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HF 987

1st Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/13/2017 06:00pm

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

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Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 02/09/2017
1st Engrossment Posted on 02/27/2017

Current Version - 1st Engrossment

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; requiring responsible social services agencies to provide
foster care or other services to certain individuals reentering foster care after 18
years of age; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 260C.451, subdivision
6.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 260C.451, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Reentering foster care and accessing services after 18 years of age and up
to 21 years of age.

(a) Upon request of an individual who had been under the guardianship
of the commissioner and who has left foster care without being adopted, the responsible
social services agency which had been the commissioner's agent for purposes of the
guardianship shall develop with the individual a plan to increase the individual's ability to
live safely and independently using the plan requirements of section 260C.212, subdivision
1
, paragraph (c), clause (12), and to assist the individual to meet one or more of the eligibility
criteria in subdivision 4 if the individual wants to reenter foster care. The responsible social
services agency shall provide foster care as required to implement the plan. The responsible
social services agency shall enter into a voluntary placement agreement under section
260C.229 with the individual if the plan includes foster care.

(b) Individuals who had not been under the guardianship of the commissioner of human
services prior to 18 years of age may ask to reenter foster care after age 18 anddeleted text begin, to the extent
funds are available,
deleted text end the responsible social services agency that had responsibility for planning
for the individual before discharge from foster care deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin shallnew text end provide foster care or other
services to the individual for the purpose of increasing the individual's ability to live safely
and independently and to meet the eligibility criteria in subdivision 3a, if the individual:

(1) was in foster care for the six consecutive months prior to the person's 18th birthdaynew text begin,
or left foster care within six months prior to the person's 18th birthday,
new text end and was not
discharged home, adopted, or received into a relative's home under a transfer of permanent
legal and physical custody under section 260C.515, subdivision 4; or

(2) was discharged from foster care while on runaway status after age 15.

(c) In conjunction with a qualifying and eligible individual under paragraph (b) and
other appropriate persons, the responsible social services agency shall develop a specific
plan related to that individual's vocational, educational, social, or maturational needs anddeleted text begin,deleted text end
deleted text begin to the extent funds are available,deleted text end provide foster care as required to implement the plan. The
responsible social services agency shall enter into a voluntary placement agreement with
the individual if the plan includes foster care.

(d) A child who left foster care while under guardianship of the commissioner of human
services retains eligibility for foster care for placement at any time prior to 21 years of age.