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245.4886 Children's community-based mental health fund.

Subdivision 1. Statewide program; establishment. The commissioner shall establish a statewide program to assist counties in providing services to children with severe emotional disturbance as defined in section 245.4871, subdivision 15, and their families. Services must be designed to help each child to function and remain with the child's family in the community. The commissioner shall make grants to counties to establish, operate, or contract with private providers to provide the following services in the following order of priority when these cannot be reimbursed under section 256B.0625:

(1) family community support services including crisis placement and crisis respite care as specified in section 245.4871, subdivision 17;

(2) case management services as specified in section 245.4871, subdivision 3;

(3) day treatment services as specified in section 245.4871, subdivision 10;

(4) professional home-based family treatment as specified in section 245.4871, subdivision 31; and

(5) therapeutic support of foster care as specified in section 245.4871, subdivision 34.

Funding appropriated beginning July 1, 1991, must be used by county boards to provide family community support services and case management services. Additional services shall be provided in the order of priority as identified in this subdivision.

Subd. 2. Grant application and reporting requirements. To apply for a grant a county board shall submit an application and budget for the use of the money in the form specified by the commissioner. The commissioner shall make grants only to counties whose applications and budgets are approved by the commissioner. In awarding grants, the commissioner shall give priority to those counties whose applications indicate plans to collaborate in the development, funding, and delivery of services with other agencies in the local system of care. The commissioner may adopt rules to govern grant applications, approval of applications, allocation of grants, and maintenance of financial statements by grant recipients and may establish grant requirements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, without adopting rules. The commissioner shall specify requirements for reports, including quarterly fiscal reports, according to section 256.01, subdivision 2, paragraph (17). The commissioner shall require collection of data and periodic reports which the commissioner deems necessary to demonstrate the effectiveness of each service in realizing the stated purpose as specified for family community support in section 245.4884, subdivision 1; therapeutic support of foster care in section 245.4884, subdivision 4; professional home-based family treatment in section 245.4884, subdivision 3; day treatment in section 245.4884, subdivision 2; and case management in section 245.4881.

Subd. 3. Grants for adolescent services. The commissioner may make grants for community-based services for adolescents who have serious emotional disturbance and exhibit violent behavior. The commissioner may administer these grants as a supplement to the grants for children's community-based mental health services under subdivision 1. The same administrative requirements shall apply to these grants as the grants under subdivision 1, except that these grants:

(1) shall be primarily for areas with the greatest need for services;

(2) may be used for assessment, family community support services, specialized treatment approaches, specialized adolescent community-based residential treatment, and community transition services for adolescents and preadolescents who have serious emotional disturbance and exhibit violent behavior;

(3) shall emphasize intensive services as an alternative to placement;

(4) shall not be used to supplant existing funds;

(5) shall require grantees to continue base level funding as defined in section 245.492, subdivision 2;

(6) must, wherever possible, be administered under the auspices of a children's mental health collaborative established under section 245.491 if the collaborative chooses to serve the target population;

(7) must be used for mental health services that are integrated with other services whenever possible; and

(8) must be based on a proposal submitted to the commissioner by a children's mental health collaborative or a county board that is based on guidelines published by the commissioner. The guidelines must require that proposed services be based on treatment methods that have proven effective, or that show promise, in meeting the needs of this population. The guidelines may incorporate preferences for proposals that would convert existing residential treatment beds for children in the county or collaborative's service area to community-based mental health services, encourage the active participation of the children's families in the treatment plans of these children, or promote the integration of these children into school, home, and community. The commissioner shall consult with parents, educators, mental health professionals, county mental health staff, and representatives of the children's subcommittee of the state advisory board on mental health in developing the guidelines and evaluating proposals.

HIST: 1991 c 292 art 6 s 26; 1995 c 207 art 8 s 12; 1997 c 7 art 5 s 22

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