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SF 1340

4th Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 05/15/2014 11:04am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying provisions related to licensing data, human
services licensing, child care programs, financial fraud and abuse investigations,
and vendors of chemical dependency treatment services; modifying background
studies; establishing a foreign trained physician task force; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2012, sections 13.46, subdivisions 3, 4; 119B.125, subdivision 1b;
168.012, subdivision 1; 245A.02, subdivision 5a; 245A.04, subdivisions 1, 5,
11; 245A.07, subdivision 2, by adding a subdivision; 245A.08, subdivision 5a;
245A.146, subdivisions 3, 4; 245A.65, subdivision 1; 245A.66, subdivision
1; 245C.04, as amended; 245C.05, subdivision 6; 245C.16, subdivision 1;
245C.20, subdivision 1; 245C.22, subdivision 1; 245C.23, subdivision 2;
245C.28, subdivisions 1, 3; 245C.29, subdivision 2; 254B.05, subdivision 5;
256.01, subdivision 18d; 471.346; Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, sections
245A.07, subdivision 2a; 245A.08, subdivision 2a; 245A.50, subdivision
4; 245C.08, subdivision 1; 256.045, subdivision 3b; 268.19, subdivision 1;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 245A.

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

ARTICLE 1

DATA PRACTICES

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 13.46, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Investigative data.

(a) Data on persons, including data on vendors of
services, licensees, and applicants that is collected, maintained, used, or disseminated
by the welfare system in an investigation, authorized by statute, and relating to the
enforcement of rules or law are confidential data on individuals pursuant to section 13.02,
subdivision 3
, or protected nonpublic data not on individuals pursuant to section 13.02,
subdivision 13
, and shall not be disclosed except:

(1) pursuant to section 13.05;

(2) pursuant to statute or valid court order;

(3) to a party named in a civil or criminal proceeding, administrative or judicial, for
preparation of defense; or

(4) to provide notices required or permitted by statute.

The data referred to in this subdivision shall be classified as public data upon
submission to an administrative law judge or court in an administrative or judicial
proceeding. Inactive welfare investigative data shall be treated as provided in section
13.39, subdivision 3.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision in law, the commissioner of human services
shall provide all active and inactive investigative data, including the name of the reporter
of alleged maltreatment under section 626.556 or 626.557, to the ombudsman for mental
health and developmental disabilities upon the request of the ombudsman.

(c) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) and section 13.39, the existence of an
investigation by the commissioner of possible overpayments of public funds to a service
provider deleted text beginis public data during an investigationdeleted text endnew text begin or recipient may be disclosed if the
commissioner determines that it will not compromise the investigation
new text end.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 13.46, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Licensing data.

(a) As used in this subdivision:

(1) "licensing data" are all data collected, maintained, used, or disseminated by the
welfare system pertaining to persons licensed or registered or who apply for licensure
or registration or who formerly were licensed or registered under the authority of the
commissioner of human services;

(2) "client" means a person who is receiving services from a licensee or from an
applicant for licensure; and

(3) "personal and personal financial data" are Social Security numbers, identity
of and letters of reference, insurance information, reports from the Bureau of Criminal
Apprehension, health examination reports, and social/home studies.

(b)(1)(i) Except as provided in paragraph (c), the following data on applicants,
license holders, and former licensees are public: name, address, telephone number of
licensees, date of receipt of a completed application, dates of licensure, licensed capacity,
type of client preferred, variances granted, record of training and education in child care
and child development, type of dwelling, name and relationship of other family members,
previous license history, class of license, the existence and status of complaints, and the
number of serious injuries to or deaths of individuals in the licensed program as reported
to the commissioner of human services, the local social services agency, or any other
county welfare agency. For purposes of this clause, a serious injury is one that is treated
by a physician.

(ii) When a correction order, an order to forfeit a fine, an order of license suspension,
an order of temporary immediate suspension, an order of license revocation, an order of
license denial, or an order of conditional license has been issued, or a complaint is resolved,
the following data on current and former licensees and applicants are public: new text beginthe general
nature of the complaint or allegations leading to the temporary immediate suspension;
new text endthe
substance and investigative findings of the licensing or maltreatment complaint, licensing
violation, or substantiated maltreatment; new text beginthe existence of settlement negotiations; new text endthe
record of informal resolution of a licensing violation; orders of hearing; findings of fact;
conclusions of law; specifications of the final correction order, fine, suspension, temporary
immediate suspension, revocation, denial, or conditional license contained in the record of
licensing action; whether a fine has been paid; and the status of any appeal of these actions.

(iii) When a license denial under section 245A.05 or a sanction under section
245A.07 is based on a determination that deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text begin anew text end license holder deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end applicantnew text begin, or controlling
individual
new text end is responsible for maltreatment under section 626.556 or 626.557, the identity
of the applicant deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end license holdernew text begin, or controlling individualnew text end as the individual responsible
for maltreatment is public data at the time of the issuance of the license denial or sanction.

(iv) When a license denial under section 245A.05 or a sanction under section
245A.07 is based on a determination that deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text begin anew text end license holder deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end applicantnew text begin, or controlling
individual
new text end is disqualified under chapter 245C, the identity of the license holder deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,
new text end applicantnew text begin, or controlling individualnew text end as the disqualified individual and the reason for
the disqualification are public data at the time of the issuance of the licensing sanction
or denial. If the applicant deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end license holdernew text begin, or controlling individualnew text end requests
reconsideration of the disqualification and the disqualification is affirmed, the reason for
the disqualification and the reason to not set aside the disqualification are public data.

(2) Notwithstanding sections 626.556, subdivision 11, and 626.557, subdivision 12b,
when any person subject to disqualification under section 245C.14 in connection with a
license to provide family day care for children, child care center services, foster care for
children in the provider's home, or foster care or day care services for adults in the provider's
home is a substantiated perpetrator of maltreatment, and the substantiated maltreatment is
a reason for a licensing action, the identity of the substantiated perpetrator of maltreatment
is public data. For purposes of this clause, a person is a substantiated perpetrator if the
maltreatment determination has been upheld under section 256.045; 626.556, subdivision
10i
; 626.557, subdivision 9d; or chapter 14, or if an individual or facility has not timely
exercised appeal rights under these sections, except as provided under clause (1).

(3) For applicants who withdraw their application prior to licensure or denial of a
license, the following data are public: the name of the applicant, the city and county in
which the applicant was seeking licensure, the dates of the commissioner's receipt of the
initial application and completed application, the type of license sought, and the date
of withdrawal of the application.

(4) For applicants who are denied a license, the following data are public: the
name and address of the applicant, the city and county in which the applicant was
seeking licensure, the dates of the commissioner's receipt of the initial application and
completed application, the type of license sought, the date of denial of the application, the
nature of the basis for the denial, new text beginthe existence of settlement negotiations, new text endthe record of
informal resolution of a denial, orders of hearings, findings of fact, conclusions of law,
specifications of the final order of denial, and the status of any appeal of the denial.

(5) The following data on persons subject to disqualification under section 245C.14 in
connection with a license to provide family day care for children, child care center services,
foster care for children in the provider's home, or foster care or day care services for adults
in the provider's home, are public: the nature of any disqualification set aside under section
245C.22, subdivisions 2 and 4, and the reasons for setting aside the disqualification; the
nature of any disqualification for which a variance was granted under sections 245A.04,
subdivision 9
; and 245C.30, and the reasons for granting any variance under section
245A.04, subdivision 9; and, if applicable, the disclosure that any person subject to
a background study under section 245C.03, subdivision 1, has successfully passed a
background study. If a licensing sanction under section 245A.07, or a license denial under
section 245A.05, is based on a determination that an individual subject to disqualification
under chapter 245C is disqualified, the disqualification as a basis for the licensing sanction
or denial is public data. As specified in clause (1), item (iv), if the disqualified individual
is the license holder deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end applicantnew text begin, or controlling individualnew text end, the identity of the license
holder deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end applicantnew text begin, or controlling individualnew text end and the reason for the disqualification are
public data; and, if the license holder deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end applicantnew text begin, or controlling individualnew text end requested
reconsideration of the disqualification and the disqualification is affirmed, the reason for
the disqualification and the reason to not set aside the disqualification are public data. If
the disqualified individual is an individual other than the license holder deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end applicantnew text begin, or
controlling individual
new text end, the identity of the disqualified individual shall remain private data.

(6) When maltreatment is substantiated under section 626.556 or 626.557 and the
victim and the substantiated perpetrator are affiliated with a program licensed under
chapter 245A, the commissioner of human services, local social services agency, or
county welfare agency may inform the license holder where the maltreatment occurred of
the identity of the substantiated perpetrator and the victim.

(7) Notwithstanding clause (1), for child foster care, only the name of the license
holder and the status of the license are public if the county attorney has requested that data
otherwise classified as public data under clause (1) be considered private data based on the
best interests of a child in placement in a licensed program.

(c) The following are private data on individuals under section 13.02, subdivision
12
, or nonpublic data under section 13.02, subdivision 9: personal and personal financial
data on family day care program and family foster care program applicants and licensees
and their family members who provide services under the license.

(d) The following are private data on individuals: the identity of persons who have
made reports concerning licensees or applicants that appear in inactive investigative data,
and the records of clients or employees of the licensee or applicant for licensure whose
records are received by the licensing agency for purposes of review or in anticipation of a
contested matter. The names of reporters of complaints or alleged violations of licensing
standards under chapters 245A, 245B, 245C, and applicable rules and alleged maltreatment
under sections 626.556 and 626.557, are confidential data and may be disclosed only as
provided in section 626.556, subdivision 11, or 626.557, subdivision 12b.

(e) Data classified as private, confidential, nonpublic, or protected nonpublic under
this subdivision become public data if submitted to a court or administrative law judge as
part of a disciplinary proceeding in which there is a public hearing concerning a license
which has been suspended, immediately suspended, revoked, or denied.

(f) Data generated in the course of licensing investigations that relate to an alleged
violation of law are investigative data under subdivision 3.

(g) Data that are not public data collected, maintained, used, or disseminated under
this subdivision that relate to or are derived from a report as defined in section 626.556,
subdivision 2
, or 626.5572, subdivision 18, are subject to the destruction provisions of
sections 626.556, subdivision 11c, and 626.557, subdivision 12b.

(h) Upon request, not public data collected, maintained, used, or disseminated under
this subdivision that relate to or are derived from a report of substantiated maltreatment as
defined in section 626.556 or 626.557 may be exchanged with the Department of Health
for purposes of completing background studies pursuant to section 144.057 and with
the Department of Corrections for purposes of completing background studies pursuant
to section 241.021.

(i) Data on individuals collected according to licensing activities under chapters
245A and 245C, data on individuals collected by the commissioner of human services
according to investigations under chapters 245A, 245B, and 245C, and sections 626.556
and 626.557 may be shared with the Department of Human Rights, the Department
of Health, the Department of Corrections, the ombudsman for mental health and
developmental disabilities, and the individual's professional regulatory board when there
is reason to believe that laws or standards under the jurisdiction of those agencies may
have been violated or the information may otherwise be relevant to the board's regulatory
jurisdiction. Background study data on an individual who is the subject of a background
study under chapter 245C for a licensed service for which the commissioner of human
services is the license holder may be shared with the commissioner and the commissioner's
delegate by the licensing division. Unless otherwise specified in this chapter, the identity
of a reporter of alleged maltreatment or licensing violations may not be disclosed.

