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256B.0955 Duties of the commissioner of human services.

(a) Effective July 1, 1998, the commissioner of human services shall delegate authority to perform licensing functions and activities, in accordance with section 245A.16, to counties participating in the alternative licensing system. The commissioner shall not license or reimburse a facility, program, or service for persons with developmental disabilities in a county that participates in the alternative licensing system if the commissioner has received from the appropriate county notification that the facility, program, or service has been reviewed by a quality assurance team and has failed to qualify for licensure.

(b) The commissioner may conduct random licensing inspections based on outcomes adopted under section 256B.0951 at facilities, programs, and services governed by the alternative licensing system. The role of such random inspections shall be to verify that the alternative licensing system protects the safety and well-being of consumers and maintains the availability of high-quality services for persons with developmental disabilities.

(c) The commissioner shall provide technical assistance and support or training to the alternative licensing system pilot project.

(d) The commissioner and the commission shall establish an ongoing evaluation process for the alternative licensing system.

(e) The commissioner shall contract with an independent entity to conduct a financial review of the alternative licensing system, including an evaluation of possible budgetary savings within the department of human services and the department of health as a result of implementation of the alternative quality assurance licensing system. This review must be completed by December 15, 2000.

(f) The commissioner and the commission shall submit a report to the legislature by January 15, 2001, on the results of the evaluation process of the alternative licensing system, a summary of the results of the independent financial review, and a recommendation on whether the pilot project should be extended beyond June 30, 2001.

HIST: 1997 c 203 art 7 s 23