If a county has made reasonable efforts to provide services according to the service plan under section 256M.30, but funds appropriated for purposes of sections 256M.01 to 256M.80 are insufficient, then the county may limit services that do not meet the following criteria while giving the highest funding priority to clauses (1) and (2):
(1) services needed to protect individuals from maltreatment, abuse, and neglect;
(2) emergency and crisis services needed to protect clients from physical, emotional, or psychological harm;
(3) services that maintain a person in the person's home or least restrictive setting;
(4) assessment of persons applying for services and referral to appropriate services when necessary; and
(5) public guardianship services.
Before a county denies, reduces, or terminates services to an individual due to fiscal limitations, the county must meet the requirements in this section. The county must notify the individual and the individual's guardian in writing of the reason for the denial, reduction, or termination of services and must inform the individual and the individual's guardian in writing that the county will, upon request, meet to discuss alternatives before services are terminated or reduced.