Bill Tracking

//Bill Tracking

Chief Author:: Hoffman (D) / Allen (D)
View Bill Text: SF 1904 / HF 2272

Current Status

3/8/17 Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.
3/8/17 Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

Short Description

Allocates funds to train American Indian Families on child protection laws.

Key Points

  • Provides funds for the Office of the Ombudsperson for American Indian Families to offer training to American Indian families on laws associated with child protection.
  • Fiscal note has not yet been determined.

Chief Author: Abeler (R) / Allen (D)
View Bill Text: SF 1905 / HF 2223

Current Status

3/8/17 Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.
3/8/17 Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

Short Description

Creates the Office of the Ombudsperson for American Indian Families.

Key Points

  • Establishes the Office of the Ombudsperson for American Indian Families as an independent office in collaboration with the Indian Affairs Council.
  • Some duties would include: ensuring that court officials, service providers and public policymakers are trained in cultural competency; qualified expert witnesses are consulted in placement decisions involving American Indian children; and seeing that guardians ad litem are recruited from the American Indian communities and assigned cases involving American Indian children.
  • Ombudsperson would review complaints received and make recommendations to the appropriate agency for resolution.
  • Establishes American Indian Community Specific Board, to be consisted of five members of the American Indian community. The board appoints the Ombudsperson and oversees the work of the office, including policy and procedure development, and making recommendations for policy change.
  • This bill is cost-neutral, as funds designated to the Ombudsperson for Families office that would be allocated for American Indian families would be transferred to this new independent office.

Chief Author: Hayden (D) / Backer (R)
View Bill Text: SF 1751 / HF 2025

Current Status

3/2/17 Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.
3/6/17 Introduced and referred to Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.

Short Description

Modifies monthly caseworker visit requirement, along with changes to screening and investigation or assessment.

Key Points

  • Allows a local social service agency to establish a memorandum of understanding to delegate required monthly visits for a child placed in out-of-home care in another state.
  • Clarifies that a report of suspected maltreatment by a mandated reporter includes all communication received from that reporter that describes the same maltreatment incident.
  • Further clarifies that when a county agency receives a report that is not responsible for screening or assessing that allegation, it will refer the caller to the appropriate agency responsible, and that the call is not considered a report until it is received by the appropriate responsible agency.

Chief Author: Clausen (D) / Moran (D)
View Bill Text: SF 1691 / HF 2051

Current Status

3/2/17 Introduced and referred to House Education Innovation Committee.
3/2/17 Introduced and referred to Senate E-12 Policy Committee.

Short Description

Homeless families support services system redesign

Key Points

  • Requires Children’s Cabinet to create a cross-systems plan to support homeless families, in consultation with DHS, the Department of Education, Department of Health, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, and other stakeholders.
  • Specifies that components of the plan should include: urban versus rural distinctions in service delivery, training, uniform entry and intake forms, a support plan for child when no longer homeless, a common data system to allow for data sharing, transportation plan, and other items that would support communities and families.
  • Allocates $200,000 to the Children’s Cabinet from the general fund to complete this plan, and issues a deadline of January 23, 2018.

Chief Author: Hayden (D) / Backer (R)
View Bill Text: SF 1750 / HF 1887

Current Status

3/6/17 Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

3/1/17 Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

Short Description

Establishes a child well-being model grant program.

Key Points

  • Defines child well-being: “Child well-being” means that a child is supported in the child’s family, school, and  community to have basic competencies in the following domains:
  1. appropriate brain development and ability to learn;
  2. the ability to have age-appropriate social and emotional relationships with family, 
peers, and community members;
  3. psychological and behavioral development;
  4. physical health; and
  5. spiritual and cultural well-being, with the child as an essential participant and valued member of the child’s community.
  • Establishes grant program to improve child well-being with a $10,000,000 general fund appropriation to DHS to administer the program.
  • Grant program would fund up to three social services agencies to develop, implement and evaluate programs that improve child well-being as defined.
  • Allocates $33,350,000 for FY2018 and FY 2019 to DHS from the general fund for child protection staffing and services

Chief Author: Relph (R) / Kresha (R)
View Bill Text: SF 1386HF 1702

Current Status

3/20/17 Senate: Second Reading

3/16/17 House: Second Reading

2/27/17 Introduced and referred to House Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee.

