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Subdivision 1.Cooperation.

An alcohol and drug counselor who is the subject of an investigation, or who is questioned in connection with an investigation, by or on behalf of the board, shall cooperate fully with the investigation. Cooperation includes responding fully to any question raised by or on behalf of the board relating to the subject of the investigation whether tape recorded or not. Challenges to requests of the board may be brought before the appropriate agency or court.

Subd. 2.Exchanging information.

(a) The board shall establish internal operating procedures for:

(1) exchanging information with state boards; agencies, including the Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities; health-related and law enforcement facilities; departments responsible for licensing health-related occupations, facilities, and programs; and law enforcement personnel in this and other states; and

(2) coordinating investigations involving matters within the jurisdiction of more than one regulatory agency.

(b) The procedures for exchanging information must provide for forwarding to an entity described in paragraph (a), clause (1), any information or evidence, including the results of investigations, that is relevant to matters within the regulatory jurisdiction of that entity. The data have the same classification in the possession of the agency receiving the data as they have in the possession of the agency providing the data.

(c) The board shall establish procedures for exchanging information with other states regarding disciplinary action against alcohol and drug counselors.

(d) The board shall forward to another governmental agency any complaints received by the board that do not relate to the board's jurisdiction but that relate to matters within the jurisdiction of the other governmental agency. The agency to which a complaint is forwarded shall advise the board of the disposition of the complaint. A complaint or other information received by another governmental agency relating to a statute or rule that the board is empowered to enforce must be forwarded to the board to be processed according to this section.

(e) The board shall furnish to a person who made a complaint a description of the actions of the board relating to the complaint.

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