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246.13 RECORDS OF PERSONS RECEIVING STATE-OPERATED SERVICES.

Subdivision 1.Commissioner's responsibilities.

(a) The commissioner of human services' office shall have, accessible only by consent of the commissioner or on the order of a judge or court of record, a record showing the residence, sex, age, nativity, occupation, civil condition, and date of entrance or commitment of every person, in the state-operated services facilities as defined under section 246.014 under exclusive control of the commissioner; the date of discharge and whether such discharge was final; the condition of the person when the person left the state-operated services facility; the vulnerable adult abuse prevention associated with the person; and the date and cause of all deaths. The record shall state every transfer from one state-operated services facility to another, naming each state-operated services facility. This information shall be furnished to the commissioner of human services by each public agency, along with other obtainable facts as the commissioner may require. When a patient or resident in a state-operated services facility is discharged, transferred, or dies, the head of the state-operated services facility or designee shall inform the commissioner of human services of these events within ten days on forms furnished by the commissioner.

(b) The commissioner of human services shall cause to be devised, installed, and operated an adequate system of records and statistics which shall consist of all basic record forms, including patient personal records and medical record forms, and the manner of their use shall be precisely uniform throughout all state-operated services facilities.

Subd. 2.Definitions; risk assessment and management.

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "appropriate and necessary medical and other records" includes patient medical records and other protected health information as defined by Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, section 164.501, relating to a patient in a state-operated services facility including, but not limited to, the patient's treatment plan and abuse prevention plan that is pertinent to the patient's ongoing care, treatment, or placement in a community-based treatment facility or a health care facility that is not operated by state-operated services, and includes information describing the level of risk posed by a patient when the patient enters the facility;

(2) "community-based treatment" means the community support services listed in section 253B.02, subdivision 4b;

(3) "criminal history data" means those data maintained or used by the Departments of Corrections and Public Safety and by the supervisory authorities listed in section 13.84, subdivision 1, that relate to an individual's criminal history or propensity for violence, including data in the Corrections Offender Management System (COMS) and Statewide Supervision System (S3) maintained by the Department of Corrections; and criminal history data as defined in section 13.87, Integrated Search Service as defined in section 13.873, and the Predatory Offender Registration (POR) system maintained by the Department of Public Safety;

(4) "designated agency" means the agency defined in section 253B.02, subdivision 5;

(5) "law enforcement agency" means the law enforcement agency having primary jurisdiction over the location where the offender expects to reside upon release;

(6) "predatory offender" and "offender" mean a person who is required to register as a predatory offender under section 243.166; and

(7) "treatment facility" means a facility as defined in section 253B.02, subdivision 19.

(b) To promote public safety and for the purposes and subject to the requirements of this paragraph, the commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall have access to, and may review and disclose, medical and criminal history data as provided by this section, as necessary to comply with Minnesota Rules, part 1205.0400:

(1) to determine whether a patient is required under state law to register as a predatory offender according to section 243.166;

(2) to facilitate and expedite the responsibilities of the special review board and end-of-confinement review committees by corrections institutions and state treatment facilities;

(3) to prepare, amend, or revise the abuse prevention plans required under section 626.557, subdivision 14, and individual patient treatment plans required under section 253B.03, subdivision 7;

(4) to facilitate the custody, supervision, and transport of individuals transferred between the Department of Corrections and the Department of Human Services; or

(5) to effectively monitor and supervise individuals who are under the authority of the Department of Corrections, the Department of Human Services, and the supervisory authorities listed in section 13.84, subdivision 1.

(c) The state-operated services treatment facility must make a good faith effort to obtain written authorization from the patient before releasing information from the patient's medical record.

(d) If the patient refuses or is unable to give informed consent to authorize the release of information required above, the chief executive officer for state-operated services shall provide the appropriate and necessary medical and other records. The chief executive officer shall comply with the minimum necessary requirements.

(e) The commissioner may have access to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database, through the Department of Public Safety, in support of the law enforcement functions described in paragraph (b).

Subd. 3.Community-based treatment and medical treatment.

(a) When a patient under the care and supervision of state-operated services is released to a community-based treatment facility or facility that provides health care services, state-operated services may disclose all appropriate and necessary health and other information relating to the patient.

(b) The information that must be provided to the designated agency, community-based treatment facility, or facility that provides health care services includes, but is not limited to, the patient's abuse prevention plan required under section 626.557, subdivision 14, paragraph (b).

Subd. 4.Predatory offender registration notification.

(a) When a state-operated facility determines that a patient is required under section 243.166 to register as a predatory offender or, under section 243.166, subdivision 4a, to provide notice of a change in status, the facility shall provide written notice to the patient of the requirement.

(b) If the patient refuses, is unable, or lacks capacity to comply with the requirement described in paragraph (a) within five days after receiving the notification of the duty to comply, state-operated services staff shall obtain and disclose the necessary data to complete the registration form or change of status notification for the patient. The treatment facility shall also forward the registration or change of status data that it completes to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and, as applicable, the patient's corrections agent and the law enforcement agency in the community in which the patient currently resides. If, after providing notification, the patient refuses to comply with the requirements described in paragraph (a), the treatment facility shall also notify the county attorney in the county in which the patient is currently residing of the refusal.

(c) The duties of state-operated services described in this subdivision do not relieve the patient of the ongoing individual duty to comply with the requirements of section 243.166.

Subd. 5.Procedure for blood-borne pathogens.

Sections 246.71 to 246.722 apply to state-operated services facilities.