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HF 1381

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/18/2019 04:26pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to health; establishing the community solutions for healthy child
development grant program; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law
in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 145.

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

Section 1.

new text begin [145.9285] COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS FOR HEALTHY CHILD
DEVELOPMENT GRANT PROGRAM.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall establish the community solutions
for healthy child development grant program. The purpose of the program is to:
new text end

new text begin (1) improve child development outcomes as related to the well-being of children of color
and American Indian children from prenatal to grade 3 and their families, including but not
limited to the goals outlined by the Department of Human Service's early childhood systems
reform effort: early learning; health and well-being; economic security; and safe, stable,
nurturing relationships and environments by funding community-based solutions for
challenges that are identified by the affected community;
new text end

new text begin (2) reduce racial disparities in children's health and development, from prenatal to grade
3; and
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new text begin (3) promote racial and geographic equity.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Commissioner's duties. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of health shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) develop a request for proposals for the healthy child development grant program in
consultation with the Community Solutions Advisory Council, the Center for Health Equity,
and the department's Maternal and Child Health Section;
new text end

new text begin (2) provide outreach, technical assistance, and program development support to increase
capacity for new and existing service providers in order to better meet statewide needs,
particularly in greater Minnesota and areas where services to reduce health disparities have
not been established;
new text end

new text begin (3) review responses to requests for proposals, in consultation with the Community
Solutions Advisory Council, and award grants under this section;
new text end

new text begin (4) ensure communication with the ethnic councils, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council,
and the governor's early learning council on the request for proposal process;
new text end

new text begin (5) establish a transparent and objective accountability process, in consultation with the
Community Solutions Advisory Council, focused on outcomes that grantees agree to achieve;
new text end

new text begin (6) provide grantees with access to data to assist grantees in establishing and
implementing effective community-led solutions;
new text end

new text begin (7) maintain data on outcomes reported by grantees; and
new text end

new text begin (8) contract with an independent third-party entity to evaluate the success of the grant
program and to build the evidence base for effective community solutions in reducing health
disparities of children of color and American Indian children from prenatal to grade 3.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Community Solutions Advisory Council; establishment; duties;
compensation.
new text end

new text begin (a) No later than October 1, 2019, the commissioner, in consultation with
the Center of Health Equity and the department's Maternal and Child Health Section, shall
appoint a 12-member Community Solutions Advisory Council as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) two members representing the African Heritage community;
new text end

new text begin (2) two members representing the Latino community;
new text end

new text begin (3) two members representing the Asian-Pacific Islander community;
new text end

new text begin (4) two members representing the American Indian community;
new text end

new text begin (5) two parents of children of color or that are American Indian with children under nine
years of age;
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new text begin (6) one member with research or academic expertise in racial equity and healthy child
development; and
new text end

new text begin (7) one member representing an organization that advocates on behalf of communities
of color or American Indians.
new text end

new text begin (b) At least three of the 12 members of the advisory council must come from outside
the seven-county metropolitan area.
new text end

new text begin (c) The Community Solutions Advisory Council shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) advise the commissioner on the development of the request for proposals for
community solutions healthy child development grants. In advising the commissioner, the
council must consider how to build on the capacity of communities to promote child and
family well-being and address social determinants of healthy child development;
new text end

new text begin (2) review responses to requests for proposals and advise the commissioner on the
selection of grantees and grant awards;
new text end

new text begin (3) advise the commissioner on the establishment of a transparent and objective
accountability process focused on outcomes the grantees agree to achieve;
new text end

new text begin (4) advise the commissioner on ongoing oversight and necessary support in the
implementation of the program; and
new text end

new text begin (5) support the commissioner on other racial equity and early childhood grant efforts.
new text end

new text begin (d) Each advisory council member shall be compensated in accordance with section
15.059, subdivision 3.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Eligible grantees. new text end

new text begin Organizations eligible to receive grant funding under this
section include:
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new text begin (1) organizations or entities that work with communities of color and American Indian
communities;
new text end

new text begin (2) tribal nations and tribal organizations as defined in section 658P of the Child Care
and Development Block Grant Act of 1990; and
new text end

new text begin (3) organizations or entities focused on supporting healthy child development.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Strategic consideration and priority of proposals; eligible populations;
grant awards.
new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner, in consultation with the Community Solutions
Advisory Council and the Center of Health Equity, shall develop a request for proposals
for healthy child development grants. In developing the proposals and awarding the grants,
the commissioner shall consider building on the capacity of communities to promote child
and family well-being and address social determinants of healthy child development.
Proposals must focus on increasing racial equity and healthy child development and reducing
health disparities experienced by children of color and American Indian children from
prenatal to grade 3 and their families.
new text end

new text begin (b) In awarding the grants, the commissioner shall provide strategic consideration and
give priority to proposals from:
new text end

new text begin (1) organizations or entities led by people of color and serving communities of color;
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new text begin (2) organizations or entities led by American Indians and serving American Indians,
including tribal nations and tribal organizations;
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new text begin (3) organizations or entities with proposals focused on healthy development from prenatal
to age three;
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new text begin (4) organizations or entities with proposals focusing on multigenerational solutions;
new text end

new text begin (5) organizations or entities located in or with proposals to serve communities located
in counties that are moderate to high risk according to the Wilder Research Risk and Reach
Report; and
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new text begin (6) community-based organizations that have historically served communities of color
and American Indians and have not traditionally had access to state grant funding.
new text end

new text begin The advisory council may recommend additional strategic considerations and priorities to
the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (c) The first round of grants must be awarded no later than April 15, 2020. Grants must
be awarded annually thereafter. Grants are awarded for a period of three years.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Geographic distribution of grants. new text end

new text begin The commissioner and the advisory council
shall ensure that grant funds are prioritized and awarded to organizations and entities that
are within counties that have a higher proportion of people of color and American Indians
than the state average, to the extent possible.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin Grantees must report grant program outcomes to the commissioner on
the forms and according to the timelines established by the commissioner.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS FOR HEALTHY CHILD
DEVELOPMENT GRANT PROGRAM.
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new text begin (a) $2,719,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $5,219,000 in fiscal year 2021 are appropriated
from the general fund to the commissioner of health for the community solutions for healthy
child development grant program under Minnesota Statutes, section 145.9285.
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new text begin (b) Of the 2020 fiscal year amount: (1) up to $2,000,000 is for planning grants of
$100,000 for up to 20 organizations; (2) $94,000 is for administrative costs including
advisory council expenses; (3) up to $125,000 is for an independent third-party evaluator
under Minnesota Statutes, section 145.9285, subdivision 2, clause (8); and (4) up to $100,000
is for grantee training and capacity building.
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new text begin (c) Of the amount appropriated in fiscal year 2021: (1) up to $3,000,000 is for no more
than ten grants of $300,000; (2) up to $1,500,000 is for no more than ten grants of $150,000;
(3) up to $94,000 is for administrative costs and advisory council expenses; (4) up to
$125,000 is for an independent third-party evaluator under Minnesota Statutes, section
145.9285, subdivision 2, clause (8); and (5) up to $100,000 is for grantee training and
capacity building.
new text end