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256.82 PAYMENTS BY STATE.

Subdivision 1.

[Repealed, 1997 c 203 art 11 s 13]

Subd. 2.Foster care maintenance payments.

Beginning January 1, 1986, for the purpose of foster care maintenance payments under title IV-E of the Social Security Act, United States Code, title 42, sections 670 to 676, the county paying the maintenance costs must be reimbursed for the costs from the federal money available for the purpose. Beginning July 1, 1997, for the purposes of determining a child's eligibility under title IV-E of the Social Security Act, the placing agency shall use AFDC requirements in effect on July 16, 1996.

Subd. 3.Setting foster care standard rates.

The commissioner shall annually establish minimum standard maintenance rates for foster care maintenance and difficulty of care payments for all children in foster care.

Subd. 4.Rules.

The commissioner shall adopt rules to implement subdivision 3. In developing rules, the commissioner shall take into consideration any existing difficulty of care payment rates so that, to the extent possible, no child for whom a difficulty of care rate is currently established will be adversely affected.

Subd. 5.Difficulty of care assessment pilot project.

Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the commissioner of human services shall conduct a two-year statewide pilot project beginning July 1, 1997, to conduct a difficulty of care assessment process which both assesses an individual child's current functioning and identifies needs in a variety of life situations. The pilot project must take into consideration existing difficulty of care payments so that, to the extent possible, no child for whom a difficulty of care rate is currently established will be adversely affected. The pilot project must include an evaluation and an interim report to the legislature by January 15, 1999.