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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends the Human Services Code and the Judicial Code to provide for a
10 criminal background check of a direct service worker whose services are paid for with
11 public funds. This bill modifies the responsibilities and authority of the Division of
12 Services for People with Disabilities.
13 Highlighted Provisions:
14 This bill:
15 . defines terms;
16 . provides the Department of Human Services with access to records to determine
17 whether a direct service worker is listed in the:
18 . Licensing Information System of the Division of Child and Family Services;
19 . juvenile court records as having a substantiated finding of severe child abuse or
20 neglect; or
21 . statewide database of the Division of Aging and Adult Services as having a
22 substantiated finding of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult;
23 . provides that the Department of Human Services may inform a direct service
24 worker, or the direct service worker's employer, of the status of a direct service
25 worker in the records described above;
26 . amends the responsibilities and authority of the Division of Services for People with
28 . grants rulemaking authority to the Division of Services for People with Disabilities;
29 . prohibits the Division of Services for People with Disabilities from disbursing
30 public funds to pay for the services of a direct service worker, unless the direct
31 service worker successfully completes a background check;
32 . requires the Office of Licensing in the Department of Human Services to conduct a
33 background check of a direct service worker before the Division of Services for
34 People with Disabilities may disburse public funds to pay for the services of the
35 direct service worker; and
36 . makes technical changes.
37 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
39 Other Special Clauses:
41 Utah Code Sections Affected:
43 62A-2-121, as last amended by Chapter 86, Laws of Utah 2004
44 62A-2-122, as enacted by Chapter 300, Laws of Utah 2002
45 62A-4a-116.2, as last amended by Chapter 86, Laws of Utah 2004
46 62A-5-101, as last amended by Chapter 332, Laws of Utah 1996
47 62A-5-103, as last amended by Chapter 332, Laws of Utah 1996
48 63A-9-808.1, as enacted by Chapter 342, Laws of Utah 2004
49 78-3a-320, as last amended by Chapter 210, Laws of Utah 2003
51 62A-5-103.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
53 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
54 Section 1. Section 62A-2-121 is amended to read:
55 62A-2-121. Access to abuse and neglect information.
56 (1) For purposes of this section, "direct service worker" is as defined in Section
57 62A-5-101 .
59 worker, the department may access only the Licensing Information System of the Division of
60 Child and Family Services created by Section 62A-4a-116.2 and juvenile court records under
61 Subsection 78-3a-320 [
62 (a) (i) determining whether a person associated with a licensee, with direct access to
64 (A) is listed in the Licensing Information System; or
65 (B) has a substantiated finding by a juvenile court of a severe type of child abuse or
66 neglect under Subsections 78-3a-320 (1) and (2); and
68 (A) is listed in the Licensing Information System; or
69 (B) has a substantiated finding by a juvenile court of a severe type of child abuse or
70 neglect under Subsections 78-3a-320 (1) and (2)[
71 (b) (i) determining whether a direct service worker:
72 (A) is listed in the Licensing Information System; or
73 (B) has a substantiated finding by a juvenile court of a severe type of child abuse or
74 neglect under Subsections 78-3a-320 (1) and (2); and
75 (ii) informing a direct service worker or the direct service worker's employer that the
76 direct service worker:
77 (A) is listed in the Licensing Information System; or
78 (B) has a substantiated finding by a juvenile court of a severe type of child abuse or
79 neglect under Subsections 78-3a-320 (1) and (2).
81 of Child and Family Service's Management Information System under Section 62A-4a-116 for
82 the purpose of licensing and monitoring foster parents.
84 62A-2-120 (1), the department shall process the information for the purposes described in
85 Subsection [
87 Administrative Rulemaking Act, consistent with this chapter, defining the circumstances under
88 which a person [
90 (a) the person is listed in the Licensing Information System of the Division of Child
91 and Family Services created by Section 62A-4a-116.2 ; or [
92 (b) juvenile court records show that a court made a substantiated finding [
93 under Section 78-3a-320 , that the person committed a severe type of child abuse or neglect
95 Section 2. Section 62A-2-122 is amended to read:
96 62A-2-122. Access to vulnerable adult abuse and neglect information.
