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HF 3471

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 02/15/2022 10:58am

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

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Introduction Posted on 02/15/2022

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying human service provisions in community
supports; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 245D.12; 256.01, by adding
a subdivision; 256B.0659, subdivision 19; 256K.26, subdivisions 6, 7; 256Q.06,
by adding a subdivision; Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, sections 62A.673,
subdivision 2; 148F.11, subdivision 1; 245.467, subdivisions 2, 3; 245.4871,
subdivision 21; 245.4876, subdivisions 2, 3; 245.735, subdivision 3; 245A.03,
subdivision 7; 245I.04, subdivision 4; 245I.05, subdivision 3; 245I.10, subdivisions
2, 6; 254B.05, subdivision 5; 256B.0622, subdivision 2; 256B.0625, subdivision
3b; 256B.0671, subdivision 6; 256B.0911, subdivision 3a; 256B.0946, subdivision
1; 256B.0947, subdivision 6; 256B.0949, subdivisions 2, 13; 256P.01, subdivision
6a; Laws 2020, First Special Session chapter 7, section 1, subdivision 1, as
amended; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 254A.04; 254B.14,
subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6; Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 254B.14,
subdivision 5.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 62A.673, subdivision 2, is
amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Definitions.

(a) For purposes of this section, the terms defined in this subdivision
have the meanings given.

(b) "Distant site" means a site at which a health care provider is located while providing
health care services or consultations by means of telehealth.

(c) "Health care provider" means a health care professional who is licensed or registered
by the state to perform health care services within the provider's scope of practice and in
accordance with state law. A health care provider includes a mental health professional deleted text beginas
defined
deleted text end under section deleted text begin245.462, subdivision 18, or 245.4871, subdivision 27deleted text endnew text begin 245I.04,
subdivision 2
new text end; a mental health practitioner deleted text beginas defineddeleted text end under section deleted text begin245.462, subdivision
17
, or 245.4871, subdivision 26
deleted text endnew text begin 245I.04, subdivision 4; a clinical trainee under section
245I.04, subdivision 6
new text end; a treatment coordinator under section 245G.11, subdivision 7; an
alcohol and drug counselor under section 245G.11, subdivision 5; and a recovery peer under
section 245G.11, subdivision 8.

(d) "Health carrier" has the meaning given in section 62A.011, subdivision 2.

(e) "Health plan" has the meaning given in section 62A.011, subdivision 3. Health plan
includes dental plans as defined in section 62Q.76, subdivision 3, but does not include dental
plans that provide indemnity-based benefits, regardless of expenses incurred, and are designed
to pay benefits directly to the policy holder.

(f) "Originating site" means a site at which a patient is located at the time health care
services are provided to the patient by means of telehealth. For purposes of store-and-forward
technology, the originating site also means the location at which a health care provider
transfers or transmits information to the distant site.

(g) "Store-and-forward technology" means the asynchronous electronic transfer or
transmission of a patient's medical information or data from an originating site to a distant
site for the purposes of diagnostic and therapeutic assistance in the care of a patient.

(h) "Telehealth" means the delivery of health care services or consultations through the
use of real time two-way interactive audio and visual communications to provide or support
health care delivery and facilitate the assessment, diagnosis, consultation, treatment,
education, and care management of a patient's health care. Telehealth includes the application
of secure video conferencing, store-and-forward technology, and synchronous interactions
between a patient located at an originating site and a health care provider located at a distant
site. Until July 1, 2023, telehealth also includes audio-only communication between a health
care provider and a patient in accordance with subdivision 6, paragraph (b). Telehealth does
not include communication between health care providers that consists solely of a telephone
conversation, e-mail, or facsimile transmission. Telehealth does not include communication
between a health care provider and a patient that consists solely of an e-mail or facsimile
transmission. Telehealth does not include telemonitoring services as defined in paragraph
(i).

(i) "Telemonitoring services" means the remote monitoring of clinical data related to
the enrollee's vital signs or biometric data by a monitoring device or equipment that transmits
the data electronically to a health care provider for analysis. Telemonitoring is intended to
collect an enrollee's health-related data for the purpose of assisting a health care provider
in assessing and monitoring the enrollee's medical condition or status.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 148F.11, subdivision 1, is amended
to read:


Subdivision 1.

Other professionals.

(a) Nothing in this chapter prevents members of
other professions or occupations from performing functions for which they are qualified or
licensed. This exception includes, but is not limited to: licensed physicians; registered nurses;
licensed practical nurses; licensed psychologists and licensed psychological practitioners;
members of the clergy provided such services are provided within the scope of regular
ministries; American Indian medicine men and women; licensed attorneys; probation officers;
licensed marriage and family therapists; licensed social workers; social workers employed
by city, county, or state agencies; licensed professional counselors; licensed professional
clinical counselors; licensed school counselors; registered occupational therapists or
occupational therapy assistants; Upper Midwest Indian Council on Addictive Disorders
(UMICAD) certified counselors when providing services to Native American people; city,
county, or state employees when providing assessments or case management under Minnesota
Rules, chapter 9530; and deleted text beginindividuals defined in section 256B.0623, subdivision 5, clauses
(1) to (6),
deleted text endnew text begin staff personsnew text end providing co-occurring substance use disorder treatment in adult
mental health rehabilitative programs certified or licensed by the Department of Human
Services under section 245I.23, 256B.0622, or 256B.0623.

(b) Nothing in this chapter prohibits technicians and resident managers in programs
licensed by the Department of Human Services from discharging their duties as provided
in Minnesota Rules, chapter 9530.

(c) Any person who is exempt from licensure under this section must not use a title
incorporating the words "alcohol and drug counselor" or "licensed alcohol and drug
counselor" or otherwise hold himself or herself out to the public by any title or description
stating or implying that he or she is engaged in the practice of alcohol and drug counseling,
or that he or she is licensed to engage in the practice of alcohol and drug counseling, unless
that person is also licensed as an alcohol and drug counselor. Persons engaged in the practice
of alcohol and drug counseling are not exempt from the board's jurisdiction solely by the
use of one of the titles in paragraph (a).

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 245.467, subdivision 2, is amended
to read:


Subd. 2.

Diagnostic assessment.

deleted text beginProvidersdeleted text endnew text begin A providernew text end of services governed by this
section must complete a diagnostic assessment new text beginof a client new text endaccording to the standards of
section 245I.10deleted text begin, subdivisions 4 to 6deleted text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 245.467, subdivision 3, is amended
to read:


Subd. 3.

Individual treatment plans.

deleted text beginProvidersdeleted text endnew text begin A providernew text end of services governed by
this section must complete an individual treatment plan new text beginfor a client new text endaccording to the standards
of section 245I.10, subdivisions 7 and 8.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 245.4871, subdivision 21, is amended
to read:


Subd. 21.

Individual treatment plan.

new text begin(a) new text end"Individual treatment plan" means the
formulation of planned services that are responsive to the needs and goals of a client. An
individual treatment plan must be completed according to section 245I.10, subdivisions 7
and 8.

new text begin (b) A children's residential facility licensed under Minnesota Rules, chapter 2960, is
exempt from the requirements of section 245I.10, subdivisions 7 and 8. Instead, the individual
treatment plan must:
new text end

new text begin (1) include a written plan of intervention, treatment, and services for a child with an
emotional disturbance that the service provider develops under the clinical supervision of
a mental health professional on the basis of a diagnostic assessment;
new text end

new text begin (2) be developed in conjunction with the family unless clinically inappropriate; and
new text end

new text begin (3) identify goals and objectives of treatment, treatment strategy, a schedule for
accomplishing treatment goals and objectives, and the individuals responsible for providing
treatment to the child with an emotional disturbance.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 245.4876, subdivision 2, is amended
to read:


Subd. 2.

Diagnostic assessment.

deleted text beginProvidersdeleted text endnew text begin A providernew text end of services governed by this
section deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end complete a diagnostic assessment new text beginof a client new text endaccording to the standards
of section 245I.10deleted text begin, subdivisions 4 to 6deleted text end.new text begin Notwithstanding the required timelines for completing
a diagnostic assessment in section 245I.10, a children's residential facility licensed under
Minnesota Rules, chapter 2960, that provides mental health services to children must, within
ten days of the client's admission: (1) complete the client's diagnostic assessment; or (2)
review and update the client's diagnostic assessment with a summary of the child's current
mental health status and service needs if a diagnostic assessment is available that was
completed within 180 days preceding admission and the client's mental health status has
not changed markedly since the diagnostic assessment.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 245.4876, subdivision 3, is amended
to read:


Subd. 3.

Individual treatment plans.

deleted text beginProvidersdeleted text endnew text begin A providernew text end of services governed by
this section deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end complete an individual treatment plan new text beginfor a client new text endaccording to the
standards of section 245I.10, subdivisions 7 and 8.new text begin A children's residential facility licensed
according to Minnesota Rules, chapter 2960, is exempt from the requirements in section
245I.10, subdivisions 7 and 8. Instead, the facility must involve the child and the child's
family in all phases of developing and implementing the individual treatment plan to the
extent appropriate and must review the individual treatment plan every 90 days after intake.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 245.735, subdivision 3, is amended
to read:


Subd. 3.

Certified community behavioral health clinics.

