Nursing Assistant Training and Competency
Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 144A.611 REIMBURSABLE EXPENSES FOR NURSING ASSISTANT TRAINING AND COMPETENCY EVALUATIONS, Subdivision 1., nursing homes and certified boarding care homes, the actual costs of tuition and textbooks and reasonable expenses for the competency evaluation or the nursing assistant training program and competency evaluation approved under section 144A.61, which are paid to nursing assistants or adult training programs pursuant to subdivisions 2 and 4, are a reimbursable expense for nursing homes and certified boarding care homes under section 256B.431, subdivision 36.
Subd. 2. Reimbursement for training and competency evaluation costs. A nursing assistant who has completed an approved competency evaluation or an approved training program and competency evaluation shall be reimbursed by the nursing home or certified boarding care home for actual costs of tuition and textbooks and reasonable expenses for the competency evaluation or the training program and competency evaluation 90 days after the date of employment, or upon completion of the approved training program, whichever is later.
Subd. 3. Rules. The commissioner of human services shall promulgate any rules necessary to implement the provisions of this section. The rules shall include, but not be limited to:
(a) Provisions designed to prevent reimbursement by the commissioner under this section and section 144A.61 to a nursing home, certified boarding care home, or nursing assistant for the assistant’s simultaneous training in more than one approved program;
(b) Provisions designed to prevent reimbursement by the commissioner under this section and section 144A.61 to more than one nursing home or certified boarding care home for the training of any individual nursing assistant; and
(c) Provisions permitting the reimbursement by the commissioner to nursing homes, certified boarding care homes, and nursing assistants for the retraining of a nursing assistant after an absence from the labor market of not less than 24 months.
Subd. 4. Reimbursement for adult basic education components. (a) Nursing facilities and certified boarding care homes shall provide reimbursement for costs related to additional adult basic education components of an approved nursing assistant training program, to:
(1) an adult training program that provided an approved nursing assistant training program to an employee of the nursing facility or boarding care home; or
(2) a nursing assistant who is an employee of the nursing facility or boarding care home and completed an approved nursing assistant training program provided by an adult training program.
(b) For purposes of this subdivision, adult basic education components of a nursing assistant training program must include the following, if needed: training in mathematics, vocabulary, literacy skills, workplace skills, resume writing, and job interview skills. Reimbursement provided under this subdivision shall not exceed 30 percent of the cost of tuition, textbooks, and competency evaluation.
(c) An adult training program is prohibited from billing program students, nursing facilities, or certified boarding care homes for costs under this subdivision until the program student has been employed by the nursing facility as a certified nursing assistant for at least 90 days.
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