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S.B. 31

             1     

AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER

             2     
AMENDMENTS

             3     
2001 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

             6      This act modifies the Health Code to remove the Department of Health from the
             7      responsibility of establishing area health education centers. The act establishes five regional
             8      centers and makes technical changes. The act appropriates h [ $1.3 million ] $300,000 h from the
             8a      General
             9      Fund for fiscal year 2001-02 to the University of Utah Health Science Center to expand the
             10      Area Health Education Center Program.
             11      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             12      AMENDS:
             13          26-9-3, as enacted by Chapter 321, Laws of Utah 1995
             14      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             15          Section 1. Section 26-9-3 is amended to read:
             16           26-9-3. Rural health development initiatives.
             17          (1) (a) The University of Utah Health Science Center [and the department] shall use any
             18      appropriations it receives for developing area health education centers to establish and maintain
             19      an area health education center program in accordance with this section.
             20          (b) Implementation and execution of the area health education center program is
             21      contingent upon appropriations from the Legislature.
             22          (2) (a) The area health education [centers] center program shall consist of a central
             23      program office[, and one or more area health education centers established throughout the state.
             24      The purpose of the program is to establish and operate a statewide, decentralized, regional health
             25      professions and training program, with special emphasis on addressing rural education and training
             26      needs] at the University of Utah Health Science Center. The program office shall establish and
             27      operate a statewide, decentralized, regional program with emphasis on addressing rural health


             28      professions workforce education and training needs.
             29          (b) The area health education center program shall have five regional centers serving the
             30      following geographic areas:
             31          (i) the northern center serving Box Elder, Cache, Rich, Weber, and Morgan counties;
             32          (ii) the crossroads center serving Salt Lake, Wasatch, Summit, Tooele, Utah, and Davis
             33      counties;
             34          (iii) the central center serving Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, and Wayne counties;
             35          (iv) the eastern center serving Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Grand, San Juan, and
             36      Uintah counties; and
             37          (v) the southwest center serving Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, and Washington counties.
             38          [(3) The University of Utah Health Sciences Center is responsible for the development and
             39      maintenance of the area health education centers program. The department shall provide
             40      assistance to the University of Utah Health Sciences Center for the development and maintenance
             41      of the area health education centers program.]
             42          [(4)] (3) The area health education [centers] center program shall attempt to acquire
             43      funding from state, local, federal, and private sources.
             44          [(5)] (4) Each area health education center shall provide community-based health
             45      professions education programming for [a defined] the geographic area described in Subsection
             46      (2)(b) of this section.
             47          Section 2. Appropriation.
             48          (1) There is appropriated from the General Fund for fiscal year 2001-02 S ONLY s , h [ $1.3
             48a      million
] $300,000 h
to
             49      the University of Utah Health Science Center.
             50          (2) It is the intent of the Legislature that this appropriation shall be used for the Area
             51      Health Education Center program established in Section 26-9-3 .




Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-22-00 12:22 PM


A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel



Committee Note

The Health and Human Services Interim Committee recommended this bill.


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