(a) The commissioner shall
establish a state certification process for certified community behavioral health clinics
(CCBHCs) that satisfy all federal requirements necessary for CCBHCs certified under this
section to be eligible for reimbursement under medical assistance, without service area
limits based on geographic area or region. The commissioner shall consult with CCBHC
stakeholders before establishing and implementing changes in the certification process and
requirements. Entities that choose to be CCBHCs must:

(1) comply with state licensing requirements and other requirements issued by the
commissioner;

(2) employ or contract for clinic staff who have backgrounds in diverse disciplines,
including licensed mental health professionals and licensed alcohol and drug counselors,
and staff who are culturally and linguistically trained to meet the needs of the population
the clinic serves;

(3) ensure that clinic services are available and accessible to individuals and families of
all ages and genders and that crisis management services are available 24 hours per day;

(4) establish fees for clinic services for individuals who are not enrolled in medical
assistance using a sliding fee scale that ensures that services to patients are not denied or
limited due to an individual's inability to pay for services;

(5) comply with quality assurance reporting requirements and other reporting
requirements, including any required reporting of encounter data, clinical outcomes data,
and quality data;

(6) provide crisis mental health and substance use services, withdrawal management
services, emergency crisis intervention services, and stabilization services through existing
mobile crisis services; screening, assessment, and diagnosis services, including risk
assessments and level of care determinations; person- and family-centered treatment planning;
outpatient mental health and substance use services; targeted case management; psychiatric
rehabilitation services; peer support and counselor services and family support services;
and intensive community-based mental health services, including mental health services
for members of the armed forces and veterans. CCBHCs must directly provide the majority
of these services to enrollees, but may coordinate some services with another entity through
a collaboration or agreement, pursuant to paragraph (b);

(7) provide coordination of care across settings and providers to ensure seamless
transitions for individuals being served across the full spectrum of health services, including
acute, chronic, and behavioral needs. Care coordination may be accomplished through
partnerships or formal contracts with:

(i) counties, health plans, pharmacists, pharmacies, rural health clinics, federally qualified
health centers, inpatient psychiatric facilities, substance use and detoxification facilities, or
community-based mental health providers; and

(ii) other community services, supports, and providers, including schools, child welfare
agencies, juvenile and criminal justice agencies, Indian health services clinics, tribally
licensed health care and mental health facilities, urban Indian health clinics, Department of
Veterans Affairs medical centers, outpatient clinics, drop-in centers, acute care hospitals,
and hospital outpatient clinics;

(8) be certified as new text begina new text endmental health deleted text beginclinicsdeleted text endnew text begin clinicnew text end under section deleted text begin245.69, subdivision 2deleted text endnew text begin
245I.20
new text end;

(9) comply with standards established by the commissioner relating to CCBHC
screenings, assessments, and evaluations;

(10) be licensed to provide substance use disorder treatment under chapter 245G;

(11) be certified to provide children's therapeutic services and supports under section
256B.0943;

(12) be certified to provide adult rehabilitative mental health services under section
256B.0623;

(13) be enrolled to provide mental health crisis response services under deleted text beginsectionsdeleted text endnew text begin sectionnew text end
256B.0624 deleted text beginand 256B.0944deleted text end;

(14) be enrolled to provide mental health targeted case management under section
256B.0625, subdivision 20;

(15) comply with standards relating to mental health case management in Minnesota
Rules, parts 9520.0900 to 9520.0926;

(16) provide services that comply with the evidence-based practices described in
paragraph (e); and

(17) comply with standards relating to peer services under sections 256B.0615,
256B.0616, and 245G.07, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (5), as applicable when peer
services are provided.

(b) If a certified CCBHC is unable to provide one or more of the services listed in
paragraph (a), clauses (6) to (17), the CCBHC may contract with another entity that has the
required authority to provide that service and that meets the following criteria as a designated
collaborating organization:

(1) the entity has a formal agreement with the CCBHC to furnish one or more of the
services under paragraph (a), clause (6);

(2) the entity provides assurances that it will provide services according to CCBHC
service standards and provider requirements;

(3) the entity agrees that the CCBHC is responsible for coordinating care and has clinical
and financial responsibility for the services that the entity provides under the agreement;
and

(4) the entity meets any additional requirements issued by the commissioner.

(c) Notwithstanding any other law that requires a county contract or other form of county
approval for certain services listed in paragraph (a), clause (6), a clinic that otherwise meets
CCBHC requirements may receive the prospective payment under section 256B.0625,
subdivision 5m
, for those services without a county contract or county approval. As part of
the certification process in paragraph (a), the commissioner shall require a letter of support
from the CCBHC's host county confirming that the CCBHC and the county or counties it
serves have an ongoing relationship to facilitate access and continuity of care, especially
for individuals who are uninsured or who may go on and off medical assistance.

(d) When the standards listed in paragraph (a) or other applicable standards conflict or
address similar issues in duplicative or incompatible ways, the commissioner may grant
variances to state requirements if the variances do not conflict with federal requirements
for services reimbursed under medical assistance. If standards overlap, the commissioner
may substitute all or a part of a licensure or certification that is substantially the same as
another licensure or certification. The commissioner shall consult with stakeholders, as
described in subdivision 4, before granting variances under this provision. For the CCBHC
that is certified but not approved for prospective payment under section 256B.0625,
subdivision 5m
, the commissioner may grant a variance under this paragraph if the variance
does not increase the state share of costs.

(e) The commissioner shall issue a list of required evidence-based practices to be
delivered by CCBHCs, and may also provide a list of recommended evidence-based practices.
The commissioner may update the list to reflect advances in outcomes research and medical
services for persons living with mental illnesses or substance use disorders. The commissioner
shall take into consideration the adequacy of evidence to support the efficacy of the practice,
the quality of workforce available, and the current availability of the practice in the state.
At least 30 days before issuing the initial list and any revisions, the commissioner shall
provide stakeholders with an opportunity to comment.

(f) The commissioner shall recertify CCBHCs at least every three years. The
commissioner shall establish a process for decertification and shall require corrective action,
medical assistance repayment, or decertification of a CCBHC that no longer meets the
requirements in this section or that fails to meet the standards provided by the commissioner
in the application and certification process.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 245A.03, subdivision 7, is amended
to read:


Subd. 7.

Licensing moratorium.

(a) The commissioner shall not issue an initial license
for child foster care licensed under Minnesota Rules, parts 2960.3000 to 2960.3340, or adult
foster care licensed under Minnesota Rules, parts 9555.5105 to 9555.6265, under this chapter
for a physical location that will not be the primary residence of the license holder for the
entire period of licensure. If a family child foster care home or family adult foster care home
license is issued during this moratorium, and the license holder changes the license holder's
primary residence away from the physical location of the foster care license, the
commissioner shall revoke the license according to section 245A.07. The commissioner
shall not issue an initial license for a community residential setting licensed under chapter
245D. When approving an exception under this paragraph, the commissioner shall consider
the resource need determination process in paragraph (h), the availability of foster care
licensed beds in the geographic area in which the licensee seeks to operate, the results of a
person's choices during their annual assessment and service plan review, and the
recommendation of the local county board. The determination by the commissioner is final
and not subject to appeal. Exceptions to the moratorium include:

(1) foster care settings where at least 80 percent of the residents are 55 years of age or
older;

(2) foster care licenses replacing foster care licenses in existence on May 15, 2009, or
community residential setting licenses replacing adult foster care licenses in existence on
December 31, 2013, and determined to be needed by the commissioner under paragraph
(b);

(3) new foster care licenses or community residential setting licenses determined to be
needed by the commissioner under paragraph (b) for the closure of a nursing facility, ICF/DD,
or regional treatment center; restructuring of state-operated services that limits the capacity
of state-operated facilities; or allowing movement to the community for people who no
longer require the level of care provided in state-operated facilities as provided under section
256B.092, subdivision 13, or 256B.49, subdivision 24;

(4) new foster care licenses or community residential setting licenses determined to be
needed by the commissioner under paragraph (b) for persons requiring hospital level care;new text begin
or
new text end

deleted text begin (5) new foster care licenses or community residential setting licenses for people receiving
services under chapter
deleted text end deleted text begin 245D deleted text end deleted text begin and residing in an unlicensed setting before May 1, 2017, and
for which a license is required. This exception does not apply to people living in their own
home. For purposes of this clause, there is a presumption that a foster care or community
residential setting license is required for services provided to three or more people in a
dwelling unit when the setting is controlled by the provider. A license holder subject to this
exception may rebut the presumption that a license is required by seeking a reconsideration
of the commissioner's determination. The commissioner's disposition of a request for
reconsideration is final and not subject to appeal under chapter
deleted text end deleted text begin 14 deleted text end deleted text begin . The exception is available
until June 30, 2018. This exception is available when:
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deleted text begin (i) the person's case manager provided the person with information about the choice of
service, service provider, and location of service, including in the person's home, to help
the person make an informed choice; and
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deleted text begin (ii) the person's services provided in the licensed foster care or community residential
setting are less than or equal to the cost of the person's services delivered in the unlicensed
setting as determined by the lead agency; or
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deleted text begin (6)deleted text endnew text begin (5)new text end new foster care licenses or community residential setting licenses for people
receiving customized living or 24-hour customized living services under the brain injury
or community access for disability inclusion waiver plans under section 256B.49 and residing
in the customized living setting before July 1, 2022, for which a license is required. A
customized living service provider subject to this exception may rebut the presumption that
a license is required by seeking a reconsideration of the commissioner's determination. The
commissioner's disposition of a request for reconsideration is final and not subject to appeal
under chapter 14. The exception is available until June 30, 2023. This exception is available
when:

(i) the person's customized living services are provided in a customized living service
setting serving four or fewer people under the brain injury or community access for disability
inclusion waiver plans under section 256B.49 in a single-family home operational on or
before June 30, 2021. Operational is defined in section 256B.49, subdivision 28;

(ii) the person's case manager provided the person with information about the choice of
service, service provider, and location of service, including in the person's home, to help
the person make an informed choice; and

(iii) the person's services provided in the licensed foster care or community residential
setting are less than or equal to the cost of the person's services delivered in the customized
living setting as determined by the lead agency.

(b) The commissioner shall determine the need for newly licensed foster care homes or
community residential settings as defined under this subdivision. As part of the determination,
the commissioner shall consider the availability of foster care capacity in the area in which
the licensee seeks to operate, and the recommendation of the local county board. The
determination by the commissioner must be final. A determination of need is not required
for a change in ownership at the same address.

(c) When an adult resident served by the program moves out of a foster home that is not
the primary residence of the license holder according to section 256B.49, subdivision 15,
paragraph (f), or the adult community residential setting, the county shall immediately
inform the Department of Human Services Licensing Division. The department may decrease
the statewide licensed capacity for adult foster care settings.

(d) Residential settings that would otherwise be subject to the decreased license capacity
established in paragraph (c) shall be exempt if the license holder's beds are occupied by
residents whose primary diagnosis is mental illness and the license holder is certified under
the requirements in subdivision 6a or section 245D.33.

(e) A resource need determination process, managed at the state level, using the available
reports required by section 144A.351, and other data and information shall be used to
determine where the reduced capacity determined under section 256B.493 will be
implemented. The commissioner shall consult with the stakeholders described in section
144A.351, and employ a variety of methods to improve the state's capacity to meet the
informed decisions of those people who want to move out of corporate foster care or
community residential settings, long-term service needs within budgetary limits, including
seeking proposals from service providers or lead agencies to change service type, capacity,
or location to improve services, increase the independence of residents, and better meet
needs identified by the long-term services and supports reports and statewide data and
information.

(f) At the time of application and reapplication for licensure, the applicant and the license
holder that are subject to the moratorium or an exclusion established in paragraph (a) are
required to inform the commissioner whether the physical location where the foster care
will be provided is or will be the primary residence of the license holder for the entire period
of licensure. If the primary residence of the applicant or license holder changes, the applicant
or license holder must notify the commissioner immediately. The commissioner shall print
on the foster care license certificate whether or not the physical location is the primary
residence of the license holder.

