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SF 4114

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/10/2020 08:45am

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; clarifying qualification criteria for provider staff to
provide treatment coordination services; authorizing pretreatment coordination
services for individuals seeking substance use disorder treatment; requiring
establishment of a reimbursement rate for pretreatment coordination services;
authorizing pretreatment coordination services as a covered service; directing the
commissioner of human services to develop a tool to screen individuals for
pretreatment coordination services, to develop a method to evaluate the impact of
recent substance use disorder legislation, and to create and distribute educational
materials regarding recent substance use disorder legislation and implementation;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 245G.02, subdivision 2; 245G.06,
subdivision 3; 256B.0625, by adding a subdivision; Minnesota Statutes 2019
Supplement, sections 245G.04, by adding a subdivision; 245G.11, subdivision 7;
254B.05, subdivisions 1, 5.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 245G.02, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Exemption from license requirement.

This chapter does not apply to a county
or recovery community organization that is providing a service for which the county or
recovery community organization is an eligible vendor under section 254B.05. This chapter
does not apply to an organization whose primary functions are information, referral,
diagnosis, case management, and assessment for the purposes of client placement, education,
support group services, or self-help programs. This chapter does not apply to the activities
of a licensed professional in private practice.new text begin This chapter does not apply when a license
holder is providing pretreatment coordination services under section 245G.04, subdivision
3.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective September 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 245G.04, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Pretreatment coordination services. new text end

new text begin (a) A license holder may provide
pretreatment coordination services to an individual prior to the individual's comprehensive
assessment under section 245G.05, to facilitate an individual's access to a comprehensive
assessment. If a comprehensive assessment does not authorize treatment for an individual,
the license holder may continue to provide pretreatment coordination services as necessary
to facilitate the individual's admission, continuation, and completion of treatment. The total
pretreatment coordination services must not exceed 36 units.
new text end

new text begin (b) An individual providing pretreatment coordination services must meet the staff
qualifications in section 245G.11, subdivision 7. Section 245G.05 and Minnesota Rules,
parts 9530.6600 to 9530.6655, do not apply to pretreatment coordination services.
new text end

new text begin (c) To be eligible for pretreatment coordination services, an individual must screen
positive for alcohol or substance misuse using a screening tool approved by the commissioner.
The individual's records must document the individual's alcohol or substance screening
using a template approved by the commissioner. The provider may bill the screening as a
pretreatment coordination service.
new text end

new text begin (d) Pretreatment coordination services include:
new text end

new text begin (1) assisting with connecting an individual with a qualified comprehensive assessment
provider;
new text end

new text begin (2) identifying barriers that might inhibit an individual's ability to participate in a
comprehensive assessment;
new text end

new text begin (3) assisting with connecting an individual with resources to mitigate an individual's
immediate safety risks; and
new text end

new text begin (4) documenting pretreatment coordination services in the client's file.
new text end

new text begin (e) A license holder is authorized to provide up to 36 units of pretreatment coordination
services, excluding travel time, and must document the following information in the
individual's file:
new text end

new text begin (1) the dates, number of units, and description of pretreatment coordination services
provided;
new text end

new text begin (2) identifying an individual's safety concerns and developing a plan to address those
concerns;
new text end

new text begin (3) assisting an individual with scheduling an appointment for a comprehensive
assessment and confirming that the individual and provider keep the appointment; and
new text end

new text begin (4) assisting an individual with accessing resources for obtaining a comprehensive
assessment authorizing substance use disorder treatment services.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective September 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 245G.06, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Documentation of treatment services; treatment plan review.

(a) A review
of all treatment services must be documented weekly and include a review of:

(1) deleted text begincaredeleted text endnew text begin treatmentnew text end coordination activitiesnew text begin, including any pretreatment coordination
services
new text end;

(2) medical and other appointments the client attended;

(3) issues related to medications that are not documented in the medication administration
record; and

(4) issues related to attendance for treatment services, including the reason for any client
absence from a treatment service.

(b) A note must be entered immediately following any significant event. A significant
event is an event that impacts the client's relationship with other clients, staff, the client's
family, or the client's treatment plan.

