The Administrative Services Unit (ASU) (Minn. Stat. 214.07) is funded by all the independent boards and consists of 7.12 FTE staff members who perform shared administrative and business services for all the boards. ASU provides shared service to the Boards in the areas of finance, budgeting, accounting, purchasing, reporting, banking, human resources, professional and technical contracts, information technology, policy development and payroll. The ASU collaboration also provides the Boards an opportunity for increased efficiency with shared facilities such as conference rooms and service rooms, and shared equipment including high speed copiers and servers.
ASU also facilitates the Boards' cooperative policy and planning efforts, and coordinates the Voluntary Health Care Provider Program (which provides malpractice coverage for physicians, physician assistants, dentists, dental hygienists, and nurses serving in a voluntary capacity at a charitable organization). ASU's annual budget is determined by the Executive Directors Forum, and the oversight of ASU is assigned on a rotating basis to one of the health-related boards. ASU is managed through the Executive Directors Forum's Management Committee. (From: Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy: Report to the Legislature in Compliance with Minnesota Statutes Section 3D.06 (Sunset Review) (2011)).
Currently the Nursing Home Administrators Examining Board serves as fiscal agent for the Health Licensing Boards Administrative Services Unit (services unit) and houses the services unit within its offices.