(g) License holders of foster care homes identified under paragraph (f) that are not the
primary residence of the license holder and that also provide services in the foster care home
that are covered by a federally approved home and community-based services waiver, as
authorized under chapter 256S or section 256B.092 or 256B.49, must inform the human
services licensing division that the license holder provides or intends to provide these
waiver-funded services.

(h) The commissioner may adjust capacity to address needs identified in section
144A.351. Under this authority, the commissioner may approve new licensed settings or
delicense existing settings. Delicensing of settings will be accomplished through a process
identified in section 256B.493. Annually, by August 1, the commissioner shall provide
information and data on capacity of licensed long-term services and supports, actions taken
under the subdivision to manage statewide long-term services and supports resources, and
any recommendations for change to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over the
health and human services budget.

(i) The commissioner must notify a license holder when its corporate foster care or
community residential setting licensed beds are reduced under this section. The notice of
reduction of licensed beds must be in writing and delivered to the license holder by certified
mail or personal service. The notice must state why the licensed beds are reduced and must
inform the license holder of its right to request reconsideration by the commissioner. The
license holder's request for reconsideration must be in writing. If mailed, the request for
reconsideration must be postmarked and sent to the commissioner within 20 calendar days
after the license holder's receipt of the notice of reduction of licensed beds. If a request for
reconsideration is made by personal service, it must be received by the commissioner within
20 calendar days after the license holder's receipt of the notice of reduction of licensed beds.

(j) The commissioner shall not issue an initial license for children's residential treatment
services licensed under Minnesota Rules, parts 2960.0580 to 2960.0700, under this chapter
for a program that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would consider an institution
for mental diseases. Facilities that serve only private pay clients are exempt from the
moratorium described in this paragraph. The commissioner has the authority to manage
existing statewide capacity for children's residential treatment services subject to the
moratorium under this paragraph and may issue an initial license for such facilities if the
initial license would not increase the statewide capacity for children's residential treatment
services subject to the moratorium under this paragraph.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 245D.12, is amended to read:


245D.12 INTEGRATED COMMUNITY SUPPORTS; SETTING CAPACITY
REPORT.

(a) The license holder providing integrated community support, as defined in section
245D.03, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), clause (8), must submit a setting capacity report to
the commissioner to ensure the identified location of service delivery meets the criteria of
the home and community-based service requirements as specified in section 256B.492.

(b) The license holder shall provide the setting capacity report on the forms and in the
manner prescribed by the commissioner. The report must include:

(1) the address of the multifamily housing building where the license holder delivers
integrated community supports and owns, leases, or has a direct or indirect financial
relationship with the property owner;

(2) the total number of living units in the multifamily housing building described in
clause (1) where integrated community supports are delivered;

(3) the total number of living units in the multifamily housing building described in
clause (1), including the living units identified in clause (2); deleted text beginand
deleted text end

new text begin (4) the total number of people who could reside in the living units in the multifamily
housing building described in clause (2) and receive integrated community supports; and
new text end

deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text begin (5)new text end the percentage of living units that are controlled by the license holder in the
multifamily housing building by dividing clause (2) by clause (3).

(c) Only one license holder may deliver integrated community supports at the address
of the multifamily housing building.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 245I.04, subdivision 4, is amended
to read:


Subd. 4.

Mental health practitioner qualifications.

(a) An individual who is qualified
in at least one of the ways described in paragraph (b) to (d) may serve as a mental health
practitioner.

(b) An individual is qualified as a mental health practitioner through relevant coursework
if the individual completes at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in behavioral
sciences or related fields and:

(1) has at least 2,000 hours of experience providing services to individuals with:

(i) a mental illness or a substance use disorder; or

(ii) a traumatic brain injury or a developmental disability, and completes the additional
training described in section 245I.05, subdivision 3, paragraph (c), before providing direct
contact services to a client;

(2) is fluent in the non-English language of the ethnic group to which at least 50 percent
of the individual's clients belong, and completes the additional training described in section
245I.05, subdivision 3, paragraph (c), before providing direct contact services to a client;

(3) is working in a day treatment program under section 256B.0671, subdivision 3, or
256B.0943; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

(4) has completed a practicum or internship that (i) required direct interaction with adult
clients or child clients, and (ii) was focused on behavioral sciences or related fieldsdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; or
new text end

new text begin (5) is in the process of completing a practicum or internship as part of a formal
undergraduate or graduate training program in social work, psychology, or counseling.
new text end

(c) An individual is qualified as a mental health practitioner through work experience
if the individual:

(1) has at least 4,000 hours of experience in the delivery of services to individuals with:

(i) a mental illness or a substance use disorder; or

(ii) a traumatic brain injury or a developmental disability, and completes the additional
training described in section 245I.05, subdivision 3, paragraph (c), before providing direct
contact services to clients; or

(2) receives treatment supervision at least once per week until meeting the requirement
in clause (1) of 4,000 hours of experience and has at least 2,000 hours of experience providing
services to individuals with:

(i) a mental illness or a substance use disorder; or

(ii) a traumatic brain injury or a developmental disability, and completes the additional
training described in section 245I.05, subdivision 3, paragraph (c), before providing direct
contact services to clients.

(d) An individual is qualified as a mental health practitioner if the individual has a
master's or other graduate degree in behavioral sciences or related fields.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 245I.05, subdivision 3, is amended
to read:


Subd. 3.

Initial training.

(a) A staff person must receive training about:

(1) vulnerable adult maltreatment under section 245A.65, subdivision 3; and

(2) the maltreatment of minor reporting requirements and definitions in chapter 260E
within 72 hours of first providing direct contact services to a client.

(b) Before providing direct contact services to a client, a staff person must receive training
about:

(1) client rights and protections under section 245I.12;

(2) the Minnesota Health Records Act, including client confidentiality, family engagement
under section 144.294, and client privacy;

(3) emergency procedures that the staff person must follow when responding to a fire,
inclement weather, a report of a missing person, and a behavioral or medical emergency;

(4) specific activities and job functions for which the staff person is responsible, including
the license holder's program policies and procedures applicable to the staff person's position;

(5) professional boundaries that the staff person must maintain; and

(6) specific needs of each client to whom the staff person will be providing direct contact
services, including each client's developmental status, cognitive functioning, and physical
and mental abilities.

(c) Before providing direct contact services to a client, a mental health rehabilitation
worker, mental health behavioral aide, or mental health practitioner deleted text beginqualifieddeleted text endnew text begin requirednew text end under
section 245I.04, subdivision 4, must receive 30 hours of training about:

(1) mental illnesses;

(2) client recovery and resiliency;

(3) mental health de-escalation techniques;

(4) co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders; and

(5) psychotropic medications and medication side effects.

(d) Within 90 days of first providing direct contact services to an adult client, a clinical
trainee, mental health practitioner, mental health certified peer specialist, or mental health
rehabilitation worker must receive training about:

(1) trauma-informed care and secondary trauma;

(2) person-centered individual treatment plans, including seeking partnerships with
family and other natural supports;

(3) co-occurring substance use disorders; and

(4) culturally responsive treatment practices.

(e) Within 90 days of first providing direct contact services to a child client, a clinical
trainee, mental health practitioner, mental health certified family peer specialist, mental
health certified peer specialist, or mental health behavioral aide must receive training about
the topics in clauses (1) to (5). This training must address the developmental characteristics
of each child served by the license holder and address the needs of each child in the context
of the child's family, support system, and culture. Training topics must include:

(1) trauma-informed care and secondary trauma, including adverse childhood experiences
(ACEs);

(2) family-centered treatment plan development, including seeking partnership with a
child client's family and other natural supports;

(3) mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders in family systems;

(4) culturally responsive treatment practices; and

(5) child development, including cognitive functioning, and physical and mental abilities.

(f) For a mental health behavioral aide, the training under paragraph (e) must include
parent team training using a curriculum approved by the commissioner.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 245I.10, subdivision 2, is amended
to read:


Subd. 2.

Generally.

(a) A license holder must use a client's diagnostic assessment or
crisis assessment to determine a client's eligibility for mental health services, except as
provided in this section.

(b) Prior to completing a client's initial diagnostic assessment, a license holder may
provide a client with the following services:

(1) an explanation of findings;

(2) neuropsychological testing, neuropsychological assessment, and psychological
testing;

(3) any combination of psychotherapy sessions, family psychotherapy sessions, and
family psychoeducation sessions not to exceed three sessions;

(4) crisis assessment services according to section 256B.0624; and

(5) ten days of intensive residential treatment services according to the assessment and
treatment planning standards in section deleted text begin245.23deleted text endnew text begin 245I.23new text end, subdivision 7.

(c) Based on the client's needs that a crisis assessment identifies under section 256B.0624,
a license holder may provide a client with the following services:

(1) crisis intervention and stabilization services under section 245I.23 or 256B.0624;
and

(2) any combination of psychotherapy sessions, group psychotherapy sessions, family
psychotherapy sessions, and family psychoeducation sessions not to exceed ten sessions
within a 12-month period without prior authorization.

(d) Based on the client's needs in the client's brief diagnostic assessment, a license holder
may provide a client with any combination of psychotherapy sessions, group psychotherapy
sessions, family psychotherapy sessions, and family psychoeducation sessions not to exceed
ten sessions within a 12-month period without prior authorization for any new client or for
an existing client who the license holder projects will need fewer than ten sessions during
the next 12 months.

(e) Based on the client's needs that a hospital's medical history and presentation
examination identifies, a license holder may provide a client with:

(1) any combination of psychotherapy sessions, group psychotherapy sessions, family
psychotherapy sessions, and family psychoeducation sessions not to exceed ten sessions
within a 12-month period without prior authorization for any new client or for an existing
client who the license holder projects will need fewer than ten sessions during the next 12
months; and

(2) up to five days of day treatment services or partial hospitalization.

(f) A license holder must complete a new standard diagnostic assessment of a client:

(1) when the client requires services of a greater number or intensity than the services
that paragraphs (b) to (e) describe;

(2) at least annually following the client's initial diagnostic assessment if the client needs
additional mental health services and the client does not meet the criteria for a brief
assessment;

(3) when the client's mental health condition has changed markedly since the client's
most recent diagnostic assessment; or

(4) when the client's current mental health condition does not meet the criteria of the
client's current diagnosis.

(g) For an existing client, the license holder must ensure that a new standard diagnostic
assessment includes a written update containing all significant new or changed information
about the client, and an update regarding what information has not significantly changed,
including a discussion with the client about changes in the client's life situation, functioning,
presenting problems, and progress with achieving treatment goals since the client's last
diagnostic assessment was completed.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 245I.10, subdivision 6, is amended
to read:


Subd. 6.

