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Subpart 1.

Assessment responsibility.

The placing authority must provide assessment services for clients without regard to national origin, marital status, race, color, religion, creed, disability, sex, or sexual orientation according to Minnesota Statutes, section 363A.11. The assessment must be done in a language the client understands. The requirements in items A to C apply to the placing authority.


The county shall provide a chemical use assessment as provided in part 9530.6615 for all clients who do not have an assessment available to them from a tribal governing board or prepaid health plan. If the county of financial responsibility does not arrange for or provide the service, the county where the client requested the service must provide the service, and then follow the procedures in Minnesota Statutes, section 256G.09, to resolve any dispute between counties.


A tribal governing board that contracts with the department to provide chemical use assessments and that authorizes payment for chemical dependency treatment under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 254B, must provide a chemical use assessment for a person residing on a reservation who seeks assessment or treatment or for whom treatment is sought, as provided in part 9530.6615, if the person is:


recognized as an American Indian; or


a relative of a person who is recognized as an American Indian. For purposes of this subpart, a "relative" means a person who is related by blood, marriage, or adoption, or is an important friend who resides with a person recognized as an American Indian on a reservation.


Organizations contracting with the department to provide a prepaid health plan that includes the provision of chemical dependency services to enrollees, and that utilizes funds authorized under Minnesota Statutes, chapters 256B and 256D, shall provide a chemical use assessment for enrollees who seek treatment or for whom treatment is sought as provided in part 9530.6615, and shall place enrollees in accordance with the contract that is currently in force with the department.

Subp. 2.

Placing authority records.

The placing authority must:


maintain records that demonstrate compliance with parts 9530.6600 to 9530.6660 for at least three years, except that records pertaining to individual client services must be maintained for at least four years; and


provide documentation of the qualifications of assessors according to the standards established under part 9530.6615, subpart 2.

Subp. 3.

County designee.

The county may designate public, nonprofit, or proprietary agencies or individuals to provide assessments according to part 9530.6615 by a qualified assessor. An assessor designated by the county shall have no direct shared financial interest or referral relationship resulting in shared financial gain with a treatment provider, unless the county documents that either of the exceptions in item A or B exists:


the treatment provider is a culturally specific service provider or a service provider with a program designed to treat persons of a specific age, sex, or sexual orientation and is available in the county and the service provider employs a qualified assessor;


the county does not employ a sufficient number of qualified assessors and the only qualified assessors available in the county have a direct shared financial interest or a referral relationship resulting in shared financial gain with a treatment provider; or


the county social service agency has an existing relationship with an assessor or service provider and elects to enter into a contract with that assessor to provide both assessment and treatment under the circumstances specified in the county contract and the county retains responsibility for making placement decisions.

Documentation of the exceptions in items A and B must be maintained at the county's office and be current within the last two years. The placing authority's assessment designee shall provide assessments and required documentation to the placing authority according to parts 9530.6600 to 9530.6660.

The placing authority is responsible for and cannot delegate making appropriate treatment planning decisions and placement authorizations.

Subp. 4.

[Repealed, 32 SR 2268]

Subp. 5.

[Repealed, 20 SR 2474]

Subp. 5.

Information release.

The placing authority shall, with proper releases of information, provide a copy of the assessment to the treatment provider who is authorized to provide services to the client. The placing authority shall provide the assessment to the treatment provider within seven days of the date of placement determination.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 241.021; 245A.03; 245A.09; 254A.03; 254B.03; 254B.04; 256E.05


11 SR 1005; 20 SR 2474; L 2003 1Sp14 art 11 s 11; 32 SR 2268

NOTE: Subparts 1, 2, 3, and 5 are repealed effective July 1, 2022. L 2020 c 74 art 3 s 13.

Published Electronically:

October 6, 2021

Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes