Minnesota updates law on Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention

Abdi Isaaq

ST. PAUL, MN — The Minnesota Legislature has passed a bill that would introduce several changes to Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention services in the state.

According to the new changes, Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention (EIDBI) providers will soon be required to complete all background studies through the NETStudy 2.0 system. Providers and entities applying to be licensed or registered and are required to complete DHS background studies must contact the DHS Background Studies Division for a NETStudy 2.0 account.

Disability Services Division will replace the term “telemedicine” with “telehealth” and remove the term “face-to-face” from the coordinated care conference, intervention service descriptions and the travel service description per the new bill.

Providers who provide EIDBI services via telehealth must now follow the same service levels, authorization requirements, and reimbursement rates as in-person treatments. The state’s EIDBI Policy Manual – Telehealth services has been updated to reflect the changes.

The following definitions have also been updated to align with the state’s uniform service standards:

- “Mental health professional” is now defined as “a staff person who is qualified according to section 245I.04, subdivision 2”.

- A diagnosis of ASD or a related condition must now “meet the requirements of standard diagnostic assessment according to section 245I.10, subdivision 6”. The requirements can be seen here: https://casetext.com/statute/minnesota-statutes/public-welfare-and-related-activities/chapter-245l-mental-health-uniform-service-standards-act/section-245i10-assessment-and-treatment-planning.

- “Clinical trainee” is now defined as “a staff person who is qualified according to section 245I.04, subdivision 6”.

To view the qualifications for mental health professionals and clinical trainees required by the new state law, visit here.

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