CHAPTER 254A. TREATMENT FOR ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE
Table of Sections
|254A.001||APPLICATION OF LAWS 2005, CHAPTER 56, TERMINOLOGY CHANGES.|
|254A.03||STATE AUTHORITY ON ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE.|
|254A.031||AMERICAN INDIAN PROGRAMS.|
|254A.035||AMERICAN INDIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL.|
|254A.04||CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL.|
|254A.05||DUTIES OF ADVISORY COUNCIL.|
|254A.06||Repealed, 1981 c 356 s 247
|254A.07||COORDINATION OF LOCAL PROGRAMS.|
|254A.085||HENNEPIN COUNTY PILOT ALTERNATIVE FOR CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY SERVICES.|
|254A.086||CULTURALLY TARGETED DETOXIFICATION PROGRAM.|
|254A.09||CONFIDENTIALITY OF RECORDS.|
|254A.14||SERVICES TO YOUTH AND OTHER UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS.|
|254A.145||Repealed, 1999 c 245 art 5 s 29
|254A.16||RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COMMISSIONER.|
|254A.17||Repealed, 1Sp2003 c 14 art 11 s 12
|254A.175||CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY TREATMENT MODELS FOR FAMILIES WITH POTENTIAL CHILD PROTECTION PROBLEMS.|
|254A.18||STATE CHEMICAL HEALTH INDEX MODEL.|
254A.001 APPLICATION OF LAWS 2005, CHAPTER 56, TERMINOLOGY CHANGES.
State agencies shall use the terminology changes specified in Laws 2005, chapter 56, section
1, when printed material and signage are replaced and new printed material and signage are
obtained. State agencies do not have to replace existing printed material and signage to comply
with Laws 2005, chapter 56, sections 1 and 2. Language changes made according to Laws 2005,
chapter 56, sections 1 and 2, shall not expand or exclude eligibility to services.
History: 2005 c 56 s 3
254A.01 PUBLIC POLICY.
It is hereby declared to be the public policy of this state that the interests of society are best
served by providing persons who are dependent upon alcohol or other drugs with a comprehensive
range of rehabilitative and social services. Further, it is declared that treatment under these
services shall be voluntary when possible: treatment shall not be denied on the basis of prior
treatment; treatment shall be based on an individual treatment plan for each person undergoing
treatment; treatment shall include a continuum of services available for a person leaving a
program of treatment; treatment shall include all family members at the earliest possible phase of
the treatment process.
History: 1973 c 572 s 1
Subdivision 1. Scope.
For the purposes of chapter 254A, unless the context clearly indicates
otherwise, the terms defined in this section have the meanings given them.
Subd. 2. Approved treatment program.
"Approved treatment program" means care and
treatment services provided by any individual, organization or association to drug dependent
persons, which meets the standards established by the commissioner of human services.
Subd. 3. Comprehensive program.
"Comprehensive program" means the range of services
which are to be made available for the purpose of prevention, care and treatment of alcohol
and drug abuse.
Subd. 4. Drug abuse or abuse of drugs.
"Drug abuse or abuse of drugs" is the use of any
psychoactive or mood altering chemical substance, without compelling medical reason, in such a
manner as to induce mental, emotional or physical impairment and cause socially dysfunctional or
socially disordering behavior and which results in psychological or physiological dependency as a
function of continued use.
Subd. 5. Drug dependent person.
"Drug dependent person" means any inebriate person or
any person incapable of self-management or management of personal affairs or unable to function
physically or mentally in an effective manner because of the abuse of a drug, including alcohol.
Subd. 6. Facility.
"Facility" means any treatment facility administered under an approved
treatment program established under Laws 1973, chapter 572.
Subd. 7. Intoxicated person.
"Intoxicated person" means a person whose mental or physical
functioning is substantially impaired as a result of the use of alcohol, or other drugs.
Subd. 8. Other drugs.
"Other drugs" means any psychoactive chemical other than alcohol.
Subd. 9. Program director.
"Program director" means the director of any approved
treatment program responsible under Laws 1973, chapter 572 for the examination, treatment or
making of recommendations with respect to care and treatment of any person subject to the
provisions of Laws 1973, chapter 572.
Subd. 10. State authority.
