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  • Introduced
    Mar 15, 2023
  • Passed Senate
    Apr 18, 2023
  • Passed House
    Apr 25, 2023
  • Signed into Law
    May 20, 2023
SF 2934
Minnesota Senate Bill
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Omnibus Human Services appropriations
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House • May 20, 2023: Chapter number 61
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Comments on SF 2934

Beth Hoekstra wrote 9 months ago

After reading the Sober Housing Program Regulation and Consumer Protections Change Item in the Human Services FY 2024-25 Biennial Budget Change Item; We, as a sober home in your district, are compelled to provide our input. Our organization is Project Morning Star and we work to provide drug and alcohol-free housing so individuals in our communities can lead healthy and sober lives. We agree that the status quo should change, we have been working to strengthen and improve sober housing for over a decade and are encouraged that the state is now also interested. The budget proposal puts forth $1,049,000 over the coming years to create a process for DHS to accredit sober homes. The proposal also includes a $200,000 RFP for a contractor to assist in creating this certification process. Thankfully, our state does not need to spend years and over a million dollars to create a certification process. The Minnesota Association of Sober Homes (MASH) has been certifying sober homes using the SAMHSA endorsed NARR Standards for over a decade. Currently, 64 organizations comprising 164 homes and 1830 beds are certified. We should seek to strengthen the existing regulatory structure. Our attached compendium report has a comprehensive roadmap on how to better Minnesota’s sober homes. If DHS were to reinvent the wheel and construct a parallel certification, MASH would cease to exist. It makes no sense to appreciate the NARR Standards and then compromise Minnesota’s NARR Affiliate. If MASH were to disband, Minnesota would lose a dedicated non-profit with an energetic volunteer base, years of experience, training seminars, inspections, standards, a connection with the sober home community and so much more. To improve the quality of sober housing, the state should support MASH. We should follow the national best practice of supporting NARR affiliates that is present in 38 states. Dave Sheridan; the Executive Director of NARR will attest that states see far better results when implementing the NARR Standards through a NARR affiliate instead of state agencies. As non-profit workers and volunteers, it is disheartening to see our state completely disregard community partners. As taxpayers, it is frustrating to see our state seek to create an inferior system at a far higher cost. This also applies to the draft recommendations of the DHS Study Group (SF873). Despite DHS being over 5 months late with their final report, the drafted proposals so far have varied greatly in quality. The following steps will improve Minnesota’s sober homes. These can be done at lower cost, and while collaborating with stakeholders. Raise the quality of Minnesota’s sober homes by incentivizing SAMHSA recognized national standards. Cement a bill of rights for residents that provides comprehensive consumer protections. Provide the necessary financial support for MASH to enhance inspections, certification, and training. Increase access to sober housing. Especially as it pertains to underserved populations. This can be done through increasing accessibility through vouchers and also through providing support to establishing rural and culturally specific organizations. Improve and promulgate the state-wide registry of accredited sober homes. Further incorporate stakeholders beyond sober home operators in MASH. Increase transparency and stakeholder involvement into the complaint process. We would love for you to tour our sober home to learn about this vital part of your constituency if you are able! Please reply with some times and dates that work for you. Thank you for your time and consideration of these important matters, Beth Hoekstra Director of Operations' Project Morning Star

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  • May 20, 2023 | House
    • Presented to Governor 05/23/23
    • Governor approval 05/24/23
    • Secretary of State, Filed 05/24/23
    • Chapter number 61
  • May 20, 2023 | Senate
    • House adopted SCC report and repassed bill
    • Presentment date 05/23/23
    • Governor's action Approval 05/24/23
    • Secretary of State Chapter 61 05/24/23
    • Effective date various dates
  • May 19, 2023 | House
    • Senate adopted conference committee report, bill repassed
    • Conference committee report, delete everything
    • House adopted conference committee report
    • Third reading as amended by Conference
    • Bill was repassed as amended by Conference
  • May 19, 2023 | Senate
    • Conference committee report, delete everything
    • Motion to reject CC report, did not prevail
    • Senate adopted CC report and repassed bill
    • Third reading
  • May 17, 2023 | Senate
    • Meeting scheduled for 02:00 PM or At the Call of the Chair - Livestream YouTube (Conference Committee on S.F. 2934)
  • May 15, 2023 | Senate
    • Meeting scheduled for 05:30 PM or At the Call of the Chair - Livestream YouTube (Conference Committee on S.F. 2934)
  • May 02, 2023 | Senate
    • CONFEREES: SENATE: Hoffman; Abeler; Fateh - HOUSE: Noor; Fischer; Baker (Conference Committee on S.F. 2934)
    • Meeting scheduled for 09:00 AM in Room 1200 Minnesota Senate Bldg. (Conference Committee on S.F. 2934)
  • Apr 27, 2023 | Senate
    • House conferees Noor; Fischer; Baker
  • Apr 26, 2023 | Senate
    • Returned from House with amendment
    • Senate not concur, conference committee of 3 requested
    • Senate conferees Hoffman; Abeler; Fateh
  • Apr 26, 2023 | House
    • Senate refuses to concur, conference committee of 3 requested
    • Senate conferees Hoffman; Abeler; Fateh
    • House accedes, conference committee of 3 to be appointed
    • House conferees Noor, Fischer, Baker
  • Apr 25, 2023 | House
    • Amended
    • Point of order raised, ruled well taken
    • Amended
    • Point of order raised, ruled not well taken
    • Third reading as amended
    • Bill was passed as amended
  • Apr 21, 2023 | House
    • Committee report, to adopt as amended
    • Second reading
    • House rule 1.21, placed on Calendar for the Day Tuesday, April 25, 2023
  • Apr 18, 2023 | House
    • Received from Senate
    • Senate file first reading, referred to Ways and Means
  • Apr 18, 2023 | Senate
    • Special Order: Amended
    • Third reading Passed
  • Apr 17, 2023 | Senate
    • Comm report: To pass as amended
    • Rule 12.10: report of votes in committee
    • Second reading
  • Apr 15, 2023 | Senate
    • Meeting scheduled for 01:00 PM in Room 1200 Minnesota Senate Bldg. (Committee on Finance)
    • Amended and recommended to pass (Committee on Finance)
  • Apr 14, 2023 | Senate
    • Meeting scheduled for 08:30 AM in Room 1200 Minnesota Senate Bldg. (Committee on Finance)
    • Removed from agenda (Committee on Finance)
  • Apr 11, 2023 | Senate
    • Comm report: To pass as amended and re-refer to Finance
  • Apr 03, 2023 | Senate
    • Meeting scheduled for 03:00 PM in Room 1200 Minnesota Senate Bldg. (Committee on Human Services)
    • Amended, recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance (Committee on Human Services)
  • Mar 31, 2023 | Senate
    • Meeting scheduled for 10:00 AM in Room 1200 Minnesota Senate Bldg. (Committee on Human Services)
    • Discussion only (Committee on Human Services)
  • Mar 20, 2023 | Senate
    • Meeting scheduled for 03:00 PM - Livestream YouTube (Committee on Human Services)
    • Laid on the table (Committee on Human Services)
  • Mar 15, 2023 | Senate
    • Introduction and first reading
    • Referred to Human Services