97 (1) For purposes of this section "direct service worker" is as defined in Section
98 62A-5-101 .
100 worker, the department may access the data base created by Section 62A-3-311.1 for the
101 purpose of:
102 (a) (i) determining whether a person associated with a licensee, with direct access to
103 vulnerable adults, has a substantiated finding of:
104 (A) abuse[
105 (B) neglect[
106 (C) exploitation; and
108 substantiated finding of:
109 (A) abuse[
110 (B) neglect[
111 (C) exploitation[
112 (b) (i) determining whether a direct service worker has a substantiated finding of:
113 (A) abuse;
114 (B) neglect; or
115 (C) exploitation; and
116 (ii) informing a direct service worker or the direct service worker's employer that the
117 direct service worker has a substantiated finding of:
118 (A) abuse;
119 (B) neglect; or
120 (C) exploitation.
122 62A-2-120 (1), the department shall process the information for the purposes described in
123 Subsection (1).
125 Administrative Rulemaking Act, consistent with this chapter and consistent with Section
126 62A-3-311.1 , defining the circumstances under which a person [
127 access or provide services to vulnerable adults [
129 the statewide database of the Division of Aging and Adult Services created by Section
130 62A-3-311.1 as having a substantiated finding of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
131 Section 3. Section 62A-4a-116.2 is amended to read:
132 62A-4a-116.2. Licensing Information System -- Contents -- Juvenile court finding
133 -- Protected record -- Access -- Criminal penalty.
134 (1) (a) The division shall maintain a sub-part of the Management Information System
135 established pursuant to Section 62A-4a-116 , to be known as the Licensing Information System,
136 to be used [
137 (i) for licensing purposes[
138 (ii) as otherwise specifically provided for by law.
139 (b) The Licensing Information System shall include only the following information:
142 62A-4a-116.1 (6)(a)(iii); and
144 Information System as of May 6, 2002.
145 (2) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), the department's access to information in the
146 Management Information System for the licensure and monitoring of foster parents is governed
147 by Sections 62A-4a-116 and 62A-2-121 .
148 (3) (a) [
149 court under Section 78-3a-320 , the division shall:
150 (i) promptly amend the Licensing Information System[
152 (ii) enter the [
153 (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (3)(a), if a finding of unsubstantiated or without merit
154 is appealed, the supported finding shall not be amended until the appeal is concluded.
155 (4) (a) Information contained in the Licensing Information System is classified as a
156 protected record under Title 63, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and Management Act.
157 (b) Notwithstanding the disclosure provisions of Title 63, Chapter 2, Government
158 Records Access and Management Act, the information contained in the Licensing Information
159 System may only be used or disclosed as specifically provided in this chapter and Section
160 62A-2-121 [
161 (c) The information described in Subsection (4)(b) is accessible only to:
163 (A) for licensing purposes [
164 (B) as otherwise specifically provided for by law;
168 (I) at the time that person seeks a paid or voluntary position with the Office of the
169 Guardian Ad Litem Director; and
170 (II) each year [
171 remains with that office; and
173 in the Licensing Information System;
175 following purposes:
178 as defined by the Department of Health by rule, who provides direct care to a child, has a
179 supported finding of severe child abuse or neglect; and
181 (5) The two persons designated by the Department of Health under Subsection
182 (4)(c)(iii) shall adopt measures to:
183 (a) protect the security of the Licensing Information System; and
184 (b) strictly limit access to the Licensing Information System to those persons
185 designated by statute.
186 (6) All persons designated by statute as having access to information contained in the
187 Licensing Information System shall receive training from the department with respect to:
188 (a) accessing the Licensing Information System;
189 (b) maintaining strict security; and
190 (c) the criminal provisions of Sections 62A-4a-412 and 63-2-801 pertaining to the
191 improper release of information.
192 (7) (a) No person, except those authorized by this chapter, may request another person
193 to obtain or release any other information in the Licensing Information System to screen for
194 potential perpetrators of child abuse or neglect.
195 (b) A person who requests information knowing that it is a violation of this Subsection
196 (7) to do so is subject to the criminal penalty described in Sections 62A-4a-412 and 63-2-801 .
197 Section 4. Section 62A-5-101 is amended to read:
198 62A-5-101. Definitions.
