Commissioners to consider evaluation center contract

NEW ULM – Brown County commissioners will consider the 2014 Brown County Evaluation Center contract for detox services at their Tuesday, Oct. 22 meeting.

The contract includes a four percent increase in daily per diem costs with a two percent hike to the county discount. In addition, a paragraph has been added to Section 8, under “Confiden-

tiality,” according to an Oct. 4, 2013 letter from Brown County Evaluation Center, Inc. Director Jill Wenzel.

The letter read that because the Brown County Evaluation Center receives federal funding and it provides diagnosis of alcohol and drug abuse prevention, it is subject to very strict confidentiality provisions that are much more restrictive than the regular HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act), regarding private health information.

The contract contains language ensuring that the county is a qualified service organization and allows the evaluation center to provide information to the county for billing purposes when a signed patient release is unattainable, according to the letter.

The evaluation center detox division accepted 108 patients in September 2013, compared to 115 patients in September 2012. Year to date patients numbered 969 in 2013 compared to 1,008 in 2012, according to the RBA.

Commissioners will also consider:

A 2014 Greater Minnesota Family Services Contract with a two percent rate increase.

Watching two videos on the Accountable Care Act dealing with the county’s portion of the major change in the Medical Assistance MNSure program and how it affects county residents.

Disbanding a four-way, joint powers agreement for the River Bend Therapeutic EBD program, better known as the day treatment program. A number of changes have occurred in the last few years, resulting in fewer students going into the program, according to the RBA.

At the current time, the program established more than 20 years ago to provide intense mental health service in an educational setting to K-12 students at risk of out-of-home placement in Brown, Sibley and Watonwan counties, is operating at half capacity, according to the RBA.

Upgrading camera systems in the jail and parts of the Law Enforcement Center and courthouse. Costs will be split by jail commissions and software expenses.

The county board meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the courthouse commissioner’s room.

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