Notwithstanding any provision of Minnesota Statutes to the contrary, any city, county, town, or nonprofit corporation approved by the commissioner of human services, or any combination of them may establish and operate a community residential facility for persons with developmental disabilities or related conditions, as defined in section 252.27, subdivision 1a.
Community residential facilities established under this section may be administered by a nonprofit corporation, by the political subdivision establishing them or by a community mental health center board organized under section 245.66.
The premises and facilities for any community residential facility may be acquired by purchase, lease, or gift and may be established and operated in connection with existing public and private facilities and institutions.
Any political subdivision described in subdivision 1 may use unspent funds, accept gifts, grants, and subsidies from any lawful source, or apply for federal funds and may use the money for a community residential facility. It may also grant or loan the money to any nonprofit corporation approved by the commissioner of human services for the establishment and operation of a community residential facility.
A community residential facility established and operated under this section must meet all applicable licensure standards established by the commissioners of health and human services.