2/23/17  Introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee.

Short Description

Clarifies that legal representation for children over the age of 10 should be notified of this right and only the child can waive the right to legal representation.

Key Points

  • Requires a county to notify children over age 10 of their right to legal counsel within 14 days of filing a petition for a child in need of protection or services (CHIPS petition) at no charge, and with the protection of confidentiality.
  • If a child reaches age 10 while a CHIPS petition is in place, county must advise the child of his or her right to counsel within 14 days of the child’s birthday.
  • Clarifies that only the child may waive a right to counsel.

Chief Author: Hayden (D) / Moran (D)
View Bill Text: SF 1704 / HF 1699

Current Status

3/2/17 Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.
2/23/17  Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

Short Description

Modifies uses for state funds for child protection, adding the option for training and retaining screening, investigation and case management staff.

Key Points

  • Funds in this section were previously to be used only for addressing staffing for child protection or expanding child protection services. This bill allows for counties to also use the funds to provide training to screening, investigation and case management staff, as well as improving retention for child protection staff.
  • Also changes the structure of payments to counties, increasing to 90% the amount that must be paid by July 10 each year, from 80%, and reduces to 5% the amount that can be withheld until the commissioner determines whether the county fulfilled its performance obligation regarding face-to-face contact with child victims of screened-in reports.
  • The allocation amount has not yet been determined.

Chief Author: Hall (R) / O’Neill (R)
View Bill Text: SF 1598 / HF 1654

Current Status

3/14/17 Senate: Second Reading

3/1/17 Introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee.

3/1/17 Re-referred to House Public Safety Policy and Finance Committee.

2/23/17  Introduced and referred to House Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee.

Short Description

Adds domestic violence by strangulation to the list of applicable crimes to be considered when courts are determining custody and parenting time arrangements.

Key Points

  • If a person seeking custody or parenting time has been convicted of one or more of a list of crimes in the past five years, is currently incarcerated or on probation, or if the victim of the crime was a family member, the person has the burden to prove that custody or parenting time is in the best interest of the child.
  • This bill adds domestic violence by strangulation to the list of crimes that apply.

Chief Author: Abeler (R) / Baker (R)
View Bill Text: SF 1540HF 1470

Current Status

2/27/17 Introduced and referred to Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Finance Committee

2/20/17  Introduced and referred to House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee.

Short Description

Modifies housing trust fund and family homeless prevention and assistance program requirements, establishes rental assistance program for homeless and highly mobile students.

Key Points

  • Appropriates an unspecified amount in the general fund for Housing Finance Agency grants for family homeless prevention and assistance.
  • Establishes a rental assistance fund through the housing trust fund for homeless and highly mobile students

Bill Details

Chief Author: Utke (R) / Albright (R)
View Bill Text: SF 1154HF 1462

Current Status

3/23/17 Re-referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.
2/20/17 Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.
2/20/17 Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

Short Description

Establishes the Human Services Financing Reform Task Force.

Key Points

  • The Human Services Financing Reform Task Force’s role is to analyze state and local human services funding since 2000 and submit a report to the legislature on recommendations for changes in future spending based on a framework promoting transparency, equitable distribution of resources and sustainability.
  • The composition of the task force includes legislators, DHS Commissioner or designee, Dept. of Revenue Commissioner or designee, county social services staff, staff of social services or health care providers, nonprofit social services or health care staff, and advocates.
  • Report is due to legislators by July 1, 2018.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Pierson (R)
View Bill Text: SF 2018 / HF 1412

Current Status

3/13/17 Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

2/27/17 Re-referred to House Health and Human Services Finance Committee.

