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SF 961

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/07/2019 02:55pm

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying Northstar Care for Children benefits for
children under the age of six; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 256N.26,
subdivision 5; 256N.27, subdivisions 2, 4.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 256N.26, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Alternate rates for preschool entry and certain transitioned children.

A
child who entered the Northstar kinship assistance or adoption assistance components of
Northstar Care for Children while under the age of six shall receive deleted text begin50 percent of the amount
the child would otherwise be entitled to
deleted text end new text beginthe full amount new text endunder subdivisions 3 and 4. The
commissioner may deleted text beginalsodeleted text end use deleted text beginthedeleted text end new text begina rate of new text end50 percent deleted text beginratedeleted text end new text beginof the amount the child would
otherwise be entitled to under subdivisions 3 and 4
new text endfor a child who was transitioned into
those components through declaration of the commissioner under section 256N.28,
subdivision 7
.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective February 21, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 256N.27, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

State share.

The commissioner shall pay the state share of the maintenance
payments as determined under subdivision 4, and an identical share of the pre-Northstar
Care foster care program under section 260C.4411, subdivision 1, the relative custody
assistance program under section 257.85, and the pre-Northstar Care for Children adoption
assistance program under chapter 259A.new text begin The state share shall include the cost of eliminating
the alternate rate for preschool entry under section 256N.26, subdivision 5.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective February 21, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 256N.27, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Nonfederal share.

(a) The commissioner shall establish a percentage share of
the maintenance payments, reduced by federal reimbursements under title IV-E of the Social
Security Act, to be paid by the state and to be paid by the financially responsible agency.

(b) These state and local shares must initially be calculated based on the ratio of the
average appropriate expenditures made by the state and all financially responsible agencies
during calendar years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. For purposes of this calculation,
appropriate expenditures for the financially responsible agencies must include basic and
difficulty of care payments for foster care reduced by federal reimbursements, but not
including any initial clothing allowance, administrative payments to child care agencies
specified in section 317A.907, child care, or other support or ancillary expenditures. For
purposes of this calculation, appropriate expenditures for the state shall include adoption
assistance and relative custody assistance, reduced by federal reimbursements.

(c) For each of the periods January 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016, and fiscal years 2017,
2018, and 2019, the commissioner shall adjust this initial percentage of state and local shares
to reflect the relative expenditure trends during calendar years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014,
taking into account appropriations for Northstar Care for Childrennew text begin, the cost of eliminating
the alternate rates for preschool entry under section 256N.26, subdivision 5,
new text end and the turnover
rates of the components. In making these adjustments, the commissioner's goal shall be to
make these state and local expenditures other than the appropriations for Northstar Care for
Children to be the same as they would have been had Northstar Care for Children not been
implemented, or if that is not possible, proportionally higher or lower, as appropriate. Except
for adjustments so that the costs of the phase-innew text begin, the cost of eliminating the alternate rates
for preschool entry under section 256N.26, subdivision 5,
new text end are borne by the state, the state
and local share percentages for fiscal year 2019 must be used for all subsequent years.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective February 21, 2020.
new text end