(c) A treatment plan review must be entered in a client's file weekly or after each treatment
service, whichever is less frequent, by the staff member providing the service. The review
must indicate the span of time covered by the review and each of the six dimensions listed
in section 245G.05, subdivision 2, paragraph (c). The review must:

(1) indicate the date, type, and amount of each treatment service provided and the client's
response to each service;

(2) address each goal in the treatment plan and whether the methods to address the goals
are effective;

(3) include monitoring of any physical and mental health problems;

(4) document the participation of others;

(5) document staff recommendations for changes in the methods identified in the treatment
plan and whether the client agrees with the change; and

(6) include a review and evaluation of the individual abuse prevention plan according
to section 245A.65.

(d) Each entry in a client's record must be accurate, legible, signed, and dated. A late
entry must be clearly labeled "late entry." A correction to an entry must be made in a way
in which the original entry can still be read.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective September 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 245G.11, subdivision 7, is amended
to read:


Subd. 7.

Treatment coordination provider qualifications.

(a) Treatment coordination
must be provided by qualified staff. An individual is qualified to provide treatment
coordination if the individual meets the qualifications of an alcohol and drug counselor
under subdivision 5 or if the individual:

(1) is skilled in the process of identifying and assessing a wide range of client needs;

(2) is knowledgeable about local community resources and how to use those resources
for the benefit of the client;

(3) has successfully completed 30 hours of classroom instruction on treatment
coordination for an individual with substance use disorder;

(4) has either:

(i) a bachelor's degree in one of the behavioral sciences or related fields; or

(ii) current certification as an alcohol and drug counselor, level I, by the Upper Midwest
Indian Council on Addictive Disorders; and

(5) has at least 2,000 hours of supervised experience working with individuals with
substance use disorder.

(b) A treatment coordinator must receive at least one hour of supervision regarding
individual service delivery from an alcohol and drug counselor, or a mental health
professional who has substance use treatment and assessments within the scope of their
practice, on a monthly basis.

new text begin (c) Staff who conduct chemical use assessments under Minnesota Rules, part 9530.6615,
and are employed as of July 1, 2020, are qualified to provide treatment coordination under
section 245G.07, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (5). Staff who conduct chemical use
assessments under Minnesota Rules, part 9530.6615, and are employed after July 1, 2020,
are qualified to provide treatment coordination under section 245G.07, subdivision 1,
paragraph (a), clause (5), if the staff person completes the classroom instruction in paragraph
(a), clause (3).
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective September 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 254B.05, subdivision 1, is amended
to read:


Subdivision 1.

Licensure required.

(a) Programs licensed by the commissioner are
eligible vendors. Hospitals may apply for and receive licenses to be eligible vendors,
notwithstanding the provisions of section 245A.03. American Indian programs that provide
substance use disorder treatment, extended care, transitional residence, or outpatient treatment
services, and are licensed by tribal government are eligible vendors.

(b) A licensed professional in private practice who meets the requirements of section
245G.11, subdivisions 1 and 4, is an eligible vendor of a comprehensive assessment and
assessment summary provided according to section 245G.05, and treatment services provided
according to sections 245G.06 and 245G.07, subdivision 1, paragraphs (a), clauses (1) to
(4), and (b); and subdivision 2.

(c) A county is an eligible vendor for a comprehensive assessment and assessment
summary when provided by an individual who meets the staffing credentials of section
245G.11, subdivisions 1 and 5, and completed according to the requirements of section
245G.05. A county is an eligible vendor of deleted text begincaredeleted text endnew text begin treatmentnew text end coordination services when
provided by an individual who meets the staffing credentials of section 245G.11, subdivisions
1
and 7, and provided according to the requirements of section 245G.07, subdivision 1,
paragraph (a), clause (5).new text begin A county is an eligible vendor of peer recovery support services
according to section 245G.07, subdivision 2, clause (8). Counties, tribes, and nonresidential
programs licensed under chapter 245G are eligible vendors of pretreatment coordination
services when the individual providing services meets the staffing credentials of section
245G.11, subdivisions 1 and 7, and provides services that meet the requirements of section
245G.04, subdivision 3.
new text end

(d) A recovery community organization that meets certification requirements identified
by the commissioner is an eligible vendor of peer support services.