2/20/17  Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

Short Description

Establishes program to support adoptive, foster and kinship families and prevent multiple out-of-home placement moves for children.

Key Points

  • Appropriates an unspecified allocation from federal funds to establish program that would provide information, referrals, a parent support network, respite care, crisis services, educational support, mental health services for children and youth in foster care, kinship care or adoption placements.
  • Requires the provision of training for adoptive, foster and kinship families on topics such as trauma, disabilities common to children in out-of-home placement, and challenges presented in these placements.
  • Defines, for the purpose of this program, “child and family-centered” as individualized services responsive to a child’s current age; developmental stage; strengths; and emotional, physical, cultural and spiritual needs.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Kresha (R)
View Bill Text: SF 1311 / HF 1392

Current Status

3/7/17 Re-referred to Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Finance Committee.
2/22/17 Introduced and referred to Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Policy Committee.
2/16/17  Introduced and referred to House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee.

Short Description

Modifies housing trust fund and family homeless prevention and assistance program requirements, establishes rental assistance program for homeless and highly mobile students.

Key Points

  • Appropriates an unspecified amount in the general fund for Housing Finance Agency grants for family homeless prevention and assistance.
  • Establishes a rental assistance fund through the housing trust fund for homeless and highly mobile students

Bill Details

Chief Author: Dziedzic (D) / Scott (R)
View Bill Text: SF 1286 / HF 1362

Current Status

3/13/17 Amended and re-referred to House Health and Human Services Finance Committee
3/8/17 Re-referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.
2/22/17 Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.
2/16/17 Introduced and referred to House Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee.

Short Description

Funding allocated for NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center to offer coparent services to unmarried parents working on establishing paternity.

Key Points

  • Appropriates $200,000 per year for 2018-2019 biennium from the general fund for NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center to provide services to unmarried parents in the process of establishing paternity.
  • Services would include a process to identify unmarried parents establishing paternity, coparenting workshops for unmarried parents, assistance with parenting plans and child support obligations, assessment of social service needs for each parent, and other supports.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Clausen (D) / Loon (R)

View Bill Text:  SF 768 / HF 1255

Current Status

3/1/17 Re-referred to Senate E-12 Finance Committee
2/15/17  Introduced and referred to House Education Finance Committee.

2/9/17   Introduced and referred to Senate E-12 Policy Committee.

Short Description

Allocate ongoing funding  for school-linked mental health services.

Key Points

  • Allocates revenue for alternative school programs operated by a school district or other authorized entity.
  • Allows schools to access funds for children’s mental health needs.
  • Provides for ongoing staff development aid to schools for teachers to receive continuing education related to services for students with challenging behaviors, mental health issues, or effects from trauma.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Hayden (D) / Abeler (R)

View Bill Text:  SF 1152 / HF 1402

Current Status

3/9/17 Re-referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

2/20/17  Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

2/20/17 Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

Short Description

Allocates funds for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

Key Point

  • Designates a one-time allocation of $200,000 in FY 2018 from the general fund for a grant to the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Franson (R)
View Bill Text: HF 1306

Current Status

2/16/17  Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

Short Description

Expands child care assistance to family child care providers who are foster parents.

Key Point

  • Allows family child care providers who care for foster children to receive child care assistance for the foster child while the child care provider is providing child care.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Relph (R) / O’Neill (R)
View Bill Text: SF 1385 / HF 1252

Current Status

2/23/17  Introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee.

2/15/17  Introduced and referred to House Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance Committee.

Short Description

Children in need of protection or services in foster care legal representation grant funding provided, and money appropriated.

