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256.82 PAYMENTS BY STATE.
    Subdivision 1.[Repealed, 1997 c 203 art 11 s 13]
    Subd. 2. Foster care maintenance payments. Beginning January 1, 1986, for the purpose of
foster care maintenance payments under title IV-E of the Social Security Act, United States Code,
title 42, sections 670 to 676, the county paying the maintenance costs must be reimbursed for the
costs from the federal money available for the purpose. Beginning July 1, 1997, for the purposes
of determining a child's eligibility under title IV-E of the Social Security Act, the placing agency
shall use AFDC requirements in effect on July 16, 1996.
    Subd. 3. Setting foster care standard rates. The commissioner shall annually establish
minimum standard maintenance rates for foster care maintenance and difficulty of care payments
for all children in foster care.
    Subd. 4. Rules. The commissioner shall adopt rules to implement subdivision 3. In
developing rules, the commissioner shall take into consideration any existing difficulty of care
payment rates so that, to the extent possible, no child for whom a difficulty of care rate is currently
established will be adversely affected.
    Subd. 5. Difficulty of care assessment pilot project. Notwithstanding any law to the
contrary, the commissioner of human services shall conduct a two-year statewide pilot project
beginning July 1, 1997, to conduct a difficulty of care assessment process which both assesses
an individual child's current functioning and identifies needs in a variety of life situations. The
pilot project must take into consideration existing difficulty of care payments so that, to the extent
possible, no child for whom a difficulty of care rate is currently established will be adversely
affected. The pilot project must include an evaluation and an interim report to the legislature
by January 15, 1999.
History: (8688-16) 1937 c 438 s 14; 1943 c 619 s 1; 1951 c 229 s 6; 1977 c 423 art 3 s 3;
1979 c 303 art 2 s 1; 1980 c 607 art 2 s 2; 1982 c 553 s 1; 1983 c 312 art 5 s 5; 1Sp1985 c 9 art 2
s 31; 1987 c 235 s 1,2; 1988 c 719 art 8 s 6; 1989 c 277 art 2 s 5; 1Sp1989 c 1 art 16 s 3; 1990 c
568 art 4 s 84; 1991 c 292 art 5 s 23; 1997 c 7 art 5 s 29; 1997 c 85 art 3 s 8; 1997 c 203 art 5 s
11; art 11 s 3; 1998 c 406 art 1 s 10,37; 1998 c 407 art 9 s 10; 1999 c 159 s 44; 2000 c 260 s 97