1.1.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 1233, the delete everything amendment
1.2(A13-0408), as follows:
1.3Page 179, after line 7, insert:

1.4    "Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 256B.095, is amended to read:
1.6    (a) Effective July 1, 1998, a quality assurance system for persons with developmental
1.7disabilities, which includes an alternative quality assurance licensing system for programs,
1.8is established in Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice,
1.9Steele, Wabasha, and Winona Counties for the purpose of improving the quality of
1.10services provided to persons with developmental disabilities. A county, at its option, may
1.11choose to have all programs for persons with developmental disabilities located within
1.12the county licensed under chapter 245A using standards determined under the alternative
1.13quality assurance licensing system or may continue regulation of these programs under the
1.14licensing system operated by the commissioner. The project expires on June 30, 2014.
1.15    (b) Effective July 1, 2003, a county not listed in paragraph (a) may apply to
1.16participate in the quality assurance system established under paragraph (a). The
1.17commission established under section 256B.0951 may, at its option, allow additional
1.18counties to participate in the system.
1.19    (c) Effective July 1, 2003, any county or group of counties not listed in paragraph (a)
1.20may establish a quality assurance system under this section. A new system established
1.21under this section shall have the same rights and duties as the system established
1.22under paragraph (a). A new system shall be governed by a commission under section
1.23256B.0951 . The commissioner shall appoint the initial commission members based
1.24on recommendations from advocates, families, service providers, and counties in the
1.25geographic area included in the new system. Counties that choose to participate in a
1.26new system shall have the duties assigned under section 256B.0952. The new system
1.27shall establish a quality assurance process under section 256B.0953. The provisions of
2.1section 256B.0954 shall apply to a new system established under this paragraph. The
2.2commissioner shall delegate authority to a new system established under this paragraph
2.3according to section 256B.0955.
2.4    (d) Effective July 1, 2007, the quality assurance system may be expanded to include
2.5programs for persons with disabilities and older adults.
2.6(e) Effective July 1, 2013, a provider of service located in a county listed in
2.7paragraph (a) that is a non-opted-in county may opt-in to the quality assurance system
2.8provided the county where services are provided indicates its agreement with a county
2.9with a delegation agreement with the Department of Human Services.
2.10EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2013.

2.11    Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 256B.0951, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
2.12    Subdivision 1. Membership. The Quality Assurance Commission is established.
2.13The commission consists of at least 14 but not more than 21 members as follows: at
2.14least three but not more than five members representing advocacy organizations; at
2.15least three but not more than five members representing consumers, families, and their
2.16legal representatives; at least three but not more than five members representing service
2.17providers; at least three but not more than five members representing counties; and the
2.18commissioner of human services or the commissioner's designee. The first commission
2.19shall establish membership guidelines for the transition and recruitment of membership for
2.20the commission's ongoing existence. Members of the commission who do not receive a
2.21salary or wages from an employer for time spent on commission duties may receive a per
2.22diem payment when performing commission duties and functions. All members may be
2.23reimbursed for expenses related to commission activities. Notwithstanding the provisions
2.24of section 15.059, subdivision 5, the commission expires on June 30, 2014.

2.25    Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 256B.0951, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
2.26    Subd. 4. Commission's authority to recommend variances of licensing
2.27standards. The commission may recommend to the commissioners of human services
2.28and health variances from the standards governing licensure of programs for persons with
2.29developmental disabilities in order to improve the quality of services by implementing
2.30an alternative developmental disabilities licensing system if the commission determines
2.31that the alternative licensing system does not adversely affect the health or safety of
2.32persons being served by the licensed program nor compromise the qualifications of staff
2.33to provide services.

3.1    Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 256B.0952, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
3.2    Subdivision 1. Notification. Counties or providers shall give notice to the
3.3commission and commissioners of human services and health of intent to join the
3.4alternative quality assurance licensing system. A county or provider choosing to participate
3.5in the alternative quality assurance licensing system commits to participate for three years.

3.6    Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 256B.0952, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
3.7    Subd. 5. Quality assurance teams. Quality assurance teams shall be comprised
3.8of county staff; providers; consumers, families, and their legal representatives; members
3.9of advocacy organizations; and other involved community members. Team members
3.10must satisfactorily complete the training program approved by the commission and must
3.11demonstrate performance-based competency. Team members are not considered to be
3.12county employees for purposes of workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, or
3.13state retirement laws solely on the basis of participation on a quality assurance team. The
3.14county may pay A per diem may be paid to team members for time spent on alternative
3.15quality assurance process matters. All team members may be reimbursed for expenses
3.16related to their participation in the alternative process.