(e) Detoxification programs licensed under Minnesota Rules, parts 9530.6510 to
9530.6590, are not eligible vendors. Programs that are not licensed as a residential or
nonresidential substance use disorder treatment or withdrawal management program by the
commissioner or by tribal government or do not meet the requirements of subdivisions 1a
and 1b are not eligible vendors.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective September 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 254B.05, subdivision 5, is amended
to read:


Subd. 5.

Rate requirements.

(a) The commissioner shall establish rates for substance
use disorder services and service enhancements funded under this chapter.

(b) Eligible substance use disorder treatment services include:

(1) outpatient treatment services that are licensed according to sections 245G.01 to
245G.17, or applicable tribal license;

(2) comprehensive assessments provided according to sections 245.4863, paragraph (a),
and 245G.05;

(3) deleted text begincaredeleted text endnew text begin treatmentnew text end coordination services provided according to section 245G.07,
subdivision 1
, paragraph (a), clause (5);

(4) peer recovery support services provided according to section 245G.07, subdivision
2, clause (8);

(5) on July 1, 2019, or upon federal approval, whichever is later, withdrawal management
services provided according to chapter 245F;

(6) medication-assisted therapy services that are licensed according to sections 245G.01
to 245G.17 and 245G.22, or applicable tribal license;

(7) medication-assisted therapy plus enhanced treatment services that meet the
requirements of clause (6) and provide nine hours of clinical services each week;

(8) high, medium, and low intensity residential treatment services that are licensed
according to sections 245G.01 to 245G.17 and 245G.21 or applicable tribal license which
provide, respectively, 30, 15, and five hours of clinical services each week;

(9) hospital-based treatment services that are licensed according to sections 245G.01 to
245G.17 or applicable tribal license and licensed as a hospital under sections 144.50 to
144.56;

(10) adolescent treatment programs that are licensed as outpatient treatment programs
according to sections 245G.01 to 245G.18 or as residential treatment programs according
to Minnesota Rules, parts 2960.0010 to 2960.0220, and 2960.0430 to 2960.0490, or
applicable tribal license;

(11) high-intensity residential treatment services that are licensed according to sections
245G.01 to 245G.17 and 245G.21 or applicable tribal license, which provide 30 hours of
clinical services each week provided by a state-operated vendor or to clients who have been
civilly committed to the commissioner, present the most complex and difficult care needs,
and are a potential threat to the community; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(12) room and board facilities that meet the requirements of subdivision 1anew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (13) pretreatment coordination services provided according to section 245G.04,
subdivision 3
new text end.

(c) The commissioner shall establish higher rates for programs that meet the requirements
of paragraph (b) and one of the following additional requirements:

(1) programs that serve parents with their children if the program:

(i) provides on-site child care during the hours of treatment activity that:

(A) is licensed under chapter 245A as a child care center under Minnesota Rules, chapter
9503; or

(B) meets the licensure exclusion criteria of section 245A.03, subdivision 2, paragraph
(a), clause (6), and meets the requirements under section 245G.19, subdivision 4; or

(ii) arranges for off-site child care during hours of treatment activity at a facility that is
licensed under chapter 245A as:

(A) a child care center under Minnesota Rules, chapter 9503; or

(B) a family child care home under Minnesota Rules, chapter 9502;

(2) culturally specific programs as defined in section 254B.01, subdivision 4a, or
programs or subprograms serving special populations, if the program or subprogram meets
the following requirements:

(i) is designed to address the unique needs of individuals who share a common language,
racial, ethnic, or social background;

(ii) is governed with significant input from individuals of that specific background; and

(iii) employs individuals to provide individual or group therapy, at least 50 percent of
whom are of that specific background, except when the common social background of the
individuals served is a traumatic brain injury or cognitive disability and the program employs
treatment staff who have the necessary professional training, as approved by the
commissioner, to serve clients with the specific disabilities that the program is designed to
serve;

(3) programs that offer medical services delivered by appropriately credentialed health
care staff in an amount equal to two hours per client per week if the medical needs of the
client and the nature and provision of any medical services provided are documented in the
client file; and

