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HF 4586

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/24/2022 01:59pm

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underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to health care; requiring the commissioner of health to award grants to
health care entities for programs aimed at improving mental health of health care
professionals; appropriating money.

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

Section 1.

new text begin MENTAL HEALTH GRANTS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Grants authorized. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of health shall develop a grant
program to award grants to health care entities, including but not limited to health care
systems, hospitals, nursing facilities, community health clinics or consortium of clinics,
federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, or health professional associations
for the purpose of establishing or expanding programs focused on improving the mental
health of health care professionals.
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new text begin (b) Grants shall be awarded for programs that are evidenced-based or evidenced-informed
and are focused on addressing the mental health of health care professionals by:
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new text begin (1) identifying and addressing the barriers to and stigma among health care professionals
associated with seeking self-care, including mental health and substance use disorder services;
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new text begin (2) encouraging health care professionals to seek support and care for mental health and
substance use disorder concerns;
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new text begin (3) identifying risk factors associated with suicide and other mental health conditions;
or
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new text begin (4) developing and making available resources to support health care professionals with
self-care and resiliency.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Allocation of grants. new text end

new text begin (a) To receive a grant, a health care entity must submit
an application to the commissioner by the deadline established by the commissioner. An
application must be on a form and contain information as specified by the commissioner
and at a minimum must contain:
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new text begin (1) a description of the purpose of the program for which the grant funds will be used;
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new text begin (2) a description of the achievable objectives of the program and how these objectives
will be met; and
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new text begin (3) a process for documenting and evaluating the results of the program.
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new text begin (b) The commissioner shall give priority to programs that involve peer-to-peer support.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Evaluation. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall evaluate the overall effectiveness of the
grant program by conducting a periodic evaluation of the impact and outcomes of the grant
program on health care professional burnout and retention. The commissioner shall submit
the results of the evaluation and any recommendations for improving the grant program to
the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction
over health care policy and finance by October 15, 2024.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $5,000,000 in fiscal year 2023 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner
of health for the health care professionals mental health grant program established under
section 1. This is a onetime appropriation.
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