(j) In addition to the notice of determinations required under section 626.556,
subdivision 10f
, if the commissioner or the local social services agency has determined
that an individual is a substantiated perpetrator of maltreatment of a child based on sexual
abuse, as defined in section 626.556, subdivision 2, and the commissioner or local social
services agency knows that the individual is a person responsible for a child's care in
another facility, the commissioner or local social services agency shall notify the head
of that facility of this determination. The notification must include an explanation of the
individual's available appeal rights and the status of any appeal. If a notice is given under
this paragraph, the government entity making the notification shall provide a copy of the
notice to the individual who is the subject of the notice.

(k) All not public data collected, maintained, used, or disseminated under this
subdivision and subdivision 3 may be exchanged between the Department of Human
Services, Licensing Division, and the Department of Corrections for purposes of
regulating services for which the Department of Human Services and the Department
of Corrections have regulatory authority.

Sec. 3. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin This article is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

ARTICLE 2

LICENSING

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 119B.125, subdivision 1b, is amended to
read:


Subd. 1b.

Training required.

(a) Effective November 1, 2011, prior to initial
authorization as required in subdivision 1, a legal nonlicensed family child care provider
must complete first aid and CPR training and provide the verification of first aid and CPR
training to the county. The training documentation must have valid effective dates as of
the date the registration request is submitted to the county deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin.new text end The training must have
been provided by an individual approved to provide first aid and CPR instructionnew text begin and have
included CPR techniques for infants and children
new text end.

(b) Legal nonlicensed family child care providers with an authorization effective
before November 1, 2011, must be notified of the requirements before October 1, 2011, or
at authorization, and must meet the requirements upon renewal of an authorization that
occurs on or after January 1, 2012.

(c) Upon each reauthorization after the authorization period when the initial first aid
and CPR training requirements are met, a legal nonlicensed family child care provider
must provide verification of at least eight hours of additional training listed in the
Minnesota Center for Professional Development Registry.

(d) This subdivision only applies to legal nonlicensed family child care providers.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245A.02, subdivision 5a, is amended to read:


Subd. 5a.

Controlling individual.

"Controlling individual" means a public body,
governmental agency, business entity, officer, owner, or managerial official whose
responsibilities include the direction of the management or policies of a program. For
purposes of this subdivision, owner means an individual who has direct or indirect
ownership interest in a corporation, partnership, or other business association issued a
license under this chapter. For purposes of this subdivision, managerial official means
those individuals who have the decision-making authority related to the operation of
the program, and the responsibility for the ongoing management of or direction of the
policies, services, or employees of the program. new text beginA site director who has no ownership
interest in the program is not considered to be a managerial official for purposes of this
definition.
new text endControlling individual does not include:

(1) a bank, savings bank, trust company, savings association, credit union, industrial
loan and thrift company, investment banking firm, or insurance company unless the entity
operates a program directly or through a subsidiary;

(2) an individual who is a state or federal official, or state or federal employee, or a
member or employee of the governing body of a political subdivision of the state or
federal government that operates one or more programs, unless the individual is also an
officer, owner, or managerial official of the program, receives remuneration from the
program, or owns any of the beneficial interests not excluded in this subdivision;

(3) an individual who owns less than five percent of the outstanding common
shares of a corporation:

(i) whose securities are exempt under section 80A.45, clause (6); or

(ii) whose transactions are exempt under section 80A.46, clause (2); or

(4) an individual who is a member of an organization exempt from taxation under
section 290.05, unless the individual is also an officer, owner, or managerial official of
the program or owns any of the beneficial interests not excluded in this subdivision. This
clause does not exclude from the definition of controlling individual an organization that
is exempt from taxation.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245A.04, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Application for licensure.

(a) An individual, corporation,
partnership, voluntary association, other organization or controlling individual that is
subject to licensure under section 245A.03 must apply for a license. The application
must be made on the forms and in the manner prescribed by the commissioner. The
commissioner shall provide the applicant with instruction in completing the application
and provide information about the rules and requirements of other state agencies that affect
the applicant. An applicant seeking licensure in Minnesota with headquarters outside of
Minnesota must have a program office located within the state.

The commissioner shall act on the application within 90 working days after a
complete application and any required reports have been received from other state
agencies or departments, counties, municipalities, or other political subdivisions. The
commissioner shall not consider an application to be complete until the commissioner
receives all of the information required under section 245C.05.

When the commissioner receives an application for initial licensure that is incomplete
because the applicant failed to submit required documents or that is substantially
deficient because the documents submitted do not meet licensing requirements, the
commissioner shall provide the applicant written notice that the application is incomplete
or substantially deficient. In the written notice to the applicant the commissioner shall
identify documents that are missing or deficient and give the applicant 45 days to resubmit
a second application that is substantially complete. An applicant's failure to submit a
substantially complete application after receiving notice from the commissioner is a basis
for license denial under section 245A.05.

(b) An application for licensure must identify all controlling individuals and must
specify an agent who is responsible for dealing with the commissioner of human services
on all matters provided for in this chapter and on whom service of all notices and orders
must be made. The agent must be authorized to accept service on behalf of all of the
controlling individuals of the program. Service on the agent is service on all of the
controlling individuals of the program. It is not a defense to any action arising under this
chapter that service was not made on each controlling individual of the program. The
designation of one or more controlling individuals as agents under this paragraph does not
affect the legal responsibility of any other controlling individual under this chapter.

(c) An applicant or license holder must have a policy that prohibits license holders,
employees, subcontractors, and volunteers, when directly responsible for persons served
by the program, from abusing prescription medication or being in any manner under
the influence of a chemical that impairs the individual's ability to provide services or
care. The license holder must train employees, subcontractors, and volunteers about the
program's drug and alcohol policy.

(d) An applicant and license holder must have a program grievance procedure that
permits persons served by the program and their authorized representatives to bring a
grievance to the highest level of authority in the program.

(e) The applicant must be able to demonstrate competent knowledge of the
applicable requirements of this chapter and chapter 245C, and the requirements of
other licensing statutes and rules applicable to the program or services for which the
applicant is seeking to be licensed. Effective January 1, 2013, the commissioner may
require the applicant, except for child foster care, to demonstrate competence in the
applicable licensing requirements by successfully completing a written examination. The
commissioner may develop a prescribed written examination format.

(f) When an applicant is an individual, the individual must providenew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1)new text end the applicant's new text begintaxpayer identification numbers including the new text endSocial Security
numbernew text begin, and federal employer identification number, if the applicant has employees;
new text end

new text begin (2) the complete business name, if any, and if doing business under a different name,
the doing business as (DBA) name, as registered with the secretary of state;
new text end and

new text begin (3)new text end a notarized signature of the applicant.

(g) When an applicant is a nonindividual, the applicant must provide thenew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1)new text end applicant's new text begintaxpayer identification numbers including the new text endMinnesota tax
identification numberdeleted text begin, thedeleted text endnew text begin and federal employer identification number;
new text end

new text begin (2) complete business name, and if doing business under a different name, the doing
business as (DBA) name, as registered with the secretary of state;
new text end

new text begin (3)new text end first, middle, and last name, and address for all individuals who will be
controlling individuals, including all officers, owners, and managerial officials as defined
in section 245A.02, subdivision 5a, and the date that the background study was initiated
by the applicant for each controlling individualdeleted text begin. The applicant must also provide thedeleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (4)new text end first, middle, and last name, mailing address, and notarized signature of the agent
authorized by the applicant to accept service on behalf of the controlling individuals.

(h) At the time of application for licensure or renewal of a license, the applicant
or license holder must acknowledge on the form provided by the commissioner if the
applicant or license holder elects to receive any public funding reimbursement from the
commissioner for services provided under the license that:

(1) the applicant's or license holder's compliance with the provider enrollment
agreement or registration requirements for receipt of public funding may be monitored by
the commissioner as part of a licensing investigation or licensing inspection; and

(2) noncompliance with the provider enrollment agreement or registration
requirements for receipt of public funding that is identified through a licensing
investigation or licensing inspection, or noncompliance with a licensing requirement that
is a basis of enrollment for reimbursement for a service, may result in:

(i) a correction order or a conditional license under section 245A.06, or sanctions
under section 245A.07;

(ii) nonpayment of claims submitted by the license holder for public program
reimbursement;

(iii) recovery of payments made for the service;

(iv) disenrollment in the public payment program; or

(v) other administrative, civil, or criminal penalties as provided by law.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245A.04, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Commissioner's right of access.

new text begin(a) new text endWhen the commissioner is exercising
the powers conferred by this chapter and sections 245.69, 626.556, and 626.557, the
commissioner must be given access tonew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1)new text end the physical plant and grounds where the program is provideddeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (2)new text end documents and records, including records maintained in electronic formatdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (3)new text end persons served by the programdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin;new text end and

new text begin (4)new text end staff new text beginand personnel records of current and former staff new text endwhenever the program is in
operation and the information is relevant to inspections or investigations conducted by the
commissioner. new text beginUpon request, the license holder must provide the commissioner verification
of documentation of staff work experience, training, or educational requirements.
new text end

The commissioner must be given access without prior notice and as often as
the commissioner considers necessary if the commissioner is investigating alleged
maltreatment, conducting a licensing inspection, or investigating an alleged violation of
applicable laws or rules. In conducting inspections, the commissioner may request and
shall receive assistance from other state, county, and municipal governmental agencies and
departments. The applicant or license holder shall allow the commissioner to photocopy,
photograph, and make audio and video tape recordings during the inspection of the
program at the commissioner's expense. The commissioner shall obtain a court order or
the consent of the subject of the records or the parents or legal guardian of the subject
before photocopying hospital medical records.

new text begin (b) new text endPersons served by the program have the right to refuse to consent to be
interviewed, photographed, or audio or videotaped. Failure or refusal of an applicant
or license holder to fully comply with this subdivision is reasonable cause for the
commissioner to deny the application or immediately suspend or revoke the license.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245A.04, subdivision 11, is amended to read:


Subd. 11.

Education program; permitted ages, additional requirement.

(a)
Except for foster care, the commissioner of human services may not grant a license to a
residential facility for the placement of children before the commissioner has received
documentation of approval of the new text beginon-site new text endeducational program from the commissioner of
education according to section 125A.515.

(b) A program licensed by the commissioner under Minnesota Rules, chapter 2960,
may serve persons who are over the age of 18 but under the age of 21 when the person is:

(1) completing secondary education or a program leading to an equivalent credential;

(2) enrolled in an institution which provides postsecondary or vocational education;

(3) participating in a program or activity designed to promote, or remove barriers to,
employment;

(4) employed for at least 80 hours per month; or

(5) incapable of doing any of the activities described in clauses (1) to (4) due to a
medical condition, which incapability is supported by regularly updated information in the
case plan of the person.

(c) In addition to the requirements in paragraph (b), a residential program licensed
by the commissioner of human services under Minnesota Rules, parts 2960.0010 to
2960.0710, may serve persons under the age of 21 provided the facility complies with the
following requirements:

(1) for each person age 18 and older served at the program, the program must assess
and document the person's risk of victimizing other residents residing in the facility, and
based on the assessment, the facility must develop and implement necessary measures
to minimize any risk of harm to other residents, including making arrangements for
appropriate sleeping arrangements; and

(2) the program must assure that the services and living arrangements provided to all
residents are suitable to the age and functioning of the residents, including separation of
services, staff supervision, and other program operations as appropriate.