Key Points

  • Appropriates $350,000 in FY2018 from the general fund to the Department of Public Safety for a grant to an organization that provides legal representation to children in need of protection or services and children in out-of-home placement.
  • Requires an equal match from the organization receiving funds, which may be in the form of in-kind services or cash or a combination.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Lang (R) / Baker (R)
View Bill Text: SF 1337 / HF 1177

Current Status

3/1/17 Re-referred to Health and Human Services Finance Committee
2/23/17 Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.
2/13/17  Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

Short Description

Funding allocated for children’s mental health collaboratives

Key Points

  • Appropriates $1.2 million for 2018-2019 biennium from the general fund to create a grant program for rural counties to address needs of youth and young adults with emotional behavioral disturbance (EBD) or mental illness as they transition to adulthood.
  • Mental health collaboratives are eligible to apply for funding; one grant would be awarded to enhance services for rural youth ages 15-25 with established or emerging mental health needs.
  • Services would include supports, such as motivational coaching, to achieve goals in education, employment, and housing.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Moran (D)
View Bill Text: HF 1045

Current Status

2/9/17  Introduced and referred to House Civil Law and Data Practices Committee.

Short Description

Modifies procedure for reestablishing parent and child legal relationship

Key Points

  • Allows for parent whose legal rights had been terminated to initiate a petition to reestablish legal parent and child relationship; previously only a county attorney was able to initiate such a petition.
  • Terms for allowing a petition to be filed are modified to lower the length of time the child must have spent in foster care to 18 months from 36 months and lowers the age of the child to at least ten years, from 15 years old.
  • Allows for a repeal of the decision, which was previously unappealable.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Klein (D) / Backer (R)

View Bill Text:SF 1369HF 960

Current Status

2/23/17 Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.
2/9/17 Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Finance Committee.

Short Description

Grant funding established for school-linked mental health services in districts where none currently exist.

Key Points

  • Allocates an unspecified amount from the general fund to establish grants for school-linked mental health services in school districts or counties where none currently exist.
  • Includes funds for transportation to services when school is not in session.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Hoffman (D) / Hamilton (R)

View Bill Text: SF 846 / HF 898

Current Status

3/13/17 Amended and re-referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.
3/2/17 Re-referred to Senate State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee.
2/22/17  Amended and re-referred to Health and Human Services Finance Committee.
2/13/17  Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.
2/9/17 Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

Short Description

Establishes pilot project to provide supports to parents with a disability to aid in parenting tasks and prevent removal of a child solely due to the parent’s disability.

Key Points

  • Allocates an unspecified amount from the general fund to establish a pilot project in which parents with a disability can access personal care attendant (PCA) resources to support their childrearing tasks.
  • Limits hours for a PCA to support parent to 40 per month and clarifies that this PCA does not replace medical assistance PCA support.
  • Funds may be used to provide adaptive equipment to support parenting responsibilities.
  • Designates DHS to develop a two-year grant for PCA provider agencies to provide services under this pilot program.
  • Establishes a Parenting with a Disability Advisory Committee, consisting of legislators, PCA providers and public members, either people with a disability or parents or caregivers of someone with a disability.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Rest (D) / Loeffler (D)

View Bill Text:  SF 28 / HF 516

Current Status

1/26/17 Introduced and referred to House Taxes Committee.

1/5/17  Introduced and referred to Senate Taxes Committee.

Short Description

Modifies Working Family Tax Credit provisions

Key Points

  • Updates credit amounts and maximum income levels to qualify for the credit.
  • Expands eligibility to include workers without dependent children, which could impact people who are noncustodial parents or parents who do not claim children as dependents on their tax returns.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Limmer (R) / Cornish (R)

View Bill Text:  SF 803 / HF 896

Current Status

2/9/17  Introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee.

2/9/17 Introduced and referred to House Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance Committee.

Short Description

Appropriations for a number of public safety, courts and corrections items, including funds for ten new positions for the Guardian Ad Litem Board to maintain compliance with federal and state mandates.