(4) programs that offer services to individuals with co-occurring mental health and
chemical dependency problems if:

(i) the program meets the co-occurring requirements in section 245G.20;

(ii) 25 percent of the counseling staff are licensed mental health professionals, as defined
in section 245.462, subdivision 18, clauses (1) to (6), or are students or licensing candidates
under the supervision of a licensed alcohol and drug counselor supervisor and licensed
mental health professional, except that no more than 50 percent of the mental health staff
may be students or licensing candidates with time documented to be directly related to
provisions of co-occurring services;

(iii) clients scoring positive on a standardized mental health screen receive a mental
health diagnostic assessment within ten days of admission;

(iv) the program has standards for multidisciplinary case review that include a monthly
review for each client that, at a minimum, includes a licensed mental health professional
and licensed alcohol and drug counselor, and their involvement in the review is documented;

(v) family education is offered that addresses mental health and substance abuse disorders
and the interaction between the two; and

(vi) co-occurring counseling staff shall receive eight hours of co-occurring disorder
training annually.

(d) In order to be eligible for a higher rate under paragraph (c), clause (1), a program
that provides arrangements for off-site child care must maintain current documentation at
the chemical dependency facility of the child care provider's current licensure to provide
child care services. Programs that provide child care according to paragraph (c), clause (1),
must be deemed in compliance with the licensing requirements in section 245G.19.

(e) Adolescent residential programs that meet the requirements of Minnesota Rules,
parts 2960.0430 to 2960.0490 and 2960.0580 to 2960.0690, are exempt from the requirements
in paragraph (c), clause (4), items (i) to (iv).

(f) Subject to federal approval, chemical dependency services that are otherwise covered
as direct face-to-face services may be provided via two-way interactive video. The use of
two-way interactive video must be medically appropriate to the condition and needs of the
person being served. Reimbursement shall be at the same rates and under the same conditions
that would otherwise apply to direct face-to-face services. The interactive video equipment
and connection must comply with Medicare standards in effect at the time the service is
provided.

(g) For the purpose of reimbursement under this section, substance use disorder treatment
services provided in a group setting without a group participant maximum or maximum
client to staff ratio under chapter 245G shall not exceed a client to staff ratio of 48 to one.
At least one of the attending staff must meet the qualifications as established under this
chapter for the type of treatment service provided. A recovery peer may not be included as
part of the staff ratio.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective September 1, 2020.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 256B.0625, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 67. new text end

new text begin Pretreatment coordination services. new text end

new text begin (a) Effective September 1, 2020, or
upon federal approval, whichever is later, medical assistance covers pretreatment coordination
services provided according to section 245G.04, subdivision 3.
new text end

new text begin (b) Until federal approval is obtained, and if federal approval is denied, the state shall
cover the cost of pretreatment coordination services provided according to section 245G.04,
subdivision 3.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin Paragraph (b) is effective September 1, 2020. The commissioner
shall notify the revisor of statutes when federal approval is obtained or denied.
new text end

Sec. 8. new text beginDIRECTIONS TO COMMISSIONER; SCREENING TOOL; SUBSTANCE
USE DISORDER REFORM EVALUATION; SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER
REFORM EDUCATION.
new text end

new text begin (a) By September 1, 2020, the commissioner of human services shall develop or authorize
a tool for screening individuals for pretreatment coordination services and a template to
document an individual's screening result in the individual's client records under Minnesota
Statutes, section 245G.05, subdivision 3, paragraph (c).
new text end

new text begin (b) By September 1, 2021, the commissioner of human services shall, in consultation
with counties and substance use disorder treatment providers, develop a tool to evaluate the
effects of substance use disorder treatment reform proposals enacted during the 2019 and
2020 legislative sessions, including access to services, appropriateness of services, and
accuracy of billing service units.
new text end

new text begin (c) By September 1, 2021, the commissioner of human services shall, in consultation
with counties and substance use disorder treatment providers, develop educational materials
for county staff, providers, and the general public regarding the content and timing of
changes for implementation pursuant to substance use disorder treatment reform proposals
enacted during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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