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S.F. No. 3286 - Modifying Provisions Related to Providers of Behavioral Health Services
Author: Senator Paul J. Utke
Prepared By: Joan White, Senate Counsel (651/296-3814)
Date: March 22, 2018


Section 1 (245A.04, subd. 7) amends the Department of Human Services Licensing Act. The new language in this section allows a license to be transferrable if the license or certification is one for mental health centers or clinics, residential programs, or substance use disorder treatment programs, or if the transfer is being made to a provider that already holds at least one other license or certification of the same type as the one being transferred.

Section 2 (245G.03, subd. 1) amends the chapter of law related to chemical dependency licensed treatment facilities, by exempting  programs licensed under this chapter from the assessment of need process. New language also states that the commissioner may deny a license if the commissioner determines that the services currently available in the local area are sufficient and new services would be detrimental to individuals seeking those services.

Sections 3 and 4 (256B.0622, subds. 3a and 4) eliminate the requirement that assertive community treatment providers and intensive residential treatment services providers, respectively, must have a contact with the host county.

Section 5 (256B.0623, subd. 4) amends adult rehabilitative mental health services by striking language that requires a noncounty provider to obtain additional certification from each county in which it will provide services.

Section 6 (256B.0624, subd. 4) modifies adult crisis response services, by requiring that a provider that is providing crisis stabilization services in a residential setting is exempt from the requirements under paragraph (a), but must meet the standards under paragraph (c).

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