(d) Nothing in this subdivision precludes the license holder from seeking other
variances under subdivision 9.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245A.07, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Temporary immediate suspension.

If the license holder's actions or
failure to comply with applicable law or rule, or the actions of other individuals or
conditions in the program pose an imminent risk of harm to the health, safety, or rights
of persons served by the program, new text beginor if while the program continues to operate pending
an appeal of an order of revocation the commissioner identifies one or more subsequent
violations of law or rule which may adversely affect the health or safety of persons served
by the program,
new text endthe commissioner shall act immediately to temporarily suspend the license.
No state funds shall be made available or be expended by any agency or department of
state, county, or municipal government for use by a license holder regulated under this
chapter while a license is under immediate suspension. A notice stating the reasons for the
immediate suspension and informing the license holder of the right to an expedited hearing
under chapter 14 and Minnesota Rules, parts 1400.8505 to 1400.8612, must be delivered
by personal service to the address shown on the application or the last known address of
the license holder. The license holder may appeal an order immediately suspending a
license. The appeal of an order immediately suspending a license must be made in writing
by certified mail or personal service. If mailed, the appeal must be postmarked and sent to
the commissioner within five calendar days after the license holder receives notice that the
license has been immediately suspended. If a request is made by personal service, it must
be received by the commissioner within five calendar days after the license holder received
the order. A license holder and any controlling individual shall discontinue operation of
the program upon receipt of the commissioner's order to immediately suspend the license.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 245A.07, subdivision 2a, is
amended to read:


Subd. 2a.

Immediate suspension expedited hearing.

(a) Within five working days
of receipt of the license holder's timely appeal, the commissioner shall request assignment
of an administrative law judge. The request must include a proposed date, time, and place
of a hearing. A hearing must be conducted by an administrative law judge within 30
calendar days of the request for assignment, unless an extension is requested by either
party and granted by the administrative law judge for good cause. The commissioner shall
issue a notice of hearing by certified mail or personal service at least ten working days
before the hearing. The scope of the hearing shall be limited solely to the issue of whether
the temporary immediate suspension should remain in effect pending the commissioner's
final order under section 245A.08, regarding a licensing sanction issued under subdivision
3 following the immediate suspension. The burden of proof in expedited hearings under
this subdivision shall be limited to the commissioner's demonstration that reasonable
cause exists to believe that the license holder's actions or failure to comply with applicable
law or rule poses, or if the actions of other individuals or conditions in the program
poses an imminent risk of harm to the health, safety, or rights of persons served by the
program. "Reasonable cause" means there exist specific articulable facts or circumstances
which provide the commissioner with a reasonable suspicion that there is an imminent
risk of harm to the health, safety, or rights of persons served by the program. When the
commissioner has determined there is reasonable cause to order the temporary immediate
suspension of a license based on a violation of safe sleep requirements, as defined in
section 245A.1435, the commissioner is not required to demonstrate that an infant died or
was injured as a result of the safe sleep violations.

(b) The administrative law judge shall issue findings of fact, conclusions, and a
recommendation within ten working days from the date of hearing. The parties shall
have ten calendar days to submit exceptions to the administrative law judge's report.
The record shall close at the end of the ten-day period for submission of exceptions.
The commissioner's final order shall be issued within ten working days from the close
of the record. new text beginWhen an appeal of a temporary immediate suspension is withdrawn or
dismissed, the commissioner shall issue a final order affirming the temporary immediate
suspension within ten calendar days of the commissioner's receipt of the withdrawal or
dismissal.
new text endWithin 90 calendar days after a final order affirming an immediate suspension,
the commissioner shall make a determination regarding whether a final licensing sanction
shall be issued under subdivision 3. The license holder shall continue to be prohibited
from operation of the program during this 90-day period.

(c) When the final order under paragraph (b) affirms an immediate suspension, and a
final licensing sanction is issued under subdivision 3 and the license holder appeals that
sanction, the license holder continues to be prohibited from operation of the program
pending a final commissioner's order under section 245A.08, subdivision 5, regarding the
final licensing sanction.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245A.07, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Time frame for conducting hearing. new text end

new text begin Within 15 working days of receipt
of the license holder's timely appeal of a sanction under this section other than a temporary
immediate suspension, the commissioner shall request assignment of an administrative
law judge. The commissioner's request must include a proposed date, time, and place of a
hearing. A hearing must be conducted by an administrative law judge within 90 calendar
days of the request for assignment, unless an extension is requested by either party and
granted by the administrative law judge for good cause or for purposes of discussing
settlement. In no case shall one or more extensions be granted for a total of more than 90
calendar days unless there is a criminal or juvenile court action pending against the license
holder or another individual subject to a background study.
new text end

Sec. 9.

new text begin [245A.075] DISQUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL; DENIAL, CONDITIONAL
LICENSE, REVOCATION.
new text end

new text begin (a) For the purpose of keeping a disqualified individual away from individuals
receiving services in a license holder's home, when the disqualified individual has
not received a set aside and a variance has not been granted under chapter 245C, the
commissioner may issue:
new text end

new text begin (1) an order of denial of an application;
new text end

new text begin (2) an order of conditional license; or
new text end

new text begin (3) an order of revocation.
new text end

new text begin (b) An order issued by the commissioner under this section is subject to notice and
appeal rights provided under this chapter as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) an order of denial of an application according to section 245A.05;
new text end

new text begin (2) an order of conditional license according to section 245A.06; and
new text end

new text begin (3) an order of revocation of a license according to section 245A.07.
new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 245A.08, subdivision 2a,
is amended to read:


Subd. 2a.

Consolidated contested case hearings.

(a) When a denial of a license
under section 245A.05 or a licensing sanction under section 245A.07, subdivision 3, is
based on a disqualification for which reconsideration was new text begintimely new text endrequested and which was
not set aside under section 245C.22, the scope of the contested case hearing shall include
the disqualification and the licensing sanction or denial of a license, unless otherwise
specified in this subdivision. When the licensing sanction or denial of a license is based on
a determination of maltreatment under section 626.556 or 626.557, or a disqualification
for serious or recurring maltreatment which was not set aside, the scope of the contested
case hearing shall include the maltreatment determination, disqualification, and the
licensing sanction or denial of a license, unless otherwise specified in this subdivision. In
such cases, a fair hearing under section 256.045 shall not be conducted as provided for in
sections 245C.27, 626.556, subdivision 10i, and 626.557, subdivision 9d.

(b) Except for family child care and child foster care, reconsideration of a
maltreatment determination under sections 626.556, subdivision 10i, and 626.557,
subdivision 9d, and reconsideration of a disqualification under section 245C.22, shall
not be conducted when:

(1) a denial of a license under section 245A.05, or a licensing sanction under section
245A.07, is based on a determination that the license holder is responsible for maltreatment
or the disqualification of a license holder is based on serious or recurring maltreatment;

(2) the denial of a license or licensing sanction is issued at the same time as the
maltreatment determination or disqualification; and

(3) the license holder appeals the maltreatment determination or disqualification,
and denial of a license or licensing sanction. In these cases, a fair hearing shall not be
conducted under sections 245C.27, 626.556, subdivision 10i, and 626.557, subdivision
9d. The scope of the contested case hearing must include the maltreatment determination,
disqualification, and denial of a license or licensing sanction.

Notwithstanding clauses (1) to (3), if the license holder appeals the maltreatment
determination or disqualification, but does not appeal the denial of a license or a licensing
sanction, reconsideration of the maltreatment determination shall be conducted under
sections 626.556, subdivision 10i, and 626.557, subdivision 9d, and reconsideration of the
disqualification shall be conducted under section 245C.22. In such cases, a fair hearing
shall also be conducted as provided under sections 245C.27, 626.556, subdivision 10i, and
626.557, subdivision 9d.

(c) In consolidated contested case hearings regarding sanctions issued in family
child care, child foster care, family adult day services, adult foster care, and community
residential settings, the county attorney shall defend the commissioner's orders in
accordance with section 245A.16, subdivision 4.

(d) The commissioner's final order under subdivision 5 is the final agency action
on the issue of maltreatment and disqualification, including for purposes of subsequent
background studies under chapter 245C and is the only administrative appeal of the final
agency determination, specifically, including a challenge to the accuracy and completeness
of data under section 13.04.

(e) When consolidated hearings under this subdivision involve a licensing sanction
based on a previous maltreatment determination for which the commissioner has issued
a final order in an appeal of that determination under section 256.045, or the individual
failed to exercise the right to appeal the previous maltreatment determination under
section 626.556, subdivision 10i, or 626.557, subdivision 9d, the commissioner's order is
conclusive on the issue of maltreatment. In such cases, the scope of the administrative
law judge's review shall be limited to the disqualification and the licensing sanction or
denial of a license. In the case of a denial of a license or a licensing sanction issued to
a facility based on a maltreatment determination regarding an individual who is not the
license holder or a household member, the scope of the administrative law judge's review
includes the maltreatment determination.

(f) The hearings of all parties may be consolidated into a single contested case
hearing upon consent of all parties and the administrative law judge, if:

(1) a maltreatment determination or disqualification, which was not set aside under
section 245C.22, is the basis for a denial of a license under section 245A.05 or a licensing
sanction under section 245A.07;

(2) the disqualified subject is an individual other than the license holder and upon
whom a background study must be conducted under section 245C.03; and

(3) the individual has a hearing right under section 245C.27.

(g) When a denial of a license under section 245A.05 or a licensing sanction under
section 245A.07 is based on a disqualification for which reconsideration was requested
and was not set aside under section 245C.22, and the individual otherwise has no hearing
right under section 245C.27, the scope of the administrative law judge's review shall
include the denial or sanction and a determination whether the disqualification should
be set aside, unless section 245C.24 prohibits the set-aside of the disqualification. In
determining whether the disqualification should be set aside, the administrative law judge
shall consider the factors under section 245C.22, subdivision 4, to determine whether the
individual poses a risk of harm to any person receiving services from the license holder.

(h) Notwithstanding section 245C.30, subdivision 5, when a licensing sanction
under section 245A.07 is based on the termination of a variance under section 245C.30,
subdivision 4
, the scope of the administrative law judge's review shall include the sanction
and a determination whether the disqualification should be set aside, unless section
245C.24 prohibits the set-aside of the disqualification. In determining whether the
disqualification should be set aside, the administrative law judge shall consider the factors
under section 245C.22, subdivision 4, to determine whether the individual poses a risk of
harm to any person receiving services from the license holder.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245A.08, subdivision 5a, is amended to read:


Subd. 5a.

Granting subsequent license.

(a) A license holder and each controlling
individual of a license holder whose license has been revoked because of noncompliance
with applicable law or rule must not be granted a license for five years following the
revocation. Notwithstanding the five-year restriction, when a license is revoked because a
person, other than the license holder, resides in the home where services are provided and
that person has a disqualification that is not set aside and no variance has been granted,
the former license holder may reapply for a license when:

(1) the person with a disqualification, who is not a minor child, is no longer residing
in the home and is prohibited from residing in or returning to the home; or

(2) the person with the disqualification is a minor child, the restriction applies until
the minor child becomes an adult and permanently moves away from the home or five
years, whichever is less.

