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S.F. No. 3066 - Mental Health Provider Modifications
 
Author: Senator Julie A. Rosen
 
Prepared By: Katie Cavanor, Senate Counsel (651/296-3801)
 
Date: March 14, 2018



 

SF3066 makes a number of changes to the qualifications required for a mental health practitioner, case management service provider, mental health practitioner working as a clinical trainee, and mental health rehabilitation worker. 

SF3066 also adds certain mental health services that are provided by a mental health practitioner working as a clinical trainee as a medical assistance covered service.

Section 1 (245.462, subd. 17) modifies the qualifications for a mental health practitioner by requiring the person who is providing services to persons with mental illness is qualified in at least one of the ways described in paragraphs (b) through (g).

Paragraph (b) through relevant coursework if the practitioner has completed at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in behavioral sciences or related fields and meet the specified requirements.

Paragraph (c) through work experience if the person has at least 4,000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of services to persons with mental illness, substance use disorder, or emotional disturbance or traumatic brain injury, or developmental disabilities, and completes extra specified training or has at least 2,000 hours of supervised experience in the in the delivery of services to persons with mental illness or substance use disorder and receives specified clinical supervision from a mental health professional on traumatic brain injury or developmental disabilities and completes additional specified training.

Paragraph (d) through a graduate student internship if the practitioner is a graduate student in behavioral science or related fields and is formally assigned by an accredited college or university to an agency or facility for clinical training

Paragraph (e) by a bachelor’s or master’s degree if the practitioner holds a master’s or graduate degree in behavioral sciences or related fields or holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences or related fields and completes a practicum or internship that requires direct interaction with persons served and is focused on behavioral sciences or related fields.

Paragraph (f) specifies that a person is qualified as a vendor of medical care if the practitioner meets the requirements of a medical assistance vendor and is serving a federally recognized tribe.

Paragraph (g) specifies the requirements for purposes of medical assistance coverage of diagnostic assessments, explanations of findings, and psychotherapy for a mental health practitioner working as a clinical trainee. 

Paragraph (h) defines behavioral sciences or related fields.

Paragraph (i) states that this subdivision supersedes any other statute or rule.

Section 2 (245.4871, subd. 4) modifies the requirements for a children’s mental health case manager associate to include persons with 6,000 hours of supervised experience delivering mental health services to children with emotional disturbances.  It also specifies that hours worked as a mental health behavioral aide I or II count towards the 6,000 hours.

Section 3 (245.4871, subd. 26) strikes the definition of mental health practitioner in the Children’s Mental Health Act and replaces it with a cross-reference to section 245.462, subd. 17.

Section 4 (256B.0622, subd. 7a) modifies the definition of mental health practitioner by adding a cross-reference to section 245.462, subd. 17, and the definition of working as a clinical trainee by adding a reference to a Minnesota Rules.

Section 5 (256B.0623, subd. 5) Paragraph (a) adds training topics to those required for an adult mental health rehabilitation worker.

Paragraph (b) specifies additional education and experience requirements for a mental health rehabilitation worker; adds a clause on further qualifications for mental health rehabilitation workers who are providers of crisis residential services, IRTS; partial hospitalization, and day treatment services.

Paragraph (c) exempts overnight mental health rehabilitation workers from the requirements of paragraph (b).

Paragraph (d) defines “behavioral sciences or related fields.”

Section 6 (256B.0625, subd. 65) adds as a covered medical assistance service diagnostic assessment, explanation of findings, and psychotherapy when the services are performed by a mental health practitioner working as a clinical trainee.

Section 7 (256B.0943, subd. 1) modifies the definition of mental health practitioner in the section on children therapeutic services and supports by adding a cross-reference to section 245.462, subd. 17.

Section 8 (256B.0946, subd. 1a) modifies the definition of mental health practitioner in the section on services for children with severe emotional disturbance by adding a cross-reference to section 245.462, subd. 17.

Section 9 instructs the Commissioner of Human Services to amend the Minnesota Rules to conform to the provisions of this act.  Authorizes the commissioner to use the good cause exemption process or the expedited rulemaking process under chapter 14 in adopting the amendments.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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