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SF 608

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 06/17/2019 09:41am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to public health; establishing a domestic violence and sexual assault
prevention program; requiring reports; appropriating money; proposing coding
for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 145.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [145.987] DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT
PREVENTION PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Program establishment. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of health, through the
Department of Health's injury and violence prevention unit, shall administer the domestic
violence and sexual assault prevention program as established under this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Grant criteria. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall award grants to nonprofit
organizations for the purpose of funding programs that incorporate community-driven and
culturally relevant practices to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. Grants made
pursuant to this section may either (1) encourage the development and deployment of new
prevention efforts, or (2) enhance, sustain, or expand existing prevention efforts.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner of health shall award grants to nonprofit organizations supporting
activities that:
new text end

new text begin (1) promote the general development of domestic violence and sexual assault prevention
programs and activities;
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new text begin (2) implement prevention activities through community outreach that address the root
causes of domestic violence and sexual assault;
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new text begin (3) identify risk and protective factors for developing domestic violence and sexual
assault prevention strategies and outreach activities;
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new text begin (4) provide trauma-informed domestic violence and sexual assault prevention services;
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new text begin (5) educate youth and adults about healthy relationships and changing social norms;
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new text begin (6) develop culturally and linguistically appropriate domestic violence and sexual assault
prevention programs for historically underserved communities;
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new text begin (7) work collaboratively with educational institutions, including school districts, to
implement domestic violence and sexual assault prevention strategies for students, teachers,
and administrators; or
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new text begin (8) work collaboratively with other nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations,
and other community-based organizations to implement domestic violence and sexual assault
prevention strategies within their communities.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Definition. new text end

new text begin For purposes of this section, "domestic violence and sexual assault"
includes, but is not limited to, the following:
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new text begin (1) intimate partner violence, including emotional, psychological, and economic abuse;
new text end

new text begin (2) sex trafficking as defined in section 609.321, subdivision 7a;
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new text begin (3) domestic abuse as defined in section 518B.01, subdivision 2;
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new text begin (4) any criminal sexual conduct crime in sections 609.342 to 609.3453;
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new text begin (5) abusive international marriage; and
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new text begin (6) forced marriage.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Promotion; administration. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may spend up to 15 percent
of the total program funding for each fiscal year to promote and administer the program
authorized under this section and to provide technical assistance to program grantees.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Nonstate sources. new text end

new text begin The commissioner may accept contributions from nonstate
sources to supplement state appropriations for the program authorized under this section.
Contributions received under this subdivision are appropriated to the commissioner for
purposes of this section.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Program evaluation. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of health shall report by February
28 of each even-numbered year to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over health
detailing the expenditures of funds authorized under this section. The commissioner shall
use the data to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. The commissioner must include
in the report:
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new text begin (1) the number of organizations receiving grant money under this section;
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new text begin (2) the number of individuals served by the grant program;
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new text begin (3) a description and analysis of the practices implemented by program grantees; and
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new text begin (4) best practices recommendations to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault,
including best practices recommendations that are culturally relevant to historically
underserved communities.
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new text begin (b) Any organization receiving grant money under this section must collect and make
available to the commissioner of health aggregate data related to the activity funded by the
grant program under this section.
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new text begin (c) The commissioner of health shall use the information and data from the program
evaluation under paragraph (a), including best practices and culturally specific responses,
to inform the administration of existing Department of Health programming and the
development of Department of Health policies, programs, and procedures.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT
PREVENTION PROGRAM.
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new text begin $2,500,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $2,500,000 in fiscal year 2021 are appropriated from
the general fund to the commissioner of health for purposes of the domestic violence and
sexual assault prevention program under Minnesota Statutes, section 145.987.
new text end