"State authority" is a division established within the Department
of Human Services for the purpose of relating the authority of state government in the area of
alcohol and drug abuse to the alcohol and drug abuse activities within the state.
Subd. 11. American Indian.
"American Indian" means a person who is a member of an
Indian tribe. The commissioner shall use the definitions of "Indian" and "Indian tribe" and "Indian
organization" provided in United States Code, title 25, section 450(b), as amended through
December 31, 1992.
Subd. 12. Area mental health board or area board.
"Area mental health board" or "area
board" means a board established pursuant to sections
Subd. 13. Commissioner.
"Commissioner" means the commissioner of human services.
Subd. 14. Youth.
"Youth" means any person 18 years of age or under.
Subd. 15. Underserved populations.
"Underserved populations" means identifiable groups
of significant numbers which do not have available to them sufficient programs and services
designed to meet their special alcoholism and chemical dependency needs.
Subd. 16. Affected employee.
"Affected employee" means an employee whose job
performance is substantially affected by chemical dependency.
Subd. 17. Purchase of service agreement.
"Purchase of service agreement" means a
contract between a contractor and service provider for the provision of services. The agreement
shall specify the services to be provided, the method of delivery, the type of staff to be employed,
and a method of evaluation of the services to be provided.
History: 1973 c 572 s 2; 1974 c 575 s 1; 1976 c 125 s 1,2; 1979 c 243 s 3; 1984 c 654 art 5
s 58; 1986 c 444; 1994 c 529 s 4
254A.03 STATE AUTHORITY ON ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE.
Subdivision 1. Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Section.
There is hereby created an Alcohol
and Other Drug Abuse Section in the Department of Human Services. This section shall be headed
by a director. The commissioner may place the director's position in the unclassified service if the
position meets the criteria established in section
43A.08, subdivision 1a
. The section shall:
(a) conduct and foster basic research relating to the cause, prevention and methods of
diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of alcoholic and other drug dependent persons;
(b) coordinate and review all activities and programs of all the various state departments as
they relate to alcohol and other drug dependency and abuse problems;
(c) develop, demonstrate, and disseminate new methods and techniques for the prevention,
treatment and rehabilitation of alcohol and other drug abuse and dependency problems;
(d) gather facts and information about alcoholism and other drug dependency and abuse,
and about the efficiency and effectiveness of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation from
all comprehensive programs, including programs approved or licensed by the commissioner
of human services or the commissioner of health or accredited by the Joint Commission on
Accreditation of Hospitals. The state authority is authorized to require information from
comprehensive programs which is reasonable and necessary to fulfill these duties. When required
information has been previously furnished to a state or local governmental agency, the state
authority shall collect the information from the governmental agency. The state authority shall
disseminate facts and summary information about alcohol and other drug abuse dependency
problems to public and private agencies, local governments, local and regional planning agencies,
and the courts for guidance to and assistance in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation;
(e) inform and educate the general public on alcohol and other drug dependency and abuse
(f) serve as the state authority concerning alcohol and other drug dependency and abuse by
monitoring the conduct of diagnosis and referral services, research and comprehensive programs.
The state authority shall submit a biennial report to the governor and the legislature containing a
description of public services delivery and recommendations concerning increase of coordination
and quality of services, and decrease of service duplication and cost;
(g) establish a state plan which shall set forth goals and priorities for a comprehensive alcohol
and other drug dependency and abuse program for Minnesota. All state agencies operating alcohol
and other drug abuse or dependency programs or administering state or federal funds for such
programs shall annually set their program goals and priorities in accordance with the state plan.
Each state agency shall annually submit its plans and budgets to the state authority for review.
The state authority shall certify whether proposed services comply with the comprehensive state
plan and advise each state agency of review findings;
(h) make contracts with and grants to public and private agencies and organizations, both
profit and nonprofit, and individuals, using federal funds, and state funds as authorized to pay
for costs of state administration, including evaluation, statewide programs and services, research
and demonstration projects, and American Indian programs;
(i) receive and administer monies available for alcohol and drug abuse programs under
the alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health services block grant, United States Code, title 42,
sections 300X to 300X-9;
(j) solicit and accept any gift of money or property for purposes of Laws 1973, chapter
572, and any grant of money, services, or property from the federal government, the state, any
political subdivision thereof, or any private source;
(k) with respect to alcohol and other drug abuse programs serving the American Indian
community, establish guidelines for the employment of personnel with considerable practical
experience in alcohol and other drug abuse problems, and understanding of social and cultural
problems related to alcohol and other drug abuse, in the American Indian community.