Standard diagnostic assessment; required elements.

(a) Only a mental health
professional or a clinical trainee may complete a standard diagnostic assessment of a client.
A standard diagnostic assessment of a client must include a face-to-face interview with a
client and a written evaluation of the client. The assessor must complete a client's standard
diagnostic assessment within the client's cultural context.

(b) When completing a standard diagnostic assessment of a client, the assessor must
gather and document information about the client's current life situation, including the
following information:

(1) the client's age;

(2) the client's current living situation, including the client's housing status and household
members;

(3) the status of the client's basic needs;

(4) the client's education level and employment status;

(5) the client's current medications;

(6) any immediate risks to the client's health and safety;

(7) the client's perceptions of the client's condition;

(8) the client's description of the client's symptoms, including the reason for the client's
referral;

(9) the client's history of mental health treatment; and

(10) cultural influences on the client.

(c) If the assessor cannot obtain the information that this deleted text beginsubdivisiondeleted text endnew text begin paragraphnew text end requires
without retraumatizing the client or harming the client's willingness to engage in treatment,
the assessor must identify which topics will require further assessment during the course
of the client's treatment. The assessor must gather and document information related to the
following topics:

(1) the client's relationship with the client's family and other significant personal
relationships, including the client's evaluation of the quality of each relationship;

(2) the client's strengths and resources, including the extent and quality of the client's
social networks;

(3) important developmental incidents in the client's life;

(4) maltreatment, trauma, potential brain injuries, and abuse that the client has suffered;

(5) the client's history of or exposure to alcohol and drug usage and treatment; and

(6) the client's health history and the client's family health history, including the client's
physical, chemical, and mental health history.

(d) When completing a standard diagnostic assessment of a client, an assessor must use
a recognized diagnostic framework.

(1) When completing a standard diagnostic assessment of a client who is five years of
age or younger, the assessor must use the current edition of the DC: 0-5 Diagnostic
Classification of Mental Health and Development Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood
published by Zero to Three.

(2) When completing a standard diagnostic assessment of a client who is six years of
age or older, the assessor must use the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association.

(3) When completing a standard diagnostic assessment of a client who is five years of
age or younger, an assessor must administer the Early Childhood Service Intensity Instrument
(ECSII) to the client and include the results in the client's assessment.

(4) When completing a standard diagnostic assessment of a client who is six to 17 years
of age, an assessor must administer the Child and Adolescent Service Intensity Instrument
(CASII) to the client and include the results in the client's assessment.

(5) When completing a standard diagnostic assessment of a client who is 18 years of
age or older, an assessor must use either (i) the CAGE-AID Questionnaire or (ii) the criteria
in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
published by the American Psychiatric Association to screen and assess the client for a
substance use disorder.

(e) When completing a standard diagnostic assessment of a client, the assessor must
include and document the following components of the assessment:

(1) the client's mental status examination;

(2) the client's baseline measurements; symptoms; behavior; skills; abilities; resources;
vulnerabilities; safety needs, including client information that supports the assessor's findings
after applying a recognized diagnostic framework from paragraph (d); and any differential
diagnosis of the client;

(3) an explanation of: (i) how the assessor diagnosed the client using the information
from the client's interview, assessment, psychological testing, and collateral information
about the client; (ii) the client's needs; (iii) the client's risk factors; (iv) the client's strengths;
and (v) the client's responsivity factors.

(f) When completing a standard diagnostic assessment of a client, the assessor must
consult the client and the client's family about which services that the client and the family
prefer to treat the client. The assessor must make referrals for the client as to services required
by law.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 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) care 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; and

(12) room and board facilities that meet the requirements of subdivision 1a.

(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 or culturally responsive programs as defined in section 254B.01,
subdivision 4a
;

(3) disability responsive programs as defined in section 254B.01, subdivision 4b;

(4) 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; or

(5) 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 professionalsdeleted text begin, as defined
in section 245.462, subdivision 18, clauses (1) to (6)
deleted text endnew text begin under section 245I.04, subdivision 2new text end,
or are students or licensing candidates under the supervision of a licensed alcohol and drug
counselor supervisor and deleted text beginlicenseddeleted text end mental health professionalnew text begin under section 245I.04,
subdivision 2
new text end, 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, substance use disorder services that are otherwise covered
as direct face-to-face services may be provided via telehealth as defined in section 256B.0625,
subdivision 3b. The use of telehealth to deliver services 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.

(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.

(h) Payment for outpatient substance use disorder services that are licensed according
to sections 245G.01 to 245G.17 is limited to six hours per day or 30 hours per week unless
prior authorization of a greater number of hours is obtained from the commissioner.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 256.01, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 12b. new text end

new text begin Department of Human Services systemic critical incident review team. new text end

new text begin (a)
The commissioner may establish a Department of Human Services systemic critical incident
review team to review critical incidents reported as required under section 626.557 for
which the Department of Human Services is responsible under section 626.5572, subdivision
13; chapter 245D; or Minnesota Rules, chapter 9544. When reviewing a critical incident,
the systemic critical incident review team shall identify systemic influences to the incident
rather than determining the culpability of any actors involved in the incident. The systemic
critical incident review may assess the entire critical incident process from the point of an
entity reporting the critical incident through the ongoing case management process.
Department staff shall lead and conduct the reviews and may utilize county staff as reviewers.
The systemic critical incident review process may include but is not limited to:
new text end

new text begin (1) data collection about the incident and actors involved. Data may include the critical
incident report under review; previous incident reports pertaining to the person receiving
services; the service provider's policies and procedures applicable to the incident; the
coordinated service and support plan as defined in section 245D.02, subdivision 4b, for the
person receiving services; or an interview of an actor involved in the critical incident or the
review of the critical incident. Actors may include:
new text end

new text begin (i) staff of the provider agency;
new text end

new text begin (ii) lead agency staff administering home and community-based services delivered by
the provider;
new text end

new text begin (iii) Department of Human Services staff with oversight of home and community-based
services;
new text end

new text begin (iv) Department of Health staff with oversight of home and community-based services;
new text end

new text begin (v) members of the community including advocates, legal representatives, health care
providers, pharmacy staff, or others with knowledge of the incident or the actors in the
incident; and
new text end

new text begin (vi) staff from the office of the ombudsman for mental health and developmental
disabilities;
new text end

new text begin (2) systemic mapping of the critical incident. The team conducting the systemic mapping
of the incident may include any actors identified in clause (1), designated representatives
of other provider agencies, regional teams, and representatives of the local regional quality
council identified in section 256B.097; and
new text end

new text begin (3) analysis of the case for systemic influences.
new text end

new text begin Data collected by the critical incident review team shall be aggregated and provided to
regional teams, participating regional quality councils, and the commissioner. The regional
teams and quality councils shall analyze the data and make recommendations to the
commissioner regarding systemic changes that would decrease the number and severity of
critical incidents in the future or improve the quality of the home and community-based
service system.
new text end

new text begin (b) Cases selected for the systemic critical incident review process shall be selected by
a selection committee among the following critical incident categories:
new text end

new text begin (1) cases of caregiver neglect identified in section 626.5572, subdivision 17;
new text end

new text begin (2) cases involving financial exploitation identified in section 626.5572, subdivision 9;
new text end

new text begin (3) incidents identified in section 245D.02, subdivision 11;
new text end

new text begin (4) incidents identified in Minnesota Rules, part 9544.0110; and
new text end

new text begin (5) service terminations reported to the department in accordance with section 245D.10,
subdivision 3a.
new text end

new text begin (c) The systemic critical incident review under this section shall not replace the process
for screening or investigating cases of alleged maltreatment of an adult under section 626.557.
The department may select cases for systemic critical incident review, under the jurisdiction
of the commissioner, reported for suspected maltreatment and closed following initial or
final disposition.
new text end

new text begin (d) A member of the systemic critical incident review team shall not disclose what
transpired during the review, except to carry out the duties of the review. The proceedings
and records of the review team are protected nonpublic data as defined in section 13.02,
subdivision 13, and are not subject to discovery or introduction into evidence in a civil or
criminal action against a professional, the state, or a county agency arising out of the matters
that the team is reviewing. Information, documents, and records otherwise available from
other sources are not immune from discovery or use in a civil or criminal action solely
because the information, documents, and records were assessed or presented during
proceedings of the review team. A person who presented information before the systemic
critical incident review team or who is a member of the team shall not be prevented from
testifying about matters within the person's knowledge. In a civil or criminal proceeding, a
person shall not be questioned about the person's presentation of information to the review
team or opinions formed by the person as a result of the review.
new text end

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 256B.0622, subdivision 2, is
amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Definitions.

(a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the
meanings given them.

(b) "ACT team" means the group of interdisciplinary mental health staff who work as
a team to provide assertive community treatment.

(c) "Assertive community treatment" means intensive nonresidential treatment and
rehabilitative mental health services provided according to the assertive community treatment
model. Assertive community treatment provides a single, fixed point of responsibility for
treatment, rehabilitation, and support needs for clients. Services are offered 24 hours per
day, seven days per week, in a community-based setting.

(d) "Individual treatment plan" means a plan described by section 245I.10, subdivisions
7
and 8.

(e) "Crisis assessment and intervention" means deleted text beginmental healthdeleted text endnew text begin mobilenew text end crisis response
services deleted text beginas defined indeleted text endnew text begin undernew text end section 256B.0624deleted text begin, subdivision 2deleted text end.

(f) "Individual treatment team" means a minimum of three members of the ACT team
who are responsible for consistently carrying out most of a client's assertive community
treatment services.

(g) "Primary team member" means the person who leads and coordinates the activities
of the individual treatment team and is the individual treatment team member who has
primary responsibility for establishing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship with the
client on a continuing basis.

(h) "Certified rehabilitation specialist" means a staff person who is qualified according
to section 245I.04, subdivision 8.

(i) "Clinical trainee" means a staff person who is qualified according to section 245I.04,
subdivision 6.

(j) "Mental health certified peer specialist" means a staff person who is qualified
according to section 245I.04, subdivision 10.

(k) "Mental health practitioner" means a staff person who is qualified according to section
245I.04, subdivision 4.

(l) "Mental health professional" means a staff person who is qualified according to
section 245I.04, subdivision 2.

(m) "Mental health rehabilitation worker" means a staff person who is qualified according
to section 245I.04, subdivision 14.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 256B.0625, subdivision 3b, is
amended to read:


Subd. 3b.

Telehealth services.

(a) Medical assistance covers medically necessary services
and consultations delivered by a health care provider through telehealth in the same manner
as if the service or consultation was delivered through in-person contact. Services or
consultations delivered through telehealth shall be paid at the full allowable rate.

