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626.559 SPECIALIZED TRAINING AND EDUCATION REQUIRED.
    Subdivision 1. Job classification; continuing education. The commissioner of human
services, for employees subject to the Minnesota Merit System, and directors of county
personnel systems, for counties not subject to the Minnesota Merit System, shall establish a
job classification consisting exclusively of persons with the specialized knowledge, skills, and
experience required to satisfactorily perform child protection duties pursuant to section 626.556,
subdivisions 10, 10a, and 10b
.
All child protection workers or social services staff having responsibility for child protective
duties under section 626.556 shall receive 15 hours of continuing education or in-service training
each year relevant to providing child protective services. The local social service agency shall
maintain a record of training completed by each employee having responsibility for performing
child protective duties.
    Subd. 1a. Child protection worker foundation education. Any individual who seeks
employment as a child protection worker after the commissioner of human services has
implemented the foundation training program developed under section 626.5591, subdivision 2,
must complete competency-based foundation training during their first six months of employment
as a child protection worker.
    Subd. 2. Joint training. The commissioners of human services and public safety shall
cooperate in the development of a joint program for training child abuse services professionals
in the appropriate techniques for child abuse assessment and investigation. The program shall
include but need not be limited to the following areas:
(1) the public policy goals of the state as set forth in section 260C.001 and the role of the
assessment or investigation in meeting these goals;
(2) the special duties of child protection workers and law enforcement officers under section
626.556;
(3) the appropriate methods for directing and managing affiliated professionals who may be
utilized in providing protective services and strengthening family ties;
(4) the appropriate methods for interviewing alleged victims of child abuse and other minors
in the course of performing an assessment or an investigation;
(5) the dynamics of child abuse and neglect within family systems and the appropriate
methods for interviewing parents in the course of the assessment or investigation, including
training in recognizing cases in which one of the parents is a victim of domestic abuse and in need
of special legal or medical services;
(6) the legal, evidentiary considerations that may be relevant to the conduct of an assessment
or an investigation;
(7) the circumstances under which it is appropriate to remove the alleged abuser or the
alleged victim from the home;
(8) the protective social services that are available to protect alleged victims from further
abuse, to prevent child abuse and domestic abuse, and to preserve the family unit, and training
in the preparation of case plans to coordinate services for the alleged child abuse victim with
services for any parents who are victims of domestic abuse;
(9) the methods by which child protection workers and law enforcement workers cooperate
in conducting assessments and investigations in order to avoid duplication of efforts; and
(10) appropriate methods for interviewing alleged victims of child abuse and conducting
investigations in cases where the alleged victim is developmentally, physically, or mentally
disabled.
    Subd. 3. Priority training. The commissioners of human services and public safety shall
provide the program courses described in subdivision 2 at convenient times and locations in the
state. The commissioners shall give training priority in the program areas cited in subdivision
2 to persons currently performing assessments and investigations pursuant to section 626.556,
subdivisions 10, 10a, and 10b
.
    Subd. 4.[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1]
    Subd. 5. Revenue. The commissioner of human services shall add the following funds to the
funds appropriated under section 626.5591, subdivision 2, to develop and support training:
(a) The commissioner of human services shall submit claims for federal reimbursement
earned through the activities and services supported through Department of Human Services child
protection or child welfare training funds. Federal revenue earned must be used to improve and
expand training services by the department. The department expenditures eligible for federal
reimbursement under this section must not be made from federal funds or funds used to match
other federal funds.
(b) Each year, the commissioner of human services shall withhold from funds distributed to
each county under Minnesota Rules, parts 9550.0300 to 9550.0370, an amount equivalent to 1.5
percent of each county's annual title XX allocation under section 256M.50. The commissioner
must use these funds to ensure decentralization of training.
(c) The federal revenue under this subdivision is available for these purposes until the
funds are expended.
History: 1985 c 275 s 1; 1988 c 630 s 1; 1990 c 542 s 35; 1993 c 306 s 20,21; 1Sp1993 c
1 art 3 s 42; 1997 c 203 art 5 s 33; 1999 c 139 art 4 s 2; 1Sp2001 c 9 art 11 s 13; 2002 c 370
art 1 s 113; 1Sp2003 c 14 art 4 s 20