Subd. 2. American Indian programs.
There is hereby created a section of American Indian
programs, within the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Section of the Department of Human Services, to
be headed by a special assistant for American Indian programs on alcoholism and drug abuse
and two assistants to that position. The section shall be staffed with all personnel necessary to
fully administer programming for alcohol and drug abuse for American Indians in the state. The
special assistant position shall be filled by a person with considerable practical experience in and
understanding of alcohol and other drug abuse problems in the American Indian community, who
shall be responsible to the director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Section created in subdivision
1 and shall be in the unclassified service. The special assistant shall meet and consult with the
American Indian Advisory Council as described in section
and serve as a liaison to
the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and tribes to report on the status of alcohol and other drug
abuse among American Indians in the state of Minnesota. The special assistant with the approval
of the director shall:
(a) administer funds appropriated for American Indian groups, organizations and reservations
within the state for American Indian alcoholism and drug abuse programs;
(b) establish policies and procedures for such American Indian programs with the assistance
of the American Indian Advisory Board; and
(c) hire and supervise staff to assist in the administration of the American Indian program
section within the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Section of the Department of Human Services.
Subd. 3. Rules for chemical dependency care.
The commissioner of human services shall
establish by rule criteria to be used in determining the appropriate level of chemical dependency
care, whether outpatient, inpatient or short-term treatment programs, for each recipient of public
assistance seeking treatment for alcohol or other drug dependency and abuse problems. The
criteria shall address, at least, the family relationship, past treatment history, medical or physical
problems, arrest record, and employment situation.
History: 1973 c 572 s 3; 1974 c 575 s 2; 1979 c 243 s 4; 1981 c 355 s 30; 1981 c 360 art 2
s 18; 1982 c 560 s 53; 1982 c 607 s 13; 1984 c 545 s 1; 1984 c 654 art 5 s 58; 1992 c 513
art 9 s 23; 2001 c 161 s 44
254A.031 AMERICAN INDIAN PROGRAMS.
The commissioner shall enter into one or more purchase of service agreements to provide
programs for American Indians. The agreements shall provide for residential and aftercare
treatment programs, programs relating to prevention, education, and community awareness, and
training programs. All programs shall be designed to meet the needs identified by the American
Indian community, and appropriate recognition shall be given to the cultural and social needs of
American Indians. The commissioner shall enter into the agreements after consultation with the
special assistant for American Indian programs of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Section of the
Department of Human Services, and all agreements shall be reviewed pursuant to section
History: 1976 c 125 s 3; 1979 c 243 s 5; 1984 c 654 art 5 s 58
254A.035 AMERICAN INDIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL.
Subdivision 1. Establishment.
There is created an American Indian Advisory Council to
assist the state authority on alcohol and drug abuse in proposal review and formulating policies
and procedures relating to chemical dependency and the abuse of alcohol and other drugs by
Subd. 2. Membership terms, compensation, removal and expiration.
The membership of
this council shall be composed of 17 persons who are American Indians and who are appointed by
the commissioner. The commissioner shall appoint one representative from each of the following
groups: Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians; Fond du Lac Band, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe;
Grand Portage Band, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe; Leech Lake Band, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe;
Mille Lacs Band, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe; Bois Forte Band, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe;
White Earth Band, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe; Lower Sioux Indian Reservation; Prairie Island
Sioux Indian Reservation; Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Indian Reservation; Upper Sioux
Indian Reservation; International Falls Northern Range; Duluth Urban Indian Community; and
two representatives from the Minneapolis Urban Indian Community and two from the St. Paul
Urban Indian Community. The terms, compensation, and removal of American Indian Advisory
Council members shall be as provided in section
. The council expires June 30, 2008.
History: 1984 c 545 s 2; 1988 c 629 s 49; 1993 c 337 s 14; 1997 c 192 s 33; 1Sp2005 c
4 art 3 s 6
254A.04 CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL.
