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    Subdivision 1. Availability of acute care inpatient services. By July 1, 1988, county boards
must make available through contract or direct provision enough acute care hospital inpatient
treatment services as close to the county as possible for adults with mental illness residing in the
county. Acute care hospital inpatient treatment services must be designed to:
(1) stabilize the medical and mental health condition for which admission is required;
(2) improve functioning to the point where discharge to residential treatment or
community-based mental health services is possible; and
(3) facilitate appropriate referrals for follow-up mental health care in the community.
    Subd. 2. Specific requirements. Providers of acute care hospital inpatient services must
meet applicable standards established by the commissioners of health and human services.
    Subd. 3. Admission, continued stay, and discharge criteria. No later than January 1, 1992,
the county board shall ensure that placement decisions for acute care inpatient services are based
on the clinical needs of the adult. The county board shall ensure that each entity under contract
with the county to provide acute care hospital treatment services has admission, continued stay,
discharge criteria and discharge planning criteria as part of the contract. Contracts shall specify
specific responsibilities between the county and service providers to ensure comprehensive
planning and continuity of care between needed services according to data privacy requirements.
All contracts for the provision of acute care hospital inpatient treatment services must include
provisions guaranteeing clients the right to appeal under section 245.477 and to be advised of
their appeal rights.
    Subd. 4. Individual placement agreement. Except for services reimbursed under chapters
256B and 256D, the county board shall enter into an individual placement agreement with a
provider of acute care hospital inpatient treatment services to an adult eligible for services under
this section. The agreement must specify the payment rate and the terms and conditions of county
payment for the placement.
History: 1987 c 403 art 2 s 28; 1989 c 282 art 4 s 20; 1991 c 292 art 6 s 8,9