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DHS licensing modified

Published (6/1/2010)
By Lauren Radomski
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Policies on licensing and fair hearings under the Department of Human Services are modified in a new law.

Sponsored by Rep. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka) and Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick), the law makes the following selected changes:

• adds to the exemptions from the nursing home moratorium to allow the construction of a new facility in Goodhue County that will consolidate and relocate beds from existing facilities;

• allows DHS to sell all or part of the property at the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center to an American Indian tribe;

• allows Medicaid reimbursement for the provision of supported living services when certain conditions are met;

• requires DHS and the Department of Commerce to prepare an annual report to the governor and legislative leaders on the calls to their consumer help lines;

• directs licensed child care centers to develop risk reduction plans that assess the general risks to children in their facilities;

• modifies rules for how a facility may continue to operate when the suspension or revocation of its license is under appeal; and

• establishes criteria for a relative to provide licensed supported living services to a loved one.

The law has various effective dates.

HF3239/ SF2935*/CH329

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