Public Policy: 2018 Legislative Priorities
ARRM Policy Reform Bill (HF 2911/ SF 2483)
ARRM works to ensure Minnesota's public policy and regulatory environment promotes the independence, health and safety of people with disabilities and strengthens our members' ability to support them. In 2018, ARRM and its members are focused on building off of the successful passage of its 2017 Policy Reform Bill with additional reforms that help address the significant workforce shortages in our industry.
Download the 2018 ARRM Policy Reform Bill Fact Sheet
Enhance Technology Use
We are in the midst of a workforce crisis. There are simply not enough staff to provide services to the amount of people that will be requiring services now or into the future. In 2017 ARRM passed language to mandate discussions about technology at the 45 Day planning meetings, this applies to individuals that are moving to a new provider or are new to the system.
ARRM proposes mandating that a discussion on how the use of technology may fit into someone's life happens at least once a year at every person's planning meeting. This language will extend the discussion of technology to everyone currently receiving services.
Maximize Staff Capacity
In 2017, ARRM successfully extended the sunset date for which providers are allowed to add a fifth bed to a residential setting. When this sunset date was extended however, the date for which a setting must be licensed to qualify was not extended.
ARRM will revise the language so it states that providers must be licensed by 2021 in order to be able to add a fifth bed to a residential setting.
Sensible Staff Qualifications
Current requirements to provide Behavioral Services are difficult to attain, resulting in the inability to hire adequate staff for the service.
ARRM proposes revising the requirements so that they are able to be met, while still holding standards necessary for the service provisions.
Expand the Licensing Moratorium Exception
An exception to the Adult Foster Care licensing moratorium was passed in 2017, allowing currently unlicensed settings to get licensed, this moratorium exception expires June 30th, 2018. This process has resulted in many unintended consequences that are still being worked out between providers and DHS. Additionally, if you have an open bed as of May 1st, 2017, you are not able to license that bed.
ARRM proposed extending the exception by one year and allow for open beds as of May 1st, 2017 to also be licensed within a home.