Notice of Intended Action

Nursing home administrators—child abuse and dependent adult abuse mandatory reporter training, 141.9(8)

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PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE DIVISION[645]

Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to child abuse and dependent adult abuse mandatory reporter training and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Board of Nursing Home Administrators hereby proposes to amend Chapter 141, "Licensure of Nursing Home Administrators," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code sections 232.69(3)"e," 235B.16(5)"e," 272C.2, and 272C.3.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code sections 232.69 and 235B.16.

Purpose and Summary

2019 Iowa Acts, House File 731, amended Iowa Code sections 232.69 and 235B.16, which govern mandatory training in child and dependent adult abuse reporting for certain professionals. This proposed rule making amends the Board's requirements for mandatory training in child and dependent adult abuse reporting to reflect the statutory changes and requires that nursing home administrators who must report child and dependent adult abuse comply with the training requirements every three years, as provided in the amended Iowa Code sections 232.69 and 235B.16.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.

Waivers

A waiver provision is not included in this rule making because all administrative rules of the professional licensure boards in the Professional Licensure Division are subject to the waiver provisions accorded under 645—Chapter 18.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Board no later than 4:30 p.m.on March 18, 2020. Comments should be directed to:

Sharon Dozier

Professional Licensure Division

Iowa Department of Public Health

Lucas State Office Building

321 East 12th Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Email: sharon.dozier@idph.gov

Public Hearing

A public hearing at which persons may present their views orally or in writing will be held as follows:

March 18, 2020

10:30 to 11 a.m.

Fifth Floor Conference Room 526

Lucas State Office Building

Des Moines, Iowa

Persons who wish to make oral comments at the public hearing may be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rule making. In an effort to ensure accuracy in memorializing a person's comments, a person may provide written comments in addition to or in lieu of oral comments at the hearing.

Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Board and advise of specific needs.

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 subrule 141.9(8) as follows:

141.9(8) Mandatory reporter training requirements.

a. A licensee who, in the scope of professional practice or in the licensee's employment responsibilities, attends, counsels or treats children in Iowa shall complete an initial two-hour child abuse mandatory reporter training course offered by the department of human services within six months of employment, or prior to the expiration of a current certificate. Thereafter, all mandatory reporters shall take a one-hour recertification training course every three years, prior to the expiration of a current certificate. The licensee shall indicate on the renewal application completion of two hours of training in child abuse identification and reporting in the previous five three years or condition(s) for waiver of this requirement as identified in paragraph "e." 141.9(8)"d."

b. A licensee who, in the course of employment, examines, attends, counsels or treats adults in Iowa shall complete an initial two-hour dependent adult mandatory reporter training course offered by the department of human services within six months of employment, or prior to the expiration of a current certificate. Thereafter, all mandatory reporters shall take a one-hour recertification training course every three years, prior to the expiration of a current certificate. The licensee shall indicate on the renewal application completion of two hours of training in dependent adult abuse identification and reporting in the previous five three years of condition(s) for waiver of this requirement as identified in paragraph "e." 141.9(8)"d."

c. A licensee who, in the scope of professional practice or in the course of employment, examines, attends, counsels or treats both adults and children in Iowa shall indicate on the renewal application completion of training in abuse identification and reporting for dependent adults and children in the previous five years or condition(s) for waiver of this requirement as identified in paragraph "e."

Training may be completed through separate courses as identified in paragraphs "a" and "b" or in one combined two-hour course that includes curricula for identifying and reporting child abuse and dependent adult abuse. The course shall be a curriculum approved by the Iowa department of public health abuse education review panel.

d. c.The licensee shall maintain written documentation for five three years after mandatory training as identified in paragraphs "a"to "c," including program date(s), content, duration, and proof of participation. 141.9(8)"a" and "b."

e. d.The requirement for mandatory training trainings for identifying and reporting child and dependent adult abuse shall be suspended if the board determines that suspension is in the public interest or that a person at the time of license renewal:

(1)Is engaged in active duty in the military service of this state or the United States.

(2)Holds a current waiver by the board based on evidence of significant hardship in complying with training requirements, including an exemption of continuing education requirements or extension of time in which to fulfill requirements due to a physical or mental disability or illness as identified in 645—Chapter 143 rule 645—4.14(272C).

f. e.The board may select licensees for audit of compliance with the requirements in paragraphs "a" to "e." 141.9(8)"a" to "d."

Professional Licensure Division


This Organization is a part of the Public Health Department

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 3/18/2020.

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