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245B.06 Service standards.

Subdivision 1. Outcome-based services. (a) The license holder must provide outcome-based services in response to the consumer's identified needs as specified in the individual service plan.

(b) Services must be based on the needs and preferences of the consumer and the consumer's personal goals and be consistent with the principles of least restrictive environment, self-determination, and consistent with:

(1) the recognition of each consumer's history, dignity, and cultural background;

(2) the affirmation and protection of each consumer's civil and legal rights;

(3) the provision of services and supports for each consumer which:

(i) promote community inclusion and self-sufficiency;

(ii) provide services in the least restrictive environment;

(iii) promote social relationships, natural supports, and participation in community life;

(iv) allow for a balance between safety and opportunities; and

(v) provide opportunities for the development and exercise of age-appropriate skills, decision making and choice, personal advocacy, and communication; and

(4) the provision of services and supports for families which address the needs of the consumer in the context of the family and support family self-sufficiency.

(c) The license holder must make available to the consumer opportunities to participate in the community, functional skill development, reduced dependency on care providers, and opportunities for development of decision-making skills. "Outcome" means the behavior, action, or status attained by the consumer that can be observed, measured, and can be determined reliable and valid. Outcomes are the equivalent of the long-range goals and short-term goals referenced in section 256B.092, and any rules promulgated under that section.

Subd. 2. Risk management plan. The license holder must develop and document in writing a risk management plan that incorporates the individual abuse prevention plan as required in chapter 245C. License holders jointly providing services to a consumer shall coordinate and use the resulting assessment of risk areas for the development of this plan. Upon initiation of services, the license holder will have in place an initial risk management plan that identifies areas in which the consumer is vulnerable, including health, safety, and environmental issues and the supports the provider will have in place to protect the consumer and to minimize these risks. The plan must be changed based on the needs of the individual consumer and reviewed at least annually.

Subd. 3. Assessments. (a) The license holder shall assess and reassess the consumer within stated time lines and assessment areas specified in the individual service plan or as requested in writing by the case manager.

(b) For each area of assessment requested, the license holder must provide a written summary, analysis, and recommendations for use in the development of the individual service plan.

(c) All assessments must include information about the consumer that is descriptive of:

(1) the consumer's strengths and functional skills; and

(2) the level of support and supervision the consumer needs to achieve the outcomes in subdivision 1.

Subd. 4. Supports and methods. The license holder, in coordination with other service providers, shall meet with the consumer, the consumer's legal representative, case manager, and other members of the interdisciplinary team within 45 days of service initiation. Within ten working days after the meeting, the license holder shall develop and document in writing:

(1) the methods that will be used to support the individual or accomplish the outcomes in subdivision 1, including information about physical and social environments, the equipment and materials required, and techniques that are consistent with the consumer's communication mode and learning style specified as the license holder's responsibility in the individual service plan;

(2) the projected starting date for service supports and the criteria for identifying when the desired outcome has been achieved and when the service supports need to be reviewed; and

(3) the names of the staff, staff position, or contractors responsible for implementing each outcome.

Subd. 5. Progress reviews. The license holder must participate in progress review meetings following stated time lines established in the consumer's individual service plan or as requested in writing by the consumer, the consumer's legal representative, or the case manager, at a minimum of once a year. The license holder must summarize the progress toward achieving the desired outcomes and make recommendations in a written report sent to the consumer or the consumer's legal representative and case manager prior to the review meeting. For consumers under public guardianship, the license holder is required to provide quarterly written progress review reports to the consumer, designated family member, and case manager.

Subd. 6. Reports. The license holder shall provide written reports regarding the consumer's status as requested by the consumer, or the consumer's legal representative and case manager.

Subd. 7. Staffing requirements. The license holder must provide supervision to ensure the health, safety, and protection of rights of each consumer and to be able to implement each consumer's individual service plan. Day training and habilitation programs must meet the minimum staffing requirements as specified in sections 252.40 to 252.46 and rules promulgated under those sections.

Subd. 8. Leaving the residence. As specified in each consumer's individual service plan, each consumer requiring a 24-hour plan of care must leave the residence to participate in regular education, employment, or community activities. License holders, providing services to consumers living in a licensed site, shall ensure that they are prepared to care for consumers whenever they are at the residence during the day because of illness, work schedules, or other reasons.

Subd. 9. Day training and habilitation service days. Day training and habilitation services must meet a minimum of 195 available service days.

Subd. 10. Prohibition. Psychotropic medication and the use of aversive and deprivation procedures, as referenced in section 245.825 and rules promulgated under that section, cannot be used as a substitute for adequate staffing, as punishment, or for staff convenience.

HIST: 1997 c 248 s 40

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