as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/25/2019 03:40pm
A bill for an act
relating to health; expanding a home and community-based services employee
scholarship program to also repay qualified educational loans of employees;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 144.1503.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 144.1503, is amended to read:
The home and community-based services employee scholarship
new text beginnew text endgrant program is established for the purpose of assisting qualified
provider applicants to fund employee scholarships for education in nursing and other health
care fieldsnew text beginnew text endnew text beginnew text end.
new text begin new text end
The commissioner shall make grants available to qualified
providers of older adult services. Grants must be used by home and community-based service
providers to recruit and train staff through the establishment of an employee scholarship
new text beginnew text endfund.
(a) Eligible providers must primarily provide services to individuals
who are 65 years of age and older in home and community-based settings, including housing
with services establishments as defined in section 144D.01, subdivision 4; adult day care
as defined in section 245A.02, subdivision 2a; and home care services as defined in section
144A.43, subdivision 3.
(b) Qualifying providers must establish a home and community-based services employee
scholarship new text beginnew text endprogram, as specified in subdivision 4. Providers that
receive funding under this section must use the funds to award scholarships tonew text beginnew text end employees who work an average of at least 16 hours per
week for the provider.
qualifying provider under this section must propose a home and community-based services
employee scholarship new text beginnew text endprogram. Providers must establish criteria by
which funds are to be distributed among employees. At a minimum, the scholarship new text beginnew text endprogram must cover employee costsnew text beginnew text end related to a course of study that is expected to lead to career advancement
with the provider or in the field of long-term care, including home care, care of persons
with disabilities, or nursing.
The commissioner shall publish a request for proposals
in the State Register, specifying provider eligibility requirements, criteria for a qualifying
employee scholarship new text beginnew text endprogram, provider selection criteria,
documentation required for program participation, maximum award amount, and methods
of evaluation. The commissioner must publish additional requests for proposals each year
in which funding is available for this purpose.
Eligible providers seeking a grant shall submit an
application to the commissioner. Applications must contain a complete description of the
employee scholarship new text beginnew text endprogram being proposed by the applicant,
including the need for the organization to enhance the education of its workforce, the process
for determining which employees will be eligible for scholarshipsnew text beginnew text end, any
other sources of funding for scholarshipsnew text beginnew text end, the expected degrees or
credentials eligible for scholarshipsnew text beginnew text end, the amount of funding sought for
the scholarship new text beginnew text endprogram, a proposed budget detailing how funds will
be spent, and plans for retaining eligible employees after completion of their scholarshipnew text beginnew text end.
The commissioner shall determine a maximum award for
grants and make grant selections based on the information provided in the grant application,
including the demonstrated need for an applicant provider to enhance the education of its
workforce, the proposed employee scholarship new text beginnew text endselection process, the
applicant's proposed budget, and other criteria as determined by the commissioner.
Notwithstanding any law or rule to the contrary, funds awarded to grantees in a grant
agreement do not lapse until the grant agreement expires.
Participating providers shall submit an invoice for
reimbursement and a report to the commissioner on a schedule determined by the
commissioner and on a form supplied by the commissioner. The report shall include the
amount spent on scholarshipsnew text beginnew text end; the number of employees who received
scholarshipsnew text beginnew text end; and, for each
scholarship new text beginnew text endrecipient, the name of the recipient, the current position of
the recipient, the amount awardednew text beginnew text end, the educational institution attended,
the nature of the educational program, and the expected or actual program completion date.
During the grant period, the commissioner may require and collect from grant recipients
other information necessary to evaluate the program.