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ADOPTION AGENCY MODIFICATIONS

             2     
2013 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Luz Robles

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House Sponsor: Ryan D. Wilcox

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends Title 62A, Chapter 2, Licensure of Programs and Facilities.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    defines terms;
             13          .    requires the Office of Licensing to implement ethical rules prohibiting an adoption
             14      agency or an employee of an adoption agency from misrepresenting facts or
             15      information; and
             16          .    makes technical changes.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          62A-2-106, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 75
             24     
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 62A-2-106 is amended to read:
             27           62A-2-106. Office responsibilities.
             28          (1) Subject to the requirements of federal and state law, the office shall:
             29          (a) make rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative


             30      Rulemaking Act, to establish:
             31          (i) except as provided in Subsection (1)(a)(ii), basic health and safety standards for
             32      licensees, that shall be limited to:
             33          (A) fire safety;
             34          (B) food safety;
             35          (C) sanitation;
             36          (D) infectious disease control;
             37          (E) safety of the:
             38          (I) physical facility and grounds; and
             39          (II) area and community surrounding the physical facility;
             40          (F) transportation safety;
             41          (G) emergency preparedness and response;
             42          (H) the administration of medical standards and procedures, consistent with the related
             43      provisions of this title;
             44          (I) staff and client safety and protection;
             45          (J) the administration and maintenance of client and service records;
             46          (K) staff qualifications and training, including standards for permitting experience to
             47      be substituted for education, unless prohibited by law;
             48          (L) staff to client ratios; and
             49          (M) access to firearms;
             50          (ii) basic health and safety standards for therapeutic schools, that shall be limited to:
             51          (A) fire safety, except that the standards are limited to those required by law or rule
             52      under Title 53, Chapter 7, Part 2, Fire Prevention and Fireworks Act;
             53          (B) food safety;
             54          (C) sanitation;
             55          (D) infectious disease control, except that the standards are limited to:
             56          (I) those required by law or rule under Title 26, Utah Health Code or Title 26A, Local
             57      Health Authorities; and


             58          (II) requiring a separate room for clients who are sick;
             59          (E) safety of the physical facility and grounds, except that the standards are limited to
             60      those required by law or rule under Title 53, Chapter 7, Part 2, Fire Prevention and Fireworks
             61      Act;
             62          (F) transportation safety;
             63          (G) emergency preparedness and response;
             64          (H) access to appropriate medical care, including:
             65          (I) subject to the requirements of law, designation of a person who is authorized to
             66      dispense medication; and
             67          (II) storing, tracking, and securing medication;
             68          (I) staff and client safety and protection that permits the school to provide for the direct
             69      supervision of clients at all times;
             70          (J) the administration and maintenance of client and service records;
             71          (K) staff qualifications and training, including standards for permitting experience to
             72      be substituted for education, unless prohibited by law;
             73          (L) staff to client ratios; and
             74          (M) access to firearms;
             75          (iii) procedures and standards for permitting a licensee to:
             76          (A) provide in the same facility and under the same conditions as children, residential
             77      treatment services to a person 18 years old or older who:
             78          (I) begins to reside at the licensee's residential treatment facility before the person's
             79      18th birthday;
             80          (II) has resided at the licensee's residential treatment facility continuously since the
             81      time described in Subsection (1)(a)(iii)(A)(I);
             82          (III) has not completed the course of treatment for which the person began residing at
             83      the licensee's residential treatment facility; and
             84          (IV) voluntarily consents to complete the course of treatment described in Subsection
             85      (1)(a)(iii)(A)(III); or


             86          (B) (I) provide residential treatment services to a child who is:
             87          (Aa) 12 years old or older; and
             88          (Bb) under the custody of the Division of Juvenile Justice Services; and
             89          (II) provide, in the same facility as a child described in Subsection (1)(a)(iii)(B)(I),
             90      residential treatment services to a person who is:
             91          (Aa) at least 18 years old, but younger than 21 years old; and
             92          (Bb) under the custody of the Division of Juvenile Justice Services;
             93          (iv) minimum administration and financial requirements for licensees; [and]
             94          (v) guidelines for variances from rules established under this Subsection (1); and
             95          (vi) minimum ethical responsibilities of an adoption agency licensed under this
             96      chapter, including prohibiting an adoption agency or its employee from misrepresenting facts
             97      or information;
             98          (b) enforce rules relating to the office;
             99          (c) issue licenses in accordance with this chapter;
             100          (d) if the United States Department of State executes an agreement with the office that
             101      designates the office to act as an accrediting entity in accordance with the Intercountry
             102      Adoption Act of 2000, Pub. L. No. 106-279, accredit one or more agencies and persons to
             103      provide intercountry adoption services pursuant to:
             104          (i) the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, Pub. L. No. 106-279; and
             105          (ii) the implementing regulations for the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, Pub. L.
             106      No. 106-279;
             107          (e) make rules to implement the provisions of Subsection (1)(d);
             108          (f) conduct surveys and inspections of licensees and facilities in accordance with
             109      Section 62A-2-118 ;
             110          (g) collect licensure fees;
             111          (h) notify licensees of the name of a person within the department to contact when
             112      filing a complaint;
             113          (i) investigate complaints regarding any licensee or human services program;


             114          (j) have access to all records, correspondence, and financial data required to be
             115      maintained by a licensee;
             116          (k) have authority to interview any client, family member of a client, employee, or
             117      officer of a licensee; and
             118          (l) have authority to deny, condition, revoke, suspend, or extend any license issued by
             119      the department under this chapter by following the procedures and requirements of Title 63G,
             120      Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act.
             121          (2) In establishing rules under Subsection (1)(a)(ii)(G), the office shall require a
             122      licensee to establish and comply with an emergency response plan that requires clients and staff
             123      to:
             124          (a) immediately report to law enforcement any significant criminal activity, as defined
             125      by rule, committed:
             126          (i) on the premises where the licensee operates its human services program;
             127          (ii) by or against its clients; or
             128          (iii) by or against a staff member while the staff member is on duty;
             129          (b) immediately report to emergency medical services any medical emergency, as
             130      defined by rule:
             131          (i) on the premises where the licensee operates its human services program;
             132          (ii) involving its clients; or
             133          (iii) involving a staff member while the staff member is on duty; and
             134          (c) immediately report other emergencies that occur on the premises where the licensee
             135      operates its human services program to the appropriate emergency services agency.


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