(b) The commissioner may establish criteria that a health care provider must attest to in
order to demonstrate the safety or efficacy of delivering a particular service through
telehealth. The attestation may include that the health care provider:

(1) has identified the categories or types of services the health care provider will provide
through telehealth;

(2) has written policies and procedures specific to services delivered through telehealth
that are regularly reviewed and updated;

(3) has policies and procedures that adequately address patient safety before, during,
and after the service is delivered through telehealth;

(4) has established protocols addressing how and when to discontinue telehealth services;
and

(5) has an established quality assurance process related to delivering services through
telehealth.

(c) As a condition of payment, a licensed health care provider must document each
occurrence of a health service delivered through telehealth to a medical assistance enrollee.
Health care service records for services delivered through telehealth must meet the
requirements set forth in Minnesota Rules, part 9505.2175, subparts 1 and 2, and must
document:

(1) the type of service delivered through telehealth;

(2) the time the service began and the time the service ended, including an a.m. and p.m.
designation;

(3) the health care provider's basis for determining that telehealth is an appropriate and
effective means for delivering the service to the enrollee;

(4) the mode of transmission used to deliver the service through telehealth and records
evidencing that a particular mode of transmission was utilized;

(5) the location of the originating site and the distant site;

(6) if the claim for payment is based on a physician's consultation with another physician
through telehealth, the written opinion from the consulting physician providing the telehealth
consultation; and

(7) compliance with the criteria attested to by the health care provider in accordance
with paragraph (b).

(d) Telehealth visits, as described in this subdivision provided through audio and visual
communicationdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text begin or accessible video-based platformsnew text end may deleted text beginbe used todeleted text end satisfy the face-to-face
requirement for reimbursement under the payment methods that apply to a federally qualified
health center, rural health clinic, Indian health service, 638 tribal clinic, and certified
community behavioral health clinic, if the service would have otherwise qualified for
payment if performed in person.new text begin Beginning July 1, 2021, visits provided through telephone
may satisfy the face-to-face requirement for reimbursement under these payment methods
if the service would have otherwise qualified for payment if performed in person until the
COVID-19 federal public health emergency ends or July 1, 2023, whichever is earlier.
new text end

deleted text begin (e) For mental health services or assessments delivered through telehealth that are based
on an individual treatment plan, the provider may document the client's verbal approval or
electronic written approval of the treatment plan or change in the treatment plan in lieu of
the client's signature in accordance with Minnesota Rules, part 9505.0371.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (f)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end For purposes of this subdivision, unless otherwise covered under this chapter:

(1) "telehealth" means the delivery of health care services or consultations through the
use of real-time two-way interactive audio and visual communication to provide or support
health care delivery and facilitate the assessment, diagnosis, consultation, treatment,
education, and care management of a patient's health care. Telehealth includes the application
of secure video conferencing, store-and-forward technology, and synchronous interactions
between a patient located at an originating site and a health care provider located at a distant
site. Telehealth does not include communication between health care providers, or between
a health care provider and a patient that consists solely of an audio-only communication,
e-mail, or facsimile transmission or as specified by law;

(2) "health care provider" means a health care provider as defined under section 62A.673,
a community paramedic as defined under section 144E.001, subdivision 5f, a community
health worker who meets the criteria under subdivision 49, paragraph (a), a mental health
certified peer specialist under section deleted text begin256B.0615, subdivision 5deleted text endnew text begin 245I.04, subdivision 10new text end, a
mental health certified family peer specialist under section deleted text begin256B.0616, subdivision 5deleted text endnew text begin 245I.04,
subdivision 12
new text end, a mental health rehabilitation worker under section deleted text begin256B.0623, subdivision
5, paragraph (a), clause (4), and paragraph (b)
deleted text endnew text begin 245I.04, subdivision 14new text end, a mental health
behavioral aide under section deleted text begin256B.0943, subdivision 7, paragraph (b), clause (3)deleted text endnew text begin 245I.04,
subdivision 16
new text end, a treatment coordinator under section 245G.11, subdivision 7, an alcohol
and drug counselor under section 245G.11, subdivision 5, a recovery peer under section
245G.11, subdivision 8; and

(3) "originating site," "distant site," and "store-and-forward technology" have the
meanings given in section 62A.673, subdivision 2.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later, except that the amendment to paragraph (d) is effective retroactively
from July 1, 2021, and expires when the COVID-19 federal public health emergency ends
or July 1, 2023, whichever is earlier. The commissioner of human services shall notify the
revisor of statutes when federal approval is obtained and when the amendments to paragraph
(d) expire.
new text end

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 256B.0659, subdivision 19, is amended to read:


Subd. 19.

Personal care assistance choice option; qualifications; duties.

(a) Under
personal care assistance choice, the recipient or responsible party shall:

(1) recruit, hire, schedule, and terminate personal care assistants according to the terms
of the written agreement required under subdivision 20, paragraph (a);

(2) develop a personal care assistance care plan based on the assessed needs and
addressing the health and safety of the recipient with the assistance of a qualified professional
as needed;

(3) orient and train the personal care assistant with assistance as needed from the qualified
professional;

(4) deleted text begineffective January 1, 2010,deleted text end supervise and evaluate the personal care assistant with the
qualified professional, who is required to visit the recipient at least every 180 days;

(5) monitor and verify in writing and report to the personal care assistance choice agency
the number of hours worked by the personal care assistant and the qualified professional;

(6) engage in an annual deleted text beginface-to-facedeleted text end reassessmentnew text begin as required in subdivision 3anew text end to
determine continuing eligibility and service authorization; and

(7) use the same personal care assistance choice provider agency if shared personal
assistance care is being used.

(b) The personal care assistance choice provider agency shall:

(1) meet all personal care assistance provider agency standards;

(2) enter into a written agreement with the recipient, responsible party, and personal
care assistants;

(3) not be related as a parent, child, sibling, or spouse to the recipient or the personal
care assistant; and

(4) ensure arm's-length transactions without undue influence or coercion with the recipient
and personal care assistant.

(c) The duties of the personal care assistance choice provider agency are to:

(1) be the employer of the personal care assistant and the qualified professional for
employment law and related regulations includingdeleted text begin,deleted text end but not limited todeleted text begin,deleted text end purchasing and
maintaining workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, surety and fidelity bonds,
and liability insurance, and submit any or all necessary documentation includingdeleted text begin,deleted text end but not
limited todeleted text begin,deleted text end workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, and labor market data required
under section 256B.4912, subdivision 1a;

(2) bill the medical assistance program for personal care assistance services and qualified
professional services;

(3) request and complete background studies that comply with the requirements for
personal care assistants and qualified professionals;

(4) pay the personal care assistant and qualified professional based on actual hours of
services provided;

(5) withhold and pay all applicable federal and state taxes;

(6) verify and keep records of hours worked by the personal care assistant and qualified
professional;

(7) make the arrangements and pay taxes and other benefits, if any, and comply with
any legal requirements for a Minnesota employer;

(8) enroll in the medical assistance program as a personal care assistance choice agency;
and

(9) enter into a written agreement as specified in subdivision 20 before services are
provided.

Sec. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 256B.0671, subdivision 6, is
amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Dialectical behavior therapy.

(a) Subject to federal approval, medical assistance
covers intensive mental health outpatient treatment for dialectical behavior therapy for
adults. A dialectical behavior therapy provider must make reasonable and good faith efforts
to report individual client outcomes to the commissioner using instruments and protocols
that are approved by the commissioner.

(b) "Dialectical behavior therapy" means an evidence-based treatment approach that a
mental health professional or clinical trainee provides to a client or a group of clients in an
intensive outpatient treatment program using a combination of individualized rehabilitative
and psychotherapeutic interventions. A dialectical behavior therapy program involves:
individual dialectical behavior therapy, group skills training, telephone coaching, and team
consultation meetings.

(c) To be eligible for dialectical behavior therapy, a client must:

deleted text begin (1) be 18 years of age or older;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2)deleted text endnew text begin (1)new text end have mental health needs that available community-based services cannot meet
or that the client must receive concurrently with other community-based services;

deleted text begin (3)deleted text endnew text begin (2)new text end have either:

(i) a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder; or

(ii) multiple mental health diagnoses, exhibit behaviors characterized by impulsivity or
intentional self-harm, and be at significant risk of death, morbidity, disability, or severe
dysfunction in multiple areas of the client's life;

deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end be cognitively capable of participating in dialectical behavior therapy as an
intensive therapy program and be able and willing to follow program policies and rules to
ensure the safety of the client and others; and

deleted text begin (5)deleted text endnew text begin (4)new text end be at significant risk of one or more of the following if the client does not receive
dialectical behavior therapy:

(i) having a mental health crisis;

(ii) requiring a more restrictive setting such as hospitalization;

(iii) decompensating; or

(iv) engaging in intentional self-harm behavior.

(d) Individual dialectical behavior therapy combines individualized rehabilitative and
psychotherapeutic interventions to treat a client's suicidal and other dysfunctional behaviors
and to reinforce a client's use of adaptive skillful behaviors. A mental health professional
or clinical trainee must provide individual dialectical behavior therapy to a client. A mental
health professional or clinical trainee providing dialectical behavior therapy to a client must:

(1) identify, prioritize, and sequence the client's behavioral targets;

(2) treat the client's behavioral targets;

(3) assist the client in applying dialectical behavior therapy skills to the client's natural
environment through telephone coaching outside of treatment sessions;

(4) measure the client's progress toward dialectical behavior therapy targets;

(5) help the client manage mental health crises and life-threatening behaviors; and

(6) help the client learn and apply effective behaviors when working with other treatment
providers.

(e) Group skills training combines individualized psychotherapeutic and psychiatric
rehabilitative interventions conducted in a group setting to reduce the client's suicidal and
other dysfunctional coping behaviors and restore function. Group skills training must teach
the client adaptive skills in the following areas: (1) mindfulness; (2) interpersonal
effectiveness; (3) emotional regulation; and (4) distress tolerance.

(f) Group skills training must be provided by two mental health professionals or by a
mental health professional co-facilitating with a clinical trainee or a mental health practitioner.
Individual skills training must be provided by a mental health professional, a clinical trainee,
or a mental health practitioner.

(g) Before a program provides dialectical behavior therapy to a client, the commissioner
must certify the program as a dialectical behavior therapy provider. To qualify for
certification as a dialectical behavior therapy provider, a provider must:

(1) allow the commissioner to inspect the provider's program;

(2) provide evidence to the commissioner that the program's policies, procedures, and
practices meet the requirements of this subdivision and chapter 245I;

(3) be enrolled as a MHCP provider; and

(4) have a manual that outlines the program's policies, procedures, and practices that
meet the requirements of this subdivision.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 256B.0911, subdivision 3a, is
amended to read:


Subd. 3a.

