At the commissioner's request, the advisory council shall provide advice regarding regulations of Department of Health licensed home care providers, including advice on the following: community standards for home care practices; enforcement of licensing standards and whether certain disciplinary actions are appropriate; ways of distributing information to licensees and consumers of home care; training standards; identifying emerging issues and opportunities in the home care field, including the use of technology in home and telehealth capabilities; allowable home care licensing modifications and exemptions, including a method for an integrated license with an existing license for rural licensed nursing homes to provide limited home care services in an adjacent independent living apartment building owned by the licensed nursing home; and recommendations for studies using the data in section 62U.04, subdivision 4, including but not limited to studies concerning costs related to dementia and chronic disease among an elderly population over 60 and additional long-term care costs, as described in section 62U.10, subdivision 6. The advisory council shall perform other duties as directed by the commissioner.
In 2012, the Minnesota legislature directed the Minnesota Department of Health to provide recommendations to the legislature on the development of a comprehensive plan to increase inspection and oversight of MDH licensed home care providers in MN. With support of the Governor's Office, MDH brought recommendations to the Legislature in 2013 which included a number of changes to the home care provider licensing regulations.
The Legislature passed the law, which includes a transition period that starts July 1, 2013. The law was fully implemented by July 2015, at which time all providers had to be licensed under the new law.
The Home Care Provider Advisory Council was reviewed by the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy (LCPFP) in 2013 as part of their biennial duty required by Minn. Stat. 3.885 Subd. 11. The LCPFP's 2013 Recommendations called for keeping the council.
In 2016, the advisory council was renamed the Home Care and Assisted Living Program Advisory Council by Laws of Minnesota 2016, chapter 179, section 13.
The council's membership changed slightly in 2019 by Laws of Minnesota 2019, chapter 60, article 4, section 26.
Membership includes three public members who are either: currently receiving home care services, have received home care services within five years of the application date, or who have family members receiving services or have received home care services within five years of the application dates; three Minnesota home care licensees representing basic and comprehensive levels of licensure (may be managing official, administrator, supervising RN, or an unlicensed personnel performing home care tasks); one member of the Minnesota Board of Nursing; one member representing the Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care; and, beginning July 1, 2021, one member of a county health and human services or county adult protection office.
Members are appointed by the commissioner of health.
Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report:
2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.
Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.