There is hereby created an Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council to advise the
Department of Human Services concerning the problems of alcohol and other drug dependency
and abuse, composed of ten members. Five members shall be individuals whose interests or
training are in the field of alcohol dependency and abuse; and five members whose interests
or training are in the field of dependency and abuse of drugs other than alcohol. The terms,
compensation and removal of members shall be as provided in section
. The council
expires June 30, 2008. The commissioner of human services shall appoint members whose terms
end in even-numbered years. The commissioner of health shall appoint members whose terms
end in odd-numbered years.
History: 1973 c 572 s 4; 1975 c 315 s 17; 1984 c 654 art 5 s 58; 1985 c 285 s 45; 1993 c
337 s 15; 1997 c 192 s 34; 1Sp2005 c 4 art 3 s 7
254A.05 DUTIES OF ADVISORY COUNCIL.
Subdivision 1. General duties.
(a) The council shall assist in the formulation of policies and
guidelines for the implementation of the commissioner's responsibilities in the area of alcohol
and drug abuse.
(b) The council shall advise the commissioner and director on policies, goals, and the
operation of the comprehensive state plan for alcohol and drug abuse program services in the
state and other matters as directed by the commissioner and director, and shall encourage public
understanding and support of the alcohol and drug abuse programs.
(c) The council shall make recommendations to the commissioner regarding grants and
contracts which use federal funds, and state funds as authorized under section
, clause (h).
Subd. 2.[Repealed, 1975 c 315 s 26
History: 1973 c 572 s 5; 1979 c 324 s 42; 1981 c 355 s 31; 1984 c 545 s 3
254A.07 COORDINATION OF LOCAL PROGRAMS.
Subdivision 1. Coordination of services and agreements.
The county board shall coordinate
all alcohol and other drug abuse services conducted by local agencies, and review all proposed
agreements, contracts, plans, and programs in relation to alcohol and other drug abuse prepared
by any such local agencies for funding from any local, state or federal governmental sources.
Subd. 2. Grants.
The county boards may make grants for local agency programs for
prevention, care, and treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse as developed and defined by the
state authority. Grants made for programs serving the American Indian community shall take into
account the guidelines established in section
254A.03, subdivision 1
, clause (j). Grants may be
made for the cost of these local agency programs and services whether provided directly by county
boards or by other public and private agencies and organizations, both profit and nonprofit, and
individuals, pursuant to contract. Nothing herein shall prevent the state authority from entering
into contracts with and making grants to other state agencies for the purpose of providing specific
services and programs. With the approval of the county board, the state authority may make grants
or contracts for research or demonstration projects specific to needs within that county.
Subd. 3.[Repealed, 1979 c 324 s 50
History: 1973 c 572 s 7; 1974 c 575 s 3; 1979 c 243 s 6; 1979 c 324 s 43,44; 1981 c 355
s 32; 1984 c 545 s 4
254A.08 DETOXIFICATION CENTERS.
Subdivision 1. Detoxification services.
Every county board shall provide detoxification
services for drug dependent persons. The board may utilize existing treatment programs and other
agencies to meet this responsibility.
Subd. 2. Program requirements.
For the purpose of this section, a detoxification program
means a social rehabilitation program established for the purpose of facilitating access into
care and treatment by detoxifying and evaluating the person and providing entrance into a
comprehensive program. Evaluation of the person shall include verification by a professional,
after preliminary examination, that the person is intoxicated or has symptoms of chemical
dependency and appears to be in imminent danger of harming self or others. A detoxification
program shall have available the services of a licensed physician for medical emergencies and
routine medical surveillance. A detoxification program licensed by the Department of Human
Services to serve both adults and minors at the same site must provide for separate sleeping
areas for adults and minors.
