CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
HOUSE BILL 2444
2002 Regular Session
Passed by the House March 13, 2002
Yeas 97 Nays 0
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate March 13, 2002
Yeas 47 Nays 0
I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 2444 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
President of the Senate
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
HOUSE BILL 2444
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2002 Regular Session
By Representatives Darneille, Campbell, Jarrett, Gombosky, Lovick, Ruderman, Pflug, Haigh and Kenney
Read first time 01/17/2002. Referred to Committee on Health Care.
AN ACT Relating to regulation of adult family home providers and resident managers; amending RCW 70.128.120, 70.128.220, and 18.130.040; adding a new section to chapter 70.128 RCW; creating a new section; repealing RCW 18.48.010, 18.48.020, 18.48.030, 18.48.050, and 18.48.060; and declaring an emergency.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 70.128.120 and 2001 c 319 s 8 are each amended to read as follows:
Each adult family home provider and each resident manager shall have the following minimum qualifications:
(1) Twenty-one years of age or older;
(2) For those applying after September 1, 2001, to be licensed as providers, and for resident managers whose employment begins after September 1, 2001, a United States high school diploma or general educational development (GED) certificate or any English or translated government documentation of the following:
(a) Successful completion of government-approved public or private school education in a foreign country that includes an annual average of one thousand hours of instruction over twelve years or no less than twelve thousand hours of instruction;
(b) A foreign college, foreign university, or United States community college two-year diploma;
(c) Admission to, or completion of coursework at, a foreign university or college for which credit was granted;
(d) Admission to, or completion of coursework at, a United States college or university for which credits were awarded;
(e) Admission to, or completion of postgraduate coursework at, a United States college or university for which credits were awarded; or
(f) Successful passage of the United States board examination for registered nursing, or any professional medical occupation for which college or university education preparation was required;
(3) Good moral and responsible character and reputation;
(4) Literacy in the English language, however, a person not literate in the English language may meet the requirements of this subsection by assuring that there is a person on staff and available who is able to communicate or make provisions for communicating with the resident in his or her primary language and capable of understanding and speaking English well enough to be able to respond appropriately to emergency situations and be able to read and understand resident care plans;
(5) Management and administrative ability to carry out the requirements of this chapter;
(6) Satisfactory completion of department-approved basic training and continuing education training as specified by the department in rule, based on recommendations of the community long-term care training and education steering committee and working in collaboration with providers, consumers, caregivers, advocates, family members, educators, and other interested parties in the rule-making process;
(7) Satisfactory completion of department-approved, or equivalent, special care training before a provider may provide special care services to a resident;
(8) Not been convicted of any crime listed in RCW 43.43.830 and 43.43.842; and
the department of health; and (10))) For those applying after September 1, 2001, to
be licensed as providers, and for resident managers whose employment begins
after September 1, 2001, at least three hundred twenty hours of successful,
direct caregiving experience obtained after age eighteen to vulnerable adults
in a licensed or contracted setting prior to operating or managing an adult
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. The following acts or parts of acts are each repealed:
(1) RCW 18.48.010 (Definitions) and 1996 c 81 s 2 & 1995 c 260 s 7;
(2) RCW 18.48.020 (Registration) and 2000 c 93 s 5, 1996 c 81 s 4, & 1995 c 260 s 8;
(3) RCW 18.48.030 (Application of uniform disciplinary act) and 1995 c 260 s 9;
(4) RCW 18.48.050 (Elder care--Professionalization of providers) and 1998 c 272 s 7; and
(5) RCW 18.48.060 (Advisory committee--Composition--Vacancies--Meetings--Travel expenses--Civil immunity) and 2000 c 171 s 18 & 1998 c 272 s 8.
Sec. 3. RCW 70.128.220 and 1998 c 272 s 9 are each amended to read as follows:
Adult family homes have
developed rapidly in response to the health and social needs of the aging
population in community settings, especially as the aging population has
increased in proportion to the general population. The growing demand for
elder care with a new focus on issues affecting senior citizens, including
persons with developmental disabilities, mental illness, or dementia, has
prompted a growing professionalization of adult family home providers to
address quality care and quality of life issues consistent with standards of
accountability and regulatory safeguards for the health and safety of the
residents. The establishment of an advisory committee to the ((
of health and the)) department of social and health services under (( RCW
18.48.060)) section 4 of this act formalizes a stable process for
discussing and considering these issues among residents and their advocates,
regulatory officials, and adult family home providers. The dialogue among all
stakeholders interested in maintaining a healthy option for the aging
population in community settings assures the highest regard for the well-being
of these residents within a benign and functional regulatory environment. The
secretary shall be advised by an advisory committee on adult family homes
established under (( RCW 18.48.060)) section 4 of this act.
the advisory committee shall not prohibit the department of social and health
services from utilizing other advisory activities that the department of social
and health services deems necessary for program development.))
