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HF 1543

1st Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/25/2019 03:47pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying background study set aside criteria; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 144.057, subdivision 3; 245C.02, by adding a
subdivision; 245C.22, subdivisions 4, 5.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 144.057, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Reconsiderations.

The commissioner of health shall review and decide
reconsideration requests, including the granting of variances, in accordance with the
procedures and criteria contained in chapter 245C. new text beginThe commissioner must set aside a
disqualification for an individual who requests reconsideration and who meets the criteria
described in section 245C.22, subdivision 4, paragraph (d).
new text endThe commissioner's decision
shall be provided to the individual and to the Department of Human Services. The
commissioner's decision to grant or deny a reconsideration of disqualification is the final
administrative agency action, except for the provisions under sections 245C.25, 245C.27,
and 245C.28, subdivision 3.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 245C.02, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 20. new text end

new text begin Substance use disorder treatment field. new text end

new text begin "Substance use disorder treatment
field" means a program exclusively serving individuals 18 years of age and older and that
is required to be:
new text end

new text begin (1) licensed under chapter 245G; or
new text end

new text begin (2) registered under section 157.17 as a board and lodge establishment that predominantly
serves individuals being treated for or recovering from a substance use disorder.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 245C.22, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Risk of harm; set aside.

(a) The commissioner may set aside the disqualification
if the commissioner finds that the individual has submitted sufficient information to
demonstrate that the individual does not pose a risk of harm to any person served by the
applicant, license holder, or other entities as provided in this chapter.

(b) In determining whether the individual has met the burden of proof by demonstrating
the individual does not pose a risk of harm, the commissioner shall consider:

(1) the nature, severity, and consequences of the event or events that led to the
disqualification;

(2) whether there is more than one disqualifying event;

(3) the age and vulnerability of the victim at the time of the event;

(4) the harm suffered by the victim;

(5) vulnerability of persons served by the program;

(6) the similarity between the victim and persons served by the program;

(7) the time elapsed without a repeat of the same or similar event;

(8) documentation of successful completion by the individual studied of training or
rehabilitation pertinent to the event; and

(9) any other information relevant to reconsideration.

(c) If the individual requested reconsideration on the basis that the information relied
upon to disqualify the individual was incorrect or inaccurate and the commissioner determines
that the information relied upon to disqualify the individual is correct, the commissioner
must also determine if the individual poses a risk of harm to persons receiving services in
accordance with paragraph (b).

new text begin (d) For an individual seeking employment in the substance use disorder treatment field,
the commissioner shall set aside the disqualification if the following criteria are met:
new text end

new text begin (1) the individual is not disqualified for a crime of violence as listed under section
624.712, subdivision 5, except for the following crimes: crimes listed under section 152.021,
subdivision 2 or 2a; 152.022, subdivision 2; 152.023, subdivision 2; 152.024; or 152.025;
new text end

new text begin (2) the individual is not disqualified under section 245C.15, subdivision 1;
new text end

new text begin (3) the individual is not disqualified under section 245C.15, subdivision 4, paragraph
(b);
new text end

new text begin (4) the individual provided documentation of successful completion of treatment, at least
one year prior to the date of the request for reconsideration, at a program licensed under
chapter 245G, and has had no disqualifying crimes or conduct under section 245C.15 after
the successful completion of treatment;
new text end

new text begin (5) the individual provided documentation demonstrating abstinence from controlled
substances, as defined in section 152.01, subdivision 4, for the period of one year prior to
the date of the request for reconsideration; and
new text end

new text begin (6) the individual is seeking employment in the substance use disorder treatment field.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 245C.22, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Scope of set-aside.

(a) If the commissioner sets aside a disqualification under
this section, the disqualified individual remains disqualified, but may hold a license and
have direct contact with or access to persons receiving services. Except as provided in
paragraph (b), the commissioner's set-aside of a disqualification is limited solely to the
licensed program, applicant, or agency specified in the set aside notice under section 245C.23.
For personal care provider organizations, the commissioner's set-aside may further be limited
to a specific individual who is receiving services. For new background studies required
under section 245C.04, subdivision 1, paragraph (h), if an 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.

(b) If the commissioner has previously set aside an individual's disqualification for one
or more programs or agencies, and the individual is the subject of a subsequent background
study for a different program or agency, the commissioner shall determine whether the
disqualification is set aside for the program or agency that initiated the subsequent
background study. A notice of a set-aside under paragraph (c) shall be issued within 15
working days if all of the following criteria are met:

(1) the subsequent background study was initiated in connection with a program licensed
or regulated under the same provisions of law and rule for at least one program for which
the individual's disqualification was previously set aside by the commissioner;

(2) the individual is not disqualified for an offense specified in section 245C.15,
subdivision 1 or 2;

(3) the commissioner has received no new information to indicate that the individual
may pose a risk of harm to any person served by the program; and

(4) the previous set-aside was not limited to a specific person receiving services.

new text begin (c) Notwithstanding paragraph (b), clause (2), for an individual who is employed in the
substance use disorder field, if the commissioner has previously set aside an individual's
disqualification for one or more programs or agencies in the substance use disorder treatment
field, and the individual is the subject of a subsequent background study for a different
program or agency in the substance use disorder treatment field, the commissioner shall set
aside the disqualification for the program or agency in the substance use disorder treatment
field that initiated the subsequent background study when the criteria under paragraph (b),
clauses (1), (3), and (4), are met and the individual is not disqualified for an offense specified
in section 254C.15, subdivision 1. A notice of a set-aside under paragraph (d) shall be issued
within 15 working days.
new text end

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end When a disqualification is set aside under paragraph (b), the notice of background
study results issued under section 245C.17, in addition to the requirements under section
245C.17, shall state that the disqualification is set aside for the program or agency that
initiated the subsequent background study. The notice must inform the individual that the
individual may request reconsideration of the disqualification under section 245C.21 on the
basis that the information used to disqualify the individual is incorrect.