148C.03 Duties of commissioner.
Subdivision 1. General. The commissioner shall, after consultation with the advisory council or a committee established by rule:
(a) adopt and enforce rules for licensure of alcohol and drug counselors, including establishing standards and methods of determining whether applicants and licensees are qualified under section 148C.04. The rules must provide for examinations and establish standards for the regulation of professional conduct. The rules must be designed to protect the public;
(b) develop and, at least twice a year, administer an examination to assess applicants' knowledge and skills. The commissioner may contract for the administration of an examination with an entity designated by the commissioner. The examinations must be psychometrically valid and reliable; must be written and oral, with the oral examination based on a written case presentation; must minimize cultural bias; and must be balanced in various theories relative to the practice of alcohol and drug counseling;
(d) issue copies of the rules for licensure to all applicants;
(e) adopt rules to establish and implement procedures, including a standard disciplinary process and rules of professional conduct;
(f) carry out disciplinary actions against licensees;
(g) establish, with the advice and recommendations of the advisory council, written internal operating procedures for receiving and investigating complaints and for taking disciplinary actions as appropriate;
(h) educate the public about the existence and content of the rules for alcohol and drug counselor licensing to enable consumers to file complaints against licensees who may have violated the rules;
(i) evaluate the rules in order to refine and improve the methods used to enforce the commissioner's standards; and
(j) set, collect, and adjust license fees for alcohol and drug counselors so that the total fees collected will as closely as possible equal anticipated expenditures during the biennium, as provided in section 16A.1285; fees for initial and renewal application and examinations; late fees for counselors who submit license renewal applications after the renewal deadline; and a surcharge fee. The surcharge fee must include an amount necessary to recover, over a five-year period, the commissioner's direct expenditures for the adoption of the rules providing for the licensure of alcohol and drug counselors. All fees received shall be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the special revenue fund.
Subd. 2. Repealed, 1995 c 164 s 35
Subd. 3. Repealed, 1995 c 164 s 35
Subd. 4. Professional accountability. The commissioner shall maintain and keep current a file containing the reports and complaints filed against alcohol and drug counselors within the commissioner's jurisdiction.