Key Point

  • Allocates $734,000 for the first year and $767,000 the second year for ten additional positions for the Guardian Ad Litem Board to ensure compliance with federal and state mandates.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Lourey (D) / Bennett (R)

View Bill Text:  SF 794 / HF 986

Current Status

3/13/17 Re-referred to House Health and Human Services Finance Committee.

2/9/17  Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

2/9/17 Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

Short Description

Liability insurance coverage expanded for licensed foster home providers, automobile insurance reimbursement program for licensed foster home providers and persons in foster care created, and money appropriated.

Key Points

  • Allows for state to purchase and provide liability insurance that covers property owned by foster home provider and damage caused intentionally by a person over 12 years of age.
  • Adds automobile insurance reimbursement for licensed foster care providers and for persons in foster care.
  • Allocates an unspecified amount of funds from the general fund to cover expenses associated with these reimbursements for automobile insurance.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Utke (R) / Dean, M. (R)

View Bill Text:  SF 518 / HF 597

Current Status

2/8/17 – Laid over in Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee for possible inclusion in omnibus bill.

2/2/17  Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

1/26/17 Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Finance Committee.

Short Description

White Earth band of Ojibwe child welfare services grant appropriation

Key Point

  • Allocates $1,600,000 from the general fund for a grant to the White Earth Band of Ojibwe to use for delivering child welfare services.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Hayden (D) / Davnie (D)

View Bill Text:  SF 510 / HF 907

Current Status

2/9/17  Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Finance Committee.

2/2/17 Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

Short Description

Allocates funds for Family Partnership in Minneapolis for planning a facility to provide mental health, early childhood education and other services.

Key Points

  • Allocates $1,600,000 from the general fund for Family Partnership for designing a facility that would offer mental health, early childhood education and other services for children and families.
  • Stipulates that funds would become available after an equal or greater amount is committed from non state sources.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Newton (D)

View Bill Text:  SF 644

Current Status

2/6/17  Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

Short Description

Anoka County foster families recruitment appropriation

Key Points

  • Allocates $75,000 for a grant to Anoka County for establishing and promoting family foster care recruitment models.
  • Funds are to be used to increase the number of foster care providers using a number of nontraditional models and strategies.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Thissen (D)

View Bill Text:  HF 239

Current Status

1/12/17  Introduced and referred to House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee.

Short Description

Establishes the Working Parents Act, which provides for paid family leave.

Key Points

  • Adds provision to allow up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for foster parents after a child is placed in their care and caring for a family member with a serious medical condition.
  • Establishes pregnancy, parenting and caregiver leave insurance.
  • Creates earned safe and sick time for paid time off to be taken in case of employee’s own health or mental health needs, or those of a family member. Also includes time off in case of a domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking situation.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Relph (R) / Miller (R)

View Bill Text:  SF 663 / HF 713

Current Status

2/22/17 Amended and re-referred to House Health and Human Services Finance Committee.

2/6/17 Introduced and referred to Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.

2/1/17  Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

Short Description

Requests the submission of a strategic plan to address needs of sex trafficking victims in Minnesota, developed by the Department of Health, Department of Human Services and Department of Public Safety.

Key Points

  • Requires DHS, MDH and DPS to work jointly to complete a strategic plan to address needs of sex trafficking victims in Minnesota by October 1, 2018.
  • Lists stakeholders to be consulted in the development of the plan, including sex trafficking survivors and their family members, victim services providers and coalitions, prosecutors, public defenders, tribal governments, public health and human services professionals, public safety and corrections professionals, and affected community members.
  • Allocates $75,000 for FY 2018 to complete this request.
  • By January 15, 2019, plan is to be submitted to legislative leadership, along with recommendations for legislative action and funding, specifically to include decriminalization policy recommendations.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Lourey (D) / Bennett (R)

View Bill Text:  SF 793 / HF 987

Current Status

2/27/17 Amended and re-referred to House Health and Human Services Finance Committee.

