relating to human services; modifying customized living quality improvement grants; extending portions of a COVID-19 peacetime emergency modification to economic assistance program application requirements; establishing retention and public health grants; appropriating money;
amending Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 9, article 4, section 28; article 14, section 2, subdivision 27; Laws 2020, First Special Session chapter 7, section 1, subdivision 2.
DIRECTION TO COMMISSIONER; ELDERLY WAIVER CUSTOMIZED LIVING SERVICE PROVIDERS.
(a) The commissioner of human services shall develop incentive-based grants to be available during fiscal years 2020 and 2021 only for elderly waiver customized living service providers for achieving outcomes specified in a contract. The commissioner may solicit proposals from providers and implement those that, on a competitive basis, best meet the state's policy objectives, giving preference to providers that serve at least 75 percent elderly waiver participants.
The commissioner shall limit expenditures under this subdivision to the amount appropriated for this purpose.
(b) In establishing the specified outcomes and related criteria, the commissioner shall consider the following state policy objectives:
(1) provide more efficient, higher quality services;
(2) encourage home and community-based services providers to innovate;
(3) equip home and community-based services providers with organizational tools and expertise to improve their quality;
(4) incentivize home and community-based services providers to invest in better services; and
(5) disseminate successful performance improvement strategies statewide.