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HF 3318

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/04/2020 04:30pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to human services; expanding the Metro Demo housing support program;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 256I.04, subdivision 3.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 256I.04, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Moratorium on development of housing support beds.

(a) Agencies shall
not enter into agreements for new housing support beds with total rates in excess of the
MSA equivalent rate except:

(1) for establishments licensed under chapter 245D provided the facility is needed to
meet the census reduction targets for persons with developmental disabilities at regional
treatment centers;

(2) up to 80 beds in a single, specialized facility located in Hennepin County that will
provide housing for chronic inebriates who are repetitive users of detoxification centers and
are refused placement in emergency shelters because of their state of intoxication, and
planning for the specialized facility must have been initiated before July 1, 1991, in
anticipation of receiving a grant from the Housing Finance Agency under section 462A.05,
subdivision 20a
, paragraph (b);

(3) notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision 2a, for up to deleted text begin226deleted text endnew text begin 376new text end supportive
housing units in Anoka,new text begin Carver,new text end Dakota, Hennepin, deleted text beginordeleted text end Ramseynew text begin, Scott, or Washingtonnew text end County
for homeless adults with a mental illness, a history of substance abuse, or human
immunodeficiency virus or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. For purposes of this
section, "homeless adult" means a person who is living on the street or in a shelter or
discharged from a regional treatment center, community hospital, or residential treatment
program and has no appropriate housing available and lacks the resources and support
necessary to access appropriate housing. At least 70 percent of the supportive housing units
must serve homeless adults with mental illness, substance abuse problems, or human
immunodeficiency virus or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome who are about to be or,
within the previous six months, have been discharged from a regional treatment center, or
a state-contracted psychiatric bed in a community hospital, or a residential mental health
or chemical dependency treatment program. If a person meets the requirements of subdivision
1, paragraph (a), and receives a federal or state housing subsidy, the housing support rate
for that person is limited to the supplementary rate under section 256I.05, subdivision 1a,
and is determined by subtracting the amount of the person's countable income that exceeds
the MSA equivalent rate from the housing support supplementary service rate. A resident
in a demonstration project site who no longer participates in the demonstration program
shall retain eligibility for a housing support payment in an amount determined under section
256I.06, subdivision 8, using the MSA equivalent rate. Service funding under section
256I.05, subdivision 1a, will end June 30, 1997, if federal matching funds are available and
the services can be provided through a managed care entity. If federal matching funds are
not available, then service funding will continue under section 256I.05, subdivision 1a;

(4) for an additional two beds, resulting in a total of 32 beds, for a facility located in
Hennepin County providing services for recovering and chemically dependent men that has
had a housing support contract with the county and has been licensed as a board and lodge
facility with special services since 1980;

(5) for a housing support provider located in the city of St. Cloud, or a county contiguous
to the city of St. Cloud, that operates a 40-bed facility, that received financing through the
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Ending Long-Term Homelessness Initiative and serves
chemically dependent clientele, providing 24-hour-a-day supervision;

(6) for a new 65-bed facility in Crow Wing County that will serve chemically dependent
persons, operated by a housing support provider that currently operates a 304-bed facility
in Minneapolis, and a 44-bed facility in Duluth;

(7) for a housing support provider that operates two ten-bed facilities, one located in
Hennepin County and one located in Ramsey County, that provide community support and
24-hour-a-day supervision to serve the mental health needs of individuals who have
chronically lived unsheltered; and

(8) for a facility authorized for recipients of housing support in Hennepin County with
a capacity of up to 48 beds that has been licensed since 1978 as a board and lodging facility
and that until August 1, 2007, operated as a licensed chemical dependency treatment program.

(b) An agency may enter into a housing support agreement for beds with rates in excess
of the MSA equivalent rate in addition to those currently covered under a housing support
agreement if the additional beds are only a replacement of beds with rates in excess of the
MSA equivalent rate which have been made available due to closure of a setting, a change
of licensure or certification which removes the beds from housing support payment, or as
a result of the downsizing of a setting authorized for recipients of housing support. The
transfer of available beds from one agency to another can only occur by the agreement of
both agencies.