125A.023 Coordinated interagency services.
Subdivision 1. Citation. This section and section 125A.027 shall be cited as the "Interagency Services for Children with Disabilities Act."
Subd. 2. Purpose. It is the policy of the state to develop and implement a coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency intervention service system for children ages three to 21 with disabilities.
Subd. 3. Definitions. For purposes of this section and section 125A.027, the following terms have the meanings given them:
(a) "Health plan" means:
(1) a health plan under section 62Q.01, subdivision 3;
(2) a county-based purchasing plan under section 256B.692;
(3) a self-insured health plan established by a local government under section 471.617; or
(4) self-insured health coverage provided by the state to its employees or retirees.
(b) For purposes of this section, "health plan company" means an entity that issues a health plan as defined in paragraph (a).
(c) "Individual interagency intervention plan" means a standardized written plan describing those programs or services and the accompanying funding sources available to eligible children with disabilities.
(d) "Interagency intervention service system" means a system that coordinates services and programs required in state and federal law to meet the needs of eligible children with disabilities ages three to 21, including:
(1) services provided under the following programs or initiatives administered by state or local agencies:
(i) the maternal and child health program under title V of the Social Security Act, United States Code, title 42, sections 701 to 709;
(ii) the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act under United States Code, title 20, chapter 33, subchapter II, sections 1411 to 1420;
(iii) medical assistance under the Social Security Act, United States Code, title 42, chapter 7, subchapter XIX, section 1396, et seq.;
(iv) the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, United States Code, title 42, chapter 75, subchapter II, sections 6021 to 6030, Part B;
(v) the Head Start Act, United States Code, title 42, chapter 105, subchapter II, sections 9831 to 9852;
(vi) rehabilitation services provided under chapter 268A;
(viii) the children's mental health collaboratives under section 245.493;
(ix) the family service collaboratives under section 124D.23;
(x) the family community support plan under section 245.4881, subdivision 4;
(xi) the MinnesotaCare program under chapter 256L;
(xii) the community health services grants under chapter 145;
(xiii) the Community Social Services Act funding under the Social Security Act, United States Code, title 42, sections 1397 to 1397f; and
(xiv) the community transition interagency committees under section 125A.22;
(2) services provided under a health plan in conformity with an individual family service plan or an individual education plan; and
(3) additional appropriate services that local agencies and counties provide on an individual need basis upon determining eligibility and receiving a request from the interagency early intervention committee and the child's parent.
(e) "Children with disabilities" has the meaning given in section 125A.02.
(f) A "standardized written plan" means those individual services or programs available through the interagency intervention service system to an eligible child other than the services or programs described in the child's individual education plan or the child's individual family service plan.
Subd. 4. State interagency committee. (a) The governor shall convene an 18-member interagency committee to develop and implement a coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency intervention service system for children ages three to 21 with disabilities. The commissioners of commerce, children, families, and learning, health, human rights, human services, economic security, and corrections shall each appoint two committee members from their departments; the association of Minnesota counties shall appoint two county representatives, one of whom must be an elected official, as committee members; and the Minnesota school boards association and the school nurse association of Minnesota shall each appoint one committee member. The committee shall select a chair from among its members.
(b) The committee shall:
(1) identify and assist in removing state and federal barriers to local coordination of services provided to children with disabilities;
(2) identify adequate, equitable, and flexible funding sources to streamline these services;
(3) develop guidelines for implementing policies that ensure a comprehensive and coordinated system of all state and local agency services, including multidisciplinary assessment practices for children with disabilities ages three to 21;
(4) develop, consistent with federal law, a standardized written plan for providing services to a child with disabilities;
(5) identify how current systems for dispute resolution can be coordinated and develop guidelines for that coordination;
(6) develop an evaluation process to measure the success of state and local interagency efforts in improving the quality and coordination of services to children with disabilities ages three to 21;
(7) develop guidelines to assist the governing boards of the interagency early intervention committees in carrying out the duties assigned in section 125A.027, subdivision 1, paragraph (b); and
(8) carry out other duties necessary to develop and implement within communities a coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency intervention service system for children with disabilities.
(c) The committee shall consult on an ongoing basis with the state education advisory committee for special education and the governor's interagency coordinating council in carrying out its duties under this section, including assisting the governing boards of the interagency early intervention committees.
Subd. 5. Intervention demonstration projects. (a) The commissioner of children, families, and learning, based on recommendations from the state interagency committee, shall issue a request for proposals by January 1, 1999, for grants to the governing boards of interagency early intervention committees under section 125A.027 or a combination of one or more counties and school districts to establish five voluntary interagency intervention demonstration projects. One grant shall be used to implement a coordinated service system for all eligible children with disabilities up to age five who received services under sections 125A.26 to 125A.48. One grant shall be used to implement a coordinated service system for a population of minority children with disabilities from ages 12 to 21, who may have behavioral problems and are in need of transitional services. Each project must be operational by July 1, 1999. The governing boards of the interagency early intervention committees and the counties and school districts receiving project grants must develop efficient ways to coordinate services and funding for children with disabilities ages three to 21, consistent with the requirements of this section and section 125A.027 and the guidelines developed by the state interagency committee under this section.
(b) The state interagency committee shall evaluate the demonstration projects and provide the evaluation results to interagency early intervention committees.
Subd. 6. Third-party liability. Nothing in this section and section 125A.027 relieves a health plan company, third party administrator or other third-party payer of an obligation to pay for, or changes the validity of an obligation to pay for, services provided to children with disabilities ages three to 21 and their families.
Subd. 7. Agency obligation. Nothing in this section and section 125A.027 removes the obligation of the state, counties, local school districts, a regional agency, or a local agency or organization to comply with any federal or state law that mandates responsibility for finding, assessing, delivering, assuring, or paying for education or related services for children with disabilities and their families.
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