Complaint and appeal procedures—inclusion of senior community employment program (SCSEP) subgrantees, 2.9
AGING, DEPARTMENT ON
Notice of Intended Action
Proposing rule making related to complaint and appeal procedures and providing an opportunity for public comment
The Department on Aging hereby proposes to amend Chapter 2, "Department on Aging," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code sections 17A.3 and 231.14.
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 231.53.
Purpose and Summary
This amendment proposes to include Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) subgrantees as an aggrieved party in the Department's complaint and appeal procedures as required by federal guidelines. The lack of complaint and appeals procedures for SCSEP subgrantees was identified as an issue in a recent federal review of the SCSEP.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 17—Chapter 11.
Any interested person may submit written or oral comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written or oral comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m.on August 6, 2019. Comments should be directed to:
Angela Van Pelt
Iowa Department on Aging
Jessie Parker Building
510 East 12th Street, Suite 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
The following rule-making action is proposed:
Amend rule 17—2.9(231) as follows:
17—2.9(231) Department complaint and appeal procedures.
2.9(1) Aggrieved party identified. An aggrieved party is any agency, organization, or individual that alleges that the party's rights have been denied or that services provided were not in compliance with regulations or were substandard because of an action of the department, the commission on aging, an AAA, or an AAA subcontractor, or a Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) subgrantee.
2.9(2) Complaints or appeals to the department from the AAA or SCSEP subgrantee level.
a. Except in cases where an AAA is acting in its capacity as a Medicaid provider, complaints at the AAA or SCSEP subgrantee level by any aggrieved party shall be heard first by the AAA or SCSEP subgrantee using the AAA's or SCSEP subgrantee's procedures.
b. Local complaint procedures of an AAA or an AAA subcontractor or SCSEP subgrantee shall be exhausted before the department on aging is contacted.
2.9(3) Requests for an informal review or a contested case hearing.
a. Informal review. An aggrieved party or a party appealing an AAA-level or SCSEP subgrantee-level decision has 30 calendar days from receipt of written notice of action from the AAA, the SCSEP subgrantee, or the department to request an informal review by the department or a contested case hearing.
(1)Any person who desires to pursue an informal settlement of any complaint may request a meeting with appropriate department staff. The request shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Director, Department on Aging, Jessie M. Parker Building, 510 East 12th Street, Suite 2, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.
(2)The request must contain the subject matter(s) of the complaint and an explanation of all steps taken to resolve the matter prior to requesting an informal review.
(3)Upon receipt of the request for informal review, all formal contested case proceedings, if begun, are stayed.
(4)The department may, as a result of the informal review, negotiate a settlement of the complaint or, if appropriate, may send the matter back to the AAA or SCSEP subgrantee for reconsideration.
(5) to (8) No change.
b. No change.
2.9(4) and 2.9(5) No change.