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H.B. 142

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 2:30 PM by jeyring. -->              1     

REPORTING ABUSE OR NEGLECT OF THE

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ELDERLY OR DISABLED

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2009 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Lynn N. Hemingway

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Senate Sponsor: Gene Davis

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill amends the Health Code and the Human Services Code to permit background
             11      checks for an individual who cares for an elderly or disabled person and creates a
             12      private right of action for failure to report abuse or neglect.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    permits a person who is hiring an individual to come into the home of an elderly or
             16      disabled person to obtain a background check of the person;
             17          .    authorizes the Department of Health to conduct the background check and access
             18      the database of substantiated abuse and neglect cases when requested by an
             19      individual seeking home care;
             20          .    authorizes the Department of Health to:
             21              .     communicate its findings to the individual seeking home care; and
             22              .    to charge a reasonable fee for the background check;
             23          .    limits the use of the information by the individual seeking home care to purposes
             24      directly related to hiring an individual for care of an elderly or disabled person in
             25      their private home;
             26          .    makes it an infraction and subjects the person to civil liability if the person submits
             27      information about an individual to the department for a background check for any


             28      purpose other than hiring for the care of an elderly or disabled person; and
             29          .    establishes a private right of action against a health care facility that is required to
             30      report elder and disabled abuse or neglect and intentionally fails to make the
             31      required report.
             32      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             33          None
             34      Other Special Clauses:
             35          None
             36      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             37      AMENDS:
             38          26-21-9.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 3 and 382
             39          62A-3-305, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 91
             40     
             41      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             42          Section 1. Section 26-21-9.5 is amended to read:
             43           26-21-9.5. Criminal background check and Licensing Information System check.
             44          (1) For purposes of this section:
             45          (a) "Covered employer" means an individual who:
             46          (i) is not a covered health care facility;
             47          (ii) is not a licensed business within the state; and
             48          (iii) is hiring an individual to provide services to an elderly or disabled person in the
             49      home of the elderly or disabled person.
             50          [(a)] (b) "Covered health care facility" means:
             51          (i) home health care agencies;
             52          (ii) hospices;
             53          (iii) nursing care facilities;
             54          (iv) assisted-living facilities;
             55          (v) small health care facilities; and
             56          (vi) end stage renal disease facilities.
             57          [(b)] (c) "Covered person" includes:
             58          (i) the following people who provide direct patient care:


             59          (A) employees;
             60          (B) volunteers; and
             61          (C) people under contract with the covered health care facility; and
             62          (ii) for residential settings, any individual residing in the home where the assisted
             63      living or small health care program is to be licensed who:
             64          (A) is 18 years of age or older; or
             65          (B) is a child between the age of 12 and 17 years of age; however, the identifying
             66      information required for a child between the age of 12 and 17 does not include fingerprints.
             67          (2) In addition to the licensing requirements of Sections 26-21-8 and 26-21-9 , a
             68      covered health care facility at the time of initial application for a license and license renewal
             69      shall:
             70          (a) submit the name and other identifying information of each covered person at the
             71      covered facility who:
             72          (i) provides direct care to a patient; and
             73          (ii) has been the subject of a criminal background check within the preceding
             74      three-year period by a public or private entity recognized by the department; and
             75          (b) submit the name and other identifying information, which may include fingerprints,
             76      of each covered person at the covered facility who has not been the subject of a criminal
             77      background check in accordance with Subsection [(1)] (2)(a)(ii).
             78          (3) (a) The department shall forward the information received under Subsection (2)(b)
             79      or (6)(b) to the Criminal Investigations and Technical Services Division of the Department of
             80      Public Safety for processing to determine whether the [covered] individual has been convicted
             81      of any crime.
             82          (b) Except for individuals described in Subsection (1)[(b)] (c)(ii)(B), if an individual
             83      has not had residency in Utah for the last five years, the individual shall submit fingerprints for
             84      an FBI national criminal history record check. The fingerprints shall be submitted to the FBI
             85      through the Criminal Investigations and Technical Services Division. The individual or
             86      licensee is responsible for the cost of the fingerprinting and national criminal history check.
             87          (4) The department may determine whether:
             88          (a) an individual whose name and other identifying information has been submitted
             89      pursuant to Subsection (2) and who provides direct care to children is listed in the Licensing


             90      Information System described in Section 62A-4a-1006 or has a substantiated finding by a court
             91      of a severe type of child abuse or neglect under Section 78A-6-323 , if identification as a
             92      possible perpetrator of child abuse or neglect is relevant to the employment activities of that
             93      individual;
             94          (b) an individual whose name and other identifying information has been submitted
             95      pursuant to Subsection (2) or (6)(b) and who provides direct care to disabled or elder adults, or
             96      who is residing in a residential home that is a facility licensed to provide direct care to disabled
             97      or elder adults has a substantiated finding of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a disabled or
             98      elder adult by accessing in accordance with Subsection (5) the database created in Section
             99      62A-3-311.1 if identification as a possible perpetrator of disabled or elder adult abuse, neglect,
             100      or exploitation is relevant to the employment activities or residence of that person; or
             101          (c) an individual whose name or other identifying information has been submitted
             102      pursuant to Subsection (2) or (6)(b) has been adjudicated in a juvenile court of committing an
             103      act which if committed by an adult would be a felony or a misdemeanor if:
             104          (i) the individual is under the age of 28 years; or
             105          (ii) the individual is over the age of 28 and has been convicted, has pleaded no contest,
             106      or is currently subject to a plea in abeyance or diversion agreement for any felony or
             107      misdemeanor.
             108          (5) (a) The department shall:
             109          (i) designate H. [ two ] .H persons within the department to access:
             110          (A) the Licensing Information System described in Section 62A-4a-1006 ;
             111          (B) court records under Subsection 78A-6-323 (6);
             112          (C) the database described in Subsection (4)(b); and
             113          (D) juvenile court records as permitted by Subsection (4)(c); and
             114          (ii) adopt measures to:
             115          (A) protect the security of the Licensing Information System, the court records, and the
             116      database; and
             117          (B) strictly limit access to the Licensing Information System, the court records, and the
             118      database to those designated under Subsection (5)(a)(i).
             119          (b) Those designated under Subsection (5)(a)(i) shall receive training from the
             120      Department of Human Services with respect to:


