ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Representatives from the long-term care industry say the state is overreaching by requiring counseling for those entering assisted living facilities.

The mandate was included in the state budget that supporters say will slow the rate of spending. Proponents say the required counseling will save the state $3.8 million over the next two years. Rep. Jim Abeler says the challenge is placing seniors at the correct facility. If a family makes a rushed and uniformed decision about placement, it can end up costing the state more money.

The president of CareProviders of Minnesota, Patti Cullen, tells Minnesota Public Radio News that providing seniors and their families with information is one thing, but mandating counseling goes too far.

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