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(a) The court shall require a background study under this section:
(1) before the appointment of a guardian or conservator, unless a background study has been done on the person under this section within the previous five years; and
(2) once every five years after the appointment, if the person continues to serve as a guardian or conservator.
(b) The background study must include:
(1) criminal history data from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, other criminal history data held by the commissioner of human services, and data regarding whether the person has been a perpetrator of substantiated maltreatment of a vulnerable adult or minor;
(2) criminal history data from a national criminal history record check as defined in section 245C.02, subdivision 13c; and
(3) state licensing agency data if a search of the database or databases of the agencies listed in subdivision 2a shows that the proposed guardian or conservator has ever held a professional license directly related to the responsibilities of a professional fiduciary from an agency listed in subdivision 2a that was conditioned, suspended, revoked, or canceled.
(c) If the guardian or conservator is not an individual, the background study must be done on all individuals currently employed by the proposed guardian or conservator who will be responsible for exercising powers and duties under the guardianship or conservatorship.
(d) If the court determines that it would be in the best interests of the person subject to guardianship or conservatorship to appoint a guardian or conservator before the background study can be completed, the court may make the appointment pending the results of the study, however, the background study must then be completed as soon as reasonably possible after appointment, no later than 30 days after appointment.
(e) The fee for background studies conducted under this section is specified in section 245C.10, subdivision 14. The fee for conducting a background study for appointment of a professional guardian or conservator must be paid by the guardian or conservator. In other cases, the fee must be paid as follows:
(1) if the matter is proceeding in forma pauperis, the fee is an expense for purposes of section 524.5-502, paragraph (a);
(2) if there is an estate of the person subject to guardianship or conservatorship, the fee must be paid from the estate; or
(3) in the case of a guardianship or conservatorship of the person that is not proceeding in forma pauperis, the court may order that the fee be paid by the guardian or conservator or by the court.
(f) The requirements of this subdivision do not apply if the guardian or conservator is:
(1) a state agency or county;
(2) a parent or guardian of a person proposed to be subject to guardianship or conservatorship who has a developmental disability, if the parent or guardian has raised the person proposed to be subject to guardianship or conservatorship in the family home until the time the petition is filed, unless counsel appointed for the person proposed to be subject to guardianship or conservatorship under section 524.5-205, paragraph (d); 524.5-304, paragraph (b); 524.5-405, paragraph (a); or 524.5-406, paragraph (b), recommends a background study; or
(3) a bank with trust powers, bank and trust company, or trust company, organized under the laws of any state or of the United States and which is regulated by the commissioner of commerce or a federal regulator.
(a) The court shall request the commissioner of human services to complete a background study under section 245C.32. The request must be accompanied by the applicable fee and acknowledgment that the study subject received a privacy notice required under subdivision 3. The commissioner of human services shall conduct a national criminal history record check. The study subject shall submit a set of classifiable fingerprints. The fingerprints must be recorded on a fingerprint card provided by the commissioner of human services.
(b) The commissioner of human services shall provide the court with criminal history data as defined in section 13.87 from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in the Department of Public Safety, other criminal history data held by the commissioner of human services, data regarding substantiated maltreatment of vulnerable adults under section 626.557, and substantiated maltreatment of minors under chapter 260E, and criminal history information from other states or jurisdictions as indicated from a national criminal history record check within 20 working days of receipt of a request. If the subject of the study has been the perpetrator of substantiated maltreatment of a vulnerable adult or minor, the response must include a copy of the public portion of the investigation memorandum under section 626.557, subdivision 12b, or the public portion of the investigation memorandum under section 260E.30. The commissioner shall provide the court with information from a review of information according to subdivision 2a if the study subject provided information indicating current or prior affiliation with a state licensing agency.
(c) Notwithstanding section 260E.30 or 626.557, subdivision 12b, if the commissioner of human services or a county lead agency or lead investigative agency has information that a person on whom a background study was previously done under this section has been determined to be a perpetrator of maltreatment of a vulnerable adult or minor, the commissioner or the county may provide this information to the court that requested the background study. The commissioner may also provide the court with additional criminal history or substantiated maltreatment information that becomes available after the background study is done.
(a) The court shall request the commissioner of human services to provide the court within 25 working days of receipt of the request with licensing agency data for licenses directly related to the responsibilities of a professional fiduciary if the study subject indicates current or prior affiliation from the following agencies in Minnesota:
(1) Lawyers Responsibility Board;
(2) State Board of Accountancy;
(3) Board of Social Work;
(4) Board of Psychology;
(5) Board of Nursing;
(6) Board of Medical Practice;
(7) Department of Education;
(8) Department of Commerce;
(9) Board of Chiropractic Examiners;
(10) Board of Dentistry;
(11) Board of Marriage and Family Therapy;
(12) Department of Human Services;
(13) Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board; and
(14) Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.
(b) The commissioner shall enter into agreements with these agencies to provide the commissioner with electronic access to the relevant licensing data, and to provide the commissioner with a quarterly list of new sanctions issued by the agency.
(c) The commissioner shall provide to the court the electronically available data maintained in the agency's database, including whether the proposed guardian or conservator is or has been licensed by the agency, and if the licensing agency database indicates a disciplinary action or a sanction against the individual's license, including a condition, suspension, revocation, or cancellation.
(d) If the proposed guardian or conservator has resided in a state other than Minnesota in the previous ten years, licensing agency data under this section shall also include the licensing agency data from any other state where the proposed guardian or conservator reported to have resided during the previous ten years if the study subject indicates current or prior affiliation. If the proposed guardian or conservator has or has had a professional license in another state that is directly related to the responsibilities of a professional fiduciary from one of the agencies listed under paragraph (a), state licensing agency data shall also include data from the relevant licensing agency of that state.
(e) The commissioner is not required to repeat a search for Minnesota or out-of-state licensing data on an individual if the commissioner has provided this information to the court within the prior five years.
(f) The commissioner shall review the information in paragraph (c) at least once every four months to determine if an individual who has been studied within the previous five years:
(1) has new disciplinary action or sanction against the individual's license; or
(2) did not disclose a prior or current affiliation with a Minnesota licensing agency.
(g) If the commissioner's review in paragraph (f) identifies new information, the commissioner shall provide any new information to the court.
The court must provide the study subject with a privacy notice that complies with section 245C.05, subdivision 2c. The commissioner of human services shall use the NETStudy 2.0 system to conduct a background study under this section.
The court shall notify the subject of a background study that the subject has the following rights:
(1) the right to be informed that the court will request a background study on the subject for the purpose of determining whether the person's appointment or continued appointment is in the best interests of the person subject to guardianship or conservatorship;
(2) the right to be informed of the results of the study and to obtain from the court a copy of the results; and
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes