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1st Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 07/13/2018 02:18pm

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying child foster care training requirements;
establishing foster care bill of rights; modifying the child protection grant allocation
formula; requiring a report;amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 245A.175;
256M.41, subdivision 3, by adding a subdivision; 256N.24, by adding a subdivision;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 260C.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 245A.175, is amended to read:


245A.175 CHILD FOSTER CARE TRAINING REQUIREMENT; MENTAL
HEALTH TRAINING; FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS TRAINING.

Prior to a nonemergency placement of a child in a foster care home, the child foster care
license holder and caregivers in foster family and treatment foster care settings, and all staff
providing care in foster residence settings must complete two hours of training that addresses
the causes, symptoms, and key warning signs of mental health disorders; cultural
considerations; and effective approaches for dealing with a child's behaviors. At least one
hour of the annual training requirement for the foster family license holder and caregivers,
and foster residence staff must be on children's mental health issues and treatment. new text beginExcept
for providers and services under chapter 245D,
new text endthe annual training must also include new text beginat least
new text end one hour of training on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders deleted text beginwithin the first 12 months of
licensure. After the first 12 months of licensure, training on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
may count
deleted text endnew text begin, which must be countednew text end toward the 12 hours of required in-service training per
year. Short-term substitute caregivers are exempt from these requirements. Training
curriculum shall be approved by the commissioner of human services.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 256M.41, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Payments deleted text beginbased on performancedeleted text end.

deleted text begin(a)deleted text end The commissioner shall make payments
under this section to each county deleted text beginboard on a calendar year basis in an amount determined
under paragraph (b)
deleted text endnew text begin on or before July 10 of each yearnew text end.

deleted text begin (b) Calendar year allocations under subdivision 1 shall be paid to counties in the following
manner:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) 80 percent of the allocation as determined in subdivision 1 must be paid to counties
on or before July 10 of each year;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) ten percent of the allocation shall be withheld until the commissioner determines if
the county has met the performance outcome threshold of 90 percent based on face-to-face
contact with alleged child victims. In order to receive the performance allocation, the county
child protection workers must have a timely face-to-face contact with at least 90 percent of
all alleged child victims of screened-in maltreatment reports. The standard requires that
each initial face-to-face contact occur consistent with timelines defined in section 626.556,
subdivision 10
, paragraph (i). The commissioner shall make threshold determinations in
January of each year and payments to counties meeting the performance outcome threshold
shall occur in February of each year. Any withheld funds from this appropriation for counties
that do not meet this requirement shall be reallocated by the commissioner to those counties
meeting the requirement; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) ten percent of the allocation shall be withheld until the commissioner determines
that the county has met the performance outcome threshold of 90 percent based on
face-to-face visits by the case manager. In order to receive the performance allocation, the
total number of visits made by caseworkers on a monthly basis to children in foster care
and children receiving child protection services while residing in their home must be at least
90 percent of the total number of such visits that would occur if every child were visited
once per month. The commissioner shall make such determinations in January of each year
and payments to counties meeting the performance outcome threshold shall occur in February
of each year. Any withheld funds from this appropriation for counties that do not meet this
requirement shall be reallocated by the commissioner to those counties meeting the
requirement. For 2015, the commissioner shall only apply the standard for monthly foster
care visits.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c) The commissioner shall work with stakeholders and the Human Services Performance
Council under section 402A.16 to develop recommendations for specific outcome measures
that counties should meet in order to receive funds withheld under paragraph (b), and include
in those recommendations a determination as to whether the performance measures under
paragraph (b) should be modified or phased out. The commissioner shall report the
recommendations to the legislative committees having jurisdiction over child protection
issues by January 1, 2018.
deleted text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 256M.41, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin County performance on child protection measures. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall
set child protection measures and standards. The commissioner shall require an
underperforming county to demonstrate that the county designated sufficient funds and
implemented a reasonable strategy to improve child protection performance, including the
provision of a performance improvement plan and additional remedies identified by the
commissioner. The commissioner may redirect up to 20 percent of a county's funds under
this section toward the performance improvement plan for a county not meeting child
protection standards and not demonstrating significant improvement. Sanctions under section
256M.20, subdivision 3, related to noncompliance with federal performance standards also
apply.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 256N.24, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 2a. new text end

new text begin Minnesota assessment of parenting for children and youth (MAPCY)
revision.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner, in consultation with representatives from communities of
color, including but not limited to advisory councils and ombudspersons, shall review and
revise the MAPCY tool and incorporate changes that take into consideration different
cultures and the diverse needs of communities of color.
new text end

