Notice of Intended Action

Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons—terminology, 57.24(4), 58.39(7), 63.21(4), 65.25(2), 71.21(3)“b”

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INSPECTIONS AND APPEALS DEPARTMENT[481]

Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to terminology

and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Inspections and Appeals Department hereby proposes to amend Chapter 57, "Residential Care Facilities," Chapter 58, "Nursing Facilities," Chapter 63, "Residential Care Facility—Three- to Five-Bed Specialized License," Chapter 65, "Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Mental Illness (ICF/PMI)," and Chapter 71, "Subacute Mental Health Care Facilities," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 10A.104(5).

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, 2020 Iowa Acts, House File 2585.

Purpose and Summary

The proposed amendments update rules in accordance with changes included in 2020 Iowa Acts, House File 2585. The legislation requires changes to the terminology used in relation to deaf and hard-of-hearing persons.

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

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 481—Chapter 6.

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 Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 11, 2021. Comments should be directed to:

Ashleigh Hackel

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals

Lucas State Office Building

321 East 12th Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Email: ashleigh.hackel@dia.iowa.gov

Public Hearing

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 actions are proposed:

Item 1. Amend paragraph 57.24(4)"b" as follows:

b. Residents' rights and responsibilities shall be presented in language understandable to the resident. If the facility serves residents who are non-English-speaking or deaf or hard of hearing, steps shall be taken to translate the information into a foreign or sign language. In the case of blind residents, either Braille or a recording shall be provided. Residents shall be encouraged to ask questions about their rights and responsibilities and these questions shall be answered. (II, III)

Item 2. Amend paragraph 57.24(4)"e" as follows:

e. All residents shall be advised within 30 days following changes made in the statement of residents' rights and responsibilities. Appropriate means shall be utilized to inform non-English-speaking, deaf or hard-of-hearing, or blind residents of changes. (II, III)

Item 3. Amend paragraph 58.39(7)"b" as follows:

b. Residents' rights and responsibilities shall be presented in language understandable to the resident. If the facility serves residents who are non-English speaking or deaf or hard of hearing, steps shall be taken to translate the information into a foreign or sign language. In the case of blind residents, either Braille or a recording shall be provided. Residents shall be encouraged to ask questions about their rights and responsibilities and these questions shall be answered. (II)

Item 4. Amend paragraph 58.39(7)"e" as follows:

e. All residents shall be advised within 30 days following changes made in the statement of residents' rights and responsibilities. Appropriate means shall be utilized to inform non-English speaking, deaf or hard-of-hearing, or blind residents of such changes. (II)

Item 5. Amend paragraph 63.21(4)"b" as follows:

b. Residents' rights and responsibilities shall be presented in language understandable to the resident. If the facility serves residents who are non-English-speaking or deaf or hard of hearing, steps shall be taken to translate the information into a foreign or sign language. In the case of blind residents, either Braille or a recording shall be provided. Residents shall be encouraged to ask questions about their rights and responsibilities, and these questions shall be answered. (II, III)

Item 6. Amend paragraph 63.21(4)"e" as follows:

e. All residents shall be advised within 30 days following changes made in the statement of residents' rights and responsibilities. Appropriate means shall be utilized to inform non-English-speaking, deaf or hard-of-hearing, or blind residents of changes. (II, III)

Item 7. Amend paragraph 65.25(2)"b" as follows:

b. Residents' rights and responsibilities shall be presented in language understandable to residents. If the facility serves residents who do not speak English are non-English-speaking or are deaf or hard of hearing, steps shall be taken to translate the information into a foreign or sign language. Blind residents shall be provided either Braille or a recording. Residents shall be encouraged to ask questions about their rights and responsibilities. Their questions shall be answered. (II)

Item 8. Amend paragraph 65.25(2)"d" as follows:

d. All residents, next of kin, or legal guardian shall be advised within 30 days of changes made in the statement of residents' rights and responsibilities. Appropriate means shall be used to inform non-English-speaking, deaf or hard-of-hearing, or blind residents of changes. (II)

Item 9. Amend paragraph 71.21(3)"b" as follows:

b. Residents' rights and responsibilities shall be presented in language understandable to the resident. If the facility serves residents who are not English-speaking non-English-speaking or are deaf or hard of hearing impaired, steps shall be taken to translate the information into the person's native language or sign language. In the case of visually impaired residents, either Braille or a recording shall be provided.

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  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons—terminology, 57.24(4), 58.39(7), 63.21(4), 65.25(2), 71.21(3)“b”
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Rule 481-57.24(4)"b" Rule 481-57.24(4)"e" Rule 481-58.39(7)"b" Rule 481-58.39(7)"e" Rule 481-63.21(4)"b" Rule 481-63.21(4)"e" Rule 481-65.25(2)"b" Rule 481-65.25(2)"d" Rule 481-71.21(3)"b"
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