376.55 COUNTY NURSING HOME.
Subdivision 1. Authority.
(a) Any county, or any group of counties acting jointly may
establish a county nursing home, in sections
also termed "nursing home," for
the care and treatment of chronically ill or convalescent persons or persons who need nursing
home care because old age or infirmity makes them unable to properly care for themselves, with
the consent of a majority of the county board.
(b) Any county, or group of counties, which owns a nursing home, may establish and operate
an attached or related facility for the purpose of providing supportive services to elderly persons
who are not yet in need of nursing home care. Supportive services may include congregate
housing, adult day care, and respite care services.
Subd. 2. Establishment.
A county, or a group of counties acting jointly, may establish a
nursing home and a facility for supportive services under sections
, by converting
suitable existing county owned buildings, by leasing suitable premises, or by acquiring a
suitable site by gift, purchase, or condemnation proceedings instituted in the name of the county
or counties and constructing suitable buildings which are equipped, maintained, enlarged or
otherwise modified to be the same as a nursing home.
Subd. 3. Financing.
The county board may transfer surplus funds from any fund except
the road and bridge, sinking or drainage ditch funds for the purpose of establishing, acquiring,
maintaining, enlarging, or adding to a county nursing home. When surplus funds are not available
for transfer, a county board may issue bonds to pay the cost of establishing, acquiring, equipping,
furnishing, enlarging, or adding to a county nursing home, subject to section
Subd. 4. Purchase of interest in existing home.
A county, or a group of counties, not
maintaining a nursing home, may purchase an interest in an existing county nursing home if the
county board or boards owning the nursing home decide by majority vote of each county board to
admit the county. The county board or boards owning the home shall set the cost for admission to
ownership, taking into consideration their investment in the home. Any county admitted under
this provision shall have all the rights and privileges provided for in sections
Subd. 5. County defined.
Where in sections
"county" is used, it refers to a county acting singly, or as one of a group of counties acting jointly,
unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
Subd. 6. Withdrawal of interest.
Any county board may withdraw its interest in a county
nursing home if the county board or boards owning the nursing home decide by majority vote of
each county board to allow the withdrawal. The county board or boards owning the home shall set
the amount to be paid to the withdrawing county, taking into consideration their investment in
Subd. 7. City powers.
The county board of any county that has not established a nursing
home may by resolution authorize a statutory or home rule charter city within the county to
exercise the powers of a county under sections
. A city so designated may
exercise within its boundaries all the powers of a county under sections
History: 1951 c 610 s 1; 1953 c 248 s 1; 1955 c 610 s 1; 1957 c 865 s 1,2; 1959 c 16
s 1,2; 1959 c 146 s 1; 1984 c 528 s 1; 1985 c 109 s 10; 2003 c 127 art 12 s 12,13; 1Sp2003 c
21 art 10 s 11