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. A new section is added to chapter 70.128 RCW to read as follows:
(1) In an effort to ensure a cooperative process among the department, adult family home provider representatives, and resident and family representatives on matters pertaining to the adult family home program, the secretary, or his or her designee, shall designate an advisory committee. The advisory committee must include: Representatives from the industry including four adult family home providers, at least two of whom are affiliated with recognized adult family home associations; one representative from the state long-term care ombudsman program; one representative from the statewide resident council program; and two representatives of families and other consumers. The secretary shall appoint a chairperson for the committee from the committee membership for a term of one year. In appointing the chairperson, the secretary shall consult with members of the committee. Depending on the topic to be discussed, the department may invite other representatives in addition to the named members of the advisory committee. The secretary, or his or her designee, shall periodically, but not less than quarterly, convene a meeting of the advisory committee to encourage open dialogue on matters affecting the adult family home program. It is, minimally, expected that the department will discuss with the advisory committee the department's inspection, enforcement, and quality improvement activities, in addition to seeking their comments and recommendations on matters described under subsection (2) of this section.
(2) The secretary, or his or her designee, shall seek comments and recommendations from the advisory committee prior to the adoption of rules and standards, implementation of adult family home provider programs, or development of methods and rates of payment.
(3) Establishment of the advisory committee shall not prohibit the department of social and health services from utilizing other advisory activities that the department of social and health services deems necessary for program development.
(4) Members of the advisory committee shall be reimbursed for travel expenses as provided in RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060 from license fees collected under chapter 70.128 RCW.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. The department of health shall return the funds collected by the department in connection with the power, functions, and duties repealed under section 2 of this act, less actual program costs, to credentialed adult family home providers and resident managers registered under chapter 18.48 RCW. The department of health shall determine the formula for distribution of these funds based upon payment of registration fees during the previous two renewal periods.
Sec. 6. RCW 18.130.040 and 2001 c 251 s 27 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) This chapter applies only to the secretary and the boards and commissions having jurisdiction in relation to the professions licensed under the chapters specified in this section. This chapter does not apply to any business or profession not licensed under the chapters specified in this section.
(2)(a) The secretary has authority under this chapter in relation to the following professions:
(i) Dispensing opticians licensed under chapter 18.34 RCW;
(ii) Naturopaths licensed under chapter 18.36A RCW;
(iii) Midwives licensed under chapter 18.50 RCW;
(iv) Ocularists licensed under chapter 18.55 RCW;
(v) Massage operators and businesses licensed under chapter 18.108 RCW;
(vi) Dental hygienists licensed under chapter 18.29 RCW;
(vii) Acupuncturists licensed under chapter 18.06 RCW;
(viii) Radiologic technologists certified and X-ray technicians registered under chapter 18.84 RCW;
(ix) Respiratory care practitioners licensed under chapter 18.89 RCW;
(x) Persons registered under chapter 18.19 RCW;
(xi) Persons licensed as mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and social workers under chapter 18.225 RCW;
(xii) Persons registered as nursing pool operators under chapter 18.52C RCW;
(xiii) Nursing assistants registered or certified under chapter 18.88A RCW;
(xiv) Health care assistants certified under chapter 18.135 RCW;
(xv) Dietitians and nutritionists certified under chapter 18.138 RCW;
(xvi) Chemical dependency professionals certified under chapter 18.205 RCW;
(xvii) Sex offender treatment providers certified under chapter 18.155 RCW;
(xviii) Persons licensed and certified under chapter 18.73 RCW or RCW 18.71.205;
registered as adult family home providers and resident managers under RCW
18.48.020; (xx))) Denturists licensed under chapter 18.30 RCW;
Orthotists and prosthetists licensed under chapter 18.200 RCW; and
Surgical technologists registered under chapter 18.215 RCW.
(b) The boards and commissions having authority under this chapter are as follows:
(i) The podiatric medical board as established in chapter 18.22 RCW;
(ii) The chiropractic quality assurance commission as established in chapter 18.25 RCW;
(iii) The dental quality assurance commission as established in chapter 18.32 RCW;
(iv) The board of hearing and speech as established in chapter 18.35 RCW;
(v) The board of examiners for nursing home administrators as established in chapter 18.52 RCW;
(vi) The optometry board as established in chapter 18.54 RCW governing licenses issued under chapter 18.53 RCW;
(vii) The board of osteopathic medicine and surgery as established in chapter 18.57 RCW governing licenses issued under chapters 18.57 and 18.57A RCW;
(viii) The board of pharmacy as established in chapter 18.64 RCW governing licenses issued under chapters 18.64 and 18.64A RCW;
(ix) The medical quality assurance commission as established in chapter 18.71 RCW governing licenses and registrations issued under chapters 18.71 and 18.71A RCW;
(x) The board of physical therapy as established in chapter 18.74 RCW;
(xi) The board of occupational therapy practice as established in chapter 18.59 RCW;
(xii) The nursing care quality assurance commission as established in chapter 18.79 RCW governing licenses issued under that chapter;
(xiii) The examining board of psychology and its disciplinary committee as established in chapter 18.83 RCW; and
(xiv) The veterinary board of governors as established in chapter 18.92 RCW.
(3) In addition to the authority to discipline license holders, the disciplining authority has the authority to grant or deny licenses based on the conditions and criteria established in this chapter and the chapters specified in subsection (2) of this section. This chapter also governs any investigation, hearing, or proceeding relating to denial of licensure or issuance of a license conditioned on the applicant's compliance with an order entered pursuant to RCW 18.130.160 by the disciplining authority.
(4) All disciplining authorities shall adopt procedures to ensure substantially consistent application of this chapter, the Uniform Disciplinary Act, among the disciplining authorities listed in subsection (2) of this section.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 7. Section 1 of this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately.
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