256B.0951 Quality assurance commission.
Subdivision 1. Membership. The region 10 quality assurance commission is established. The commission consists of at least 14 but not more than 21 members as follows: at least three but not more than five members representing advocacy organizations; at least three but not more than five members representing consumers, families, and their legal representatives; at least three but not more than five members representing service providers; at least three but not more than five members representing counties; and the commissioner of human services or the commissioner's designee. Initial membership of the commission shall be recruited and approved by the region 10 stakeholders group. Prior to approving the commission's membership, the stakeholders group shall provide to the commissioner a list of the membership in the stakeholders group, as of February 1, 1997, a brief summary of meetings held by the group since July 1, 1996, and copies of any materials prepared by the group for public distribution. The first commission shall establish membership guidelines for the transition and recruitment of membership for the commission's ongoing existence. Members of the commission who do not receive a salary or wages from an employer for time spent on commission duties may receive a per diem payment when performing commission duties and functions. All members may be reimbursed for expenses related to commission activities. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 15.059, subdivision 5, the commission expires on June 30, 2001.
Subd. 2. Authority to hire staff. The commission may hire staff to perform the duties assigned in this section.
Subd. 3. Commission duties. (a) By October 1, 1997, the commission, in cooperation with the commissioners of human services and health, shall do the following: (1) approve an alternative quality assurance licensing system based on the evaluation of outcomes; (2) approve measurable outcomes in the areas of health and safety, consumer evaluation, education and training, providers, and systems that shall be evaluated during the alternative licensing process; and (3) establish variable licensure periods not to exceed three years based on outcomes achieved. For purposes of this subdivision, "outcome" means the behavior, action, or status of a person that can be observed or measured and can be reliably and validly determined.
(b) By January 15, 1998, the commission shall approve, in cooperation with the commissioner of human services, a training program for members of the quality assurance teams established under section 256B.0952, subdivision 4.
(c) The commission and the commissioner shall establish an ongoing review process for the alternative quality assurance licensing system. The review shall take into account the comprehensive nature of the alternative system, which is designed to evaluate the broad spectrum of licensed and unlicensed entities that provide services to clients, as compared to the current licensing system.
(d) The commission shall contract with an independent entity to conduct a financial review of the alternative quality assurance pilot project. The review shall take into account the comprehensive nature of the alternative system, which is designed to evaluate the broad spectrum of licensed and unlicensed entities that provide services to clients, as compared to the current licensing system. The review shall include an evaluation of possible budgetary savings within the department of human services as a result of implementation of the alternative quality assurance pilot project. If a federal waiver is approved under subdivision 7, the financial review shall also evaluate possible savings within the department of health. This review must be completed by December 15, 2000.
(e) The commission shall submit a report to the legislature by January 15, 2001, on the results of the review process for the alternative quality assurance pilot project, 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.
Subd. 4. Commission's authority to recommend variances of licensing standards. The commission may recommend to the commissioners of human services and health variances from the standards governing licensure of programs for persons with developmental disabilities in order to improve the quality of services by implementing an alternative developmental disabilities licensing system if the commission determines that the alternative licensing system does not affect the health or safety of persons being served by the licensed program nor compromise the qualifications of staff to provide services.
Subd. 5. Variance of certain standards prohibited. The safety standards, rights, or procedural protections under sections 245.825; 245.91 to 245.97; 245A.04, subdivisions 3, 3a, 3b, and 3c; 245A.09, subdivision 2, paragraph (c), clauses (2) and (5); 245A.12; 245A.13; 252.41, subdivision 9; 256B.092, subdivisions 1b, clause (7), and 10; 626.556; 626.557, and procedures for the monitoring of psychotropic medications shall not be varied under the alternative licensing system pilot project. The commission may make recommendations to the commissioners of human services and health or to the legislature regarding alternatives to or modifications of the rules referenced in this subdivision.
Subd. 6. Progress report. The commission shall submit a progress report to the legislature on pilot project development by January 15, 1998. The report shall include recommendations on any legislative changes necessary to improve cooperation between the commission and the commissioners of human services and health.
Subd. 7. Waiver of rules. The commissioner of health may exempt residents of intermediate care facilities for persons with mental retardation (ICFs/MR) who participate in the three-year quality assurance pilot project established in section 256B.095 from the requirements of Minnesota Rules, chapter 4665, upon approval by the federal government of a waiver of federal certification requirements for ICFs/MR. The commissioners of health and human services shall apply for any necessary waivers as soon as practicable and shall submit the concept paper to the federal government by June 1, 1998.