Subd. 3.[Repealed, 1979 c 324 s 50
History: 1973 c 572 s 8; 1976 c 286 s 1; 1978 c 674 s 26; 1979 c 324 s 45; 1981 c 355 s
33; 1989 c 282 art 2 s 101
254A.085 HENNEPIN COUNTY PILOT ALTERNATIVE FOR CHEMICAL
The commissioner of human services shall grant variances from the requirements of
Minnesota Rules, parts 9530.4100
, and the commissioner of health shall grant
variances from the requirements of Minnesota Rules, parts 4665.0100
, that are
consistent with the provisions of this section and do not compromise the health or safety of
the clients, to establish a nonmedical detoxification pilot program in Hennepin County. The
program shall be designed to provide care in a secure shelter for persons diverted or referred from
detoxification facilities, so as to prevent chronic recidivism and ensure appropriate treatment
referrals for persons who are chemically dependent. For purposes of this section, a "secure
shelter" is a facility licensed by the commissioner of human services under Minnesota Rules,
, and this section, and by the commissioner of health as a supervised
living facility to provide care for chemically dependent persons. A secure shelter is considered a
treatment facility under section
253B.02, subdivision 19
. The secure facility authorized by this
section shall be licensed by the commissioner of human services only after the county has entered
into a contract for the detoxification program authorized by section
The pilot program established under this section must have standards for using video and
advocacy group members for monitoring and surveillance to ensure the safety of clients and
staff. In addition, in hiring staff, the program must ensure that the criminal background check
requirements of Minnesota Rules, part 9543.3040
, are met; and the commissioner of human
services must ensure compliance with chapter 245C. The program administrator and all staff of a
secure shelter who observe or have personal knowledge of violations of section
must report to the Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental
Disabilities within 24 hours of its occurrence, any serious injury, as defined in section
, or the death of a person admitted to the shelter. The ombudsman shall acknowledge
in writing the receipt of all reports made to the ombudsman's office under this section.
Acknowledgment must be mailed to the facility and to the county social service agency within
five working days of the day the report was made. In addition, the program administrator and staff
of the facility must comply with all of the requirements of section
, the Vulnerable Adults
Act. If the program administrator does not suspend the alleged perpetrator during the pendency of
the investigation, reasons for not doing so must be given to the ombudsman in writing.
The licenseholder, in coordination with the commissioner of human services, shall keep
detailed records of admissions, length of stay, client outcomes according to standards set by the
commissioner, discharge destinations, referrals, and costs of the program. The commissioner of
human services shall report to the legislature by February 15, 1996, on the operation of the
program and shall include recommendations on whether such a program has been shown to be an
effective, safe, and cost-efficient way to serve clients.
History: 1Sp1993 c 1 art 3 s 18; 1Sp2001 c 9 art 14 s 35; 2003 c 15 art 1 s 33; 2005 c 56 s 1
254A.086 CULTURALLY TARGETED DETOXIFICATION PROGRAM.
The commissioner of human services shall provide technical assistance to enable
development of a special program designed to provide culturally targeted detoxification services
in accordance with section
254A.08, subdivision 2
. The program must meet the standards of
Minnesota Rules, parts 9530.4100
, as they apply to detoxification programs. The
program established under this section must have standards for using video and advocacy group
members for monitoring and surveillance to ensure the safety of clients and staff. In addition,
in hiring staff, the program must ensure that the criminal background check requirements of
Minnesota Rules, part 9543.3040
, are met; and the commissioner of human services must ensure
compliance with chapter 245C. The program administrator and all staff of the facility must report
to the Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities within 24
hours of its occurrence, any serious injury, as defined in section
245.91, subdivision 6
, or the death
of a person admitted to the shelter. The ombudsman shall acknowledge in writing the receipt of
all reports made to the ombudsman's office under this section. Acknowledgment must be mailed
to the facility and to the county social service agency within five working days of the day the
report was made. In addition, the program administrator and staff of the facility must comply
with all of the requirements of section
, the Vulnerable Adults Act. The program shall be
designed with a community outreach component and shall provide services to clients in a safe
environment and in a culturally specific manner.
History: 1Sp1993 c 1 art 3 s 19; 1Sp2001 c 9 art 14 s 35; 2003 c 15 art 1 s 33; 2005 c 56 s 1
254A.09 CONFIDENTIALITY OF RECORDS.
