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Health and Human Services Finance

FORTY-FIFTH MEETING

2013-2014 Regular Session - March 19, 2014

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MINNESOTA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES STATE OF MINNESOTA
EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION FORTY-FIFTH MEETING

HOUSE HEALTH CARE AND HUMAN SERVICES FINANCE COMMITTEE
Thomas E. Huntley, Chair


Chair Thomas Huntley called to order the forty-fifth meeting of the Health Care and Human Services Finance Committee at 10:09 a.m. in Room 200 of the State Office Building on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. A quorum was present. The committee legislative assistant noted the roll:

Members Present:

Rep. Thomas Huntley, Chair
Rep. Kim Norton, Vice Chair
Rep. Jim Abeler
Rep. Susan Allen
Rep. Matt Dean
Rep. Peter Fischer
Rep. Patti Fritz
Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen
Rep. Laurie Halverson
Rep. Melissa Hortman
Rep. Carolyn Laine
Rep. Tina Liebling
Rep. Diane Loeffler
Rep. Tara Mack
Rep. Joe McDonald
Rep. Rena Moran
Rep. Jerry Newton
Rep. Duane Quam
Rep. Joe Schomacker
Rep. Nick Zerwas

Representative Loeffler moved approval of the March 18, 2014 minutes. The motion prevailed.

H.F. 2224 (Mullery) - High-risk children and youth projects established to provide early intervention collaborative services, and money appropriated.

Chair Huntley moved the bill before the committee for consideration and Representative Mullery gave an overview of his bill. Testifying in support of the bill were:

Sue Abderholden, Executive Director, NAMI-MN
Claudia Brewington, Intergovernmental Relations, Ramsey County

Following discussion, Chair Huntley laid the bill over for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services Finance omnibus bill.

H.F. 2320 (Laine) - Civil Commitment Act training program established for clarification and interpretation as it pertains to persons with mental illness, and money appropriated.

Representative Laine moved H.F. 2320 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services Finance omnibus bill. Testifying were:

Sue Abderholden, Executive Director, NAMI-MN (in support of)
Wendy Tentis, St.Paul citizen (opposed)
Dave Hartford, Assistant Commissioner, Chemical and Mental Health, DHS

Chair Huntley laid the bill over for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services Finance omnibus bill.





Minutes
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March 19, 2014


H.F. 2258 (Loeffler) - Detoxification services medical assistance benefit established.

Representative Loeffler moved the bill before the committee for consideration and gave an overview of her bill. Testifying in support was:

Robert Rohret, Director, Ramsey County Detoxification Center

Chair Huntley laid the bill over for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services Finance omnibus bill.

H.F. 3030 (Loeffler) - Immigrant and refugee mental health conference planning and conduction money appropriated to the commissioner of health.

Representative Loeffler moved the bill before the committee for consideration. Testifying was:

Jim Koppel, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Health

Following discussion, Representative Loeffler incorporated the following oral amendment:

Line 1.11, delete “concerns” and insert “needs”

Following discussion, Chair Huntley laid the bill over for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services Finance omnibus bill, as amended.

H.F. 2248 (Allen) - Safe harbor director duties expanded, and money appropriated for service grants and safe housing.

Representative Allen moved H.F. 2248 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services Finance omnibus bill and further moved the following oral amendment:

Line 2.12, after the period insert “The commissioner shall use no more than 6.67% of these funds
for administration of these grants.”

The motion prevailed. The oral amendment was adopted. Testifying were:

Jeff Bauer, The Family Partnership
Noelle Volin, Breaking Free
Artika Roller, Director of the Pride Program, The Family Partnership
Jason Adkins, Executive Director, MN Catholic Conference; and Joint Religious Legislative
Coalition (JRLC)

Following discussion, Chair Huntley laid the bill over, as amended, for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services Finance omnibus bill and adjourned the meeting at 11:32 a.m.



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Thomas E. Huntley, Chair



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Jan Horner, Committee Legislative Assistant


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More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF2224 (Mullery) - High-risk children and youth projects established to provide early intervention collaborative services, and money appropriated.
  • HF2248 (Allen) - Safe harbor director duties expanded, and money appropriated for service grants and safe housing.
  • HF2320 (Laine) - Civil Commitment Act training program established for clarification and interpretation as it pertains to persons with mental illness, and money appropriated.
  • HF2258 (Loeffler) - Detoxification services medical assistance benefit established.
  • HF3030 (Loeffler) - Immigrant and refugee mental health conference planning and conduction money appropriated to the commissioner of health.

**Agenda subject to change. Check the committee website for updates.**
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