Assessment and support planning.

(a) Persons requesting assessment, services
planning, or other assistance intended to support community-based living, including persons
who need assessment deleted text beginin orderdeleted text end to determine waiver or alternative care program eligibility,
must be visited by a long-term care consultation team within 20 calendar days after the date
on which an assessment was requested or recommended. Upon statewide implementation
of subdivisions 2b, 2c, and 5, this requirement also applies to an assessment of a person
requesting personal care assistance services. The commissioner shall provide at least a
90-day notice to lead agencies prior to the effective date of this requirement. Assessments
must be conducted according to paragraphs (b) to (r).

(b) Upon implementation of subdivisions 2b, 2c, and 5, lead agencies shall use certified
assessors to conduct the assessment. For a person with complex health care needs, a public
health or registered nurse from the team must be consulted.

(c) The MnCHOICES assessment provided by the commissioner to lead agencies must
be used to complete a comprehensive, conversation-based, person-centered assessment.
The assessment must include the health, psychological, functional, environmental, and
social needs of the individual necessary to develop a person-centered community support
plan that meets the individual's needs and preferences.

(d) Except as provided in paragraph (r), the assessment must be conducted by a certified
assessor in a face-to-face conversational interview with the person being assessed. The
person's legal representative must provide input during the assessment process and may do
so remotely if requested. At the request of the person, other individuals may participate in
the assessment to provide information on the needs, strengths, and preferences of the person
necessary to develop a community support plan that ensures the person's health and safety.
Except for legal representatives or family members invited by the person, persons
participating in the assessment may not be a provider of service or have any financial interest
in the provision of services. For persons who are to be assessed for elderly waiver customized
living or adult day services under chapter 256S, with the permission of the person being
assessed or the person's designated or legal representative, the client's current or proposed
provider of services may submit a copy of the provider's nursing assessment or written
report outlining its recommendations regarding the client's care needs. The person conducting
the assessment must notify the provider of the date by which this information is to be
submitted. This information shall be provided to the person conducting the assessment prior
to the assessment. For a person who is to be assessed for waiver services under section
256B.092 or 256B.49, with the permission of the person being assessed or the person's
designated legal representative, the person's current provider of services may submit a
written report outlining recommendations regarding the person's care needs the person
completed in consultation with someone who is known to the person and has interaction
with the person on a regular basis. The provider must submit the report at least 60 days
before the end of the person's current service agreement. The certified assessor must consider
the content of the submitted report prior to finalizing the person's assessment or reassessment.

(e) The certified assessor and the individual responsible for developing the coordinated
service and support plan must complete the community support plan and the coordinated
service and support plan no more than 60 calendar days from the assessment visit. The
person or the person's legal representative must be provided with a written community
support plan within the timelines established by the commissioner, regardless of whether
the person is eligible for Minnesota health care programs.

(f) For a person being assessed for elderly waiver services under chapter 256S, a provider
who submitted information under paragraph (d) shall receive the final written community
support plan when available and the Residential Services Workbook.

(g) The written community support plan must include:

(1) a summary of assessed needs as defined in paragraphs (c) and (d);

(2) the individual's options and choices to meet identified needs, including:

(i) all available options for case management services and providers;

(ii) all available options for employment services, settings, and providers;

(iii) all available options for living arrangements;

(iv) all available options for self-directed services and supports, including self-directed
budget options; and

(v) service provided in a non-disability-specific setting;

(3) identification of health and safety risks and how those risks will be addressed,
including personal risk management strategies;

(4) referral information; and

(5) informal caregiver supports, if applicable.

For a person determined eligible for state plan home care under subdivision 1a, paragraph
(b), clause (1), the person or person's representative must also receive a copy of the home
care service plan developed by the certified assessor.

(h) A person may request assistance in identifying community supports without
participating in a complete assessment. Upon a request for assistance identifying community
support, the person must be transferred or referred to long-term care options counseling
services available under sections 256.975, subdivision 7, and 256.01, subdivision 24, for
telephone assistance and follow up.

(i) The person has the right to make the final decision:

(1) between institutional placement and community placement after the recommendations
have been provided, except as provided in section 256.975, subdivision 7a, paragraph (d);

(2) between community placement in a setting controlled by a provider and living
independently in a setting not controlled by a provider;

(3) between day services and employment services; and

(4) regarding available options for self-directed services and supports, including
self-directed funding options.

(j) The lead agency must give the person receiving long-term care consultation services
or the person's legal representative, materials, and forms supplied by the commissioner
containing the following information:

(1) written recommendations for community-based services and consumer-directed
options;

(2) documentation that the most cost-effective alternatives available were offered to the
individual. For purposes of this clause, "cost-effective" means community services and
living arrangements that cost the same as or less than institutional care. For an individual
found to meet eligibility criteria for home and community-based service programs under
chapter 256S or section 256B.49, "cost-effectiveness" has the meaning found in the federally
approved waiver plan for each program;

(3) the need for and purpose of preadmission screening conducted by long-term care
options counselors according to section 256.975, subdivisions 7a to 7c, if the person selects
nursing facility placement. If the individual selects nursing facility placement, the lead
agency shall forward information needed to complete the level of care determinations and
screening for developmental disability and mental illness collected during the assessment
to the long-term care options counselor using forms provided by the commissioner;

(4) the role of long-term care consultation assessment and support planning in eligibility
determination for waiver and alternative care programs, and state plan home care, case
management, and other services as defined in subdivision 1a, paragraphs (a), clause (6),
and (b);

(5) information about Minnesota health care programs;

(6) the person's freedom to accept or reject the recommendations of the team;

(7) the person's right to confidentiality under the Minnesota Government Data Practices
Act, chapter 13;

(8) the certified assessor's decision regarding the person's need for institutional level of
care as determined under criteria established in subdivision 4e and the certified assessor's
decision regarding eligibility for all services and programs as defined in subdivision 1a,
paragraphs (a), clause (6), and (b);

(9) the person's right to appeal the certified assessor's decision regarding eligibility for
all services and programs as defined in subdivision 1a, paragraphs (a), clauses (6), (7), and
(8), and (b), and incorporating the decision regarding the need for institutional level of care
or the lead agency's final decisions regarding public programs eligibility according to section
256.045, subdivision 3. The certified assessor must verbally communicate this appeal right
to the person and must visually point out where in the document the right to appeal is stated;
and

(10) documentation that available options for employment services, independent living,
and self-directed services and supports were described to the individual.

(k) An assessment that is completed as part of an eligibility determination for multiple
programs for the alternative care, elderly waiver, developmental disabilities, community
access for disability inclusion, community alternative care, and brain injury waiver programs
under chapter 256S and sections 256B.0913, 256B.092, and 256B.49 is valid to establish
service eligibility for no more than 60 calendar days after the date of the assessment.

(l) The effective eligibility start date for programs in paragraph (k) can never be prior
to the date of assessment. If an assessment was completed more than 60 days before the
effective waiver or alternative care program eligibility start date, assessment and support
plan information must be updated and documented in the department's Medicaid Management
Information System (MMIS). Notwithstanding retroactive medical assistance coverage of
state plan services, the effective date of eligibility for programs included in paragraph (k)
cannot be prior to the date the most recent updated assessment is completed.

(m) If an eligibility update is completed within 90 days of the previous assessment and
documented in the department's Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS), the
effective date of eligibility for programs included in paragraph (k) is the date of the previous
face-to-face assessment when all other eligibility requirements are met.

(n) If a person who receives home and community-based waiver services under section
256B.0913, 256B.092, or 256B.49 or chapter 256S temporarily enters for 121 days or fewer
a hospital, institution of mental disease, nursing facility, intensive residential treatment
services program, transitional care unit, or inpatient substance use disorder treatment setting,
the person may return to the community with home and community-based waiver services
under the same waiver, without requiring an assessment or reassessment under this section,
unless the person's annual reassessment is otherwise due. Nothing in this paragraph shall
change annual long-term care consultation reassessment requirements, payment for
institutional or treatment services, medical assistance financial eligibility, or any other law.

(o) At the time of reassessment, the certified assessor shall assess each person receiving
waiver residential supports and services currently residing in a community residential setting,
licensed adult foster care home that is either not the primary residence of the license holder
or in which the license holder is not the primary caregiver, family adult foster care residence,
customized living setting, or supervised living facility to determine if that person would
prefer to be served in a community-living setting as defined in section 256B.49, subdivision
23
, in a setting not controlled by a provider, or to receive integrated community supports
as described in section 245D.03, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), clause (8). The certified
assessor shall offer the person, through a person-centered planning process, the option to
receive alternative housing and service options.

(p) At the time of reassessment, the certified assessor shall assess each person receiving
waiver day services to determine if that person would prefer to receive employment services
as described in section 245D.03, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), clauses (5) to (7). The certified
assessor shall describe to the person through a person-centered planning process the option
to receive employment services.

(q) At the time of reassessment, the certified assessor shall assess each person receiving
non-self-directed waiver services to determine if that person would prefer an available
service and setting option that would permit self-directed services and supports. The certified
assessor shall describe to the person through a person-centered planning process the option
to receive self-directed services and supports.

(r) All assessments performed according to this subdivision must be face-to-face unless
the assessment is a reassessment meeting the requirements of this paragraph. Remote
reassessments conducted by interactive video or telephone may substitute for face-to-face
reassessments. For services provided by the developmental disabilities waiver under section
256B.092, and the community access for disability inclusion, community alternative care,
and brain injury waiver programs under section 256B.49, remote reassessments may be
substituted for two consecutive reassessments if followed by a face-to-face reassessment.
For services provided by alternative care under section 256B.0913, essential community
supports under section 256B.0922, and the elderly waiver under chapter 256S, remote
reassessments may be substituted for one reassessment if followed by a face-to-face
reassessment. A remote reassessment is permitted only if the person being reassesseddeleted text begin, or
the person's legal representative, and the lead agency case manager both agree that there is
no change in the person's condition, there is no need for a change in service, and that a
remote reassessment is appropriate
deleted text endnew text begin and the person's legal representative provide informed
choice for a remote assessment
new text end. The person being reassessed, or the person's legal
representative, has the right to refuse a remote reassessment at any time. During a remote
reassessment, if the certified assessor determines a face-to-face reassessment is necessary
deleted text begin in orderdeleted text end to complete the assessment, the lead agency shall schedule a face-to-face
reassessment. All other requirements of a face-to-face reassessment shall apply to a remote
reassessment, including updates to a person's support plan.

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 256B.0946, subdivision 1, is
amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Required covered service components.

