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H.B. 106






Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

             6      This act modifies the Utah Human Services Code. This act requires the department to
             7      provide a licensee or facility notification of who to contact within the department when
             8      filing a complaint.
             9      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             10      AMENDS:
             11          62A-2-105, as last amended by Chapter 358, Laws of Utah 1998
             12          62A-2-106, as last amended by Chapter 254, Laws of Utah 1999
             13      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             14          Section 1. Section 62A-2-105 is amended to read:
             15           62A-2-105. Licensing board responsibilities.
             16          (1) In accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             17      licensing board shall review and approve rules regarding:
             18          (a) approving, denying, suspending, and revoking licenses for human services licensees
             19      and facilities;
             20          (b) conditional licenses, variances from department rule, and exclusions;
             21          (c) the protection of the basic health and safety of clients; [and]
             22          (d) licensing of all human services licensees that are required to be licensed under this
             23      chapter[.]; and
             24          (e) notification to providers and subproviders of rights and responsibilities including
             25      who to contact within the department when filing a complaint against a licensee or facility, and
             26      the responsibility of the department to follow up once contacted.
             27          (2) The licensing board shall:

             28          (a) define information that shall be submitted to the department with an application for
             29      a license;
             30          (b) review and approve fees, in accordance with Section 63-38-3.2 , for licenses issued
             31      under this chapter;
             32          (c) represent the community and the human services licensees; and
             33          (d) advise the department as requested, concerning enforcement of rules established
             34      under this chapter.
             35          Section 2. Section 62A-2-106 is amended to read:
             36           62A-2-106. Office responsibilities.
             37          The office shall:
             38          (1) make rules to establish:
             39          (a) basic health and safety standards for licensees, which shall be limited to the
             40      following:
             41          (i) fire safety;
             42          (ii) food safety;
             43          (iii) sanitation;
             44          (iv) infectious disease control;
             45          (v) safety of the physical plant;
             46          (vi) transportation safety;
             47          (vii) emergency preparedness;
             48          (viii) the administration of medical standards and procedures, consistent with the
             49      related provisions of this title; and
             50          (ix) consumer safety and protection;
             51          (b) minimum administration and financial requirements for licensees; and
             52          (c) guidelines for variances from rules established under this Subsection (1);
             53          (2) enforce rules:
             54          (a) approved by the licensing board;
             55          (b) in effect on January 1, 1998, that apply to a service or program for which a licensee
             56      is not under contract with a division listed in Section 62A-1-105 to provide until rules are
             57      established pursuant to Subsection (2)(c); and
             58          (c) established after July 1, 1999, by a policymaking board created by Section

             59      62A-1-105 which:
             60          (i) shall be limited to:
             61          (A) the administration and maintenance of client and service records;
             62          (B) staff qualifications; and
             63          (C) staff to client ratios; and
             64          (ii) may only apply to a service or program for which a licensee is not under contract
             65      with a division listed in Section 62A-1-105 to provide;
             66          (3) issue licenses in accordance with this chapter;
             67          (4) conduct surveys and inspections of licensees and facilities in accordance with
             68      Section 62A-2-118 ;
             69          (5) collect licensure fees;
             70          (6) provide necessary administrative support to the licensing board;
             71          (7) provide notification to licensee or facility, including providers and subproviders, of
             72      a person within the department to contact when filing a complaint;
             73          [(7)] (8) investigate complaints regarding any licensee or facility;
             74          [(8)] (9) have access to all records, correspondence, and financial data required to be
             75      maintained by a licensee or facility;
             76          [(9)] (10) have authority to interview any client, family member of a client, employee,
             77      or officer of a human services licensee or facility; and
             78          [(10)] (11) have authority to revoke, suspend, or extend any license issued by the
             79      department under this chapter by following the procedures and requirements of Title 63,
             80      Chapter 46b, Administrative Procedures Act.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-16-03 8:51 AM

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

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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