237.53 COMMUNICATION DEVICE.
Subdivision 1. Application.
A person applying for a communication device under this
section must apply to the program administrator on a form prescribed by the Department of
Subd. 2. Eligibility.
To be eligible to obtain a communication device under this section, a
person must be:
(1) able to benefit from and use the equipment for its intended purpose;
(2) communication impaired;
(3) a resident of the state;
(4) a resident in a household that has a median income at or below the applicable median
household income in the state, except a deaf and blind person applying for a telebraille unit may
reside in a household that has a median income no more than 150 percent of the applicable
median household income in the state; and
(5) a resident in a household that has telephone service or that has made application for
service and has been assigned a telephone number; or a resident in a residential care facility, such
as a nursing home or group home where telephone service is not included as part of overall
Subd. 3. Distribution.
The commissioner of human services shall purchase and distribute
a sufficient number of communication devices so that each eligible household receives an
appropriate device. The commissioner of human services shall distribute the devices to eligible
households in each service area free of charge as determined under section
237.51, subdivision 5a
Subd. 4. Training; maintenance.
The commissioner of human services shall maintain the
communication devices until the warranty period expires, and provide training, without charge, to
first-time users of the devices.
Subd. 5. Wiring installation.
If a communication-impaired person is not served by telephone
service and is subject to economic hardship as determined by the Department of Human Services,
the telephone company providing local service shall at the direction of the administrator of the
program install necessary outside wiring without charge to the household.
Subd. 6. Ownership.
All communication devices purchased pursuant to subdivision 3 will
become the property of the state of Minnesota.
Subd. 7. Standards.
The communication devices distributed under this section must comply
with the electronic industries association standards and approved by the Federal Communications
Commission. The commissioner of human services must provide each eligible person a choice of
several models of devices, the retail value of which may not exceed $600 for a communication
device for the deaf, and a retail value of $7,000 for a telebraille device, or an amount authorized by
the Department of Human Services for a telephone device for the deaf with auxiliary equipment.
Subd. 8.[Repealed, 1988 c 621 s 19
History: 1987 c 308 s 4,8; 1988 c 621 s 5-8; 1993 c 272 s 17; 1995 c 190 s 8-11; 1995
c 201 s 2