Rules and operation, ch 2
CHILD ADVOCACY BOARD
Notice of Intended Action
Twenty-five interested persons, a governmental subdivision, an agency or association of 25 or more persons may demand an oral presentation hereon as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b."
Notice is also given to the public that the Administrative Rules Review Committee may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this proposed action under section 17A.8(6) at a regular or special meeting where the public or interested persons may be heard.
Pursuant to the authority of Iowa Code section 237.18, the Child Advocacy Board (Board) hereby gives Notice of Intended Action to rescind Chapter 2, "Rules and Operation for the Board," and to adopt a new Chapter 2, "Rules and Operation for the State Board," Iowa Administrative Code.
The proposed new Chapter 2 removes obsolete language; clarifies and simplifies the membership of the Board and its duties, as well as the duties of the administrator; removes references to training, which is addressed in detail in Iowa Code section 237.18(2)"d"; and provides that confidentiality requirements for the Board and its employees comply with Iowa Code section 237.21.
The Board approved this amendment at its December 16, 2016, meeting.
The Board does not believe that the proposed amendment poses a financial hardship on any regulated entity or individual.
Any interested person may make written suggestions or comments on the proposed amendment on or before April 4, 2017. Such written materials should be addressed to Jim Hennessey, Child Advocacy Board, Lucas State Office Building, 321 East 12th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0083; faxed to (515)281-5975; or e-mailed to email@example.com.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
This amendment is intended to implement Iowa Code sections 237.17, 237.18, and 237.21.
The following amendment is proposed.
Rescind 489—Chapter 2 and adopt the following new chapter in lieu thereof:
RULES AND OPERATION FOR THE STATE BOARD
489—2.1(237) Membership and term.
2.1(1) Membership and terms. The child advocacy board is created within the department of inspections and appeals. The state board consists of nine members appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the senate and directly responsible to the governor. One member shall be an active court appointed special advocate volunteer, one member shall be an active member of a local citizen foster care review board, and one member shall be a judicial branch employee or judicial officer appointed from nominees submitted by the judicial branch. The appointment is for a term of four years that begins and ends as provided in Iowa Code section 69.19. Vacancies on the state board shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments are made. An employee of the department of human services or of the department of inspections and appeals, an employee of a child-placing agency, an employee of an agency with which the department of human services contracts for services for children under foster care, a foster parent providing foster care, or an employee of the district court is not eligible to serve on the state board. However, the judicial branch employee or judicial officer appointed from nominees submitted by the judicial branch in accordance with Iowa Code section 237.16(1) shall be eligible to serve on the state board.
2.1(2) Officers. The members of the state board shall annually select a chairperson, vice chairperson, and other officers the members deem necessary. The members may be entitled to receive reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, subject to available funding. Each member of the state board may also be eligible to receive compensation as provided in Iowa Code section 7E.6.
2.1(3) Meetings. The state board shall meet at least twice a year. Notice of a meeting is published at least seven days in advance of the meeting and will be mailed to interested persons upon request. The notice shall contain the specific date, time and place of the meeting. The agenda will be made available to any interested person not less than seven days in advance of the meeting. All meetings will be open to the public, pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 21, unless a closed session is voted by a quorum. The operation of the state board meetings will be governed by the following rules of procedure.
a. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the members. When a quorum is present, a position is carried by an affirmative vote of a majority of the members present.
b. Minutes of state board meetings are prepared and are available at the board office for inspection during office hours. Copies may be obtained without charge by contacting the office.
c. At each meeting the state board shall set the time, date and place of the next meeting.
(1)Notice of the meeting shall be given pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 21.
(3)Persons wishing to appear before the state board shall submit the request to the state board office not less than ten days prior to the meeting. Presentations may be made at the discretion of the chairperson and only upon matters appearing on the agenda. Persons wishing to submit written material should do so at least ten days in advance of the scheduled meeting to ensure that state board members have adequate time to receive and evaluate the material.
(4)Cameras and recording devices may be used at open meetings provided they do not obstruct the meeting. The presiding officer may request a person using such a device to discontinue its use when it is obstructing the meeting. If a person fails to comply with this request, the presiding officer shall order that person excluded from the meeting.
(5)The presiding officer may exclude any person from the meeting for repeated behavior that disrupts or obstructs the meeting.
(6)Cases not covered by these rules shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order.
2.1(4) Powers and duties. The powers and duties of the state board are enumerated in Iowa Code section 237.18.
This rule is intended to implement Iowa Code sections 17A.3, 237.16, and 237.18.
489—2.2(237) Administrator. The state board appoints an administrator for the child advocacy board. The administrator is responsible for the ongoing administration of the state and local boards' activities and of the court appointed special advocate program. The administrator:
1.Applies for and administers funds necessary for operations of the child advocacy board and the foster care review board and the court appointed special advocate program.
2.Employs, discharges, trains, and supervises foster care review board and court appointed special advocate program employees.
3.Develops and implements policies and procedures needed to implement requirements of federal law and regulations and state law and administrative rules.
4.Develops and recommends administrative rules for promulgation by the state board as needed to govern the operation of the state board, the foster care review board program and the court appointed special advocate program.
5.Ensures training is provided for state and local board members, court appointed special advocates and coaches and any other volunteers supporting the state board's programs.
6.Ensures that relationships are developed and maintained between the local board and judges, juvenile court referees, local departments, juvenile court services, and advocacy groups.
7.Coordinates efforts to ensure community awareness of state and local boards and the court appointed special advocate program.
8.Works closely with allied agencies and associations to ensure that efforts relating to state and local boards and the court appointed special advocate program are coordinated and consistent.
9.Develops a management information system and procedures which provide feedback to local agencies serving the children to be reviewed, schedules for review, and recommendations following reviews and which provide reports of court appointed special advocate observations, findings, and recommendations to the court and parties to the child's case to which the advocate is assigned.
10.Designs forms and specifies the means by which foster care agencies may transmit case information to local boards.
489—2.3(237) Foster care registry. The state board shall establish a registry of the placements of all children receiving foster care. The department shall notify the state board of each placement within five working days of the department's notification of the placement. The notification to the state board shall include information identifying the child receiving foster care and placement information for that child.
Within 30 days of the placement or 2 days after the dispositional hearing, the agency responsible for the placement shall submit the case permanency plan to the state board. All subsequent revisions of the case permanency plan shall be submitted when the revisions are developed.
489—2.5(237) Confidentiality of records—penalty. The state and local boards, court appointed special advocates and coaches and child advocacy employees shall adhere to the confidentiality requirements established in Iowa Code section 237.21.