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Subdivision 1.Scope.

For purposes of this chapter, the terms defined in this section have the meanings given them.

Subd. 2.Agency.

"Agency" means any county, federally recognized Indian tribe, or multicounty social services collaboratives.

Subd. 2a.Assistance unit.

"Assistance unit" is defined by program area under sections 119B.011, subdivision 13; 256D.02, subdivision 1a; 256D.35, subdivision 3a; 256I.03, subdivision 1b; and 256J.08, subdivision 7.

Subd. 3.Earned income.

"Earned income" means income earned through the receipt of wages, salary, commissions, bonuses, tips, gratuities, profit from employment activities, net profit from self-employment activities, payments made by an employer for regularly accrued vacation or sick leave, severance pay based on accrued leave time, royalties, honoraria, or other profit from activity that results from the client's work, effort, or labor for purposes other than student financial assistance, rehabilitation programs, student training programs, or service programs such as AmeriCorps. The income must be in return for, or as a result of, legal activity.

Subd. 4.Earned income disregard.

"Earned income disregard" means earned income that is not counted according to section 256P.03 when determining eligibility and calculating the amount of the assistance payment.

Subd. 5.Equity value.

"Equity value" means the amount of equity in personal property owned by a person and is determined by subtracting any outstanding encumbrances from the fair market value of the personal property.

Subd. 6.Personal property.

"Personal property" means an item of value that is not real property.

Subd. 6a.Qualified professional.

(a) For illness, injury, or incapacity, a "qualified professional" means a licensed physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or licensed chiropractor, according to their scope of practice.

(b) For developmental disability, learning disability, and intelligence testing, a "qualified professional" means a licensed physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, licensed independent clinical social worker, licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist, or certified psychometrist working under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.

(c) For mental health, a "qualified professional" means a licensed physician, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, or qualified mental health professional under section 245I.04, subdivision 2.

(d) For substance use disorder, a "qualified professional" means a licensed physician, a licensed physician assistant, a qualified mental health professional under section 245I.04, subdivision 2, or an individual as defined in section 245G.11, subdivision 3, 4, or 5.

Subd. 7.Self-employment.

"Self-employment" means employment by an individual who:

(1) incurs costs in producing income and deducts these costs in order to equate the individual's income with income from sources where there are no production costs; and

(2) controls the individual's work by working either independently of an employer or freelance, or by running the business; or

(3) pays self-employment taxes.

Subd. 8.Unearned income.

"Unearned income" has the meaning given in section 256P.06, subdivision 3, clause (2).

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