(a) Subject to federal approval,
medical assistance covers medically necessary intensive treatment services when the services
are provided by a provider entity certified under and meeting the standards in this section.
The provider entity must make reasonable and good faith efforts to report individual client
outcomes to the commissioner, using instruments and protocols approved by the
commissioner.

(b) Intensive treatment services to children with mental illness residing in foster family
settings that comprise specific required service components provided in clauses (1) to (6)
are reimbursed by medical assistance when they meet the following standards:

(1) psychotherapy provided by a mental health professional or a clinical trainee;

(2) crisis planning;

(3) individual, family, and group psychoeducation services provided by a mental health
professional or a clinical trainee;

(4) clinical care consultation provided by a mental health professional or a clinical
trainee;

(5) individual treatment plan development as defined in deleted text beginMinnesota Rules, part 9505.0371,
subpart 7
deleted text endnew text begin section 245I.10, subdivisions 7 and 8new text end; and

(6) service delivery payment requirements as provided under subdivision 4.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 23.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 256B.0947, subdivision 6, is
amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Service standards.

The standards in this subdivision apply to intensive
nonresidential rehabilitative mental health services.

(a) The treatment team must use team treatment, not an individual treatment model.

(b) Services must be available at times that meet client needs.

(c) Services must be age-appropriate and meet the specific needs of the client.

(d) The level of care assessment as defined in section 245I.02, subdivision 19, and
functional assessment as defined in section 245I.02, subdivision 17, must be updated at
least every deleted text begin90 daysdeleted text endnew text begin six monthsnew text end or prior to discharge from the service, whichever comes
first.

(e) The treatment team must complete an individual treatment plan for each client,
according to section 245I.10, subdivisions 7 and 8, and the individual treatment plan must:

(1) be completed in consultation with the client's current therapist and key providers and
provide for ongoing consultation with the client's current therapist to ensure therapeutic
continuity and to facilitate the client's return to the community. For clients under the age of
18, the treatment team must consult with parents and guardians in developing the treatment
plan;

(2) if a need for substance use disorder treatment is indicated by validated assessment:

(i) identify goals, objectives, and strategies of substance use disorder treatment;

(ii) develop a schedule for accomplishing substance use disorder treatment goals and
objectives; and

(iii) identify the individuals responsible for providing substance use disorder treatment
services and supports;new text begin and
new text end

(3) provide for the client's transition out of intensive nonresidential rehabilitative mental
health services by defining the team's actions to assist the client and subsequent providers
in the transition to less intensive or "stepped down" servicesdeleted text begin; anddeleted text endnew text begin.
new text end

deleted text begin (4) notwithstanding section 245I.10, subdivision 8, be reviewed at least every 90 days
and revised to document treatment progress or, if progress is not documented, to document
changes in treatment.
deleted text end

(f) The treatment team shall actively and assertively engage the client's family members
and significant others by establishing communication and collaboration with the family and
significant others and educating the family and significant others about the client's mental
illness, symptom management, and the family's role in treatment, unless the team knows or
has reason to suspect that the client has suffered or faces a threat of suffering any physical
or mental injury, abuse, or neglect from a family member or significant other.

(g) For a client age 18 or older, the treatment team may disclose to a family member,
other relative, or a close personal friend of the client, or other person identified by the client,
the protected health information directly relevant to such person's involvement with the
client's care, as provided in Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, part 164.502(b). If the
client is present, the treatment team shall obtain the client's agreement, provide the client
with an opportunity to object, or reasonably infer from the circumstances, based on the
exercise of professional judgment, that the client does not object. If the client is not present
or is unable, by incapacity or emergency circumstances, to agree or object, the treatment
team may, in the exercise of professional judgment, determine whether the disclosure is in
the best interests of the client and, if so, disclose only the protected health information that
is directly relevant to the family member's, relative's, friend's, or client-identified person's
involvement with the client's health care. The client may orally agree or object to the
disclosure and may prohibit or restrict disclosure to specific individuals.

(h) The treatment team shall provide interventions to promote positive interpersonal
relationships.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 24.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 256B.0949, subdivision 2, is
amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Definitions.

(a) The terms used in this section have the meanings given in this
subdivision.

(b) "Agency" means the legal entity that is enrolled with Minnesota health care programs
as a medical assistance provider according to Minnesota Rules, part 9505.0195, to provide
EIDBI services and that has the legal responsibility to ensure that its employees or contractors
carry out the responsibilities defined in this section. Agency includes a licensed individual
professional who practices independently and acts as an agency.

(c) "Autism spectrum disorder or a related condition" or "ASD or a related condition"
means either autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as defined in the current version of the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) or a condition that is found
to be closely related to ASD, as identified under the current version of the DSM, and meets
all of the following criteria:

(1) is severe and chronic;

(2) results in impairment of adaptive behavior and function similar to that of a person
with ASD;

(3) requires treatment or services similar to those required for a person with ASD; and

(4) results in substantial functional limitations in three core developmental deficits of
ASD: social or interpersonal interaction; functional communication, including nonverbal
or social communication; and restrictive or repetitive behaviors or hyperreactivity or
hyporeactivity to sensory input; and may include deficits or a high level of support in one
or more of the following domains:

(i) behavioral challenges and self-regulation;

(ii) cognition;

(iii) learning and play;

(iv) self-care; or

(v) safety.

(d) "Person" means a person under 21 years of age.

(e) "Clinical supervision" means the overall responsibility for the control and direction
of EIDBI service delivery, including individual treatment planning, staff supervision,
individual treatment plan progress monitoring, and treatment review for each person. Clinical
supervision is provided by a qualified supervising professional (QSP) who takes full
professional responsibility for the service provided by each supervisee.

(f) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of human services, unless otherwise
specified.

(g) "Comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluation" or "CMDE" means a comprehensive
evaluation of a person to determine medical necessity for EIDBI services based on the
requirements in subdivision 5.

(h) "Department" means the Department of Human Services, unless otherwise specified.

(i) "Early intensive developmental and behavioral intervention benefit" or "EIDBI
benefit" means a variety of individualized, intensive treatment modalities approved and
published by the commissioner that are based in behavioral and developmental science
consistent with best practices on effectiveness.

(j) "Generalizable goals" means results or gains that are observed during a variety of
activities over time with different people, such as providers, family members, other adults,
and people, and in different environments includingdeleted text begin,deleted text end but not limited todeleted text begin,deleted text end clinics, homes,
schools, and the community.

(k) "Incident" means when any of the following occur:

(1) an illness, accident, or injury that requires first aid treatment;

(2) a bump or blow to the head; or

(3) an unusual or unexpected event that jeopardizes the safety of a person or staff,
including a person leaving the agency unattended.

(l) "Individual treatment plan" or "ITP" means the person-centered, individualized written
plan of care that integrates and coordinates person and family information from the CMDE
for a person who meets medical necessity for the EIDBI benefit. An individual treatment
plan must meet the standards in subdivision 6.

(m) "Legal representative" means the parent of a child who is under 18 years of age, a
court-appointed guardian, or other representative with legal authority to make decisions
about service for a person. For the purpose of this subdivision, "other representative with
legal authority to make decisions" includes a health care agent or an attorney-in-fact
authorized through a health care directive or power of attorney.

(n) "Mental health professional" means a staff person who is qualified according to
section 245I.04, subdivision 2.

(o) "Person-centered" means a service that both responds to the identified needs, interests,
values, preferences, and desired outcomes of the person or the person's legal representative
and respects the person's history, dignity, and cultural background and allows inclusion and
participation in the person's community.

(p) "Qualified EIDBI provider" means a person who is a QSP or a level I, level II, or
level III treatment provider.

new text begin (q) "Advanced certification" means a person who has completed advanced certification
in an approved modality under subdivision 13, paragraph (b).
new text end

Sec. 25.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 256B.0949, subdivision 13, is
amended to read:


Subd. 13.

Covered services.

(a) The services described in paragraphs (b) to (l) are
eligible for reimbursement by medical assistance under this section. Services must be
provided by a qualified EIDBI provider and supervised by a QSP. An EIDBI service must
address the person's medically necessary treatment goals and must be targeted to develop,
enhance, or maintain the individual developmental skills of a person with ASD or a related
condition to improve functional communication, including nonverbal or social
communication, social or interpersonal interaction, restrictive or repetitive behaviors,
hyperreactivity or hyporeactivity to sensory input, behavioral challenges and self-regulation,
cognition, learning and play, self-care, and safety.

(b) EIDBI treatment must be delivered consistent with the standards of an approved
modality, as published by the commissioner. EIDBI modalities include:

(1) applied behavior analysis (ABA);

(2) developmental individual-difference relationship-based model (DIR/Floortime);

(3) early start Denver model (ESDM);

(4) PLAY project;

(5) relationship development intervention (RDI); or

(6) additional modalities not listed in clauses (1) to (5) upon approval by the
commissioner.

(c) An EIDBI provider may use one or more of the EIDBI modalities in paragraph (b),
clauses (1) to (5), as the primary modality for treatment as a covered service, or several
EIDBI modalities in combination as the primary modality of treatment, as approved by the
commissioner. An EIDBI provider that identifies and provides assurance of qualifications
for a single specific treatment modalitynew text begin, including an EIDBI provider with advanced
certification overseeing implementation,
new text end must document the required qualifications to meet
fidelity to the specific modelnew text begin in a manner determined by the commissionernew text end.

(d) Each qualified EIDBI provider must identify and provide assurance of qualifications
for professional licensure certification, or training in evidence-based treatment methods,
and must document the required qualifications outlined in subdivision 15 in a manner
determined by the commissioner.

(e) CMDE is a comprehensive evaluation of the person's developmental status to
determine medical necessity for EIDBI services and meets the requirements of subdivision
5. The services must be provided by a qualified CMDE provider.

(f) EIDBI intervention observation and direction is the clinical direction and oversight
of EIDBI services by the QSP, level I treatment provider, or level II treatment provider,
including developmental and behavioral techniques, progress measurement, data collection,
function of behaviors, and generalization of acquired skills for the direct benefit of a person.
EIDBI intervention observation and direction informs any modification of the current
treatment protocol to support the outcomes outlined in the ITP.

(g) Intervention is medically necessary direct treatment provided to a person with ASD
or a related condition as outlined in their ITP. All intervention services must be provided
under the direction of a QSP. Intervention may take place across multiple settings. The
frequency and intensity of intervention services are provided based on the number of
treatment goals, person and family or caregiver preferences, and other factors. Intervention
services may be provided individually or in a group. Intervention with a higher provider
ratio may occur when deemed medically necessary through the person's ITP.

(1) Individual intervention is treatment by protocol administered by a single qualified
EIDBI provider delivered to one person.

