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County mandate reliefs (new law)

Published (5/29/2009)
By Patty Ostberg
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A variety of health and human services county mandate reliefs and provisions on how counties cremate and bury those on public assistance are included in a new law.

Sponsored by Rep. Kim Norton (DFL-Rochester) and Sen. Ann Lynch (DFL-Rochester), the law includes changes to residential treatment centers, cremation and burial of public assistance recipients.

The law allows families to place their children in treatment centers across state lines if they are closer than an in-state institution, with counties responsible for the costs. A county board can determine the appropriate level of care when county funds are used to pay for services.

Upon their death, any person receiving public assistance through the Minnesota Family Investment Program can be cremated by the county. However, the county must attempt to contact the decedent’s spouse or next of kin. If a faith tradition is unknown, the county may cremate the body.

Home health aide qualifications are changed to include that a person may perform aide tasks if the person maintains current registration as a nursing assistant on the Minnesota nursing assistant registry.

Other provisions include changes to day training and habilitation alternative inspection requests and changes to a mailing notice from a juvenile’s probation officer to a school.

Most of the law takes effect Aug 1, 2009.

HF1276*/SF986/CH174

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