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CHAPTER 144D. Housing with services establishment

Table of Sections
SectionHeadnote
144D.01Definitions.
144D.02Registration required.
144D.025Optional registration.
144D.03Registration.
144D.04Elderly housing with services contracts.
144D.05Authority of commissioner.
144D.06Other laws.
144D.065Establishments that serve persons with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders.
144D.07Restraints.

144D.01 Definitions.

Subdivision 1. Scope. As used in sections 144D.01 to 144D.06, the following terms have the meanings given them.

Subd. 2. Adult. "Adult" means a natural person who has attained the age of 18 years.

Subd. 3. Commissioner. "Commissioner" means the commissioner of health or the commissioner's designee.

Subd. 4. Housing with services establishment or establishment. (a) "Housing with services establishment" or "establishment" means:

(1) an establishment providing sleeping accommodations to one or more adult residents, at least 80 percent of which are 55 years of age or older, and offering or providing, for a fee, one or more regularly scheduled health-related services or two or more regularly scheduled supportive services, whether offered or provided directly by the establishment or by another entity arranged for by the establishment; or

(2) an establishment that registers under section 144D.025.

(b) Housing with services establishment does not include:

(1) a nursing home licensed under chapter 144A;

(2) a hospital, certified boarding care home, or supervised living facility licensed under sections 144.50 to 144.56;

(3) a board and lodging establishment licensed under chapter 157 and Minnesota Rules, parts 9520.0500 to 9520.0670, 9525.0215 to 9525.0355, 9525.0500 to 9525.0660, or 9530.4100 to 9530.4450, or under chapter 245B;

(4) a board and lodging establishment which serves as a shelter for battered women or other similar purpose;

(5) a family adult foster care home licensed by the Department of Human Services;

(6) private homes in which the residents are related by kinship, law, or affinity with the providers of services;

(7) residential settings for persons with mental retardation or related conditions in which the services are licensed under Minnesota Rules, parts 9525.2100 to 9525.2140, or applicable successor rules or laws;

(8) a home-sharing arrangement such as when an elderly or disabled person or single-parent family makes lodging in a private residence available to another person in exchange for services or rent, or both;

(9) a duly organized condominium, cooperative, common interest community, or owners' association of the foregoing where at least 80 percent of the units that comprise the condominium, cooperative, or common interest community are occupied by individuals who are the owners, members, or shareholders of the units; or

(10) services for persons with developmental disabilities that are provided under a license according to Minnesota Rules, parts 9525.2000 to 9525.2140 in effect until January 1, 1998, or under chapter 245B.

Subd. 5. Supportive services. "Supportive services" means help with personal laundry, handling or assisting with personal funds of residents, or arranging for medical services, health-related services, social services, or transportation to medical or social services appointments. Arranging for services does not include making referrals, assisting a resident in contacting a service provider of the resident's choice, or contacting a service provider in an emergency.

Subd. 6. Health-related services. "Health-related services" include professional nursing services, home health aide tasks, and home care aide tasks identified in Minnesota Rules, parts 4668.0100, subparts 1 and 2; and 4668.0110, subpart 1; or the central storage of medication for residents.

Subd. 7. Family adult foster care home. "Family adult foster care home" means an adult foster care home that is licensed by the Department of Human Services, that is the primary residence of the license holder, and in which the license holder is the primary caregiver.

HIST: 1995 c 207 art 9 s 29; 1997 c 107 s 1; 1997 c 113 s 7-10; 3Sp1997 c 3 s 6; 1999 c 245 art 3 s 8; 2002 c 375 art 2 s 3

144D.02 Registration required.

No entity may establish, operate, conduct, or maintain an elderly housing with services establishment in this state without registering and operating as required in sections 144D.01 to 144D.06.

HIST: 1995 c 207 art 9 s 30

144D.025 Optional registration.

An establishment that meets all the requirements of this chapter except that fewer than 80 percent of the adult residents are age 55 or older may, at its option, register as a housing with services establishment.

HIST: 2002 c 375 art 2 s 4

144D.03 Registration.

Subdivision 1. Registration procedures. The commissioner shall establish forms and procedures for annual registration of housing with services establishments. The commissioner shall charge an annual registration fee of $35. No fee shall be refunded. A registered establishment shall notify the commissioner within 30 days of the date it is no longer required to be registered under this chapter or of any change in the business name or address of the establishment, the name or mailing address of the owner or owners, or the name or mailing address of the managing agent. There shall be no fee for submission of the notice.

Subd. 2. Registration information. The establishment shall provide the following information to the commissioner in order to be registered:

(1) the business name, street address, and mailing address of the establishment;

(2) the name and mailing address of the owner or owners of the establishment and, if the owner or owners are not natural persons, identification of the type of business entity of the owner or owners, and the names and addresses of the officers and members of the governing body, or comparable persons for partnerships, limited liability corporations, or other types of business organizations of the owner or owners;

(3) the name and mailing address of the managing agent, whether through management agreement or lease agreement, of the establishment, if different from the owner or owners, and the name of the on-site manager, if any;

(4) verification that the establishment has entered into an elderly housing with services contract, as required in section 144D.04, with each resident or resident's representative;

(5) verification that the establishment is complying with the requirements of section 325F.72, if applicable;

(6) the name and address of at least one natural person who shall be responsible for dealing with the commissioner on all matters provided for in sections 144D.01 to 144D.06, and on whom personal service of all notices and orders shall be made, and who shall be authorized to accept service on behalf of the owner or owners and the managing agent, if any; and

(7) the signature of the authorized representative of the owner or owners or, if the owner or owners are not natural persons, signatures of at least two authorized representatives of each owner, one of which shall be an officer of the owner.

