Section 1 (245A.03) adds a new subdivision instructing the Department of Human Services (DHS) to develop an optional certification process for adult foster care homes that serve people with mental illness. The proposed certification is for licensed adult foster care homes where the license holder does not primarily reside at the licensed home.
All staff are required to meet certain training requirements, and must receive seven hours of training each year. The following are required for certification: the availability of mental health professionals and practitioners for consultation; a plan and protocol in place to address a mental health crisis; and an individual crisis prevention and management plan in each person’s Individual Placement Agreement. The new subdivision creates the certification request process and an ongoing compliance review by the county licensing agency. Certification denials are not subject to appeal, but applicants may reapply once all requirements are met.
Section 2 (245A.03, subdivision 7) exempts adult foster care homes certified for people with mental illness, along with other residential settings, from the requirement that once service recipients move out, license capacity is decreased by the same amount.