Optometrists—child abuse and dependent adult abuse mandatory reporter training, 180.5(4), 181.3(2)
PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE DIVISION
Adopted and Filed
Rule making related to child abuse and dependent adult
abuse identification and reporting training
The Board of Optometry hereby amends Chapter 180, "Licensure of Optometrists," and Chapter 181, "Continuing Education for Optometrists," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is adopted under the authority provided in Iowa Code sections 272C.2, 232.69(3)"e," and 235B.16(5)"e."
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 identification and reporting for certain professionals. This rule making amends the Board's requirements for mandatory training in child and dependent adult abuse identification and reporting to reflect the statutory changes and requires that optometrists who must report child or dependent adult abuse comply with the training requirements provided in Iowa Code sections 232.69 and 235B.16 every three years. In addition, this rule making amends subparagraph 180.5(4)"e"(2) to delete a reference to a previously rescinded rule and substitute a reference to the current rule. This rule making also amends the Board's rules on continuing education requirements to reflect the statutory changes to Iowa Code sections 232.69 and 235B.16.
Public Comment and Changes to Rule Making
Notice of Intended Action for this rule making was published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on January 15, 2020, as ARC 4854C. A public hearing was held on February 4, 2020, at 10 a.m.in the Fifth Floor Conference Room 526, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, Iowa. No one attended the public hearing. No public comments were received. One change from the Notice has been made to clarify the name of a professional council.
Adoption of Rule Making
This rule making was adopted by the Board on April 9, 2020.
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.
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.
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).
This rule making will become effective on August 5, 2020.
The following rule-making actions are adopted:
Item 1. Amend subrule 180.5(4) as follows:
180.5(4) Mandatory reporter training requirements.
a. A licensee who, in the scope of professional practice or in the licensee's employment responsibilities, examines, attends, counsels or treats children in Iowa shall indicate on the renewal application completion of two hours of training in child abuse identification and reporting as required by Iowa Code section 232.69(3)"b" in the previous five three years or condition(s) for waiver of this requirement as identified in paragraph 180.5(4)"e."
b. A licensee who, in the course of employment, examines, attends, counsels or treats adults in Iowa shall indicate on the renewal application completion of two hours of training in dependent adult abuse identification and reporting as required by Iowa Code section 235B.16(5)"b" in the previous five three years or condition(s) for waiver of this requirement as identified in paragraph 180.5(4)"e."
c. A licensee who, in the scope of professional practice or in the course of the licensee's employment responsibilities, 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 course(s) shall be a the curriculum approved provided by the Iowa department of public health abuse education review panel human services.
d. The licensee shall maintain written documentation for five three years after mandatory training as identified in paragraphs 180.5(4)"a" to "c," including program date(s), content, duration, and proof of participation.
e. The requirement for mandatory training 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 181 rule 645—4.14(272C).
f. The board may select licensees for audit of compliance with the requirements in paragraphs 180.5(4)"a" to "e."
Item 2. Amend paragraph 181.3(2)"a" as follows:
a. Continuing education hours of credit may be obtained by attending:
(1)The continuing education programs of the Iowa Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, and national regional optometric congresses, schools of optometry, all state optometric associations, and the department of ophthalmology of the school of medicine of the University of Iowa;
(2)Postgraduate study through an accredited school or college of optometry;
(3)Meetings or seminars that are approved and certified for optometric continuing education by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry's Council on Optometric Practitioner Education Committee (COPE) committee; or
(4) Beginning with the July 1, 2006, biennium, therapeutic licensees who provide proof of current CELMO certification meet continuing education requirements for the biennium.
Item 3. Amend subparagraph 181.3(2)"b"(4) as follows:
(4)Two Four hours of credit for dependent adult abuse and child abuse identification.
[Filed 6/12/20, effective 8/5/20]
Editor's Note: For replacement pages for IAC, see IAC Supplement 7/1/20.