199 As used in this chapter:
201 (a) approved by the division to provide home-based services; and
202 (b) who has agreed to be compensated by voucher under Part 4, Home-Based Services.
204 in accordance with Section 62A-1-105 .
206 established in accordance with Part 2 of this chapter.
207 (4) "Direct service worker" means a person who provides services to a person with a
209 (a) when the services are rendered in:
210 (i) the physical presence of the person with a disability; or
211 (ii) a location where the person rendering the services has access to the physical
212 presence of the person with a disability; and
213 (b) under:
214 (i) a contract with the division; or
215 (ii) a grant agreement with the division.
219 (i) is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or a combination of mental and
220 physical impairments;
221 (ii) is likely to continue indefinitely;
222 (iii) results in a substantial functional limitation in three or more of the following areas
223 of major life activity:
224 (A) self-care;
225 (B) receptive and expressive language;
226 (C) learning;
227 (D) mobility;
228 (E) self-direction;
229 (F) capacity for independent living; or
230 (G) economic self-sufficiency; and
231 (iv) requires a combination or sequence of special interdisciplinary or generic care,
232 treatment, or other services that may continue throughout life and must be individually planned
233 and coordinated.
234 (b) For purposes of this chapter mental illness alone does not constitute a "disability."
236 (8) "Eligibility" means qualification, based on criteria established by the division in
237 accordance with Subsection 62A-5-102 (3), to receive services that are administered by the
239 (9) "Endorsed program" means a facility or program that:
240 (a) is operated:
241 (i) by the division; or
242 (ii) under contract with the division; or
243 (b) provides services to a person committed to the division under Part 3, Admission to
244 Mental Retardation Facility.
246 functioning, existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior, and manifested during the
247 developmental period as defined in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
248 of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association.
250 mental retardation, that receives state or federal funds under Title XIX of the federal Social
251 Security Act, for the purpose of serving the population of mentally retarded persons in this
253 (12) "Public funds" means state or federal funds that are disbursed by the division.
255 (a) is issued by the division to a person with a disability or to his parent or guardian;
256 (b) describes the services and supports that may be received with the voucher;
257 (c) lists approved providers;
258 (d) may be used by a person with a disability or his parent or guardian to purchase
259 services and supports from an approved provider;
260 (e) includes a maximum dollar value;
261 (f) states the period of time within which the voucher must be used by the person with
262 a disability or his parent or guardian to purchase services and supports; and
263 (g) is redeemable by an approved provider for payment by the division up to the dollar
264 value of the voucher.
265 Section 5. Section 62A-5-103 is amended to read:
266 62A-5-103. Responsibility and authority of division.
268 (1) For purposes of this section "administer" means to:
270 (b) develop[
271 (c) manage;
272 (d) monitor; and
273 (e) conduct certification reviews.
274 (2) The division has the authority and responsibility to:
275 (a) administer an array of services and supports for persons with disabilities and their
276 families throughout the state[
292 (b) make rules in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative
293 Rulemaking Act, that establish eligibility criteria for the services and supports described in
294 Subsection (2)(a);
295 (c) consistent with Section 62A-5-206 , supervise the programs and facilities of the
296 Developmental Center;
298 either directly, or by contract with private, nonprofit organizations, programs of:
299 (i) outreach[
300 (ii) information and referral[
301 (iii) prevention[
302 (iv) technical assistance[
303 (v) public awareness[
308 services to [
310 deprived of that person's constitutionally protected [
312 when [
313 mental retardation facility, including:
314 (i) the developmental center; and
315 (ii) facilities within the community [
322 (i) monitor and sanction approved providers;
324 public funds;
325 (k) review financial actions of a provider who is a representative payee appointed by
326 the Social Security Administration;
332 under Parts 2 and 3 of this chapter with regard to mental retardation facilities;
334 receives services provided [
335 (p) maintain records of, and account for, the funds described in Subsection (2)(o);
336 (q) establish and apply rules to determine whether to approve, deny, or defer the
337 division's services to a person who is:
338 (i) applying to receive the services; or
339 (ii) currently receiving the services;
341 (i) relating to a mental retardation facility that is an endorsed program; and
