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SF 3049

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/27/2018 09:06am

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to education; clarifying qualified providers of mental health services for
innovative mental health grants to intermediate school districts; amending Laws
2017, First Special Session chapter 5, article 2, section 56.


Section 1.

Laws 2017, First Special Session chapter 5, article 2, section 56, is amended
to read:


(a) $2,450,000 in fiscal year 2018 and $2,450,000 in fiscal year 2019 are appropriated
from the general fund to the commissioner of human services for a grant program to fund
innovative projects to improve mental health outcomes for youth attending a qualifying
school unit.

(b) A "qualifying school unit" means an intermediate district organized under Minnesota
Statutes, section 136D.01, or a service cooperative organized under Minnesota Statutes,
section 123A.21, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (2), that provides instruction to students
in a setting of federal instructional level 4 or higher. Grants under paragraph (a) must be
awarded to eligible applicants such that the services are proportionately provided among
qualifying school units. The commissioner shall calculate the share of the appropriation to
be used in each qualifying school unit by dividing the qualifying school unit's average daily
membership in a setting of federal instructional level 4 or higher for fiscal year 2016 by the
total average daily membership in a setting of federal instructional level 4 or higher for the
same year for all qualifying school units.

(c) An eligible applicant is an entity that has demonstrated capacity to serve the youth
identified in paragraph (a) and that is:

(1) certified under Minnesota Rules, parts 9520.0750 to 9520.0870;

(2) a community mental health center under Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.0625,
subdivision 5

(3) an Indian health service facility or facility owned and operated by a tribe or tribal
organization operating under United States Code, title 25, section 5321; deleted text beginor
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(4) a provider of children's therapeutic services and supports as defined in Minnesota
Statutes, section 256B.0943deleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; or
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new text begin (5) enrolled in medical assistance as a mental health or substance use disorder provider
agency and must employ at least two full-time equivalent mental health professionals as
defined in section 245.4871, subdivision 27, clauses (1) to (6), or alcohol and drug counselors
licensed or exempt from licensure under chapter 148F who are qualified to provide clinical
services to children and families.
new text end

(d) An eligible applicant must employ or contract with at least two licensed mental health
professionals as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 245.4871, subdivision 27, clauses
(1) to (6), who have formal training in evidence-based practices.

(e) A qualifying school unit must submit an application to the commissioner in the form
and manner specified by the commissioner. The commissioner may approve an application
that describes models for innovative projects to serve the needs of the schools and students.
The commissioner may provide technical assistance to the qualifying school unit. The
commissioner shall then solicit grant project proposals and award grant funding to the
eligible applicants whose project proposals best meet the requirements of this section and
most closely adhere to the models created by the intermediate districts and service

(f) To receive grant funding, an eligible applicant must obtain a letter of support for the
applicant's grant project proposal from each qualifying school unit the eligible applicant is
proposing to serve. An eligible applicant must also demonstrate the following:

(1) the ability to seek third-party reimbursement for services;

(2) the ability to report data and outcomes as required by the commissioner; and

(3) the existence of partnerships with counties, tribes, substance use disorder providers,
and mental health service providers, including providers of mobile crisis services.

(g) Grantees shall obtain all available third-party reimbursement sources as a condition
of receiving grant funds. For purposes of this grant program, a third-party reimbursement
source does not include a public school as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.20,
subdivision 1

(h) The base budget for this program is $0. This appropriation is available until June 30,

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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