Vulnerable Adults Study Advisory Committee
Function: The commissioners of health and human services shall establish an advisory committee to make recommendations on the means of preventing maltreatment of vulnerable adults and for the provisions of protective services to vulnerable adults. In making recommendations, the advisory committee shall review all services and protections available under existing state and federal laws with the focus on eliminating duplication of effort among various local, state, and federal agencies and minimizing possible conflicts of interest by establishing a statewide process of coordination of responsibilities.
A report with recommendations for state law changes and changes to Minnesota Rules, parts 9555.8000 to 9555.8500, shall be made to the governor and legislature not later than February 1, 1994.
The bill (HF1036/SF1077*) was sponsored by Rep. Marc Asch (DFL-North Oaks) and Sen. Pat Piper (DFL-Austin). The new law also makes changes to other human services programs.
"In the spring of 1993, the Attorney General's Office and Care Providers of Minnesota agreed to work together to create an inclusive process to analyze the current VAA by identifying systemic problems and proposing consensus solutions. As a first step, they formed a Working Group, including many VAA system stakeholders, to perform this comprehensive assessment. At
the same time, the Association for Residential Resources in Minnesota (ARRM) proposed legislation which became law and mandated that the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services convene an advisory committee to 'make recommendations on the means of preventing maltreatment of vulnerable adults and for the provision of protective services to vulnerable adults.' The Working Group served as this advisory committee."
(this paragraph is from page 3 of "The Vulnerable Adult Act Reform Initiative," for more on the history of the 1995 VAA Reform Initiative, please see the full report below).
Similarly, this sentence from the 1994 report, "The Minnesota Vulnerable Adult Act: An Outline for Reform" (linked below) echoes the collaboration of the two groups looking into the prevention of maltreatment of vulnerable adults:
"Since the mission of the Working Group and the Advisory Committee were similar, the Departments of Health and Human Services joined in the Working Group's efforts and will be using this report to fulfill, in part, the Advisory Committee's obligation to report its findings to the Legislature and the governor."
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