DAR File No. 37163
This rule was published in the January 15, 2013, issue (Vol. 2013, No. 2) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Human Services, Services for People with Disabilities
Rights and Protections
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 37163
Filed: 12/31/2012 04:03:33 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
New technology allows for electronic surveillance of persons and programs. In some cases such surveillance is necessary to assure the health and safety of persons in care. The Division wants to assure the maximum amount of privacy is maintained for persons under such surveillance. The rule also reflects the Division's address change and eliminates references to administrative regions that no longer exist.
Summary of the rule or change:
The additional language in the rule adds privacy protection guidelines for use of electronic surveillance when monitoring persons with disabilities.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 62A-5-103
- Section 62A-5-102
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
This rule affects providers by requiring criteria for the use of electronic surveillance should they choose to use such a system. Therefore no cost increase is expected in the state budget.
This rule affects providers by requiring criteria for the use of electronic surveillance should they choose to use such a system. Therefore no cost increase is expected for local governments. The disability program is run through private contractor provider networks and imposes no burden on local governments.
The Division is not requiring the use of electronic surveillance. While some costs associated with meeting criteria for electronic surveillance privacy measures may be incurred, the rule does not dictate that any electronic surveillance is required. Costs to providers are on an elective basis. Requirements listed in this change are minimal and required for the person's privacy and to meet existing rules and regulations.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
This rule provides privacy protections ensuring that persons cannot be electronically surveilled without prior written consent and approval by the Human Rights Committee. Protections are at no cost to the person.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
No costs expected to affect persons with disabilities, person's families or guardians as part of this rule change.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
There will be no costs or savings associated with this rule.
Palmer DePaulis, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Human Services
Services for People with Disabilities
195 N 1950 W 3RD FLR
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Julene Jones at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4521, by FAX at 801-538-3942, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nathan Wolfley at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4154, by FAX at 801-538-4279, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Paul Smith, Director
R539. Human Services, Services for People with Disabilities.
R539-3. Rights and Protections.
(1) The purpose of this rule is to support Persons in exercising their rights as Persons receiving funding from the Division. The procedures of this rule constitute the minimum rights for Persons receiving Division funded services and supports.
(1) This rule establishes procedures and standards for the protection of Persons' constitutional liberty interests as required by Subsection 62A-5-103(2)(b).
(1) Terms used in this rule are defined in Section 62A-5-101 and R539-1-3.
R539-3-4. Human Rights Committee.
(1) This rule applies to the Division, Persons funded by the Division, Providers, Providers' Human Rights Committees, and the Division Human Rights Council.
(2) All Persons shall have access to a Provider Human Rights Committee with the exception of the following:
(a) Persons receiving physical disabilities services.
(b) Families using the Self-Administered Model.
(c) Persons receiving only family supports or respite.
(3) The Provider Human Rights Committee approves the services agencies provide relating to rights issues, such as rights restrictions and the use of intrusive behavior supports. In addition, the Committee provides recommendations relating to abuse and neglect prevention, rights training, and supporting people in exercising their rights.
(4) Any interested party may request that the rights of a Person be reviewed by a Provider Human Rights Committee by contacting the Person's Provider agency verbally or in writing.
(5) Any interested party may request an
appeal of the Provider Human Rights Committee decision by sending a
request to the Division, [
120 North 200 West #411, SLC UT 84103]. The Division
shall make a decision whether there will be a review and shall
notify the Person, Provider, and Support Coordinator concerning the
decision within eight business days. The notification shall contain
a statement of the issue to be reviewed and the process and
timeline for completing the review.
R539-3-5. Representative Payee Services.
(1) Unless a Person voluntarily signs the Division Voluntary Financial Support Agreement Form 1-3 or a Provider Human Rights Committee has approved restriction on the use and access to personal funds, the Person shall have access to and control over such funds.
(2) The Representative Payee shall follow all Social Security Administration requirements outlined in 20CFR416.601-665.
(3) The Division shall review Provider records for a sample of Representative Payee files on an annual basis.
(4) If the Department does not have guardianship or conservatorship and the Division has not been named as Representative Payee by the Social Security Administration, the Person may sign a Voluntary Financial Support Agreement, Division Form 1-3, allowing the Department to act as Representative Payee.
(5) If the Division is acting as the Representative Payee for a Person, the Division may initiate termination of a Representative Payee relationship through written notification to the Person and the funding agency.
(a) The Division shall initiate termination of a Representative Payee arrangement when:
(i) a Person with a voluntary arrangement requests termination of Representative Payee status;
(ii) a funding agency requests termination of Representative Payee status;
(iii) Person with a Representative Payee becomes ineligible for funding; or
(iv) a Person moves out of the service area.
R539-3-6. Personal Property.
(1) Restrictions to property that are implemented by the Division or Provider shall be part of a written plan or as an Emergency Behavior Intervention in accordance with Division Administrative Rule. Restrictions shall be approved by the Team and Provider Human Rights Committee.
(1) Persons shall have privacy, including private communications (i.e. mail, telephone calls and private conversations), personal space, personal information, and self-care practices (i.e. dressing, bathing, and toileting).
(2) Restrictions to privacy that are implemented by the Division or Provider shall be part of a written plan and approved by the Team and Provider Human Rights Committee. Circumstances that require assistance in self-care due to functional limitations do not require a written plan.
