HOUSE BILL 2824





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the House February 14, 2002

  Yeas 98   Nays 0




Speaker of the House of Representatives







Passed by the Senate March 8, 2002

  Yeas 48   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 2824  as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                          Chief Clerk






President of the Senate




Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.               




Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                          HOUSE BILL 2824



             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2002 Regular Session


By Representatives Skinner and Edwards


Read first time 01/29/2002.  Referred to Committee on Health Care.

Revising conflict of interest provisions for the long-term care ombudsman program. 

    AN ACT Relating to conflict of interest provisions for the long-term care ombudsman program; and amending RCW 43.190.040.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 43.190.040 and 1983 c 290 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) Any long-term care ombudsman authorized by this chapter or a local governmental authority shall have training or experience or both in the following areas:

    (a) Gerontology, long-term care, or other related social services programs.

    (b) The legal system.

    (c) Dispute or problem resolution techniques, including investigation, mediation, and negotiation.

    (2) A long-term care ombudsman shall not have been employed by or participated in the management of any long-term care facility within the past ((three years)) year.

    (3) A long-term care ombudsman shall not have been employed in a governmental position with direct involvement in the licensing, certification, or regulation of long-term care facilities within the past year.

    (4) No long-term care ombudsman or any member of his or her immediate family shall have, or have had within the past ((three years)) year, any ((pecuniary)) significant ownership or investment interest in ((the provision of long-term health care facilities)) one or more long-term care facilities.

    (5) A long-term care ombudsman shall not be assigned to a long-term care facility in which a member of that ombudsman's immediate family resides.


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