2/9/17 Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

2/9/17  Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

Short Description

Adds language to allow youth over age 18 to re-enter foster care if they had left foster care within six months of their 18th birthday.

Key Points

  • Youth have previously been allowed to re-enter foster care if they had been in foster care for six consecutive months prior to their 18th birthday. This bill would also allow for youth to re-enter foster care if they had left foster care within six months after their 18th birthday, up to age 21.
  • Eliminates the clause stipulating that agencies may allow youth to re-enter care if funds are available and replaces the word “may” with the word “must,” meaning that agencies do not have discretion for determining whether they will allow youth to re-enter care, but requires that it be approved when requested.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Dahms (R) / Swedzinski (R)

View Bill Text:  SF 760 / HF 1231

Current Status

2/15/19 Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

2/9/17  Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

Short Description

Exempts certain small counties from requirement for Child Protective Services to have 24 hour per day, seven day per week on-call coverage for child abuse or neglect reports.

Key Points

  • Counties with fewer than 8,000 people would be exempt from the requirement to have child protection staff available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
  • Requires that these counties have an informal written policy for after hours responses to reports of children believed to be in imminent danger, with clear guidelines to determine whether law enforcement or child protection staff would be contacted.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Utke (R)
View Bill Text: SF 359 / HF 696

Current Status

3/13/17 House: Second Reading
3/8/17 Senate: Second Reading
2/23/17 Amended and re-referred to House Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee.
2/22/17 Re-referred to Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee.
2/1/17 Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.
1/26/17  Introduced and referred to Senate Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

Short Description

Modifies licensing requirements and background studies for foster care providers

Key Points

  • Requires the results of background studies of foster care license holders or applicants to be forwarded to DHS whether the applicant or license holder resides in the home where foster care is provided or does not.
  • Adds definition of “natural support” to mean a person who provides direct services or supports without direction from nor under the supervision of the license holder or the license holder’s representative.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Lourey (D) / Murphy, E. (D)
View Bill Text: SF 781HF 887

Current Status

2/6/17—Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Finance Committee.

2/9/17 – Introduced and referred to Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.

Short Description

Health and Human Services Budget established

Key Points Related to Child Welfare

  • Allows Medical Assistance to be paid for children in foster care who are not title IV-E funding eligible but are eligible for foster or kinship care assistance.
  • Establishes criteria for admission to a psychiatric residential treatment facility for persons under age 21, including a mental health diagnosis and an identified functional impairment that cannot be remedied through community-based mental health treatment, is a danger to self or others, or has been referred by a licensed, qualified mental health practitioner. Also establishes a per diem rate for residential care and lists what is expected to be provided: an individualized plan of care, physician services, active treatment seven days per week, individual therapy, family engagement, case consultation, educational service coordination, 24-hour nursing, direct supervision, lab and pharmacy needs, room and board, and costs associated with licensure and accreditation.
  • Requires reporting to a county agency of child abuse, a death or serious injury occurring in a non licensed legal child care setting and submission of information about substantiated child abuse, deaths or serious injury to DHS.
  • Requires relative providers of children in foster care, along with staff who transport children, to complete safety training for transporting children under age nine.
  • Assigns responsibility for investigating allegations of child maltreatment to DHS when foster care homes are monitored by county agency, foster care homes are monitored by private agency and  licensed by DHS, upon agreement by county agencies and DHS for a specific case or if the DHS Commissioner identifies cause, and when a death of a child occurs in a foster care program or family child care program.
  • Increases required continuing education for child protection workers from 15 hours per year to 20 and stipulates that at least 10 of these hours should include advanced training on topics as identified and developed by the DHS Commissioner.
  • Requires DHS to complete a comprehensive analysis of mental health treatment options available in Minnesota and provide recommendations for improvements to children’s community based and residential mental health treatment opportunities.
  • Allocates a one time amount of $400,000 each to Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and Red Lake Nation to expand the American Indian Child Welfare Initiative.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Gazelka (R) / Miller (R)
View Bill Text: SF 531 / HF 714

Current Status

2/22/17 Re-referred to House Health and Human Services Finance Committee.