(b) An applicantnew text begin or controlling individualnew text end whose application was denied must not
be granted a license for two years following a denial, unless the applicant's subsequent
application contains new information which constitutes a substantial change in the
conditions that caused the previous denial.new text begin The addition of a new co-applicant in a
subsequent application does not constitute a substantial change. If an applicant or
controlling individual whose application was denied is affiliated with a subsequent
application, and two years have not passed since the denial, the subsequent application
must be denied.
new text end

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245A.146, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

License holder documentation of cribs.

(a) Annually, from the date
printed on the license, all license holders shall check all their cribs' brand names and
model numbers against the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Web
site listing of unsafe cribs.

(b) The license holder shall maintain written documentation to be reviewed on site
for each crib showing that the review required in paragraph (a) has been completed, and
which of the following conditions applies:

(1) the crib was not identified as unsafe on the United States Consumer Product
Safety Commission Web site;

(2) the crib was identified as unsafe on the United States Consumer Product Safety
Commission Web site, but the license holder has taken the action directed by the United
States Consumer Product Safety Commission to make the crib safe; or

(3) the crib was identified as unsafe on the United States Consumer Product Safety
Commission Web site, and the license holder has removed the crib so that it is no longer
used by or accessible to children in care.

(c) Documentation of the review completed under this subdivision shall be
maintained by the license holder on site and made available to parents or guardians of
children in care and the commissioner.

(d) Notwithstanding Minnesota Rules, part 9502.0425, a family child care provider
that complies with this section may use a mesh-sided new text beginor fabric-sided play yard, pack
and play, or
new text endplaypen or crib that has not been identified as unsafe on the United States
Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site for the care or sleeping of infants.

new text begin (e) On at least a monthly basis, the family child care license holder shall perform
safety inspections of every mesh-sided or fabric-sided play yard, pack and play, or playpen
used by or that is accessible to any child in care, and must document the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) there are no tears, holes, or loose or unraveling threads in mesh or fabric sides of
crib;
new text end

new text begin (2) the weave of the mesh on the crib is no larger than 1/4 of an inch;
new text end

new text begin (3) no mesh fabric is unsecure or unattached to top rail and floor plate of crib;
new text end

new text begin (4) no tears or holes to top rail of crib;
new text end

new text begin (5) the mattress floor board is not soft and does not exceed one-inch thick;
new text end

new text begin (6) the mattress floor board has no rips or tears in covering;
new text end

new text begin (7) the mattress floor board in use is a waterproof original mattress or replacement
mattress provided by the manufacturer of the crib;
new text end

new text begin (8) there are no protruding or loose rivets, metal nuts, or bolts on the crib;
new text end

new text begin (9) there are no knobs or wing nuts on outside crib legs;
new text end

new text begin (10) there are no missing, loose, or exposed staples; and
new text end

new text begin (11) the latches on top and side rails used to collapse crib are secure, they lock
properly, and are not loose.
new text end

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245A.146, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Crib safety standards and inspection.

(a) On at least a monthly basis,
the license holder shall perform safety inspections of every cribnew text begin or portable crib of rigid
construction including full size and non-full size cribs
new text end used by or that is accessible to any
child in care, and must document the following:

(1) deleted text beginno corner posts extend more than 1/16 of an inch;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) no spaces between side slats exceed 2.375 inches;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3)deleted text end no mattress supports can be easily dislodged from any point of the crib;

deleted text begin (4) no cutout designs are present on end panels;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (5) no heights of the rail and end panel are less than 26 inches when measured from
the top of the rail or panel in the highest position to the top of the mattress support in
its lowest position;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (6) no heights of the rail and end panel are less than nine inches when measured
from the top of the rail or panel in its lowest position to the top of the mattress support in
its highest position;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (7)deleted text endnew text begin (2)new text end no screws, bolts, or hardware are loose or not secured, and there is no use
of woodscrews in components that are designed to be assembled and disassembled by
the crib owner;

deleted text begin (8)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end no sharp edges, points, or rough surfaces are present;

deleted text begin (9)deleted text endnew text begin (4)new text end no wood surfaces are rough, splintered, split, or cracked;new text begin and
new text end

deleted text begin (10) no tears in mesh of fabric sides in non-full-size cribs;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (11) no mattress pads in non-full-size mesh or fabric cribs exceed one inchdeleted text end; and

deleted text begin (12)deleted text endnew text begin (5)new text end no unacceptable gaps between the mattress and any sides of the crib are
present as follows:

(i) when the noncompressed mattress is centered in the non-full-size crib, at any of
the adjustable mattress support positions, the gap between the perimeter of the mattress
and the perimeter of the crib cannot be greater than one-half inch at any point. When the
mattress is placed against the perimeter of the crib, the resulting gap cannot be greater
than one inch at any point; and

(ii) when the noncompressed mattress is centered in the full-size crib, at any of
the adjustable mattress support positions, the gap between the perimeter of the mattress
and the perimeter of the crib cannot be greater than 11/16 inch at any point. When the
mattress is placed against the perimeter of the crib, the resulting gap cannot be greater
than 1-3/8 inch at any point.

(b) Upon discovery of any unsafe condition identified by the license holder during
the safety inspection required under paragraph (a)new text begin or subdivision 3, paragraph (e)new text end, the
license holder shall immediately remove the crib from use and ensure that the crib is not
accessible to children in care, and as soon as practicable, but not more than two business
days after the inspection, remove the crib from the area where child care services are
routinely provided for necessary repairs or to destroy the crib.

(c) Documentation of the inspections and actions taken with unsafe cribs required in
paragraphs (a) and (b)new text begin, and subdivision 3, paragraph (e),new text end shall be maintained on site by the
license holder and made available to parents of children in care and the commissioner.

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 245A.50, subdivision 4, is
amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

(a) When children are present in a
family child care home governed by Minnesota Rules, parts 9502.0315 to 9502.0445, at
least one deleted text beginstaff persondeleted text endnew text begin caregivernew text end must be present in the home who has been trained in
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)new text begin, including CPR techniques for infants and children,
new text end and in the treatment of obstructed airways that includes CPR techniques for infants and
children. The CPR training must have been provided by an individual approved to provide
CPR instruction, must be repeated at least once every two years, and must be documented
in the staff person's records.

(b) A family child care provider is exempt from the CPR training requirement in
this subdivision related to any substitute caregiver who provides less than 30 hours of
care during any 12-month period.

(c) Persons providing CPR training must use CPR training that has been developed:

(1) by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross and incorporates
psychomotor skills to support the instruction; or

(2) using nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines for CPR training and
incorporates psychomotor skills to support the instruction.

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245A.65, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

License holder requirements.

All license holders serving vulnerable
adults shall establish and enforce written policies and procedures related to suspected or
alleged maltreatment, and shall orient clients and mandated reporters who are under
the control of the license holder to these procedures, as defined in section 626.5572,
subdivision 16
.

(a) License holders must establish policies and procedures allowing but not
mandating the internal reporting of alleged or suspected maltreatment. License holders
shall ensure that the policies and procedures on internal reporting:

(1) meet all the requirements identified for the optional internal reporting policies
and procedures in section 626.557, subdivision 4a; and

(2) identify the primary and secondary person or position to whom internal reports
may be made and the primary and secondary person or position responsible for forwarding
internal reports to the common entry point as defined in section 626.5572, subdivision 5.
The secondary person must be involved when there is reason to believe that the primary
person was involved in the alleged or suspected maltreatment.

(b) The license holder shall:

(1) establish and maintain policies and procedures to ensure that an internal review
is completed new text beginwithin 30 calendar days new text endand that corrective action is taken as necessary to
protect the health and safety of vulnerable adults when the facility has reason to know
that an internal or external report of alleged or suspected maltreatment has been made.
The review must include an evaluation of whether related policies and procedures were
followed, whether the policies and procedures were adequate, whether there is a need for
additional staff training, whether the reported event is similar to past events with the
vulnerable adults or the services involved, and whether there is a need for corrective
action by the license holder to protect the health and safety of vulnerable adults. Based on
the results of this review, the license holder must develop, document, and implement a
corrective action plan designed to correct current lapses and prevent future lapses in
performance by individuals or the license holder, if any.

(2) identify the primary and secondary person or position who will ensure that, when
required, internal reviews are completed. The secondary person shall be involved when
there is reason to believe that the primary person was involved in the alleged or suspected
maltreatment; and

(3) document and make internal reviews accessible to the commissioner new text beginimmediately
new text endupon the commissioner's request. new text beginFor the purposes of this section, new text endthe documentation
provided to the commissioner by the license holder may consist of a completed checklist
that verifies completion of each of the requirements of the review.

(c) The license holder shall provide an orientation to the internal and external
reporting procedures to all persons receiving services. The orientation shall include the
telephone number for the license holder's common entry point as defined in section
626.5572, subdivision 5. If applicable, the person's legal representative must be notified of
the orientation. The program shall provide this orientation for each new person within 24
hours of admission, or for persons who would benefit more from a later orientation, the
orientation may take place within 72 hours.

(d) The license holder shall post a copy of the internal and external reporting policies
and procedures, including the telephone number of the common entry point as defined
in section 626.5572, subdivision 5, in a prominent location in the program and have it
available upon request to mandated reporters, persons receiving services, and the person's
legal representatives.

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245A.66, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Internal review.

Except for family child care settings and foster care
for children in the license holder's residence, license holders serving children shall:

(1) establish and maintain policies and procedures to ensure that an internal review
is completed new text beginwithin 30 calendar days new text endand that corrective action is taken if necessary to
protect the health and safety of children in care when the facility has reason to know that
an internal or external report of alleged or suspected maltreatment has been made. The
review must include an evaluation of whether:

(i) related policies and procedures were followed;

(ii) the policies and procedures were adequate;

(iii) there is a need for additional staff training;

(iv) the reported event is similar to past events with the children or the services
involved; and

(v) there is a need for corrective action by the license holder to protect the health and
safety of children in care.

Based on the results of this review, the license holder must develop, document, and
implement a corrective action plan designed to correct current lapses and prevent future
lapses in performance by individuals or the license holder, if any;

(2) identify the primary and secondary person or position who will ensure that, when
required, internal reviews are completed. The secondary person shall be involved when
there is reason to believe that the primary person was involved in the alleged or suspected
maltreatment; and

(3) document deleted text beginthat thedeleted text endnew text begin and makenew text end internal deleted text beginreview has been completeddeleted text end deleted text beginand provide
documentation showing the review was completed
deleted text end new text begin reviews accessible new text endto the commissioner
new text beginimmediately new text endupon the commissioner's request. new text beginFor the purposes of this section, new text endthe
documentation provided to the commissioner by the license holder may consist of a
completed checklist that verifies completion of each of the requirements of the review.

Sec. 17. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin This article is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

ARTICLE 3

FINANCIAL FRAUD AND ABUSE INVESTIGATION

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 168.012, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Vehicles exempt from tax, fees, or plate display.

(a) The following
vehicles are exempt from the provisions of this chapter requiring payment of tax and
registration fees, except as provided in subdivision 1c:

(1) vehicles owned and used solely in the transaction of official business by the
federal government, the state, or any political subdivision;

(2) vehicles owned and used exclusively by educational institutions and used solely
in the transportation of pupils to and from those institutions;

(3) vehicles used solely in driver education programs at nonpublic high schools;

(4) vehicles owned by nonprofit charities and used exclusively to transport disabled
persons for charitable, religious, or educational purposes;

(5) vehicles owned by nonprofit charities and used exclusively for disaster response
and related activities;

(6) vehicles owned by ambulance services licensed under section 144E.10 that
are equipped and specifically intended for emergency response or providing ambulance
services; and

(7) vehicles owned by a commercial driving school licensed under section 171.34,
or an employee of a commercial driving school licensed under section 171.34, and the
vehicle is used exclusively for driver education and training.

