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    Subdivision 1. Creation. The commissioner of human services shall establish a review panel
for purposes of reviewing investigating agency determinations regarding maltreatment of a child
in a facility in response to requests received under section 626.556, subdivision 10i, paragraph
(b). The review panel consists of the commissioners of health; human services; education; public
safety; and corrections; and the ombudsman for mental health and developmental disabilities; or
their designees.
    Subd. 2. Review procedure. (a) The panel shall hold quarterly meetings for purposes of
conducting reviews under this section. If an interested person acting on behalf of a child requests
a review under this section, the panel shall review the request at its next quarterly meeting. If the
next quarterly meeting is within ten days of the panel's receipt of the request for review, the review
may be delayed until the next subsequent meeting. The panel shall review the request and the final
determination regarding maltreatment made by the investigating agency and may review any other
data on the investigation maintained by the agency that are pertinent and necessary to its review
of the determination. If more than one person requests a review under this section with respect
to the same determination, the review panel shall combine the requests into one review. Upon
receipt of a request for a review, the panel shall notify the alleged perpetrator of maltreatment that
a review has been requested and provide an approximate timeline for conducting the review.
(b) Within 30 days of the review under this section, the panel shall notify the investigating
agency and the interested person who requested the review as to whether the panel agrees with
the determination or whether the investigating agency must reconsider the determination. If
the panel determines that the agency must reconsider the determination, the panel must make
specific investigative recommendations to the agency. Within 30 days the investigating agency
shall conduct a review and report back to the panel with its reconsidered determination and the
specific rationale for its determination.
    Subd. 3. Report. By January 15 of each year, the panel shall submit a report to the
committees of the legislature with jurisdiction over section 626.556 regarding the number of
requests for review it receives under this section, the number of cases where the panel requires the
investigating agency to reconsider its final determination, the number of cases where the final
determination is changed, and any recommendations to improve the review or investigative
    Subd. 4. Data. Data of the review panel created as part of a review under this section are
private data on individuals as defined in section 13.02.
History: 1Sp2001 c 9 art 11 s 3; 2002 c 220 art 7 s 11; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113; 2003 c 130
s 12; 2005 c 56 s 1

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