What Staff Training is Required by Chapter 245I. Mental Health Uniform Service Standards Act?



Minnesota’s CHAPTER 245I. MENTAL HEALTH UNIFORM SERVICE STANDARDS ACT sets clear guidelines for staff training in mental health facilities. This legislation ensures that all personnel are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide high-quality mental health services. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key training requirements outlined by the Act.


Initial Training Requirements


30 Hours of Initial Training

New staff members must complete 30 hours of training within their first 90 days. This training covers essential topics such as:

  • Diagnostics
  • Clinical assessment
  • Service planning
  • Therapeutic intervention techniques
  • Relevant laws and regulations
  • Ethics and cultural competence


Ongoing Training Requirements


20 Hours of Annual Training

Staff are required to complete 20 hours of training annually. This ongoing education ensures that personnel stay current with:

  • Updates to relevant laws and regulations
  • Advancements in evidence-based practices
  • Changes to facility policies and procedures


Supervisor Training


30 Hours of Supervisor-Specific Training

For those in supervisory roles, the Act mandates 30 hours of training within the first 90 days of their appointment. This training focuses on:

  • Clinical supervision
  • Leadership development
  • Managing staff performance and professional development


Specialized Service Area Training

Staff working in specialized areas, such as children’s mental health or crisis stabilization, must complete additional training tailored to these fields. This ensures they have the specific knowledge and skills needed to support these populations effectively.


Comprehensive Approach

The training requirements apply to all staff providing direct care, including both clinical and non-clinical personnel. This ensures a consistent level of expertise across the entire workforce.


Compliance and Documentation

Healthcare facilities must maintain detailed records of all training activities. Documentation should include:

  • Training topics, dates, duration, and provider names
  • Verification of completed initial and annual training hours
  • Records of specialized training


Consequences of Non-Compliance

Failing to meet these training standards can lead to severe penalties, including:

  • License denial, suspension, or revocation
  • Administrative fines up to $10,000 per violation
  • Potential civil lawsuits



Compliance with the staff training requirements of the CHAPTER 245I. MENTAL HEALTH UNIFORM SERVICE STANDARDS ACT is crucial for providing high-quality mental health services in Minnesota. By ensuring that all staff are adequately trained, healthcare facilities can enhance the quality of care, maintain compliance with regulations, and protect themselves from legal and financial repercussions.

If you need assistance with developing or implementing a training program, the team at Holt Law is here to help. Contact us for experienced guidance and support.


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