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S.F. No. 986 - Mental Health Screening Data (Author’s Delete-Everything Amendment)
Author: Senator Jerry Relph
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Date: March 1, 2017


Section 1 adds a cross-reference in the Data Practices Act to the new mental health data sharing provisions contained in section 2.

Section 2 allows a sheriff or local corrections to share names of persons who have screened positive or may have a mental illness with the local county social services agency.  Current law requires mental health screening to be done as part of the intake procedure for new prisoners.  However, section 13.85 classifies certain corrections and detention data as private data.  In addition to sharing names, this would authorize sharing private data to provide assistance in applying for medical assistance or MinnesotaCare; make a referral for case management; provide assistance in obtaining a state photo identification; assist in obtaining an appointment with a mental health provider, and prescriptions for necessary medications; and behavioral health service coordination.

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