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626.5593 PEER REVIEW OF LOCAL AGENCY RESPONSE.
    Subdivision 1. Establishment. By January 1, 1991, the commissioner of human services
shall establish a pilot program for peer review of local agency responses to child maltreatment
reports made under section 626.556. The peer review program shall examine agency assessments
of maltreatment reports and delivery of child protection services in at least two counties. The
commissioner shall designate the local agencies to be reviewed, and shall appoint a peer review
panel composed of child protection workers, as defined in section 626.559, and law enforcement
personnel who are responsible for investigating reports of child maltreatment under section
626.556, subdivision 10, within the designated counties.
    Subd. 2. Duties. The peer review panel shall meet at least quarterly to review case files
representative of child maltreatment reports that were investigated or assessed by the local agency.
These cases shall be selected randomly from local welfare agency files by the commissioner.
Not public data, as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 8, may be shared with panel members
in connection with a case review.
The panel shall review each case for compliance with relevant laws, rules, agency policies,
appropriateness of agency actions, and case determinations. The panel shall issue a report to
the designated agencies after each meeting which includes findings regarding the agency's
compliance with relevant laws, rules, policies, case practice, and any recommendations to be
considered by the agency. The panel shall also issue a semiannual report concerning its activities.
This semiannual report shall be available to the public, but may not include any information
that is classified as not public data.
    Subd. 3. Report to legislature. By January 1, 1992, the commissioner shall report to the
legislature regarding the activities of the peer review panel, compliance findings, barriers to the
effective delivery of child protection services, and recommendations for the establishment of a
permanent peer review system for child protection services.
    Subd. 4. Funds. The commissioner may use funds allocated for child protection services,
training, and grants to pay administrative expenses associated with the peer review panel pilot
program created by this section.
History: 1989 c 282 art 2 s 203