(b) Provided the general appearance of the vehicle is unmistakable, the following
vehicles are not required to register or display number plates:

(1) vehicles owned by the federal government;

(2) fire apparatuses, including fire-suppression support vehicles, owned or leased by
the state or a political subdivision;

(3) police patrols owned or leased by the state or a political subdivision; and

(4) ambulances owned or leased by the state or a political subdivision.

(c) Unmarked vehicles used in general police work, liquor investigations, or arson
investigations, and passenger automobiles, pickup trucks, and buses owned or operated by
the Department of Corrections or by conservation officers of the Division of Enforcement
and Field Service of the Department of Natural Resources, must be registered and must
display appropriate license number plates, furnished by the registrar at cost. Original and
renewal applications for these license plates authorized for use in general police work and
for use by the Department of Corrections or by conservation officers must be accompanied
by a certification signed by the appropriate chief of police if issued to a police vehicle,
the appropriate sheriff if issued to a sheriff's vehicle, the commissioner of corrections if
issued to a Department of Corrections vehicle, or the appropriate officer in charge if
issued to a vehicle of any other law enforcement agency. The certification must be on a
form prescribed by the commissioner and state that the vehicle will be used exclusively
for a purpose authorized by this section.

(d) Unmarked vehicles used by the Departments of Revenue and Labor and Industry,
fraud unit, in conducting seizures or criminal investigations must be registered and must
display passenger vehicle classification license number plates, furnished at cost by the
registrar. Original and renewal applications for these passenger vehicle license plates
must be accompanied by a certification signed by the commissioner of revenue or the
commissioner of labor and industry. The certification must be on a form prescribed by
the commissioner and state that the vehicles will be used exclusively for the purposes
authorized by this section.

(e) Unmarked vehicles used by the Division of Disease Prevention and Control of the
Department of Health must be registered and must display passenger vehicle classification
license number plates. These plates must be furnished at cost by the registrar. Original
and renewal applications for these passenger vehicle license plates must be accompanied
by a certification signed by the commissioner of health. The certification must be on a
form prescribed by the commissioner and state that the vehicles will be used exclusively
for the official duties of the Division of Disease Prevention and Control.

(f) Unmarked vehicles used by staff of the Gambling Control Board in gambling
investigations and reviews must be registered and must display passenger vehicle
classification license number plates. These plates must be furnished at cost by the
registrar. Original and renewal applications for these passenger vehicle license plates must
be accompanied by a certification signed by the board chair. The certification must be on a
form prescribed by the commissioner and state that the vehicles will be used exclusively
for the official duties of the Gambling Control Board.

(g) Unmarked vehicles used in general investigation, surveillance, supervision, and
monitoring by the deleted text beginstaff of thedeleted text end Department of Human deleted text beginServicesdeleted text endnew text begin Services'new text end Office of Special
deleted text beginInvestigations and the executive director ofdeleted text endnew text begin Investigations' staff;new text end the Minnesota sex
offender deleted text beginprogramdeleted text endnew text begin program's executive director and the executive director's staff; and the
Office of Inspector General's staff, including, but not limited to, county fraud prevention
investigators,
new text end must be registered and must display passenger vehicle classification license
number plates, furnished by the registrar at cost. Original and renewal applications for
passenger vehicle license plates must be accompanied by a certification signed by the
commissioner of human services. The certification must be on a form prescribed by the
commissioner and state that the vehicles must be used exclusively for the official duties of
the Office of Special deleted text beginInvestigations anddeleted text endnew text begin Investigations' staff;new text end the deleted text beginexecutive director of the
deleted text end Minnesota sex offender deleted text beginprogramdeleted text endnew text begin program's executive director and the executive director's
staff; and the Office of the Inspector General's staff, including, but not limited to, contract
and county fraud prevention investigators
new text end.

(h) Each state hospital and institution for persons who are mentally ill and
developmentally disabled may have one vehicle without the required identification on
the sides of the vehicle. The vehicle must be registered and must display passenger
vehicle classification license number plates. These plates must be furnished at cost by the
registrar. Original and renewal applications for these passenger vehicle license plates must
be accompanied by a certification signed by the hospital administrator. The certification
must be on a form prescribed by the commissioner and state that the vehicles will be used
exclusively for the official duties of the state hospital or institution.

(i) Each county social service agency may have vehicles used for child and
vulnerable adult protective services without the required identification on the sides of the
vehicle. The vehicles must be registered and must display passenger vehicle classification
license number plates. These plates must be furnished at cost by the registrar. Original
and renewal applications for these passenger vehicle license plates must be accompanied
by a certification signed by the agency administrator. The certification must be on a form
prescribed by the commissioner and state that the vehicles will be used exclusively for the
official duties of the social service agency.

(j) All other motor vehicles must be registered and display tax-exempt number
plates, furnished by the registrar at cost, except as provided in subdivision 1c. All
vehicles required to display tax-exempt number plates must have the name of the state
department or political subdivision, nonpublic high school operating a driver education
program, licensed commercial driving school, or other qualifying organization or entity,
plainly displayed on both sides of the vehicle. This identification must be in a color
giving contrast with that of the part of the vehicle on which it is placed and must endure
throughout the term of the registration. The identification must not be on a removable
plate or placard and must be kept clean and visible at all times; except that a removable
plate or placard may be utilized on vehicles leased or loaned to a political subdivision or
to a nonpublic high school driver education program.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 256.01, subdivision 18d, is amended to read:


Subd. 18d.

Data sharing with the Department of Human Services; multiple
identification cards.

(a) The commissioner of public safety shall, on a monthly basis,
provide the commissioner of human services with the first, middle, and last name, deleted text beginand
deleted text end the address, date of birth, deleted text beginanddeleted text end driver's license or state identification card numbernew text begin, and
all photographs or electronically produced images
new text end of all applicants and holders whose
drivers' licenses and state identification cards have been canceled under section 171.14,
paragraph (a), clause (2) or (3), by the commissioner of public safety. After the initial data
report has been provided by the commissioner of public safety to the commissioner of
human services under this paragraph, subsequent reports shall only include cancellations
that occurred after the end date of the cancellations represented in the previous data report.

(b) The commissioner of human services shall compare the information provided
under paragraph (a) with the commissioner's data regarding recipients of all public
assistance programs managed by the Department of Human Services to determine whether
any individual with multiple identification cards issued by the Department of Public
Safety has illegally or improperly enrolled in any public assistance program managed by
the Department of Human Services.

(c) If the commissioner of human services determines that an applicant or recipient
has illegally or improperly enrolled in any public assistance program, the commissioner
shall provide all due process protections to the individual before terminating the individual
from the program according to applicable statute and notifying the county attorney.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 268.19, subdivision 1, is
amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Use of data.

(a) Except as provided by this section, data gathered
from any person under the administration of the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Law
are private data on individuals or nonpublic data not on individuals as defined in section
13.02, subdivisions 9 and 12, and may not be disclosed except according to a district court
order or section 13.05. A subpoena is not considered a district court order. These data
may be disseminated to and used by the following agencies without the consent of the
subject of the data:

(1) state and federal agencies specifically authorized access to the data by state
or federal law;

(2) any agency of any other state or any federal agency charged with the
administration of an unemployment insurance program;

(3) any agency responsible for the maintenance of a system of public employment
offices for the purpose of assisting individuals in obtaining employment;

(4) the public authority responsible for child support in Minnesota or any other
state in accordance with section 256.978;

(5) human rights agencies within Minnesota that have enforcement powers;

(6) the Department of Revenue to the extent necessary for its duties under Minnesota
laws;

(7) public and private agencies responsible for administering publicly financed
assistance programs for the purpose of monitoring the eligibility of the program's recipients;

(8) the Department of Labor and Industry and the Commerce Fraud Bureau in the
Department of Commerce for uses consistent with the administration of their duties under
Minnesota law;

new text begin (9) the Department of Human Services and the Office of Inspector General and its
agents within the Department of Human Services, including county fraud investigators,
for investigations related to recipient or provider fraud and employees of providers when
the provider is suspected of committing public assistance fraud;
new text end

deleted text begin (9)deleted text endnew text begin (10)new text end local and state welfare agencies for monitoring the eligibility of the data
subject for assistance programs, or for any employment or training program administered
by those agencies, whether alone, in combination with another welfare agency, or in
conjunction with the department or to monitor and evaluate the statewide Minnesota
family investment program by providing data on recipients and former recipients of food
stamps or food support, cash assistance under chapter 256, 256D, 256J, or 256K, child care
assistance under chapter 119B, or medical programs under chapter 256B, 256D, or 256L;

deleted text begin (10)deleted text endnew text begin (11)new text end local and state welfare agencies for the purpose of identifying employment,
wages, and other information to assist in the collection of an overpayment debt in an
assistance program;

deleted text begin (11)deleted text endnew text begin (12)new text end local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for the purpose of
ascertaining the last known address and employment location of an individual who is the
subject of a criminal investigation;

deleted text begin (12)deleted text endnew text begin (13)new text end the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has access to
data on specific individuals and specific employers provided the specific individual or
specific employer is the subject of an investigation by that agency;

deleted text begin (13)deleted text endnew text begin (14)new text end the Department of Health for the purposes of epidemiologic investigations;

deleted text begin (14)deleted text endnew text begin (15)new text end the Department of Corrections for the purpose of case planning for
preprobation and postprobation employment tracking of offenders sentenced to probation
and preconfinement and postconfinement employment tracking of committed offenders;

deleted text begin (15)deleted text endnew text begin (16)new text end the state auditor to the extent necessary to conduct audits of job opportunity
building zones as required under section 469.3201; and

deleted text begin (16)deleted text endnew text begin (17)new text end the Office of Higher Education for purposes of supporting program
improvement, system evaluation, and research initiatives including the Statewide
Longitudinal Education Data System.

(b) Data on individuals and employers that are collected, maintained, or used by
the department in an investigation under section 268.182 are confidential as to data
on individuals and protected nonpublic data not on individuals as defined in section
13.02, subdivisions 3 and 13, and must not be disclosed except under statute or district
court order or to a party named in a criminal proceeding, administrative or judicial, for
preparation of a defense.

(c) Data gathered by the department in the administration of the Minnesota
unemployment insurance program must not be made the subject or the basis for any
suit in any civil proceedings, administrative or judicial, unless the action is initiated by
the department.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 471.346, is amended to read:


471.346 PUBLICLY OWNED AND LEASED VEHICLES IDENTIFIED.

All motor vehicles owned or leased by a statutory or home rule charter city, county,
town, school district, metropolitan or regional agency, or other political subdivision, except
for unmarked vehicles used in general police and fire work deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin,new text end arson investigations,
new text begin and Department of Human Services investigations including county fraud prevention
investigations,
new text end shall have the name of the political subdivision plainly displayed on both
sides of the vehicle in letters not less than 2-1/2 inches high and one-half inch wide. The
identification must be in a color that contrasts with the color of the part of the vehicle on
which it is placed and must remain on and be clean and visible throughout the period of
which the vehicle is owned or leased by the political subdivision. The identification must
not be on a removable plate or placard except on leased vehicles but the plate or placard
must not be removed from a leased vehicle at any time during the term of the lease.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

ARTICLE 4

CHEMICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 254B.05, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Rate requirements.

