144.057 Background studies on licensees.
Subdivision 1. Background studies required. The commissioner of health shall contract with the commissioner of human services to conduct background studies of:
(1) individuals providing services which have direct contact, as defined under section 245A.04, subdivision 3, with patients and residents in hospitals, boarding care homes, outpatient surgical centers licensed under sections 144.50 to 144.58; nursing homes and home care agencies licensed under chapter 144A; residential care homes licensed under chapter 144B, and board and lodging establishments that are registered to provide supportive or health supervision services under section 157.17; and
(2) beginning July 1, 1999, all other employees in nursing homes licensed under chapter 144A, and boarding care homes licensed under sections 144.50 to 144.58. A disqualification of an individual in this section shall disqualify the individual from positions allowing direct contact or access to patients or residents receiving services.
If a facility or program is licensed by the department of human services and subject to the background study provisions of chapter 245A and is also licensed by the department of health, the department of human services is solely responsible for the background studies of individuals in the jointly licensed programs.
Subd. 2. Responsibilities of the department of human services. The department of human services shall conduct the background studies required by subdivision 1 in compliance with the provisions of chapter 245A and Minnesota Rules, parts 9543.3000 to 9543.3090. For the purpose of this section, the term "residential program" shall include all facilities described in subdivision 1. The department of human services shall provide necessary forms and instructions, shall conduct the necessary background studies of individuals, and shall provide notification of the results of the studies to the facilities, individuals, and the commissioner of health. Individuals shall be disqualified under the provisions of chapter 245A and Minnesota Rules, parts 9543.3000 to 9543.3090. If an individual is disqualified, the department of human services shall notify the facility and the individual and shall inform the individual of the right to request a reconsideration of the disqualification by submitting the request to the department of health.
Subd. 3. Reconsiderations. The commissioner of health shall review and decide reconsideration requests, including the granting of variances, in accordance with the procedures and criteria contained in chapter 245A and Minnesota Rules, parts 9543.3000 to 9543.3090. The commissioner's decision shall be provided to the individual and to the department of human services. The commissioner's decision to grant or deny a reconsideration of disqualification is the final administrative agency action.
Subd. 4. Responsibilities of facilities. Facilities described in subdivision 1 shall be responsible for cooperating with the departments in implementing the provisions of this section. The responsibilities imposed on applicants and licensees under chapter 245A and Minnesota Rules, parts 9543.3000 to 9543.3090, shall apply to these facilities. The provision of section 245A.04, subdivision 3, paragraph (e), shall apply to applicants, licensees, or an individual's refusal to cooperate with the completion of the background studies.
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