The Department of Human Services shall assure confidentiality to individuals who are the
subject of research by the state authority or are recipients of alcohol or drug abuse information,
assessment, or treatment from a licensed or approved program. The commissioner shall withhold
from all persons not connected with the conduct of the research the names or other identifying
characteristics of a subject of research unless the individual gives written permission that
information relative to treatment and recovery may be released. Persons authorized to protect the
privacy of subjects of research may not be compelled in any federal, state or local, civil, criminal,
administrative or other proceeding to identify or disclose other confidential information about
the individuals. Identifying information and other confidential information related to alcohol
or drug abuse information, assessment, treatment, or aftercare services may be ordered to be
released by the court for the purpose of civil or criminal investigations or proceedings if, after
review of the records considered for disclosure, the court determines that the information is
relevant to the purpose for which disclosure is requested. The court shall order disclosure of only
that information which is determined relevant. In determining whether to compel disclosure, the
court shall weigh the public interest and the need for disclosure against the injury to the patient, to
the treatment relationship in the program affected and in other programs similarly situated, and
the actual or potential harm to the ability of programs to attract and retain patients if disclosure
occurs. This section does not exempt any person from the reporting obligations under section
, nor limit the use of information reported in any proceeding arising out of the abuse or
neglect of a child. Identifying information and other confidential information related to alcohol or
drug abuse information, assessment, treatment, or aftercare services may be ordered to be released
by the court for the purpose of civil or criminal investigations or proceedings. No information
may be released pursuant to this section that would not be released pursuant to section
History: 1973 c 572 s 16; 1981 c 240 s 1; 1984 c 654 art 5 s 58; 1985 c 298 s 43; 1986 c 444
The commissioner of human services, pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, shall
promulgate rules to implement Laws 1973, chapter 572.
History: 1973 c 572 s 17; 1984 c 654 art 5 s 58
254A.12 AFFECTED EMPLOYEES.
County boards may enter into one or more purchase of service agreements to provide
services to employers to develop personnel practices for prevention of alcoholism and other
chemical dependency, and to assist affected employees in gaining access to care through
identification and referral services.
History: 1976 c 125 s 4; 1979 c 324 s 46
254A.14 SERVICES TO YOUTH AND OTHER UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS.
Subdivision 1. Identification.
County boards may enter into one or more purchase of service
agreements to provide services related to the prevention of chemical dependency to persons and
groups which have responsibility for, and access to, youth and other underserved populations. The
boards may also enter into purchase of service agreements to assist youth and other underserved
populations in gaining access to care.
Subd. 2. Treatment facilities.
If, as a result of programs authorized under subdivision 1,
significant numbers of persons are identified for whom treatment and aftercare programs are
not available, county boards may request funds from the commissioner to develop treatment
and aftercare capabilities.
Subd. 3. Grants for treatment of high-risk youth.
The commissioner of human services
shall award grants on a pilot project basis to develop culturally specific chemical dependency
treatment programs for minority and other high-risk youth, including those enrolled in area
learning centers, those presently in residential chemical dependency treatment, and youth
currently under commitment to the commissioner of corrections or detained under chapter
260. Proposals submitted under this section shall include an outline of the treatment program
components, a description of the target population to be served, and a protocol for evaluating the
History: 1976 c 125 s 5; 1979 c 324 s 47; 1992 c 571 art 10 s 13
254A.15 AFFIRMATIVE OUTREACH.
The commissioner shall design and implement a plan of affirmative outreach to encourage
utilization of the services authorized in sections
. The plan may
include purchase of services by the commissioner to carry out the plan.
History: 1976 c 125 s 6
254A.16 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COMMISSIONER.
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
, 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
254A.175 CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY TREATMENT MODELS FOR FAMILIES WITH
POTENTIAL CHILD PROTECTION PROBLEMS.
The commissioner shall explore and experiment with different chemical dependency service
models for parents with children who are found to be in need of chemical dependency treatment
pursuant to an assessment under section
626.556, subdivision 10
, or a case plan under section
260C.201, subdivision 6
. The commissioner shall tailor services to better serve this
high-risk population, which may include long-term treatment that allows the children to stay with
the parent at the treatment facility.
History: 1999 c 139 art 4 s 2; 1999 c 245 art 8 s 3
254A.18 STATE CHEMICAL HEALTH INDEX MODEL.
The commissioner of human services, in consultation with the Chemical Abuse Prevention
Resource Council, shall develop and test a chemical health index model to help assess the state's
chemical health and coordinate state policy and programs relating to chemical abuse prevention
and treatment. The chemical health index model shall assess a variety of factors known to
affect the use and abuse of chemicals in different parts of the state including, but not limited
to, demographic factors, risk factors, health care utilization, drug-related crime, productivity,
resource availability, and overall health.
History: 1993 c 326 art 12 s 2