(a) The commissioner shall establish rates for
chemical dependency services and service enhancements funded under this chapter.

(b) Eligible chemical dependency treatment services include:

(1) outpatient treatment services that are licensed according to Minnesota Rules,
parts 9530.6405 to 9530.6480, or applicable tribal license;

(2) medication-assisted therapy services that are licensed according to Minnesota
Rules, parts 9530.6405 to 9530.6480 and 9530.6500, or applicable tribal license;

(3) medication-assisted therapy plus enhanced treatment services that meet the
requirements of clause (2) and provide nine hours of clinical services each week;

(4) high, medium, and low intensity residential treatment services that are licensed
according to Minnesota Rules, parts 9530.6405 to 9530.6480 and 9530.6505, or applicable
tribal license which provide, respectively, 30, 15, and five hours of clinical services each
week;

(5) hospital-based treatment services that are licensed according to Minnesota Rules,
parts 9530.6405 to 9530.6480, or applicable tribal license and licensed as a hospital under
sections 144.50 to 144.56;

(6) adolescent treatment programs that are licensed as outpatient treatment programs
according to Minnesota Rules, parts 9530.6405 to 9530.6485, or as residential treatment
programs according to Minnesota Rules, deleted text beginchapter 2960deleted text endnew text begin parts 2960.0010 to 2960.0220, and
2960.0430 to 2960.0490
new text end, or applicable tribal license; and

(7) room and board facilities that meet the requirements of section 254B.05,
subdivision 1a.

(c) The commissioner shall establish higher rates for programs that meet the
requirements of paragraph (b) and the following additional requirements:

(1) programs that serve parents with their children if the programnew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (i) provides on-site child care during hours of treatment activity thatnew text end meets the
deleted text beginadditional licensing requirementdeleted text endnew text begin requirementsnew text end in Minnesota Rules, part 9530.6490, deleted text beginand
provides child care that meets the requirements of
deleted text endnew text begin ornew text end section 245A.03, subdivision 2deleted text begin,
during hours of treatment activity
deleted text end;new text begin or
new text end

new text begin (ii) arranges for off-site child care during hours of treatment activity at a facility that
is licensed under chapter 245A as:
new text end

new text begin (A) a child care center under Minnesota Rules, chapter 9503; or
new text end

new text begin (B) a family child care home under Minnesota Rules, chapter 9502;
new text end

(2) programs serving special populations if the program meets the requirements in
Minnesota Rules, part 9530.6605, subpart 13;

(3) programs that offer medical services delivered by appropriately credentialed
health care staff in an amount equal to two hours per client per weeknew text begin if the medical
needs of the client and the nature and provision of any medical services provided are
documented in the client file
new text end; and

(4) programs that offer services to individuals with co-occurring mental health and
chemical dependency problems if:

(i) the program meets the co-occurring requirements in Minnesota Rules, part
9530.6495;

(ii) 25 percent of the counseling staff are new text beginlicensed new text endmental health professionals, as
defined in section 245.462, subdivision 18, clauses (1) to (6), or are students or licensing
candidates under the supervision of a licensed alcohol and drug counselor supervisor and
licensed mental health professional, except that no more than 50 percent of the mental
health staff may be students or licensing candidatesnew text begin with time documented to be directly
related to provisions of co-occurring services
new text end;

(iii) clients scoring positive on a standardized mental health screen receive a mental
health diagnostic assessment within ten days of admission;

(iv) the program has standards for multidisciplinary case review that include a
monthly review for each clientnew text begin that, at a minimum, includes a licensed mental health
professional and licensed alcohol and drug counselor, and their involvement in the review
is documented
new text end;

(v) family education is offered that addresses mental health and substance abuse
disorders and the interaction between the two; and

(vi) co-occurring counseling staff will receive eight hours of co-occurring disorder
training annually.

(d) new text beginIn order to be eligible for a higher rate under paragraph (c), clause (1), a program
that provides arrangements for off-site child care must maintain current documentation at
the chemical dependency facility of the child care provider's current licensure to provide
child care services. Programs that provide child care according to paragraph (c), clause
(1), must be deemed in compliance with the licensing requirements in Minnesota Rules,
part 9530.6490.
new text end

new text begin (e) new text endAdolescent residential programs that meet the requirements of Minnesota Rules,
parts deleted text begin2960.0580 to 2960.0700deleted text endnew text begin 2960.0430 to 2960.0490 and 2960.0580 to 2960.0690new text end, are
exempt from the requirements in paragraph (c), clause (4), items (i) to (iv).

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

ARTICLE 5

BACKGROUND STUDIES

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245C.04, as amended by Laws 2013,
chapter 108, article 5, section 3, is amended to read:


245C.04 WHEN BACKGROUND STUDY MUST OCCUR.

Subdivision 1.

Licensed programs.

(a) The commissioner shall conduct a
background study of an individual required to be studied under section 245C.03,
subdivision 1
, at least upon application for initial license for all license types.

(b) The commissioner shall conduct a background study of an individual required
to be studied under section 245C.03, subdivision 1, at reapplication for a license for
family child care.

(c) The commissioner is not required to conduct a study of an individual at the time
of reapplication for a license if the individual's background study was completed by the
commissioner of human services for an adult foster care license holder that is also:

(1) registered under chapter 144D; or

(2) licensed to provide home and community-based services to people with
disabilities at the foster care location and the license holder does not reside in the foster
care residence; and

(3) the following conditions are met:

(i) a study of the individual was conducted either at the time of initial licensure or
when the individual became affiliated with the license holder;

(ii) the individual has been continuously affiliated with the license holder since
the last study was conducted; and

(iii) the last study of the individual was conducted on or after October 1, 1995.

(d) From July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2009, the commissioner of human services shall
conduct a study of an individual required to be studied under section 245C.03, at the
time of reapplication for a child foster care license. The county or private agency shall
collect and forward to the commissioner the information required under section 245C.05,
subdivisions 1, paragraphs (a) and (b), and 5, paragraphs (a) and (b). The background
study conducted by the commissioner of human services under this paragraph must
include a review of the information required under section 245C.08, subdivisions 1,
paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (5), 3, and 4.

(e) The commissioner of human services shall conduct a background study of an
individual specified under section 245C.03, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clauses (2)
to (6), who is newly affiliated with a child foster care license holder. The county or
private agency shall collect and forward to the commissioner the information required
under section 245C.05, subdivisions 1 and 5. The background study conducted by the
commissioner of human services under this paragraph must include a review of the
information required under section 245C.08, subdivisions 1, 3, and 4.

(f) From January 1, 2010, to December 31, 2012, unless otherwise specified in
paragraph (c), the commissioner shall conduct a study of an individual required to
be studied under section 245C.03 at the time of reapplication for an adult foster care
or family adult day services license: (1) the county shall collect and forward to the
commissioner the information required under section 245C.05, subdivision 1, paragraphs
(a) and (b), and subdivision 5, paragraphs (a) and (b), for background studies conducted
by the commissioner for all family adult day services and for adult foster care when
the adult foster care license holder resides in the adult foster care or family adult day
services residence; (2) the license holder shall collect and forward to the commissioner
the information required under section 245C.05, subdivisions 1, paragraphs (a) and (b);
and 5, paragraphs (a) and (b), for background studies conducted by the commissioner for
adult foster care when the license holder does not reside in the adult foster care residence;
and (3) the background study conducted by the commissioner under this paragraph must
include a review of the information required under section 245C.08, subdivision 1,
paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (5), and subdivisions 3 and 4.

(g) The commissioner shall conduct a background study of an individual specified
under section 245C.03, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clauses (2) to (6), who is newly
affiliated with an adult foster care or family adult day services license holder: (1) the
county shall collect and forward to the commissioner the information required under
section 245C.05, subdivision 1, paragraphs (a) and (b), and subdivision 5, paragraphs (a)
and (b), for background studies conducted by the commissioner for all family adult day
services and for adult foster care when the adult foster care license holder resides in
the adult foster care residence; (2) the license holder shall collect and forward to the
commissioner the information required under section 245C.05, subdivisions 1, paragraphs
(a) and (b); and 5, paragraphs (a) and (b), for background studies conducted by the
commissioner for adult foster care when the license holder does not reside in the adult
foster care residence; and (3) the background study conducted by the commissioner under
this paragraph must include a review of the information required under section 245C.08,
subdivision 1
, paragraph (a), and subdivisions 3 and 4.

(h) Applicants for licensure, license holders, and other entities as provided in this
chapter must submit completed background study deleted text beginformsdeleted text endnew text begin requestsnew text end to the commissioner
new text beginusing the electronic system known as NETStudy new text endbefore individuals specified in section
245C.03, subdivision 1, begin positions allowing direct contact in any licensed program.

(i) A license holder must initiate a new background study through deleted text beginthe commissioner's
online background study system
deleted text endnew text begin NETStudynew text end when:

(1) an individual returns to a position requiring a background study following an
absence of deleted text begin90deleted text endnew text begin 120new text end or more consecutive days; or

(2) a program that discontinued providing licensed direct contact services for deleted text begin90deleted text endnew text begin 120
new text end or more consecutive days begins to provide direct contact licensed services again.

The license holder shall maintain a copy of the notification provided to
the commissioner under this paragraph in the program's files. If the individual's
disqualification was previously set aside for the license holder's program and the new
background study results in no new information that indicates the individual may pose a
risk of harm to persons receiving services from the license holder, the previous set-aside
shall remain in effect.

(j) For purposes of this section, a physician licensed under chapter 147 is considered
to be continuously affiliated upon the license holder's receipt from the commissioner of
health or human services of the physician's background study results.

(k) For purposes of family child care, a substitute caregiver must receive repeat
background studies at the time of each license renewal.

Subd. 2.

Other state agencies.

Applicants and license holders under the jurisdiction
of other state agencies who are required in other statutory sections to initiate background
studies under this chapter must submit completed background study forms to the
commissioner before the background study subject begins in a position allowing direct
contact in the licensed program or, where applicable, prior to being employed.

Subd. 3.

Personal care provider organizations.

(a) The commissioner shall
conduct a background study of an individual required to be studied under section 245C.03,
subdivision 2
, at least upon application for initial enrollment under sections 256B.0651 to
256B.0656 and 256B.0659.

(b) Organizations required to initiate background studies under sections 256B.0651
to 256B.0656 and 256B.0659 for individuals described in section 245C.03, subdivision 2,
must submit a completed background study deleted text beginformdeleted text endnew text begin requestnew text end to the commissioner new text beginusing the
electronic system known as NETStudy
new text endbefore those individuals begin a position allowing
direct contact with persons served by the organization.

new text begin (c) Organizations required to initiate background studies under sections 256B.0651
to 256B.0656 and 256B.0659 for individuals described in section 245C.03, subdivision 2,
must initiate a new background study through NETStudy when an individual returns to a
position requiring a background study following an absence of 120 or more consecutive
days.
new text end

Subd. 4.

Supplemental nursing services agencies.

