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245A.155 CARE OF INDIVIDUALS ON MEDICAL MONITORING EQUIPMENT.
    Subdivision 1. Licensed foster care and respite care. This section applies to foster care
agencies and licensed foster care providers who place, supervise, or care for individuals who
rely on medical monitoring equipment to sustain life or monitor a medical condition in respite
care or foster care.
    Subd. 2. Foster care agency requirements. In order for an agency to place an individual
who relies on medical equipment to sustain life or monitor a medical condition with a foster care
provider, the agency must ensure that the foster care provider has received the training to operate
such equipment as observed and confirmed by a qualified source, and that the provider:
(1) is currently caring for an individual who is using the same equipment in the foster
home; or
(2) has written documentation that the foster care provider has cared for an individual who
relied on such equipment within the past six months; or
(3) has successfully completed training with the individual being placed with the provider.
    Subd. 3. Foster care provider requirements. A foster care provider shall not care for an
individual who relies on medical equipment to sustain life or monitor a medical condition unless
the provider has received the training to operate such equipment as observed and confirmed
by a qualified source, and:
(1) is currently caring for an individual who is using the same equipment in the foster
home; or
(2) has written documentation that the foster care provider has cared for an individual who
relied on such equipment within the past six months; or
(3) has successfully completed training with the individual being placed with the provider.
    Subd. 4. Qualified source definition. For purposes of this section, a "qualified source"
includes a health care professional or an individual who provides training on such equipment.
    Subd. 5. Foster care provider training and skills form. The agency supervising the foster
care provider shall keep a training and skills form on file for each foster care provider and update
the form annually. The agency placing the individual shall obtain a copy of the training and skills
form from the foster care provider or the agency supervising the foster care provider and shall
keep it and any updated information on file for the duration of the placement. The form must be
made available to the parents or the primary caregiver and social worker of the individual, or the
individual, whichever is applicable, in order to make an informed placement decision. The agency
shall use the training and skills form developed by the commissioner of human services.
History: 2000 c 338 s 1