(2) Group intervention is treatment by protocol provided by one or more qualified EIDBI
providers, delivered to at least two people who receive EIDBI services.

new text begin (3) Higher provider ratio intervention is treatment with protocol modification provided
by two or more qualified EIDBI providers delivered to one person in an environment that
meets the person's needs and under the direction of the QSP or level I provider.
new text end

(h) ITP development and ITP progress monitoring is development of the initial, annual,
and progress monitoring of an ITP. ITP development and ITP progress monitoring documents
provide oversight and ongoing evaluation of a person's treatment and progress on targeted
goals and objectives and integrate and coordinate the person's and the person's legal
representative's information from the CMDE and ITP progress monitoring. This service
must be reviewed and completed by the QSP, and may include input from a level I provider
or a level II provider.

(i) Family caregiver training and counseling is specialized training and education for a
family or primary caregiver to understand the person's developmental status and help with
the person's needs and development. This service must be provided by the QSP, level I
provider, or level II provider.

(j) A coordinated care conference is a voluntary meeting with the person and the person's
family to review the CMDE or ITP progress monitoring and to integrate and coordinate
services across providers and service-delivery systems to develop the ITP. This service
deleted text begin must be provided by the QSP anddeleted text end may include the CMDE provider deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin, QSP,new text end a level I
providernew text begin,new text end or a level II provider.

(k) Travel time is allowable billing for traveling to and from the person's home, school,
a community setting, or place of service outside of an EIDBI center, clinic, or office from
a specified location to provide in-person EIDBI intervention, observation and direction, or
family caregiver training and counseling. The person's ITP must specify the reasons the
provider must travel to the person.

(l) Medical assistance covers medically necessary EIDBI services and consultations
delivered deleted text beginby a licensed health care providerdeleted text end via telehealth, as defined under section
256B.0625, subdivision 3b, in the same manner as if the service or consultation was delivered
in person.

Sec. 26.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 256K.26, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Outcomes.

Projects will be selected to further the following outcomes:

(1) reduce the number of Minnesota individuals and families that experience long-term
homelessness;

(2) increase the number of housing opportunities with supportive services;

(3) develop integrated, cost-effective service models that address the multiple barriers
to obtaining housing stability faced by people experiencing long-term homelessness,
including abuse, neglect, chemical dependency, disability, chronic health problems, or other
factors including ethnicity and race that may result in poor outcomes or service disparities;

(4) encourage partnerships among counties, new text beginTribes, new text endcommunity agencies, schools, and
other providers so that the service delivery system is seamless for people experiencing
long-term homelessness;

(5) increase employability, self-sufficiency, and other social outcomes for individuals
and families experiencing long-term homelessness; and

(6) reduce inappropriate use of emergency health care, shelter, deleted text beginchemical dependencydeleted text endnew text begin
substance use disorder treatment
new text end, foster care, child protection, corrections, and similar
services used by people experiencing long-term homelessness.

Sec. 27.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 256K.26, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Eligible services.

Services eligible for funding under this section are all services
needed to maintain households in permanent supportive housing, as determined by the
deleted text begin county ordeleted text end countiesnew text begin or Tribesnew text end administering the project or projects.

Sec. 28.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 256P.01, subdivision 6a, is amended
to read:


Subd. 6a.

Qualified professional.

(a) For illness, injury, or incapacity, a "qualified
professional" means a licensed physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered
nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or licensed chiropractor, according to their
scope of practice.

(b) For developmental disability, learning disability, and intelligence testing, a "qualified
professional" means a licensed physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered
nurse, licensed independent clinical social worker, licensed psychologist, certified school
psychologist, or certified psychometrist working under the supervision of a licensed
psychologist.

(c) For mental health, a "qualified professional" means a licensed physician, advanced
practice registered nurse, or qualified mental health professional under section 245I.04,
subdivision 2
.

(d) For substance use disorder, a "qualified professional" means a licensed physician, a
qualified mental health professional under section deleted text begin245.462, subdivision 18, clauses (1) to
(6)
deleted text endnew text begin 245I.04, subdivision 2new text end, or an individual as defined in section 245G.11, subdivision 3,
4, or 5.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2022, or upon federal approval,
whichever is later. The commissioner of human services shall notify the revisor of statutes
when federal approval is obtained.
new text end

Sec. 29.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 256Q.06, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Account creation. new text end

new text begin If an eligible individual is unable to establish the eligible
individual's own ABLE account, an ABLE account may be established on behalf of the
eligible individual by the eligible individual's agent under a power of attorney or, if none,
by the eligible individual's conservator or legal guardian, spouse, parent, sibling, or
grandparent or a representative payee appointed for the eligible individual by the Social
Security Administration, in that order.
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

Sec. 30.

Laws 2020, First Special Session chapter 7, section 1, subdivision 1, as amended
by Laws 2021, First Special Session chapter 7, article 2, section 71, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Waivers and modifications; federal funding extension.

When the
peacetime emergency declared by the governor in response to the COVID-19 outbreak
expires, is terminated, or is rescinded by the proper authority, the following waivers and
modifications to human services programs issued by the commissioner of human services
pursuant to Executive Orders 20-11 and 20-12 deleted text beginthat are required to comply with federal lawdeleted text end
may remain in effect for the time period set out in applicable federal law or for the time
period set out in any applicable federally approved waiver or state plan amendment,
whichever is later:

(1) CV15: allowing telephone or video visits for waiver programs;

(2) CV17: preserving health care coverage for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare;

(3) CV18: implementation of federal changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program;

(4) CV20: eliminating cost-sharing for COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment;

(5) CV24: allowing telephone or video use for targeted case management visits;

(6) CV30: expanding telemedicine in health care, mental health, and substance use
disorder settings;

(7) CV37: implementation of federal changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program;

(8) CV39: implementation of federal changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program;

(9) CV42: implementation of federal changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program;

(10) CV43: expanding remote home and community-based waiver services;

(11) CV44: allowing remote delivery of adult day services;

(12) CV59: modifying eligibility period for the federally funded Refugee Cash Assistance
Program;

(13) CV60: modifying eligibility period for the federally funded Refugee Social Services
Program; and

(14) CV109: providing 15 percent increase for Minnesota Food Assistance Program and
Minnesota Family Investment Program maximum food benefits.

Sec. 31. new text beginREVISOR INSTRUCTION.
new text end

new text begin In Minnesota Statutes, chapters 245G, 253B, 254A, and 254B, the revisor of statutes
shall change the term "chemical dependency" or similar terms to "substance use disorder."
The revisor may make grammatical changes related to the term change.
new text end

Sec. 32. new text beginREPEALER.
new text end

new text begin (a) new text end new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 254A.04; and 254B.14, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4,
and 6,
new text end new text begin are repealed.
new text end

new text begin (b) new text end new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 254B.14, subdivision 5, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end

APPENDIX

Repealed Minnesota Statutes: 22-06071

254A.04 CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL.

There is hereby created an Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council to advise the Department of Human Services concerning the problems of substance misuse and substance use disorder, composed of ten members. Five members shall be individuals whose interests or training are in the field of alcohol-specific substance use disorder and alcohol misuse; and five members whose interests or training are in the field of substance use disorder and misuse of substances other than alcohol. The terms, compensation and removal of members shall be as provided in section 15.059. The council expires June 30, 2018. The commissioner of human services shall appoint members whose terms end in even-numbered years. The commissioner of health shall appoint members whose terms end in odd-numbered years.

254B.14 CONTINUUM OF CARE PILOT PROJECTS; CHEMICAL HEALTH CARE.

Subdivision 1.

Authorization for continuum of care pilot projects.

The commissioner shall establish chemical dependency continuum of care pilot projects to begin implementing the measures developed with stakeholder input and identified in the report completed pursuant to Laws 2012, chapter 247, article 5, section 8. The pilot projects are intended to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the service continuum for chemically dependent individuals in Minnesota while reducing duplication of efforts and promoting scientifically supported practices.

Subd. 2.

Program implementation.

(a) The commissioner, in coordination with representatives of the Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators and the Minnesota Inter-County Association, shall develop a process for identifying and selecting interested counties and providers for participation in the continuum of care pilot projects. There shall be three pilot projects: one representing the northern region, one for the metro region, and one for the southern region. The selection process of counties and providers must include consideration of population size, geographic distribution, cultural and racial demographics, and provider accessibility. The commissioner shall identify counties and providers that are selected for participation in the continuum of care pilot projects no later than September 30, 2013.

(b) The commissioner and entities participating in the continuum of care pilot projects shall enter into agreements governing the operation of the continuum of care pilot projects. The agreements shall identify pilot project outcomes and include timelines for implementation and beginning operation of the pilot projects.

(c) Entities that are currently participating in the navigator pilot project are eligible to participate in the continuum of care pilot project subsequent to or instead of participating in the navigator pilot project.

(d) The commissioner may waive administrative rule requirements that are incompatible with implementation of the continuum of care pilot projects.

(e) Notwithstanding section 254A.19, the commissioner may designate noncounty entities to complete chemical use assessments and placement authorizations required under section 254A.19 and Minnesota Rules, parts 9530.6600 to 9530.6655. Section 254A.19, subdivision 3, is applicable to the continuum of care pilot projects at the discretion of the commissioner.

Subd. 3.

Program design.

(a) The operation of the pilot projects shall include:

(1) new services that are responsive to the chronic nature of substance use disorder;

(2) telehealth services, when appropriate to address barriers to services;

(3) services that assure integration with the mental health delivery system when appropriate;

(4) services that address the needs of diverse populations; and

(5) an assessment and access process that permits clients to present directly to a service provider for a substance use disorder assessment and authorization of services.

(b) Prior to implementation of the continuum of care pilot projects, a utilization review process must be developed and agreed to by the commissioner, participating counties, and providers. The utilization review process shall be described in the agreements governing operation of the continuum of care pilot projects.

Subd. 4.

Notice of project discontinuation.

Each entity's participation in the continuum of care pilot project may be discontinued for any reason by the county or the commissioner after 30 days' written notice to the entity.

Subd. 5.

Duties of commissioner.

(a) Notwithstanding any other provisions in this chapter, the commissioner may authorize the behavioral health fund to pay for nontreatment services arranged by continuum of care pilot projects. Individuals who are currently accessing Rule 31 treatment services are eligible for concurrent participation in the continuum of care pilot projects.

(b) County expenditures for continuum of care pilot project services shall not be greater than their expected share of forecasted expenditures in the absence of the continuum of care pilot projects.

Subd. 6.

Managed care.

An individual who is eligible for the continuum of care pilot project is excluded from mandatory enrollment in managed care unless these services are included in the health plan's benefit set.