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256I.07 RESPITE CARE PILOT PROJECT; FAMILY ADULT FOSTER CARE.
    Subdivision 1. Program established. The state recognizes the importance of developing
and maintaining quality family foster care resources. In order to accomplish that goal, the
commissioner shall establish a two-year respite care pilot project for family adult foster care
providers in three counties. This pilot project is intended to provide support to caregivers of
family adult foster care residents. The commissioner shall establish a state-funded pilot project to
accomplish the provisions in subdivisions 2 to 4.
    Subd. 2. Eligibility. A family adult foster care home provider as defined under section
144D.01, subdivision 7, who has been licensed for six months is eligible for up to 30 days of
respite care per calendar year. In cases of emergency, a county social services agency may waive
the six-month licensing requirement. In order to be eligible to receive respite payment, a provider
must take time off away from their foster care residents.
    Subd. 3. Payment structure. (a) The rate of payment for respite care for an adult foster
care resident eligible for only group residential housing shall be based on the current monthly
group residential housing base room and board rate and the current maximum monthly group
residential housing difficulty of care rate.
(b) The rate of payment for respite care for an adult foster care resident eligible for alternative
care funds shall be based on the resident's alternative care foster care rate.
(c) The rate of payment for respite care for an adult foster care resident eligible for Medicaid
home and community-based services waiver funds shall be based on the group residential housing
base room and board rate.
(d) The total amount available to pay for respite care for a family adult foster care provider
shall be based on the number of residents currently served in the foster care home. Respite care
must be paid for on a per diem basis and for a full day.
    Subd. 4. Private pay residents. Payment for respite care for private pay foster care residents
must be arranged between the provider and the resident or the resident's family.
History: 1Sp2001 c 9 art 3 s 71; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113