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256F.03 Definitions.

Subdivision 1. Scope. For purposes of sections 256F.01 to 256F.07, the terms defined in this section have the meanings given them, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

Subd. 2. Commissioner. "Commissioner" means the commissioner of human services.

Subd. 3. County plan. "County plan" means the community social services plan required by section 256E.09.

Subd. 4. County board. "County board" means the board of county commissioners in each county.

Subd. 5. Family-based services. "Family-based services" means one or more of the services described in paragraphs (a) to (e) provided to families primarily in their own home for a limited time.

(a) Crisis services. "Crisis services" means professional services provided within 24 hours of referral to alleviate a family crisis and to offer an alternative to placing a child outside the family home. The services are intensive and time limited. The service may offer transition to other appropriate community-based services.

(b) Counseling services. "Counseling services" means professional family counseling provided to alleviate individual and family dysfunction; provide an alternative to placing a child outside the family home; or permit a child to return home. The duration, frequency, and intensity of the service is determined in the individual or family service plan.

(c) Life management skills services. "Life management skills services" means paraprofessional services that teach family members skills in such areas as parenting, budgeting, home management, and communication. The goal is to strengthen family skills as an alternative to placing a child outside the family home or to permit a child to return home. A social worker shall coordinate these services within the family case plan.

(d) Mental health services. "Mental health services" means the professional services defined in section 245.4871, subdivision 31.

(e) Early intervention services. "Early intervention services" means family-based intervention services designed to help at-risk families avoid crisis situations.

Subd. 6. Human services board. "Human services board" means a board established under section 402.02, Laws 1974, chapter 293, or Laws 1976, chapter 340.

Subd. 7. Permanency planning. "Permanency planning" means the systematic process of carrying out, within a short time, a set of goal-oriented activities designed to help children live in families that offer continuity of relationships with nurturing parents or caretakers, and the opportunity to establish lifetime relationships.

Subd. 8. Placement prevention and family reunification services. "Placement prevention and family reunification services" means a continuum of services designed to help children remain with their families or to facilitate reunification of children with their parents. Placement prevention and family reunification services available to a minority family must reflect and support family models that are accepted within the culture of the particular minority.

Subd. 9. Residential facility "Residential facility" means a residential facility as defined in section 260C.212, subdivision 1.

Subd. 10. Family preservation core services. "Family preservation core services" means adequate capacity of crisis services as defined in subdivision 5, paragraph (a), plus either or both counseling services as defined in subdivision 5, paragraph (b), and mental health services as defined in subdivision 5, paragraph (e), plus life management skills services as defined in subdivision 5, paragraph (c).

HIST: 1Sp1985 c 9 art 2 s 71; 1988 c 689 art 2 s 208; 1991 c 292 art 3 s 12; 1995 c 207 art 4 s 7,8; 1999 c 139 art 4 s 2; 1999 c 245 art 8 s 10

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