2/2/17  Introduced and referred to Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee.

2/1/17  Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

Short Description

Funds allocated to develop shelter and transitional housing for sexually exploited youth and youth at risk of sexual exploitation, along with staff for outreach workers to connect youth with services. Additional funds allocated for the development of trauma-informed, culturally specific services to youth at risk of sexual exploitation.

Key Points

  • $1 million allocated in FY2018-2019 for emergency shelter and short- and long-term housing options for sexually exploited youth and youth at risk of sexual exploitation.
  • $200,000 allocated for outreach workers to connect youth with services and shelter.
  • $650,000 to develop culturally specific, trauma-informed services for sexually exploited youth under age 25.
  • Additional funds allocated for training and technical assistance and evaluation.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Eichorn (R) / Rarick (R)
View Bill Text: SF 503 / HF 630

Current Status

3/20/17 Recall and re-referred to House Taxes Committee.
2/13/17 Re-referred to Senate Taxes Committee.
2/2/17  Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.
1/30/17  Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

Short Description

State reimbursement to counties for out-of-home placements for children that qualify under the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Key Points

  • Directs counties to track expenditures for out-of-home placements under the Indian Child Welfare Act for 2014, 2015 and 2016, and the number of days of placement that those costs cover.
  • By January 1, 2020 counties may submit their costs associated with out of home placement under ICWA, along with number of days state will reimburse 100% of costs for these placements for the previous two years.
  • Aid is payable beginning in 2019, and will be calculated by using the county’s average
    nonfederal share of the cost for out-of-home placement of children under the ICWA for the
    most recent three calendar years for which data is available.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Rosen (R) / Cornish (R)
View Bill Text: SF 636HF 184

Current Status

2/6/17 – Introduced and referred to Senate Judiciary Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee.

1/12/17—Introduced and referred to House Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance Committee.

Short Description

Requires that persons charged with felony stalking a minor with sexual or aggressive intent register as a  predatory offender and increases penalties.

Key Points

  • Establishes felony crime for stalking a minor with sexual or aggressive intent, requires registration as a predatory offender, and lists it as a level five offense for sentencing purposes.
  • Establishes felony crime for interfering with privacy of a minor as a level two offense in sentencing guidelines and requires registration as a predatory offender.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Eaton (D) / Allen (D)
View Bill Text: SF 791HF 357

Current Status

2/9/17 – Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

1/19/17—Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

Short Description

Extends General Assistance program to include families with children who are ineligible for the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP).

Key Point

  • Adds two eligibility statuses for the General Assistance financial benefit: a person who is unemployed and looking for work, and a family with a child who is ineligible for MFIP due to the 60-month time limit.

Bill Details

Chief Author: Anderson, S. (R)
View Bill Text: HF 316

Current Status

1/17/17—Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

Short Description

Creates crime of chemical endangerment of unborn children

Key Points

  • Establishes misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor and felony crimes for varying levels of chemical endangerment of an unborn child.
  • Eliminates conditional exemption for a health care provider or social service provider to report consumption of alcohol or tetrahydrocannabinol (marijuana).

Bill Details

Chief Author: Clausen (D) / Moran (D)
View Bill Text: SF 317HF 219

Current Status

2/23/17 Re-referred to House Education Innovation Policy Committee.

1/23/17 – Introduced and referred to Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee.

1/12/17—Introduced and referred to House Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

Short Description

Basic Sliding Fee child care modifications, plan for cross-system redesign for supports to children and families who are homeless.

Key Points

  • Modifies Basic Sliding Fee child care assistance to prioritize families with children who are homeless.
  • Designates funds for a cross-agency system statewide redesign plan for supportive services to children and families experiencing homelessness.