Finding the Right Agency to Contact

Office of Administrative Rules

Contacting the Right Agencies

Contacting agencies directly is the best way to better understand or clarify a rule. Agency contact information can be found in the same issue of the Utah State Bulletin (Bulletin) as the rule filing. This resource is designed to assist when the Bulletin or analysis forms are unavailable.

Which Agency is the Best For a Specific Rule

Agencies can have rules that seem to overlap. An example would be rules about suicide prevention. There are many rules that cover suicide prevention in different ways,at different agencies.

Here are examples of three different rules about suicide prevention, written by three different agencies: 

  1. Rule R277-620 is written by the Board of Education to provide for collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services to establish, oversee, and provide model policies, programs for LEAs and training for parents about youth suicide prevention programs.
  2. Rule R156-60 is written by the Department of Commerce, Occupational and Professional Licensing for continuing education for Mental Health Professionals that dictates the requirements for them to complete suicide prevention training.
  3. Rule R523-14 is written by the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health to implement a state suicide prevention strategy.

Search Tips for Finding the Right Agency

Use keywords or terms in the rule text to assist in finding the right agency. For instance, a location mentioned in the rule text may give a hint to the correct agency.

  • Is the location a hospital? It could be written by the Department of Health.
  • Is the location a school? It could be written by the Board of Education. 
  • Is the location a university? It could be written by the Utah Board of Regents.

Tips for Searching Rules by Terms