1, 2013, a county
agency shall negotiate a supplementary rate in addition to the rate specified in subdivision
1, not to exceed $700 per month, including any legislatively authorized inflationary
adjustments, for the group residential provider described under paragraph (a), not to
exceed an additional 175 beds.
new text end