(a) The commissioner shall
conduct a background study of an individual required to be studied under section 245C.03,
subdivision 3
, at least upon application for registration under section 144A.71, subdivision
1
.

(b) Each supplemental nursing services agency must initiate background studies
new text beginusing the electronic system known as NETStudy new text endbefore an individual begins a position
allowing direct contact with persons served by the agency and annually thereafter.

Subd. 4a.

Agency background studies.

(a) The commissioner shall develop and
implement an electronic process for the regular transfer of new criminal case information
that is added to the Minnesota court information system. The commissioner's system
must include for review only information that relates to individuals who have been the
subject of a background study under this chapter that remain affiliated with the agency
that initiated the background study. For purposes of this paragraph, an individual remains
affiliated with an agency that initiated the background study until the agency informs the
commissioner that the individual is no longer affiliated. When any individual no longer
affiliated according to this paragraph returns to a position requiring a background study
under this chapter, the agency with whom the individual is again affiliated shall initiate
a new background study regardless of the length of time the individual was no longer
affiliated with the agency.

(b) The commissioner shall develop and implement an online system for agencies that
initiate background studies under this chapter to access and maintain records of background
studies initiated by that agency. The system must show all active background study subjects
affiliated with that agency and the status of each individual's background study. Each
agency that initiates background studies must use this system to notify the commissioner
of discontinued affiliation for purposes of the processes required under paragraph (a).

Subd. 5.

Personnel agencies; educational programs; professional services
agencies.

Agencies, programs, and individuals who initiate background studies under
section 245C.03, subdivision 4, must initiate the studies annuallynew text begin using the electronic
system known as NETStudy
new text end.

Subd. 6.

Unlicensed home and community-based waiver providers of service to
seniors and individuals with disabilities.

(a) Providers required to initiate background
studies under section 256B.4912 must initiate a study new text beginusing the electronic system known
as NETStudy
new text endbefore the individual begins in a position allowing direct contact with
persons served by the provider.

(b) Except as provided in paragraph (c), the providers must initiate a background
study annually of an individual required to be studied under section 245C.03, subdivision 6.

(c) After an initial background study under this subdivision is initiated on an
individual by a provider of both services licensed by the commissioner and the unlicensed
services under this subdivision, a repeat annual background study is not required if:

(1) the provider maintains compliance with the requirements of section 245C.07,
paragraph (a), regarding one individual with one address and telephone number as the
person to receive sensitive background study information for the multiple programs that
depend on the same background study, and that the individual who is designated to receive
the sensitive background information is capable of determining, upon the request of the
commissioner, whether a background study subject is providing direct contact services
in one or more of the provider's programs or services and, if so, at which location or
locations; and

(2) the individual who is the subject of the background study provides direct
contact services under the provider's licensed program for at least 40 hours per year so
the individual will be recognized by a probation officer or corrections agent to prompt
a report to the commissioner regarding criminal convictions as required under section
245C.05, subdivision 7.

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin New study required with legal name change. new text end

new text begin (a) For a background study
completed on an individual required to be studied under section 245C.03, the license
holder or other entity that initiated the background study must initiate a new background
study using the electronic system known as NETStudy when an individual who is affiliated
with the license holder or other entity undergoes a legal name change.
new text end

new text begin (b) For background studies subject to a fee paid through the NETStudy system, the
entity that initiated the study may initiate a new study under paragraph (a) or notify the
commissioner of the name change through a notice to the commissioner.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245C.05, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Applicant, license holder, other entities, and agencies.

(a) The applicant,
license holder, other entities as provided in this chapter, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension,
new text beginlaw enforcement agencies, new text endcommissioner of health, and county agencies shall help with
the study by giving the commissioner criminal conviction data and reports about the
maltreatment of adults substantiated under section 626.557 and the maltreatment of
minors substantiated under section 626.556.

(b) If a background study is initiated by an applicant, license holder, or other entities
as provided in this chapter, and the applicant, license holder, or other entity receives
information about the possible criminal or maltreatment history of an individual who is
the subject of the background study, the applicant, license holder, or other entity must
immediately provide the information to the commissioner.

(c) The program or county or other agency must provide written notice to the
individual who is the subject of the background study of the requirements under this
subdivision.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 245C.08, subdivision 1, is
amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Background studies conducted by Department of Human
Services.

(a) For a background study conducted by the Department of Human Services,
the commissioner shall review:

(1) information related to names of substantiated perpetrators of maltreatment of
vulnerable adults that has been received by the commissioner as required under section
626.557, subdivision 9c, paragraph (j);

(2) the commissioner's records relating to the maltreatment of minors in licensed
programs, and from findings of maltreatment of minors as indicated through the social
service information system;

(3) information from juvenile courts as required in subdivision 4 for individuals
listed in section 245C.03, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), when there is reasonable cause;

(4) information from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, including information
regarding a background study subject's registration in Minnesota as a predatory offender
under section 243.166;

(5) except as provided in clause (6), information from the national crime information
system when the commissioner has reasonable cause as defined under section 245C.05,
subdivision 5; and

(6) for a background study related to a child foster care application for licensure or
adoptions, the commissioner shall also review:

(i) information from the child abuse and neglect registry for any state in which the
background study subject has resided for the past five years; and

(ii) information from national crime information databases, when the background
study subject is 18 years of age or older.

(b) Notwithstanding expungement by a court, the commissioner may consider
information obtained under paragraph (a), clauses (3) and (4), unless the commissioner
received notice of the petition for expungement and the court order for expungement is
directed specifically to the commissioner.

(c) The commissioner shall also review criminal case information received according
to section 245C.04, subdivision 4a, from the Minnesota court information system that
relates to individuals who have already been studied under this chapter and who remain
affiliated with the agency that initiated the background study.

new text begin (d) When the commissioner has reasonable cause to believe that the identity of
a background study subject is uncertain, the commissioner may require the subject to
provide a set of classifiable fingerprints for purposes of completing a fingerprint-based
record check with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Fingerprints collected under this
paragraph shall not be saved by the commissioner after they have been used to verify the
identity of the background study subject against the particular criminal record in question.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245C.16, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Determining immediate risk of harm.

(a) If the commissioner
determines that the individual studied has a disqualifying characteristic, the commissioner
shall review the information immediately available and make a determination as to the
subject's immediate risk of harm to persons served by the program where the individual
studied will have direct contact with, or access to, people receiving services.

(b) The commissioner shall consider all relevant information available, including the
following factors in determining the immediate risk of harm:

(1) the recency of the disqualifying characteristic;

(2) the recency of discharge from probation for the crimes;

(3) the number of disqualifying characteristics;

(4) the intrusiveness or violence of the disqualifying characteristic;

(5) the vulnerability of the victim involved in the disqualifying characteristic;

(6) the similarity of the victim to the persons served by the program where the
individual studied will have direct contact;

(7) whether the individual has a disqualification from a previous background study
that has not been set aside; and

(8) if the individual has a disqualification which may not be set aside because it is
a permanent bar under section 245C.24, subdivision 1, the commissioner may order the
immediate removal of the individual from any position allowing direct contact with, or
access to, persons receiving services from the program.

(c) This section does not apply when the subject of a background study is regulated
by a health-related licensing board as defined in chapter 214, and the subject is determined
to be responsible for substantiated maltreatment under section 626.556 or 626.557.

(d) This section does not apply to a background study related to an initial application
for a child foster care license.

(e) new text beginExcept for paragraph (f), new text endthis section does not apply to a background study that
is also subject to the requirements under section 256B.0659, subdivisions 11 and 13, for
a personal care assistant or a qualified professional as defined in section 256B.0659,
subdivision 1
.

(f) If the commissioner has reason to believe, based on arrest information or an
active maltreatment investigation, that an individual poses an imminent risk of harm to
persons receiving services, the commissioner may order that the person be continuously
supervised or immediately removed pending the conclusion of the maltreatment
investigation or criminal proceedings.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245C.20, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Background studies initiated by program.

A licensed program
shall document the date the program initiates a background study under this chapter
new text begin and the date the subject of the study first has direct contact with persons served by the
program
new text end in the program's personnel files. When a background study is completed under
this chapter, a licensed program shall maintain a notice that the study was undertaken and
completed in the program's personnel files. Except when background studies are initiated
through the commissioner's online system, if a licensed program has not received a
response from the commissioner under section 245C.17 within 45 days of initiation of the
background study request, the licensed program must contact the human services licensing
division to inquire about the status of the study. If a license holder initiates a background
study under the commissioner's online system, but the background study subject's name
does not appear in the list of active or recent studies initiated by that license holder, the
license holder must either contact the human services licensing division or resubmit the
background study information online for that individual.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245C.22, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Time frame; response to disqualification reconsideration
requests.

(a) The commissioner shall respond in writing or by electronic transmission to
all reconsideration requests for which the basis for the request is that the information the
commissioner relied upon to disqualify is incorrect or inaccurate within 30 working days
of receipt of a new text begincomplete new text endrequest and all new text beginrequired new text endrelevant information.

(b) If the basis for a disqualified individual's reconsideration request is that the
individual does not pose a risk of harm, the commissioner shall respond to the request
within 15 working days after receiving deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text begin a completenew text end request for reconsideration and
all new text beginrequired new text endrelevant information.

(c) If the disqualified individual's reconsideration request is based on both the
correctness or accuracy of the information the commissioner relied upon to disqualify the
individual and the individual's risk of harm, the commissioner shall respond to the request
within 45 working days after receiving deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text begin a completenew text end request for reconsideration and
all new text beginrequired new text endrelevant information.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245C.23, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Commissioner's notice of disqualification that is not set aside.

(a) The
commissioner shall notify the license holder of the disqualification and order the license
holder to immediately remove the individual from any position allowing direct contact
with persons receiving services from the license holder if:

(1) the individual studied does not submit a timely request for reconsideration
under section 245C.21;

(2) the individual submits a timely request for reconsideration, but the commissioner
does not set aside the disqualification for that license holder under section 245C.22new text begin, unless
the individual has a right to request a hearing under section 245C.27, 245C.28, or 256.045
new text end;

(3) an individual who has a right to request a hearing under sections 245C.27 and
256.045, or 245C.28 and chapter 14 for a disqualification that has not been set aside, does
not request a hearing within the specified time; or

(4) an individual submitted a timely request for a hearing under sections 245C.27
and 256.045, or 245C.28 and chapter 14, but the commissioner does not set aside the
disqualification under section 245A.08, subdivision 5, or 256.045.

(b) If the commissioner does not set aside the disqualification under section 245C.22,
and the license holder was previously ordered under section 245C.17 to immediately
remove the disqualified individual from direct contact with persons receiving services or
to ensure that the individual is under continuous, direct supervision when providing direct
contact services, the order remains in effect pending the outcome of a hearing under
sections 245C.27 and 256.045, or 245C.28 and chapter 14.

new text begin (c) If the commissioner does not set aside the disqualification under section 245C.22,
and the license holder was not previously ordered under section 245C.17 to immediately
remove the disqualified individual from direct contact with persons receiving services or
to ensure that the individual is under continuous direct supervision when providing direct
contact services, the commissioner shall order the individual to remain under continuous
direct supervision pending the outcome of a hearing under sections 245C.27 and 256.045,
or 245C.28 and chapter 14.
new text end

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end For background studies related to child foster care, the commissioner shall
also notify the county or private agency that initiated the study of the results of the
reconsideration.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end For background studies related to adult foster care and family adult day
services, the commissioner shall also notify the county that initiated the study of the
results of the reconsideration.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245C.28, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

License holder.

