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Child abuse mandatory reporter training for child care providers, 109.7, 110.9, 110.10(1), 120.10

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ARC 4753C

HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT[441]

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Rule making related to child abuse mandatory reporter training for child care providers

The Human Services Department hereby amends Chapter 109, "Child Care Centers," Chapter 110, "Child Development Homes," and Chapter 120, "Child Care Homes," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is adopted under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 237A.12.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, 2019 Iowa Acts, House File 731.

Purpose and Summary

These amendments change child abuse mandatory reporter training requirements for child care providers from once every five years to once every three years with modified expectations. The amendments remove the five-year requirement and state that certification must be maintained. Additionally, the amendments require all child care providers to participate in minimum health and safety training as a preservice or orientation requirement. The requirement for child care providers to take preservice training every five years without training credit is removed. Child care providers will be able to continue their professional development requirements without repeating the same training and may also receive credit for the training taken.

Public Comment and Changes to Rule Making

Notice of Intended Action for this rule making was published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on August 14, 2019, as ARC 4602C. No public comments were received. No changes from the Notice have been made.

Adoption of Rule Making

This rule making was adopted by the Council on Human Services on October 9, 2019.

Fiscal Impact

No fiscal impact is anticipated because the Department will continue to contract with agencies to provide the necessary provider training. Each child care provider will determine the provider's own ongoing professional development needs while maintaining the minimum hour and content requirements identified in the rules.

Jobs Impact

This rule making will reduce the financial burden to child care providers who would have previously been required to take 12 hours of mandated orientation/preservice professional development without receiving training credit. Child care providers will take minimum hour and content area requirements and approved training will count toward the minimum requirements.

Waivers

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 rule 441—1.8(17A,217).

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).

Effective Date

This rule making will become effective on December 11, 2019.

The following rule-making actions are adopted:

Item 1. Amend paragraph 109.7(1)"e" as follows:

e. Minimum health and safety trainings, approved by the department, in the following areas and every five years thereafter:

(1) to (10) No change.

Minimum health and safety training may be required prior to the five-year period if content has significant changes which warrant that the training be renewed.

Item 2. Amend paragraph 109.7(3)"e" as follows:

e. Minimum health and safety trainings, approved by the department, in the following areas:

(1)Prevention and control of infectious disease, including immunizations.

(2)Prevention of sudden infant death syndrome and use of safe sleep practices.

(3)Administration of medication, consistent with standards for parental consent.

(4)Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions.

(5)Building and physical-premises safety, including identification of and protection from hazards that can cause bodily injury, such as electrical hazards, bodies of water, and vehicular traffic.

(6)Prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma.

(7)Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster or a human-caused event.

(8)Handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of biocontaminants.

(9)Precautions in transporting children.

(10)Child development, on or after August 1, 2017.

Item 3. Amend paragraph 110.9(2)"c" as follows:

c. Certification of a minimum of two hours of approved training relating to the identification and reporting of child abuse as required by Iowa Code section 232.69, completed within three months of employment and every five years thereafter, as required by Iowa Code section 232.69.

Item 4. Amend paragraph 110.9(3)"c" as follows:

c. Certification of a minimum of two hours of approved training relating to the identification and reporting of child abuse as required by Iowa Code section 232.69, completed within three months of employment and every five years thereafter, as required by Iowa Code section 232.69.

Item 5. Amend paragraph 110.10(1)"a" as follows:

a. Prior to registration and every five years thereafter, the provider shall complete minimum health and safety trainings, approved by the department, in all of the following areas:

(1) to (10) No change.

Item 6. Amend paragraph 110.10(1)"b" as follows:

b. Prior to registration and every five years thereafter, the provider shall complete two hours of Iowa's training for mandatory reporting of child abuse as required by Iowa Code section 232.69. The provider shall maintain a valid certificate indicating expiration date.

Item 7. Rescind paragraph 110.10(1)"e."

Item 8. Reletter paragraphs 110.10(1)"f" and "g" as 110.10(1)"e" and "f."

Item 9. Amend relettered paragraph 110.10(1)"e" as follows:

e. Minimum health and safety training may be required prior to the five-year period if content has significant changes which warrant that the training be renewed.

Item 10. Amend subrule 120.10(1), introductory paragraph, as follows:

120.10(1) Prior to the issuance of a provider agreement and every five years thereafter, the provider shall complete minimum health and safety trainings, approved by the department, in all of the following content areas:

Item 11. Amend subrule 120.10(2) as follows:

120.10(2) Prior to issuance of a provider agreement and every five years thereafter, the provider shall complete two hours of Iowa's training for mandatory reporting of child abuse as required by Iowa Code section 232.69. The provider shall maintain a valid certificate indicating expiration date.

Item 12. Amend subrule 120.10(4) as follows:

120.10(4) Minimum health and safety training may be required prior to the five-year period if content has significant changes which warrant that the training be renewed.

[Filed 10/17/19, effective 12/11/19]

[Published 11/6/19]

Editor's Note: For replacement pages for IAC, see IAC Supplement 11/6/19.

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