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    Subdivision 1. Needs assessment. The commissioner may evaluate or contract for the
evaluation of all comprehensive programs providing services for preventing and treating alcohol
and drug abuse or dependency. The evaluation shall be directed at determining whether existent
and proposed activities are the most appropriate programmatic response to existing needs and
whether they are cost-effective.
    Subd. 2. Program and service guidelines. (a) The commissioner shall provide program and
service guidelines and technical assistance to the county boards in carrying out services authorized
under sections 254A.08, 254A.12, 254A.14, and their responsibilities under chapter 256E.
(b) The commissioner shall recommend to the governor means of improving the efficiency
and effectiveness of comprehensive program services in the state and maximizing the use of
nongovernmental funds for providing comprehensive programs.
    Subd. 3.[Repealed, 1994 c 529 s 19]
    Subd. 4.[Repealed, 1994 c 529 s 19]
    Subd. 5. Professional standards. The commissioner may by rule adopt any or all of the
standards for chemical dependency professionals established by the Institute for Chemical
Dependency Professionals of Minnesota, Inc., when professional standards are necessary in the
regulation of chemical dependency programs, treatment facilities, or services or whenever the
commissioner may require individuals involved in providing chemical dependency treatment
to be qualified and have demonstrated competence in assessment and treatment skills. The
commissioner may also by rule provide that persons certified by the Institute for Chemical
Dependency Professionals of Minnesota, Inc., are deemed competent to perform the functions of
chemical dependency professionals.
History: 1976 c 125 s 7; 1979 c 324 s 48; 1982 c 607 s 14; 1984 c 545 s 5,6; 1987 c 85 s 1;
1997 c 7 art 2 s 39

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