3.17    Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 256B.097, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
3.18    Subdivision 1. Scope. (a) In order to improve the quality of services provided to
3.19Minnesotans with disabilities and to meet the requirements of the federally approved home
3.20and community-based waivers under section 1915c of the Social Security Act, a State
3.21Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, and Licensing System for Minnesotans receiving
3.22disability services is enacted. This system is a partnership between the Department of
3.23Human Services and the State Quality Council established under subdivision 3.
3.24    (b) This system is a result of the recommendations from the Department of Human
3.25Services' licensing and alternative quality assurance study mandated under Laws 2005,
3.26First Special Session chapter 4, article 7, section 57, and presented to the legislature
3.27in February 2007.
3.28    (c) The disability services eligible under this section include:
3.29    (1) the home and community-based services waiver programs for persons with
3.30developmental disabilities under section 256B.092, subdivision 4, or section 256B.49,
3.31including brain injuries and services for those who qualify for nursing facility level of care
3.32or hospital facility level of care and any other services licensed under chapter 245D;
3.33    (2) home care services under section 256B.0651;
3.34    (3) family support grants under section 252.32;
4.1    (4) consumer support grants under section 256.476;
4.2    (5) semi-independent living services under section 252.275; and
4.3    (6) services provided through an intermediate care facility for the developmentally
4.5    (d) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
4.6    (1) "commissioner" means the commissioner of human services;
4.7    (2) "council" means the State Quality Council under subdivision 3;
4.8    (3) "Quality Assurance Commission" means the commission under section
4.9256B.0951 ; and
4.10    (4) "system" means the State Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement and
4.11Licensing System under this section.

4.12    Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 256B.097, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
4.13    Subd. 3. State Quality Council. (a) There is hereby created a State Quality
4.14Council which must define regional quality councils, and carry out a community-based,
4.15person-directed quality review component, and a comprehensive system for effective
4.16incident reporting, investigation, analysis, and follow-up.
4.17    (b) By August 1, 2011, the commissioner of human services shall appoint the
4.18members of the initial State Quality Council. Members shall include representatives
4.19from the following groups:
4.20    (1) disability service recipients and their family members;
4.21    (2) during the first two four years of the State Quality Council, there must be at least
4.22three members from the Region 10 stakeholders. As regional quality councils are formed
4.23under subdivision 4, each regional quality council shall appoint one member;
4.24    (3) disability service providers;
4.25    (4) disability advocacy groups; and
4.26    (5) county human services agencies and staff from the Department of Human
4.27Services and Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.
4.28    (c) Members of the council who do not receive a salary or wages from an employer
4.29for time spent on council duties may receive a per diem payment when performing council
4.30duties and functions.
4.31    (d) The State Quality Council shall:
4.32    (1) assist the Department of Human Services in fulfilling federally mandated
4.33obligations by monitoring disability service quality and quality assurance and
4.34improvement practices in Minnesota;
5.1    (2) establish state quality improvement priorities with methods for achieving results
5.2and provide an annual report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over policy
5.3and funding of disability services on the outcomes, improvement priorities, and activities
5.4undertaken by the commission during the previous state fiscal year;
5.5(3) identify issues pertaining to financial and personal risk that impede Minnesotans
5.6with disabilities from optimizing choice of community-based services; and
5.7(4) recommend to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative
5.8committees with jurisdiction over human services and civil law by January 15, 2013
5.9 2014, statutory and rule changes related to the findings under clause (3) that promote
5.10individualized service and housing choices balanced with appropriate individualized
5.12    (e) The State Quality Council, in partnership with the commissioner, shall:
5.13    (1) approve and direct implementation of the community-based, person-directed
5.14system established in this section;
5.15    (2) recommend an appropriate method of funding this system, and determine the
5.16feasibility of the use of Medicaid, licensing fees, as well as other possible funding options;
5.17    (3) approve measurable outcomes in the areas of health and safety, consumer
5.18evaluation, education and training, providers, and systems;
5.19    (4) establish variable licensure periods not to exceed three years based on outcomes
5.20achieved; and
5.21    (5) in cooperation with the Quality Assurance Commission, design a transition plan
5.22for licensed providers from Region 10 into the alternative licensing system by July 1, 2013.
5.23    (f) The State Quality Council shall notify the commissioner of human services that a
5.24facility, program, or service has been reviewed by quality assurance team members under
5.25subdivision 4, paragraph (b), clause (13), and qualifies for a license.
5.26    (g) The State Quality Council, in partnership with the commissioner, shall establish
5.27an ongoing review process for the system. The review shall take into account the
5.28comprehensive nature of the system which is designed to evaluate the broad spectrum of
5.29licensed and unlicensed entities that provide services to persons with disabilities. The
5.30review shall address efficiencies and effectiveness of the system.
5.31    (h) The State Quality Council may recommend to the commissioner certain
5.32variances from the standards governing licensure of programs for persons with disabilities
5.33in order to improve the quality of services so long as the recommended variances do
5.34not adversely affect the health or safety of persons being served or compromise the
5.35qualifications of staff to provide services.
6.1    (i) The safety standards, rights, or procedural protections referenced under
6.2subdivision 2, paragraph (c), shall not be varied. The State Quality Council may make
6.3recommendations to the commissioner or to the legislature in the report required under
6.4paragraph (c) regarding alternatives or modifications to the safety standards, rights, or
6.5procedural protections referenced under subdivision 2, paragraph (c).
6.6    (j) The State Quality Council may hire staff to perform the duties assigned in this
6.8Page 197, line 17, before "Minnesota" insert "(a)"
6.9Page 197, after line 19, insert:
6.10"(b) Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 256B.096, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, and 4, are
6.12Renumber the sections in sequence and correct the internal references
6.13Amend the title accordingly