             121          (i) accessing the Licensing Information System, the court records, and the database;
             122          (ii) maintaining strict security; and
             123          (iii) the criminal provisions in Section 62A-4a-412 for the improper release of
             124      information.
             125          (c) Those designated under Subsection (5)(a)(i):
             126          (i) are the only ones in the department with the authority to access the Licensing
             127      Information System, the court records, and database; and
             128          (ii) may only access the Licensing Information System, the court records, and the
             129      database for the purpose of licensing and in accordance with the provisions of Subsection (4).
             130          (6) (a) Within ten days of initially hiring a covered individual, a covered health care
             131      facility shall submit the covered individual's information to the department in accordance with
             132      Subsection (2).
             133          (b) (i) Prior to, or within ten days of initially hiring an individual to provide care to an
             134      elderly adult or a disabled person in the home of the elderly adult or disabled person, a covered
             135      employer may submit the employed individual's information to the department.
             136          (ii) The department shall:
             137          (A) in accordance with Subsections (4) and (6)(c) of this section, and Subsection
             138      62A-3-311.1 (4)(b), determine whether the individual has a substantiated finding of abuse,
             139      neglect, or exploitation of a minor or an elderly adult; and
             140          (B) in accordance with Subsection (9), inform the covered employer of the
             141      department's findings.
             142          (c) A covered employer:
             143          (i) must certify to the department that the covered employer intends to hire, or has
             144      hired, the individual whose information the covered employer has submitted to the department
             145      for the purpose of providing care to an elderly adult or a disabled person in the home of the
             146      elderly adult or disabled person;
             147          (ii) must pay the reasonable fees established by the department under Subsection (8);
             148      and
             149          (iii) commits an infraction if the covered employer intentionally misrepresents any fact
             150      certified under Subsection (6)(c)(i).
             151          (7) The department shall adopt rules under Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative


             152      Rulemaking Act, consistent with this chapter, defining the circumstances under which a person
             153      who has been convicted of a criminal offense, or a person described in Subsection (4), may
             154      provide direct care to a patient in a covered health care facility, taking into account the nature
             155      of the criminal conviction or substantiated finding and its relation to patient care.
             156          (8) The department may, in accordance with Section 26-1-6 , assess reasonable fees for
             157      a criminal background check processed pursuant to this section.
             158          (9) The department may inform the covered health care facility or a covered employer
             159      of information discovered under Subsection (4) with respect to a covered individual, or an
             160      individual whose name is submitted by a covered employer.
             161          (10) (a) A covered health care facility is not civilly liable for submitting information to
             162      the department as required by this section.
             163          (b) A covered employer is not civilly liable for submitting information to the
             164      department as permitted by this section if the covered employer:
             165          (i) complies with Subsection (6)(c)(i); and
             166          (ii) does not use the information obtained about an individual under this section for any
             167      purpose other than hiring decisions directly related to the care of the elderly adult or disabled
             168      person.
             169          Section 2. Section 62A-3-305 is amended to read:
             170           62A-3-305. Reporting requirements -- Investigation -- Immunity -- Violation --
             171      Penalty -- Nonmedical healing.
             172          (1) Any person who has reason to believe that any vulnerable adult has been the subject
             173      of abuse, neglect, or exploitation shall immediately notify Adult Protective Services intake or
             174      the nearest law enforcement agency. When the initial report is made to law enforcement, law
             175      enforcement shall immediately notify Adult Protective Services intake. Adult Protective
             176      Services and law enforcement shall coordinate, as appropriate, their efforts to provide
             177      protection to the vulnerable adult.
             178          (2) When the initial report or subsequent investigation by Adult Protective Services
             179      indicates that a criminal offense may have occurred against a vulnerable adult:
             180          (a) Adult Protective Services shall notify the nearest local law enforcement agency
             181      regarding the potential offense; and
             182          (b) the law enforcement agency may initiate an investigation in cooperation with Adult


             183      Protective Services.
             184          (3) Anyone who in good faith makes a report or otherwise notifies a law enforcement
             185      agency or Adult Protective Services of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation is immune
             186      from civil and criminal liability in connection with the report or other notification.
             187          (4) (a) Any person who willfully fails to report suspected abuse, neglect, or
             188      exploitation of a vulnerable adult is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
             189          (b) A covered health care facility as defined in Section 26-21-9.5 that knowingly fails
             190      to report suspected abuse or neglect as required by this section, is subject to a private right of
             191      action and liability for the abuse or neglect of another person that is committed by the
             192      individual who was not reported to Adult Protective Services in accordance with this section.
             193          (5) Under circumstances not amounting to a violation of Section 76-8-508 , a person
             194      who threatens, intimidates, or attempts to intimidate a vulnerable adult who is the subject of a
             195      report, a witness, the person who made the report, or any other person cooperating with an
             196      investigation conducted pursuant to this chapter is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
             197          (6) An adult is not considered abused, neglected, or a vulnerable adult for the reason
             198      that the adult has chosen to rely solely upon religious, nonmedical forms of healing in lieu of
             199      medical care.




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