Sec. 5.

new text begin [260C.008] FOSTER CARE SIBLING BILL OF RIGHTS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Statement of rights. new text end

new text begin (a) A child placed in foster care who has a sibling
has the right to:
new text end

new text begin (1) be placed in foster care homes with the child's siblings, when possible and when it
is in the best interest of each sibling, in order to sustain family relationships;
new text end

new text begin (2) be placed in close geographical distance to the child's siblings, if placement together
is not possible, to facilitate frequent and meaningful contact;
new text end

new text begin (3) have frequent contact with the child's siblings in foster care and, whenever possible,
with the child's siblings who are not in foster care, unless the responsible social services
agency has documented that contact is not in the best interest of any sibling. Contact includes,
but is not limited to, telephone calls, text messaging, social media and other Internet use,
and video calls;
new text end

new text begin (4) annually receive a telephone number, address, and e-mail address for all siblings in
foster care, and receive updated photographs of siblings regularly, by regular mail or e-mail;
new text end

new text begin (5) participate in regular face-to-face visits with the child's siblings in foster care and,
whenever possible, with the child's siblings who are not in foster care. Participation in these
visits shall not be withheld or restricted as a consequence for behavior, and shall only be
restricted if the responsible social services agency documents that the visits are contrary to
the safety or well-being of any sibling. Social workers, parents, foster care providers, and
older children must cooperate to ensure regular visits and must coordinate dates, times,
transportation, and other accommodations as necessary. The timing and regularity of visits
shall be outlined in each sibling's service plan, based on the individual circumstances and
needs of each child. A social worker need not give explicit permission for each visit or
possible overnight visit, but foster care providers shall communicate with social workers
about these visits;
new text end

new text begin (6) be actively involved in each other's lives and share celebrations, if they choose to
do so, including but not limited to birthdays, holidays, graduations, school and extracurricular
activities, cultural customs in the siblings' native language, and other milestones;
new text end

new text begin (7) be promptly informed about changes in sibling placements or circumstances, including
but not limited to new placements, discharge from placements, significant life events, and
discharge from foster care;
new text end

new text begin (8) be included in permanency planning decisions for siblings, if appropriate; and
new text end

new text begin (9) be informed of the expectations for and possibility of continued contact with a sibling
after an adoption or transfer of permanent physical and legal custody to a relative.
new text end

new text begin (b) Adult siblings of children in foster care shall have the right to be considered as foster
care providers, adoptive parents, and relative custodians for their siblings, if they choose
to do so.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Interpretation. new text end

new text begin The rights under this section are established for the benefit of
siblings in foster care. This statement of rights does not replace or diminish other rights,
liberties, and responsibilities that may exist relative to children in foster care, adult siblings
of children in foster care, foster care providers, parents, relatives, or responsible social
services agencies.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Disclosure. new text end

new text begin Child welfare agency staff shall provide a copy of these rights to
a child who has a sibling at the time the child enters foster care, to any adult siblings of a
child entering foster care, if known, and to the foster care provider, in a format specified
by the commissioner of human services. The copy shall contain the address and telephone
number of the Office of Ombudsman for Families and a brief statement describing how to
file a complaint with the office.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for children entering foster care on or
after August 1, 2018. Subdivision 3 is effective August 1, 2018, and applies to all children
in foster care on that date, regardless of when the child entered foster care.
new text end

Sec. 6. new text beginAFRICAN AMERICAN CHILD WELFARE WORK GROUP.
new text end

new text begin The commissioner of human services shall form an African American child welfare
work group within the implementation work group for the Governor's Child Protection Task
Force to help formulate policies and procedures relating to African American child welfare
services and to ensure that African American families are provided with all possible services
and opportunities to care for their children in their homes. The work group shall include
child welfare policy and social work professionals and paraprofessionals, community
members, community leaders, and parents representing all regions of the state. By February
1, 2019, the work group shall report its findings and recommendations to the chairs and
ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over child
protection issues.
new text end