R539-3-8. Notice of Agency Action and Administrative Hearings.
(1) Persons have the right to receive adequate written Notice of Agency Action and to present grievances about agency action by requesting a formal or informal administrative hearing in accordance with R497-100 for Persons receiving non-Waiver services, and R410-14 for Persons receiving Waiver services.
(2) Pursuant to Utah Code Annotated, Title 63G, Chapter 4, the Division shall notify a Person in writing before taking any agency action, such as changes in funding, eligibility, or services.
(3) At least 30 calendar days before the
or the Region ]terminates or reduces a
Person's services or benefits, the Division [ or Region ]shall send the Person a written Notice
of Agency Action.
(4) The Notice of Agency Action shall comply with Subsection 63G-4-201 and R497-100-4(2)(a).
(5) To assist a Person in requesting an
administrative hearing, the Division [
or Region ]shall send the Person a Hearing Request
Form 490S when the Division [ or Region ]sends the Notice of Agency Action Form
(6) To request an informal hearing with the Department of Human Services for non-waiver services, the Person must file a Hearing Request Form 490S with the Division within 30 calendar days of the mailing date shown on the Notice of Agency Action Form 522.
(7) To request a formal hearing with the Department of Health for Waiver services, the Person must file the Medicaid Standard Hearing Request Form with the Division and Department of Health, Division of Health Care Finance within 30 calendar days of the mailing date shown on the Notice of Agency Action Form 522.
(8) This 30-day deadline for formal and informal hearings applies regardless of whether the Person also wishes to participate in the Division's conflict resolution process.
(a) If the Person files the Hearing Request within ten calendar days of the mailing date of the Notice of Agency Action, the Person's services shall continue unchanged during the formal or informal hearing process.
(b) If the Person files the Hearing Request Form between 11 and 30 calendar days after the mailing date of the Notice of Agency Action, the Person is entitled to an administrative hearing, but the Person's services and benefits shall be discontinued or reduced according to the Notice of Agency Action during the formal or informal hearing process.
(9) A Person may file a Request for Hearing Form for a formal or informal hearing and choose to still participate in the Division's conflict resolution process prior to the formal or informal hearing.
(10) If the Person requests an informal hearing and also chooses the conflict resolution process, the conflict resolution process must be completed before the informal hearing can begin, unless the Person submits a written request to the Division to end the conflict resolution process prematurely.
R539-3-9. Participation in Hospice Services.
(1) Persons expected by their physicians to live fewer than six months have the right to pursue hospice services as their choice of end-of-life care. A Person who is expected by two physicians to live fewer than six months and who receives Division funding for services and supports may request to continue to receive their Division-funded services and supports while participating in hospice services.
(2) If a Person has not executed a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and is incapable of making an informed decision about hospice services or signing a Hospice Agreement, choices related to end-of-life care shall be made on behalf of the Person by the Team upon approval of the Provider Human Rights Committee unless a guardian has been appointed by the Court with the legal authority to make end-of-life decisions for the Person.
(3) If a Person receives Waiver services through the Division and elects the Medicaid hospice benefit and meets the program eligibility requirements in accordance with R414-14A-3, hospice shall become the primary service delivery program, including the primary case management program, for the care of the Person. All other Medicaid programs serving the Person at the time of hospice election, including Waivers, shall coordinate with the hospice case management team to determine the full scope of services that shall be provided from that point forward.
(a) Pursuant to R414-14A-7(A), a Person can continue to receive Division services through the Waiver program that are necessary to prevent institutionalization, are not duplicative of services covered by the hospice benefit, and do not conflict with the hospice plan of treatment.
(b) The Medicaid hospice benefit shall determine the actual number of times a Person can revoke and re-elect hospice services, which hospice Providers and services are available, and which Waiver services may continue concurrently with hospice services.
(c) If the Division wishes to initiate disenrollment of a Medicaid-funded Person from the Waiver based on the Person's election of hospice services, it shall be considered an involuntary disenrollment and will be subject to review and approval by the Department of Health, Division of Health Care Finance.
R539-3-10. Prohibited Procedures.
(1) The following procedures are prohibited for Division staff and Providers, including staff hired for Self-Administered Services, in all circumstances in supporting Persons receiving Division funding:
(a) Physical punishment, such as slapping, hitting, and pinching.
(b) Demeaning speech to a Person that ridicules or is abusive.
(c) Locked confinement in a room.
(d) Denial or restriction of access to assistive technology devices, except where removal prevents injury to self, others, or property as outlined in Section R539-3-6.
(e) Withholding or denial of meals, or other supports for biological needs, as a consequence or punishment for problems.
(f) Any Level II or Level III Intervention, as defined in R539-4-3(n) and R539-4-3(o), used as coercion, as convenience to staff, or in retaliation.
(g) Any procedure in violation of R495-876, R512-202, R510-302, 62A-3-301 thru 62A-3-321, and 62A-4a-402 thru 62A-4a-412 prohibiting abuse.
KEY: people with disabilities, rights
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
May 17, 2005]
Notice of Continuation: August 17, 2009
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 62A-5-102; 62A-5-103
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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Julene Jones at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4521, by FAX at 801-538-3942, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; Nathan Wolfley at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4154, by FAX at 801-538-4279, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com.