A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying housing support; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2020, section 256I.05, subdivision 1c.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 256I.05, subdivision 1c, is amended to read:

Subd. 1c.

Rate increases.

An agency may not increase the rates negotiated for housing
support above those in effect on June 30, 1993, except as provided in paragraphs (a) to (f).

(a) An agency may increase the rates for room and board to the MSA equivalent rate
for those settings whose current rate is below the MSA equivalent rate.

(b) An agency may increase the rates for residents in adult foster care whose difficulty
of care has increased. The total housing support rate for these residents must not exceed the
maximum rate specified in subdivisions 1 and 1a. Agencies must not include nor increase
difficulty of care rates for adults in foster care whose difficulty of care is eligible for funding
by home and community-based waiver programs under title XIX of the Social Security Act.

(c) The room and board rates will be increased each year when the MSA equivalent rate
is adjusted for SSI cost-of-living increases by the amount of the annual SSI increase, less
the amount of the increase in the medical assistance personal needs allowance under section

(d) When housing support pays for an individual's room and board, or other costs
necessary to provide room and board, the rate payable to the residence must continue for
up to 18 calendar days per incident that the person is temporarily absent from the residence,
not to exceed 60 days in a calendar year, if the absence or absences are reported in advance
to the county agency's social service staff. Advance reporting is not required for emergency
absences due to crisis, illness, or injury.new text begin For purposes of maintaining housing while
temporarily absent due to residential behavioral health treatment or health care treatment
that requires admission to an inpatient hospital, nursing facility, or other health care facility,
the room and board rate for an individual is payable beyond an 18-calendar-day absence
period and may exceed 60 days in a calendar year.
new text end

(e) For facilities meeting substantial change criteria within the prior year. Substantial
change criteria exists if the establishment experiences a 25 percent increase or decrease in
the total number of its beds, if the net cost of capital additions or improvements is in excess
of 15 percent of the current market value of the residence, or if the residence physically
moves, or changes its licensure, and incurs a resulting increase in operation and property

(f) Until June 30, 1994, an agency may increase by up to five percent the total rate paid
for recipients of assistance under sections 256D.01 to 256D.21 or 256D.33 to 256D.54 who
reside in residences that are licensed by the commissioner of health as a boarding care home,
but are not certified for the purposes of the medical assistance program. However, an increase
under this clause must not exceed an amount equivalent to 65 percent of the 1991 medical
assistance reimbursement rate for nursing home resident class A, in the geographic grouping
in which the facility is located, as established under Minnesota Rules, parts 9549.0051 to

new text begin (g) An agency may increase the rates by $100 per month for residents in settings under
section 256I.04, subdivision 2a, paragraph (b), clause (2). Participants in the Minnesota
supportive housing demonstration program under section 256I.04, subdivision 3, paragraph
(a), clause (3), may not receive the increase under this paragraph.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin Paragraph (d) is effective retroactively from December 31, 2020,
and paragraph (g) is effective July 1, 2021.
new text end

Statutes affected:
Introduction: 256I.05