|S.F. No. 473 - Centers for Independent Living (The Delete-Everything Amendment)|
|Author:||Senator David Tomassoni|
|Prepared by:||David Giel, Senate Research (296-7178)|
|Date:||March 8, 2007|
S.F. No. 473 modifies the statutes under which Centers for Independent Living contact and provide services to persons transitioning from nursing facility care to community care. It requires the centers to be informed about proposed changes in the state's disability services provider manual and changes in federal waivers under which the state operates various waivered services programs. It provides two options for providers to qualify to be reimbursed for offering independent living skills services.
Section 1 (256B.0621, subdivision 11) requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to establish a process with the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) that allows a nursing home resident to receive information, consultation, and assistance from one of the CILs to help the resident transition back to community living if the person is under age 65, has indicated a desire to live in the community, and has authorized a release of information.
Section 2 (256B.0911, subdivision 3b) expands the definition of transition assistance under the long-term care consultation services program to include information about CILs and other organizations that can provide assistance to persons who wish to transition from institutional to community care.
Section 3 (256B.49, subdivision 11) amends the language authorizing certain waivered services programs by including CILs as one of the entities that must be notified about proposed changes or amendments to waivered services programs. It also requires the listed entities to be informed about any substantive changes in the state's disability services provider manual at least 30 days before the changes take effect.
Section 4 (256B.49, subdivision 16) authorizes Medical Assistance reimbursement, upon federal approval, to be paid for independent living skills services under certain waivered services programs if (1) the provider is licensed under Chapter 245B (Services for Developmental Disabilities), or (2) the county contracting with the provider to deliver the services certifies that the provider has the capacity to meet the client's needs. When making this certification, the county must verify that the provider has policies and procedures governing a wide variety of program features, including consumer protection, complaint and grievance procedures, and staff training. When applicable, the county must very that the provider has policies governing medication administration, handling of consumer funds, and compliance with federal requirements on the use of restraints and restrictive interventions.
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