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144A.36 Transition planning grants.

Subdivision 1. Definitions. "Eligible nursing home" means any nursing home licensed under sections 144A.01 to 144A.155 or any boarding care facility, certified by the appropriate authority under United States Code, title 42, sections 1396-1396p, to participate as a vendor in the medical assistance program established under chapter 256B.

Subd. 2. Grants authorized. (a) The commissioner shall establish a program of transition planning grants to assist eligible nursing homes in implementing the provisions in paragraphs (b) and (c).

(b) Transition planning grants may be used by nursing homes to develop strategic plans which identify the appropriate institutional and noninstitutional settings necessary to meet the older adult service needs of the community.

(c) At a minimum, a strategic plan must consist of:

(1) a needs assessment to determine what older adult services are needed and desired by the community;

(2) an assessment of the appropriate settings in which to provide needed older adult services;

(3) an assessment identifying currently available services and their settings in the community; and

(4) a transition plan to achieve the needed outcome identified by the assessment.

Subd. 3. Allocation of grants. (a) Eligible nursing homes must apply to the commissioner no later than September 1 of each fiscal year for grants awarded in that fiscal year. A grant shall be awarded upon signing of a grant contract.

(b) The commissioner must make a final decision on the funding of each application within 60 days of the deadline for receiving applications.

Subd. 4. Evaluation. The commissioner shall evaluate the overall effectiveness of the grant program. The commissioner may collect, from the nursing homes receiving grants, the information necessary to evaluate the grant program. Information related to the financial condition of individual nursing homes shall be classified as nonpublic data.

HIST: 1Sp2001 c 9 art 5 s 12,40; 2002 c 375 art 2 s 2; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113

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