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256B.095 QUALITY ASSURANCE SYSTEM ESTABLISHED.
    (a) Effective July 1, 1998, a quality assurance system for persons with developmental
disabilities, which includes an alternative quality assurance licensing system for programs, is
established in Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele,
Wabasha, and Winona Counties for the purpose of improving the quality of services provided to
persons with developmental disabilities. A county, at its option, may choose to have all programs
for persons with developmental disabilities located within the county licensed under chapter
245A using standards determined under the alternative quality assurance licensing system or may
continue regulation of these programs under the licensing system operated by the commissioner.
The project expires on June 30, 2014.
    (b) Effective July 1, 2003, a county not listed in paragraph (a) may apply to participate in
the quality assurance system established under paragraph (a). The commission established under
section 256B.0951 may, at its option, allow additional counties to participate in the system.
    (c) Effective July 1, 2003, any county or group of counties not listed in paragraph (a) may
establish a quality assurance system under this section. A new system established under this
section shall have the same rights and duties as the system established under paragraph (a). A new
system shall be governed by a commission under section 256B.0951. The commissioner shall
appoint the initial commission members based on recommendations from advocates, families,
service providers, and counties in the geographic area included in the new system. Counties that
choose to participate in a new system shall have the duties assigned under section 256B.0952.
The new system shall establish a quality assurance process under section 256B.0953. The
provisions of section 256B.0954 shall apply to a new system established under this paragraph.
The commissioner shall delegate authority to a new system established under this paragraph
according to section 256B.0955.
    (d) Effective July 1, 2007, the quality assurance system may be expanded to include
programs for persons with disabilities and older adults.
History: 1997 c 203 art 7 s 18; 1Sp2001 c 9 art 3 s 48; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113; 1Sp2003 c
14 art 3 s 33; 1Sp2005 c 4 art 7 s 24; 2007 c 147 art 7 s 16