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SF 1452

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to health; authorizing a Regional Children's Mental Health Initiative
pilot project; developing an enhanced regional children's mental health service
system; appropriating money.

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

Section 1. new text beginREGIONAL CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Pilot project authorized; purpose. new text end

new text begin A two-year Regional Children's
Mental Health Initiative pilot project is established to improve children's mental health
service coordination, communication, and processes in Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault,
Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Rice, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan Counties. The
purpose of the Regional Children's Mental Health Initiative will be to plan and develop
new programs and services related to children's mental health in South Central Minnesota.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Goals. new text end

new text begin To accomplish its purpose, the Regional Children's Mental Health
Initiative shall have the following goals:
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new text begin (1) work to streamline delivery and regional access to services;
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new text begin (2) share strategies and resources for the management of out-of-home placements;
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new text begin (3) establish standard protocols and operating procedures for functions that are
performed across all counties;
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new text begin (4) share information to improve resource allocation and service delivery across
counties;
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new text begin (5) evaluate outcomes of various treatment alternatives;
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new text begin (6) create a network for and provide support to service delivery groups;
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new text begin (7) establish a regional process to match children in need of out-of-home placement
with foster homes that can meet their needs; and
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new text begin (8) recruit and retain foster homes.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Director's Council. new text end

new text begin The Director's Council shall govern the operations of
the Regional Children's Mental Health Initiative. Members of the Director's Council shall
represent each of the 11 counties participating in the pilot project.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Regional Children's Mental Health Initiative Team. new text end

new text begin The members of the
Regional Children's Mental Health Initiative team shall conduct planning and development
of new and modified children's mental health programs and services in the region.
Members of the team shall reflect the cultural, demographic, and geographic diversity of
the region and shall be composed of representatives from each of the following:
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new text begin (1) the medical community;
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new text begin (2) human services;
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new text begin (3) corrections;
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new text begin (4) education;
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new text begin (5) mental health providers and vendors;
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new text begin (6) advocacy organizations;
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new text begin (7) parents; and
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new text begin (8) children and youth.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Authority. new text end

new text begin The Regional Children's Mental Health Initiative shall have the
authority to develop and implement the following programs:
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new text begin (1) Flexible funding payments. This program will make funds available to respond to
the unique and unpredictable needs of children with mental health issues such as the need
for prescription drugs, transportation, clothing, and assessments not otherwise available.
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new text begin (2) Transition to self-sufficiency. This program will help youths between the ages of
14 and 21 establish professional relationships, find jobs, build financial foundations, and
learn to fulfill their roles as productive citizens.
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new text begin (3) Crisis response. This program will establish public and private partnerships
to offer a range of options to meet the needs of children in crisis. Methods to meet
these needs may include accessible local services, holistic assessments, urgent care and
stabilization services, and telehealth for specialized diagnosis and therapeutic sessions.
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new text begin (4) Integrated services for complex conditions. This program will design, develop,
and implement packages of integrated services to meet the needs of children with specific,
complex conditions.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Evaluation and report. new text end

new text begin The Regional Children's Mental Health Initiative
shall develop a method for evaluating the effectiveness of this pilot project focusing on
identifiable goals and outcomes. An interim report on the pilot's effectiveness shall be
submitted to the house and senate finance committees having jurisdiction over mental
health, the commissioner of human services, and the Minnesota Association of County
Social Service Administrators no later than December 31, 2008. A final report is due
no later than December 31, 2009.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $925,000 in fiscal year 2008 and $925,000 in fiscal year 2009 are appropriated
to the commissioner of human services to fund the Regional Children's Mental Health
Initiative pilot project.
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