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                         Laws of Minnesota 1987 

                        CHAPTER 343-S.F.No. 946 
           An act relating to human services; altering allocation 
          of federal fiscal disallowances based on error rates; 
          amending Minnesota Statutes 1986, section 256.01, 
          subdivision 2. 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1986, section 256.01, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read:  
    Subd. 2.  [SPECIFIC POWERS.] Subject to the provisions of 
section 241.021, subdivision 2, the commissioner of human 
services shall: 
    (1) Administer and supervise all forms of public assistance 
provided for by state law and other welfare activities or 
services as are vested in the commissioner. 
    (2) Administer and supervise all child welfare activities; 
promote the enforcement of laws protecting handicapped, 
dependent, neglected and delinquent children, and children born 
to mothers who were not married to the children's fathers at the 
times of the conception nor at the births of the children; 
license and supervise child-caring and child-placing agencies 
and institutions; supervise the care of children in boarding and 
foster homes or in private institutions; and generally perform 
all functions relating to the field of child welfare now vested 
in the state board of control. 
    (3) Administer and supervise all noninstitutional service 
to handicapped persons, including those who are visually 
impaired, hearing impaired, or physically impaired or otherwise 
handicapped.  The commissioner may provide and contract for the 
care and treatment of qualified indigent children in facilities 
other than those located and available at state hospitals when 
it is not feasible to provide the service in state hospitals. 
    (4) Assist and actively cooperate with other departments, 
agencies and institutions, local, state, and federal, by 
performing services in conformity with the purposes of Laws 
1939, chapter 431. 
    (5) Act as the agent of and cooperate with the federal 
government in matters of mutual concern relative to and in 
conformity with the provisions of Laws 1939, chapter 431, 
including the administration of any federal funds granted to the 
state to aid in the performance of any functions of the 
commissioner as specified in Laws 1939, chapter 431, and 
including the promulgation of rules making uniformly available 
medical care benefits to all recipients of public assistance, at 
such times as the federal government increases its participation 
in assistance expenditures for medical care to recipients of 
public assistance, the cost thereof to be borne in the same 
proportion as are grants of aid to said recipients. 
    (6) Establish and maintain any administrative units 
reasonably necessary for the performance of administrative 
functions common to all divisions of the department. 
    (7) Administer and supervise any additional welfare 
activities and services as are vested by law in the department. 
    (8) The commissioner is designated as guardian of both the 
estate and the person of all the wards of the state of 
Minnesota, whether by operation of law or by an order of court, 
without any further act or proceeding whatever, except as to 
persons committed as mentally retarded.  
    (9) Act as coordinating referral and informational center 
on requests for service for newly arrived immigrants coming to 
    (10) The specific enumeration of powers and duties as 
hereinabove set forth shall in no way be construed to be a 
limitation upon the general transfer of powers herein contained. 
    (11) Establish county, regional, or statewide schedules of 
maximum fees and charges which may be paid by local agencies for 
medical, dental, surgical, hospital, nursing and nursing home 
care and medicine and medical supplies under all programs of 
medical care provided by the state and for congregate living 
care under the income maintenance programs. 
    (12) Have the authority to conduct and administer 
experimental projects to test methods and procedures of 
administering assistance and services to recipients or potential 
recipients of public welfare.  To carry out such experimental 
projects, it is further provided that the commissioner of human 
services is authorized to waive the enforcement of existing 
specific statutory program requirements, rules, and standards in 
one or more counties.  The order establishing the waiver shall 
provide alternative methods and procedures of administration, 
shall not be in conflict with the basic purposes, coverage, or 
benefits provided by law, and in no event shall the duration of 
a project exceed two years.  It is further provided that no 
order establishing an experimental project as authorized by the 
provisions of this section shall become effective until the 
following conditions have been met: 
    (a) The proposed comprehensive plan including estimated 
project costs and the proposed order establishing the waiver 
shall be filed with the secretary of the senate and chief clerk 
of the house of representatives at least 60 days prior to its 
effective date. 
    (b) The secretary of health, education, and welfare of the 
United States has agreed, for the same project, to waive state 
plan requirements relative to statewide uniformity. 
    (c) A comprehensive plan, including estimated project 
costs, shall be approved by the legislative advisory commission 
and filed with the commissioner of administration.  
    (13) In accordance with federal requirements establish 
procedures to be followed by local welfare boards in creating 
citizen advisory committees, including procedures for selection 
of committee members. 
    (14) Allocate federal fiscal disallowances or sanctions 
which are based on quality control error rates for the aid to 
families with dependent children, medical assistance, or food 
stamp program in the following manner:  
    (a) One-half of the total amount of the disallowance shall 
be borne by the county boards responsible for administering the 
programs and.  For the medical assistance and AFDC programs, 
disallowances shall be shared by each county board in the same 
proportion as that county's expenditures for the sanctioned 
program are to the total of all counties' expenditures for that 
program the AFDC and medical assistance programs.  For the food 
stamp program, sanctions shall be shared by each county board, 
with 50 percent of the sanction being distributed to each county 
in the same proportion as that county's administrative costs for 
food stamps are to the total of all food stamp administrative 
costs for all counties, and 50 percent of the sanctions being 
distributed to each county in the same proportion as that 
county's value of food stamp benefits issued are to the total of 
all benefits issued for all counties.  Each county shall pay its 
share of the disallowance to the state of Minnesota.  When a 
county fails to pay the amount due hereunder, the commissioner 
may deduct the amount from reimbursement otherwise due the 
county, or the attorney general, upon the request of the 
commissioner, may institute civil action to recover the amount 
    (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a), if the 
disallowance results from knowing noncompliance by one or more 
counties with a specific program instruction, and that knowing 
noncompliance is a matter of official county board record, the 
commissioner may require payment or recover from the county or 
counties, in the manner prescribed in paragraph (a), an amount 
equal to the portion of the total disallowance which resulted 
from the noncompliance, and may distribute the balance of the 
disallowance according to paragraph (a).  
    (15) Develop and implement special projects that maximize 
reimbursements and result in the recovery of money to the 
state.  For the purpose of recovering state money, the 
commissioner may enter into contracts with third parties.  Any 
recoveries that result from projects or contracts entered into 
under this paragraph shall be deposited in the state treasury 
and credited to a special account until the balance in the 
account reaches $400,000.  When the balance in the account 
exceeds $400,000, the excess shall be transferred and credited 
to the general fund.  All money in the account is appropriated 
to the commissioner for the purposes of this paragraph. 
     Sec. 2.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    Section 1 is effective for all sanction payments made after 
January 1, 1988. 
    Approved June 1, 1987

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