The county board of each county shall be responsible for administration and funding of children and community services as defined in section 256M.10, subdivision 1. Each county board shall singly or in combination with other county boards use funds available to the county under Laws 2003, First Special Session chapter 14, to carry out these responsibilities. The county board shall coordinate and facilitate the effective use of formal and informal helping systems to best support and nurture children, adolescents, and adults within the county who experience dependency, abuse, neglect, poverty, disability, chronic health conditions, or other factors, including ethnicity and race, that may result in poor outcomes or disparities, as well as services for family members to support such individuals. This includes assisting individuals to function at the highest level of ability while maintaining family and community relationships to the greatest extent possible.
To the extent provided in the county service plan under section 256M.30, the county board of each county shall be responsible for providing day training and habilitation services or alternative habilitation services during the day for persons with developmental disabilities to the extent this is required by the person's individualized service plan.
The county board shall provide necessary reports and data as required by the commissioner.
The county board may contract with a human services board, a multicounty board established by a joint powers agreement, other political subdivisions, a children's mental health collaborative, a family services collaborative, or private organizations in discharging its duties.
The state of Minnesota, the county boards, or the agencies acting on behalf of the county boards in the implementation and administration of children and community services shall not be liable for damages, injuries, or liabilities sustained through the purchase of services by the individual, the individual's family, or the authorized representative under this section.
The county board may establish a schedule of fees based upon clients' ability to pay to be charged to recipients of children and community services. Payment, in whole or in part, for services may be accepted from any person except that no fee may be charged to persons or families whose adjusted gross household income is below the federal poverty level. When services are provided to any person, including a recipient of aids administered by the federal, state, or county government, payment of any charges due may be billed to and accepted from a public assistance agency or from any public or private corporation.