The commissioner shall pay eligible vendors for chemical dependency services to American Indians on the same basis as other payments, except that no local match is required when an invoice is submitted by the governing authority of a federally recognized American Indian tribal body or a county if the tribal governing body has not entered into an agreement under subdivision 2 on behalf of a current resident of the reservation under this section.
The commissioner may enter into agreements with federally recognized tribal units to pay for chemical dependency treatment services provided under Laws 1986, chapter 394, sections 8 to 20. The agreements must clarify how the governing body of the tribal unit fulfills local agency responsibilities regarding:
(1) the form and manner of invoicing; and
(2) provide that only invoices for eligible vendors according to section 254B.05 will be included in invoices sent to the commissioner for payment, to the extent that money allocated under subdivisions 4 and 5 is used.
Eighty-five percent of the American Indian chemical dependency tribal account must be allocated to the federally recognized American Indian tribal governing bodies that have entered into an agreement under subdivision 2 as follows: $10,000 must be allocated to each governing body and the remainder must be allocated in direct proportion to the population of the reservation according to the most recently available estimates from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. When a tribal governing body has not entered into an agreement with the commissioner under subdivision 2, the county may use funds allocated to the reservation to pay for chemical dependency services for a current resident of the county and of the reservation.
The commissioner shall reserve 15 percent of the American Indian chemical dependency tribal account. The reserve must be allocated to those tribal units that have used all money allocated under subdivision 4 according to agreements made under subdivision 2 and to counties submitting invoices for American Indians under subdivision 1 when all money allocated under subdivision 4 has been used. An American Indian tribal governing body or a county submitting invoices under subdivision 1 may receive not more than 30 percent of the reserve account in a year. The commissioner may refuse to make reserve payments for persons not eligible under section 254B.04, subdivision 1, if the tribal governing body responsible for treatment placement has exhausted its allocation. Money must be allocated as invoices are received.
After entering into an agreement under subdivision 2, the governing authority of each reservation may submit invoices to the state for the cost of providing chemical dependency services to residents of the reservation according to the placement rules governing county placements, except that local match requirements are waived. The governing body may designate an agency to act on its behalf to provide placement services and manage invoices by written notice to the commissioner and evidence of agreement by the agency designated.
The nonreservation American Indian chemical dependency allocation must be held in reserve by the commissioner in an account for treatment of Indians not residing on lands of a reservation receiving money under subdivision 4. This money must be used to pay for services certified by county invoice to have been provided to an American Indian eligible recipient. Money allocated under this subdivision may be used for payments on behalf of American Indian county residents only if, in addition to other placement standards, the county certifies that the placement was appropriate to the cultural orientation of the client. Any funds for treatment of nonreservation Indians remaining at the end of a fiscal year shall be reallocated under section 254B.02.
The commissioner may set rates for chemical dependency services according to the American Indian Health Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437, for eligible vendors. These rates shall supersede rates set in county purchase of service agreements when payments are made on behalf of clients eligible according to Public Law 94-437.
1985 c 248 s 70; 1986 c 394 s 16; 1987 c 299 s 17-19; 1988 c 532 s 12; 1989 c 282 art 2 s 108-110; 1997 c 203 art 4 s 8-10; 1Sp2001 c 9 art 3 s 7; 2002 c 275 s 1; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113; 2009 c 79 art 7 s 11
NOTE: The amendment to subdivision 2 by Laws 2009, chapter 79, article 7, section 11, is effective July 1, 2011. Laws 2009, chapter 79, article 7, section 11, the effective date.
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