1.1.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 1233, the delete everything amendment
1.2(A13-0408), as follows:
1.3Page 320, after line 20, insert:

1.5    Subdivision 1. Establishment. The commissioner of human services shall
1.6establish and implement a pilot project in up to two counties to determine effective
1.7strategies to increase MFIP child well-being, especially to improve the school readiness
1.8of young children in families receiving MFIP by increasing their parents' knowledge
1.9of and access to information and opportunities for early childhood care and education.
1.10The commissioner shall develop the project in consultation with the commissioners of
1.11education, health, and the Housing Finance Agency.
1.12    Subd. 2. Pilot project goals. The goals of the pilot project are to:
1.13(1) determine effective strategies to help parents identify when they or their child
1.14may benefit from mental health or early childhood services, understand the importance of
1.15obtaining services for themselves and their child, and know where to go for services;
1.16(2) provide early childhood development information and resources to MFIP parents,
1.17including tools parents can use to track their child's development, resources used by other
1.18families in their communities to support their child's growth, and where to go if they have
1.19questions about their child's development;
1.20(3) determine the best strategies to ensure that MFIP parents can attend to their
1.21child's development and potential need for additional services, if indicated;
1.22(4) consider county staff training issues related to early childhood development
1.23and child well-being;
1.24(5) test various methods of providing information about child development,
1.25including the impact of trauma and poverty in early childhood, to county staff, community
1.26provider staff, and MFIP parents; and
2.1(6) maximize the use of existing resources.
2.2    Subd. 3. County application; participation. Counties may apply to the
2.3commissioner of human services to participate in the pilot project on the forms and
2.4according to the timelines established by the commissioner. The commissioner shall
2.5determine the county or counties, which must include at least one county that is not a
2.6metropolitan county, as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 473.121, subdivision 4, that
2.7will participate in the pilot project based on the applications received by the commissioner.
2.8The commissioner shall provide technical assistance to participating counties, including
2.9advice regarding medical assistance reimbursement for certain screening and assessment
2.10activities under the child and teen check-up program.
2.11    Subd. 4. Services. (a) Services provided under the pilot project shall include, but
2.12are not limited to, providing parents access to:
2.13(1) information regarding healthy child development;
2.14(2) resources to support parenting; and
2.15(3) specialized resources to prevent or mitigate developmental delays, including
2.16family home visiting, Part C Early Intervention, mental health services provided by a
2.17professional with training in children's mental health, child care, and Early Head Start
2.18or Head Start.
2.19(b) Families must begin receiving services under the pilot project no later than
2.20July 1, 2014.
2.21    Subd. 5. Parental participation. The project must allow parents to count
2.22participation in approved early childhood programs as an approved MFIP work activity, if
2.23included in the caregiver's employment plan.
2.24    Subd. 6. Report and recommendations. The commissioner of human services
2.25shall report to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over health and human services
2.26policy and finance by January 15, 2017, information on pilot project participants,
2.27including information on child outcomes, children's school readiness, parent satisfaction,
2.28and parental ability to receive services or other information through the referrals provided
2.29by the county or other staff. The commissioner shall also provide recommendations to
2.30the legislative committees with jurisdiction over health and human services policy and
2.31finance to improve MFIP child well-being outcomes and to expand the project statewide
2.32if the results of the project indicate project participants achieved better outcomes. Child
2.33outcomes must be the primary factor for determining project effectiveness.
2.34    Subd. 7. Expiration. This section expires June 30, 2016."
3.1Renumber the sections in sequence and correct the internal references
3.2Amend the title accordingly