Personal service on the person identified under clause (6) by the owner or owners in the registration shall be considered service on the owner or owners, and it shall not be a defense to any action that personal service was not made on each individual or entity. The designation of one or more individuals under this subdivision shall not affect the legal responsibility of the owner or owners under sections 144D.01 to 144D.06.

HIST: 1995 c 207 art 9 s 31; 1997 c 113 s 11; 1Sp2001 c 9 art 1 s 41; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113

144D.04 Elderly housing with services contracts.

Subdivision 1. Contract required. No elderly housing with services establishment may operate in this state unless a written elderly housing with services contract, as defined in subdivision 2, is executed between the establishment and each resident or resident's representative and unless the establishment operates in accordance with the terms of the contract. The resident or the resident's representative shall be given a complete copy of the contract and all supporting documents and attachments and any changes whenever changes are made.

Subd. 2. Contents of contract. An elderly housing with services contract, which need not be entitled as such to comply with this section, shall include at least the following elements in itself or through supporting documents or attachments:

(1) name, street address, and mailing address of the establishment;

(2) the name and mailing address of the owner or owners of the establishment and, if the owner or owners is not a natural person, identification of the type of business entity of the owner or owners;

(3) the name and mailing address of the managing agent, through management agreement or lease agreement, of the establishment, if different from the owner or owners;

(4) the name and address of at least one natural person who is authorized to accept service on behalf of the owner or owners and managing agent;

(5) statement describing the registration and licensure status of the establishment and any provider providing health-related or supportive services under an arrangement with the establishment;

(6) term of the contract;

(7) description of the services to be provided to the resident in the base rate to be paid by resident;

(8) description of any additional services available for an additional fee from the establishment directly or through arrangements with the establishment;

(9) fee schedules outlining the cost of any additional services;

(10) description of the process through which the contract may be modified, amended, or terminated;

(11) description of the establishment's complaint resolution process available to residents including the toll-free complaint line for the Office of Ombudsman for Older Minnesotans;

(12) the resident's designated representative, if any;

(13) the establishment's referral procedures if the contract is terminated;

(14) criteria used by the establishment to determine who may continue to reside in the elderly housing with services establishment;

(15) billing and payment procedures and requirements;

(16) statement regarding the ability of residents to receive services from service providers with whom the establishment does not have an arrangement; and

(17) statement regarding the availability of public funds for payment for residence or services in the establishment.

Subd. 3. Contracts in permanent files. Elderly housing with services contracts and related documents executed by each resident or resident's representative shall be maintained by the establishment in files from the date of execution until three years after the contract is terminated. The contracts and the written disclosures required under section 325F.72, if applicable, shall be made available for on-site inspection by the commissioner upon request at any time.

HIST: 1995 c 207 art 9 s 32; 1Sp2001 c 9 art 1 s 42,43; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113

144D.05 Authority of commissioner.

The commissioner shall, upon receipt of information which may indicate the failure of the elderly housing with services establishment, a resident, a resident's representative, or a service provider to comply with a legal requirement to which one or more of them may be subject, make appropriate referrals to other governmental agencies and entities having jurisdiction over the subject matter. The commissioner may also make referrals to any public or private agency the commissioner considers available for appropriate assistance to those involved.

The commissioner shall have standing to bring an action for injunctive relief in the district court in the district in which an establishment is located to compel the elderly housing with services establishment to meet the requirements of this chapter or other requirements of the state or of any county or local governmental unit to which the establishment is otherwise subject. Proceedings for securing an injunction may be brought by the commissioner through the attorney general or through the appropriate county attorney. The sanctions in this section do not restrict the availability of other sanctions.

HIST: 1995 c 207 art 9 s 33

144D.06 Other laws.

A housing with services establishment shall obtain and maintain all other licenses, permits, registrations, or other governmental approvals required of it in addition to registration under this chapter. A housing with services establishment is subject to the provisions of section 325F.72 and chapter 504B.

HIST: 1995 c 207 art 9 s 34; 1996 c 305 art 1 s 36; 1997 c 113 s 13; 1999 c 199 art 2 s 5; 1Sp2001 c 9 art 1 s 44; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113

144D.065 Establishments that serve persons with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders.

(a) If a housing with services establishment registered under this chapter markets or otherwise promotes services for persons with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders, whether in a segregated or general unit, the facility's direct care staff and their supervisors must be trained in dementia care.

(b) Areas of required training include:

(1) an explanation of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders;

(2) assistance with activities of daily living;

(3) problem solving with challenging behaviors; and

(4) communication skills.

(c) The establishment shall provide to consumers in written or electronic form a description of the training program, the categories of employees trained, the frequency of training, and the basic topics covered. This information satisfies the disclosure requirements of section 325F.72, subdivision 2, clause (4).

HIST: 2003 c 37 s 3

144D.07 Restraints.

Residents must be free from any physical or chemical restraints imposed for purposes of discipline or convenience.

HIST: 1997 c 113 s 12