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145.4716 SAFE HARBOR FOR SEXUALLY EXPLOITED YOUTH.

Subdivision 1.Director.

The commissioner of health shall establish a position for a director of child sex trafficking prevention.

Subd. 2.Duties of director.

The director of child sex trafficking prevention is responsible for the following:

(1) developing and providing comprehensive training on sexual exploitation of youth for social service professionals, medical professionals, public health workers, and criminal justice professionals;

(2) collecting, organizing, maintaining, and disseminating information on sexual exploitation and services across the state, including maintaining a list of resources on the Department of Health Web site;

(3) monitoring and applying for federal funding for antitrafficking efforts that may benefit victims in the state;

(4) managing grant programs established under sections 145.4716 to 145.4718;

(5) managing the request for proposals for grants for comprehensive services, including trauma-informed, culturally specific services;

(6) identifying best practices in serving sexually exploited youth, as defined in section 260C.007, subdivision 31;

(7) providing oversight of and technical support to regional navigators pursuant to section 145.4717;

(8) conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the statewide program for safe harbor of sexually exploited youth; and

(9) developing a policy consistent with the requirements of chapter 13 for sharing data related to sexually exploited youth, as defined in section 260C.007, subdivision 31, among regional navigators and community-based advocates.