342 (ii) governing the admission, transfer, and discharge of [
347 (i) upon request of a parent or guardian[
348 (ii) under administrative or court order; and
350 Persons with Disabilities.
351 (3) The due process procedures described in Subsection (2)(g):
352 (a) shall include initial and periodic reviews to determine the constitutional
353 appropriateness of the placement; and
354 (b) with regard to facilities in the community, do not require commitment to the
356 Section 6. Section 62A-5-103.5 is enacted to read:
357 62A-5-103.5. Disbursal of public funds -- Background check of a direct service
359 (1) For purposes of this section "office" is as defined in Section 62A-2-101 .
360 (2) Subject to Subsection (4), public funds may not be disbursed to pay a direct service
361 worker for personal services rendered to a person, unless the direct service worker is approved
362 by the office to have direct access and provide services to children or vulnerable adults
363 pursuant to Section 62A-2-120 .
364 (3) For purposes of Subsection (2), the office shall conduct a background check of a
365 direct service worker:
366 (a) before public funds are disbursed to pay the direct service worker for the personal
367 services described in Subsection (2); and
368 (b) using the same procedures established for a background check of an applicant for
369 an initial license under Section 62A-2-120 .
370 (4) The background check and the approval determination described in this section
371 shall be conducted for a direct service worker on an annual basis.
372 Section 7. Section 63A-9-808.1 is amended to read:
373 63A-9-808.1. Transfer of information technology equipment for persons with a
375 (1) As used in this section, "[
376 person who [
377 (2) The division may transfer information technology equipment, or authorize the
378 transfer of technology equipment by an agency, to a nonprofit entity for distribution to and use
379 by [
380 (3) Interagency transfers and sales of surplus property to state and local agencies within
381 the 30-day period under Section 63A-9-808 shall have priority over transfers under Subsection
383 (4) The division shall annually report to the Division of Services for People With
384 Disabilities the:
385 (a) names of the nonprofit entities receiving transfers under Subsection (2); and [
386 (b) types and amounts of equipment received.
387 Section 8. Section 78-3a-320 is amended to read:
388 78-3a-320. Additional finding at adjudication hearing -- Petition -- Court records.
389 (1) Upon the filing with the court of a petition under Section 78-3a-305 by the Division
390 of Child and Family Services or any interested person informing the court, among other things,
391 that the division has made a supported finding of one or more of the severe types of child abuse
392 or neglect described in Subsection 62A-4a-116.1 (2), the court shall:
393 (a) make a finding of substantiated, unsubstantiated, or without merit;
394 (b) include the finding described in Subsection (1)(a) in a written order; and
395 (c) deliver a certified copy of the order described in Subsection (1)(b) to the division.
396 (2) The judicial finding under Subsection (1) shall be made:
397 (a) as part of [
398 (b) at the conclusion of the adjudication hearing; or
400 (3) (a) Any person described in Subsection 62A-4a-116.6 (1) may at any time file with
401 the court a petition for removal of the person's name from the Licensing Information System.
402 (b) At the conclusion of the hearing on the petition, the court shall:
407 (4) A proceeding for adjudication of a supported finding of a nonsevere type of abuse
408 or neglect under this section may be joined in the juvenile court with an adjudication of a
409 severe type of abuse or neglect.
410 (5) If a person whose name appears on the Licensing Information system prior to May
411 6, 2002 files a petition during the time that an alleged perpetrator's application for clearance to
412 work with children or vulnerable adults is pending, the court shall hear the matter and enter a
413 final decision no later than 60 days after the filing of the petition.
414 (6) For the purposes of licensing under Sections 26-21-9.5 , 26-39-105.5 , 62A-1-118 ,
415 and for the purposes described in Section 62A-2-121 :
416 (a) the court shall make available records of its findings under Subsections (1) and (2)
417 for licensing purposes, only to those with statutory authority to access also the Licensing
418 Information System created under Section 62A-4a-116.2 ; and
419 (b) any appellate court shall make available court records of appeals from juvenile
420 court decisions under Subsections (1), (2), (3), and (4) for licensing purposes, only to those
421 with statutory authority to access also the Licensing Information System.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-18-05 10:43 AM
Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.