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S.F. No. 2161 - Regional Behavioral Health Crisis Programs in Selected Communities Development Grant Bond Issue and Appropriation
 
Author: Senator David H. Senjem
 
Prepared By: Stephanie James, Senate Counsel (651/296-0103)
 
Date: April 24, 2017



 

SF 2161 establishes a grant program to construct facilities for regional behavioral health crisis programs and appropriates $30 million in general obligation bond proceeds to the grant program.

Section 1 [Regional Behavioral Health Crisis Program Facilities Grants]

Subd. 1 [Account established] establishes two grant accounts, one in the general fund and one in the bond proceeds fund, for facilities for the regional behavioral health crisis program.  This subdivision appropriates money in these accounts to the commissioner of human services for grants. Money is available until spent.

Subd. 2 [Commissioner] defines “commissioner” as the commissioner of human services.

Subd. 3 [Eligible applicant] defines eligibility for grant applicants.  Paragraph (a) identifies applicants eligible to receive grants of general obligation bond proceeds, and paragraph (b) identifies applicants eligible to receive grants of general fund money.

More specifically, paragraph (a) permits the following entities to apply for grants of general obligation bond proceeds: cities, counties, housing and development authorities, publicly owned hospitals, or other public entities that can receive general obligation bond proceeds that is designated by the local mental health authority or on behalf of a regional consortium of organizations that serve people with mental illness or a substance use disorder.

Paragraph (b) permits the following entities to apply for grants of general fund money:  entities eligible under paragraph (a), as well as a nonprofit organization that is designated by the local mental health authority or on behalf of a regional consortium of organizations that serve people with mental illness or a substance use disorder.

Subd. 4 [Eligible project] defines projects eligible for grants under this program.  Paragraph (a) identifies projects eligible to receive grants from general obligation bond proceeds, and paragraph (b) identifies projects eligible to receive grants of general fund money.

More specifically, paragraph (a) permits use of grants of bond proceeds for projects that meet the constitutional requirements on use of bond proceeds, including acquisition of land, predesign, design, renovation, furnishing and equipping facilities.

Paragraph (b) permits use of general fund money for projects that meet the requirements of paragraph (a), as well as other capital facility improvement purposes that support regional behavioral health crisis programs and services.

Subd. 5 [Purpose; grant criteria] requires the commissioner of human services to evaluate project proposals and prioritize them based on specified criteria.

Subd. 6 [Process] requires the commissioner of human services to develop forms and procedures for administering the grant program. Specifies that the grant agreement is subject to cancellation.

Subd. 7 [Grant cancellation] requires the commissioner of human services to cancel a grant if the grantee is unable to proceed with the project or has not spent or obligated the grant money within four years of the grant agreement. The canceled grant money is available for the commissioner to make other grants under this section.

Subd. 8 [Report] requires the commissioner of human services to report to the legislature in odd-numbered years on the projects funded and the programs and services provided in those facilities.

Section 2 [Appropriation for crisis program grants; bond sale authorization]

Subd. 1. [Appropriation] appropriates $30 million of bond proceeds to the commissioner of human services for this program.

Subd. 2 [Bond sale] authorizes the commissioner of management and budget to sell and issue $30 million in general obligation bonds to provide the money appropriated in subdivision 1.

 
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