(a) If a maltreatment determination or a
disqualification for which reconsideration was new text begintimely new text endrequested and which was not set
aside is the basis for a denial of a license under section 245A.05 or a licensing sanction
under section 245A.07, the license holder has the right to a contested case hearing under
chapter 14 and Minnesota Rules, parts 1400.8505 to 1400.8612. The license holder must
submit the appeal under section 245A.05 or 245A.07, subdivision 3.

(b) As provided under section 245A.08, subdivision 2a, if the denial of a license
or licensing sanction is based on a disqualification for which reconsideration was new text begintimely
new text endrequested and was not set aside, the scope of the consolidated contested case hearing
must include:

(1) the disqualification, to the extent the license holder otherwise has a hearing right
on the disqualification under this chapter; and

(2) the licensing sanction or denial of a license.

(c) As provided for under section 245A.08, subdivision 2a, if the denial of a license
or licensing sanction is based on a determination of maltreatment under section 626.556
or 626.557, or a disqualification for serious or recurring maltreatment which was not set
aside, the scope of the contested case hearing must include:

(1) the maltreatment determination, if the maltreatment is not conclusive under
section 245C.29;

(2) the disqualification, if the disqualification is not conclusive under section
245C.29; and

(3) the licensing sanction or denial of a license. In such cases, a fair hearing must not
be conducted under section 256.045. If the disqualification was based on a determination
of substantiated serious or recurring maltreatment under section 626.556 or 626.557, the
appeal must be submitted under sections 245A.07, subdivision 3, and 626.556, subdivision
10i, or 626.557, subdivision 9d.

(d) Except for family child care and child foster care, reconsideration of a
maltreatment determination under sections 626.556, subdivision 10i, and 626.557,
subdivision 9d, and reconsideration of a disqualification under section 245C.22, must
not be conducted when:

(1) a denial of a license under section 245A.05, or a licensing sanction under section
245A.07, is based on a determination that the license holder is responsible for maltreatment
or the disqualification of a license holder based on serious or recurring maltreatment;

(2) the denial of a license or licensing sanction is issued at the same time as the
maltreatment determination or disqualification; and

(3) the license holder appeals the maltreatment determination, disqualification, and
denial of a license or licensing sanction. In such cases a fair hearing under section 256.045
must not be conducted under sections 245C.27, 626.556, subdivision 10i, and 626.557,
subdivision 9d. Under section 245A.08, subdivision 2a, the scope of the consolidated
contested case hearing must include the maltreatment determination, disqualification, and
denial of a license or licensing sanction.

Notwithstanding clauses (1) to (3), if the license holder appeals the maltreatment
determination or disqualification, but does not appeal the denial of a license or a licensing
sanction, reconsideration of the maltreatment determination shall be conducted under
sections 626.556, subdivision 10i, and 626.557, subdivision 9d, and reconsideration of the
disqualification shall be conducted under section 245C.22. In such cases, a fair hearing
shall also be conducted as provided under sections 245C.27, 626.556, subdivision 10i, and
626.557, subdivision 9d.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245C.28, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Employees of public employer.

(a) A disqualified individual who is an
employee of an employer, as defined in section 179A.03, subdivision 15, may request
a contested case hearing under chapter 14new text begin, and specifically Minnesota Rules, parts
1400.8505 to 1400.8612,
new text end following a reconsideration decision under section 245C.23,
unless the disqualification is deemed conclusive under section 245C.29. The request for a
contested case hearing must be made in writing and must be postmarked and sent within
30 calendar days after the employee receives notice of the reconsideration decision. If
the individual was disqualified based on a conviction or admission to any crimes listed in
section 245C.15, the scope of the contested case hearing shall be limited solely to whether
the individual poses a risk of harm pursuant to section 245C.22.

(b) When an individual is disqualified based on a maltreatment determination, the
scope of the contested case hearing under paragraph (a), must include the maltreatment
determination and the disqualification. In such cases, a fair hearing must not be conducted
under section 256.045.

(c) Rules adopted under this chapter may not preclude an employee in a contested
case hearing for a disqualification from submitting evidence concerning information
gathered under this chapter.

(d) When an individual has been disqualified from multiple licensed programs, if
at least one of the disqualifications entitles the person to a contested case hearing under
this subdivision, the scope of the contested case hearing shall include all disqualifications
from licensed programs.

(e) In determining whether the disqualification should be set aside, the administrative
law judge shall consider all of the characteristics that cause the individual to be disqualifiednew text begin,
as well as all the factors set forth in section 245C.22,
new text end in order to determine whether the
individual deleted text beginposesdeleted text endnew text begin has met the burden of demonstrating that the individual does not pose
new text end a risk of harm. The administrative law judge's recommendation and the commissioner's
order to set aside a disqualification that is the subject of the hearing constitutes a
determination that the individual does not pose a risk of harm and that the individual may
provide direct contact services in the individual program specified in the set aside.

new text begin (f) An individual may not request a contested case hearing under this section if a
contested case hearing has previously been held regarding the individual's disqualification
on the same basis.
new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 245C.29, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Conclusive disqualification determination.

(a) deleted text beginUnless otherwise
specified in statute, a determination that:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) the information the commissioner relied upon to disqualify an individual under
section 245C.14 was correct based on serious or recurring maltreatment;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) a preponderance of the evidence shows that the individual committed an act or
acts that meet the definition of any of the crimes listed in section 245C.15; or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) the individual failed to make required reports under section 626.556, subdivision
3
, or 626.557, subdivision 3, is conclusive if:
deleted text end new text begin A disqualification is conclusive for purposes
of current and future background studies if:
new text end

deleted text begin (i)deleted text endnew text begin (1)new text end the commissioner has issued a final order in an appeal of deleted text beginthat determination
deleted text endnew text begin the disqualificationnew text end under section 245A.08, subdivision 5, new text begin245C.28, subdivision 3, new text endor
256.045, or a court has issued a final decision;

deleted text begin (ii)deleted text endnew text begin (2)new text end the individual did not request reconsideration of the disqualification under
section 245C.21new text begin on the basis that the information relied upon to disqualify the individual
was incorrect
new text end; or

deleted text begin (iii)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end the individual did not new text begintimely new text endrequest a hearing on the disqualification under
deleted text beginsection 256.045 ordeleted text endnew text begin this chapter, new text end chapter 14new text begin, or section 256.045 after previously being
given the right to do so
new text end.

(b) When a licensing action under section 245A.05, 245A.06, or 245A.07 is based
on the disqualification of an individual in connection with a license to provide family child
care, foster care for children in the provider's own home, or foster care services for adults
in the provider's own home, that disqualification shall be conclusive for purposes of the
licensing action if a request for reconsideration was not submitted within 30 calendar days
of the individual's receipt of the notice of disqualification.

(c) If a deleted text begindetermination that the information relied upon to disqualify an individual
was correct and
deleted text endnew text begin disqualificationnew text end is conclusive under this section, deleted text beginanddeleted text end the individual deleted text beginis
subsequently disqualified under section 245C.15, the individual
deleted text end has a right to request
reconsideration on the risk of harm under section 245C.21new text begin unless the commissioner
is barred from setting aside the disqualification under section 245C.24
new text end. deleted text beginSubsequent
determinations
deleted text endnew text begin The commissioner's decisionnew text end regarding the risk of harm shall be deleted text beginmade
according to section 245C.22 and are not subject to another
deleted text endnew text begin the final agency decision and
is not subject to a
new text end hearing under new text beginthis chapter, new text enddeleted text beginsection 256.045 ordeleted text end chapter 14new text begin, or section
256.045
new text end.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 256.045, subdivision 3b,
is amended to read:


Subd. 3b.

Standard of evidence for maltreatment and disqualification hearings.

(a) The state human services judge shall determine that maltreatment has occurred if a
preponderance of evidence exists to support the final disposition under sections 626.556
and 626.557. For purposes of hearings regarding disqualification, the state human
services judge shall affirm the proposed disqualification in an appeal under subdivision 3,
paragraph (a), clause (9), if a preponderance of the evidence shows the individual has:

(1) committed maltreatment under section 626.556 or 626.557, which is serious or
recurring;

(2) committed an act or acts meeting the definition of any of the crimes listed in
section 245C.15, subdivisions 1 to 4; or

(3) failed to make required reports under section 626.556 or 626.557, for incidents
in which the final disposition under section 626.556 or 626.557 was substantiated
maltreatment that was serious or recurring.

(b) If the disqualification is affirmed, the state human services judge shall determine
whether the individual poses a risk of harm in accordance with the requirements of
section 245C.22, and whether the disqualification should be set aside or not set aside. In
determining whether the disqualification should be set aside, the human services judge shall
consider all of the characteristics that cause the individual to be disqualified, including those
characteristics that were not subject to review under paragraph (a), in order to determine
whether the individual poses a risk of harm. A decision to set aside a disqualification that
is the subject of the hearing constitutes a determination that the individual does not pose a
risk of harm and that the individual may provide direct contact services in the individual
program specified in the set aside. deleted text beginIf a determination that the information relied upon to
disqualify an individual was correct and is conclusive under section 245C.29, and the
individual is subsequently disqualified under section 245C.14, the individual has a right
to again request reconsideration on the risk of harm under section 245C.21. Subsequent
determinations regarding risk of harm are not subject to another hearing under this section.
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new text begin (c) If a disqualification is based solely on a conviction or is conclusive for any
reason under section 245C.29, the disqualified individual does not have a right to a
hearing under this section.
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deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end The state human services judge shall recommend an order to the
commissioner of health, education, or human services, as applicable, who shall issue a
final order. The commissioner shall affirm, reverse, or modify the final disposition. Any
order of the commissioner issued in accordance with this subdivision is conclusive upon
the parties unless appeal is taken in the manner provided in subdivision 7. In any licensing
appeal under chapters 245A and 245C and sections 144.50 to 144.58 and 144A.02 to
144A.46, the commissioner's determination as to maltreatment is conclusive, as provided
under section 245C.29.

Sec. 12. new text beginFOREIGN TRAINED PHYSICIAN TASK FORCE.
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new text begin (a) The commissioner of health shall appoint members to an advisory task force by
July 1, 2014, to develop strategies to integrate refugee and asylee physicians into the
Minnesota health care delivery system. The task force shall:
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new text begin (1) analyze demographic information of current medical providers compared to the
population of the state;
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new text begin (2) identify, to the extent possible, foreign-trained physicians living in Minnesota
who are refugees or asylees and interested in meeting the requirements to enter medical
practice or other health careers;
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new text begin (3) identify costs and barriers associated with integrating foreign-trained physicians
into the state workforce;
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new text begin (4) explore alternative roles and professions for foreign trained physicians who are
unable to practice as physicians in the Minnesota health care system; and
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new text begin (5) identify possible funding sources to integrate foreign-trained physicians into the
state workforce as physicians or other health professionals.
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new text begin (b) The commissioner shall provide assistance to the task force, within available
resources.
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new text begin (c) By January 15, 2015, the task force must submit recommendations to the
commissioner of health. The commissioner shall report findings and recommendations to
the legislative committees with jurisdiction over health care by January 15, 2015.
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Sec. 13. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
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new text begin This article is effective the day following final enactment.
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