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S.F. No. 3173 - Changing Child Protection Grant Allocation to Counties
Author: Senator Tony Lourey
Prepared By: Joan White, Senate Counsel (651/296-3814)
Date: March 15, 2018


This bill modifies the child protection grant formula, which is the allocation formula used by the state to fund counties for child protection services.

Section 1 (256M.41, subd. 3) modifies the subdivision that distributes payments based on county performance. This section eliminates the 20 percent withhold, so the counties receive 100 percent of the allocation when funds are distributed. Under current law, 20 percent of the funds are withheld, and distributed to counties after the commissioner determines the county’s compliance with performance standards.

Section 2 (256M.41, subd. 4) requires the commissioner to set child protection measures and standards.  An underperforming county must demonstrate that the county has designated sufficient funds and implemented a reasonable strategy to improve child protection performance. The commissioner may redirect up to 20 percent of a county’s funds toward the performance improvement plan for a county not demonstrating significant improvement, or impose sanctions.

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