DAR File No. 43237

This rule was published in the November 1, 2018, issue (Vol. 2018, No. 21) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Human Services, Administration, Administrative Services, Licensing

Rule R501-21

Outpatient Treatment Programs

Notice of Proposed Rule


DAR File No.: 43237
Filed: 10/04/2018 03:53:11 PM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

These amendments add clarifying language for a Licensed Mental Health Therapist to complete domestic violence treatment evaluations for each offender, the Licensed Mental Health Therapist is already required by rule to be on staff as the clinician in these settings, but these changes add further individualized treatment.

Summary of the rule or change:

These changes improve the outline for a Licensed Mental Health Therapist that is required to complete domestic violence treatment evaluations for each offender to include individualized recommendations for the offender´┐Żs treatment. It also reduces the minimum of domestic violence treatment sessions from 12 to 4.

Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 62A-2-106

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

It is not anticipated that there should be a fiscal impact to the state budget. This rule change is clarifying in nature, and only changes minor items in the domestic violence treatment process, primarily with LMHTs (Licensed Mental Health Therapist).

local governments:

This change is directly related to LMHTs and clarifying in nature and does not constitute a fiscal impact to any local governments.

small businesses:

There are 520 outpatient treatment programs operating in Utah. Of those, 102 indicate that they provide domestic violence treatment. These businesses will not experience a fiscal impact on revenues or expenditures associated with these proposed changes because the LMHT is already required by rule to be on staff as the clinician in these settings.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

It is not anticipated that any other persons will be impacted by these rule changes. These changes are focused on LMHTs and the process for domestic violence treatment.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

Compliance costs should not affect any persons, these changes facilitate a stronger role for the LMHT who is already required by rule to be on staff as the clinician in these settings.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

After conducting a thorough analysis, it was determined that these proposed changes will not result in a fiscal impact to small or non-small businesses.

Ann Williamson, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Office of Administrative Rules, or at:

Human Services
Administration, Administrative Services, Licensing
195 N 1950 W 1ST FLR

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Janice Weinman at the above address, by phone at 385-321-5586, by FAX at 801-538-4553, or by Internet E-mail at jweinman@utah.gov
  • Jonah Shaw at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4219, by FAX at 801-538-3942, or by Internet E-mail at jshaw@utah.gov

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:


Authorized by:

Ann Williamson, Executive Director


Appendix 1: Regulatory Impact Summary Table*

Fiscal Costs

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

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Local Government




Small Businesses




Non-Small Businesses




Other Person




Total Fiscal Costs:




Fiscal Benefits

State Government




Local Government




Small Businesses




Non-Small Businesses




Other Persons




Total Fiscal Benefits:




Net Fiscal Benefits:





*This table only includes fiscal impacts that could be measured. If there are inestimable fiscal impacts, they will not be included in this table. Inestimable impacts for State Government, Local Government, Small Businesses and Other Persons are described in the narrative. Inestimable impacts for Non - Small Businesses are described in Appendix 2.


Appendix 2: Regulatory Impact to Non - Small Businesses

There are 520 Outpatient Treatment programs operating in Utah. Of those 102 indicate that they provide domestic violence treatment. These businesses will not experience a fiscal impact on revenues or expenditures associated with this proposed change because the LMHT (Licensed Mental Health Therapist) is already required by rule to be on staff as the clinician in these settings. All other changes to the rule were clarifying in nature and do not constitute a fiscal impact to any involved parties.



R501. Human Services, Administration, Administrative Services, Licensing.

R501-21. Outpatient Treatment Programs.

R501-21-1. Authority.

(1) Pursuant to Section Title 62A Chapter 2, the Office of Licensing shall license outpatient treatment programs according to the following rules.


R501-21-2. Purpose.

(1) Outpatient treatment programs shall serve consumers who require less structure than offered in day treatment or residential treatment programs.


R501-21-3. Definition.

(1) "Outpatient Treatment" is defined in 62A-2-101.

(2) "Outpatient Treatment Program" means two or more individuals, at least one of whom provides outpatient treatment, and also meets one or more of the following criteria:

(a) allows agents, contractors, persons with a financial interest, staff, volunteers, or individuals who are not excluded under R501-21-3-2 to either:

(i) provide direct client services, including case management, transportation, assessment, screening, education, or peer support services. Direct client services do not include office tasks unrelated to client treatment, such as: billing, scheduling, standard correspondence and payroll; or

(ii) manage or direct program operations, including intake, admissions or discharge, setting of fees, or hiring of staff.

(b) offers outpatient treatment services to satisfy criminal court requirements.

(c) is required by DHS contract to be licensed for outpatient treatment.

(d) provides services requiring DUI Education Certification, or Justice Certification by the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health as authorized in 62A-15-103 and described in R523-4 and R523-11.

(e) refers clients to services that present a conflict of interest or otherwise provide an opportunity for exploitation or fraud by the referring provider. Services may include: laboratory services, private probation, housing, employment, transportation or travel.

(3) The following individuals are excluded from subsection (2) above:

(a) individuals who are exempt from individual professional licensure under Utah Code 58-1-307;

(b) individuals who are licensed, certified, or authorized under Utah Code 58, Chapters 60, 61, 67, 68; and

(c) entities that are excluded under 62A-2-110.


R501-21-4. Administration and Direct Services.

(1) In addition to the following rules, all outpatient treatment programs shall comply with R501-1 General Provisions and R501-14 Background Screening Rules.

(2) Programs shall have current program information readily available to the Office and the public, including a description of:

(a) program services;

(b) the client population served;

(c) program requirements and expectations;

(d) information regarding any non-clinical services offered;

(e) costs, fees, and expenses that may be assessed, including any non-refundable costs, fees or expenses; and

(f) complaint reporting and resolution processes.

(3) The Program shall:

(a) provide outpatient and/or intensive outpatient treatment services not to exceed nineteen hours per week, as clinically recommended and documented;

(b) identify and provide to the Office the organizational structure of the program including:

(i) names and titles of owners, directors and individuals responsible for implementing all aspects of the program, and

(ii) a job description, duties and qualifications for each job title;

(c) identify a director or qualified designee who shall be immediately available at all times that the program is in operation;

(d) ensure at least one CPR/First Aid trained or certified staff member is available onsite[present] at all times with clients present;

(e) disclose any potential conflicts of interest to the Office;

(f) ensure that staff are licensed or certified in good standing as required and that unlicensed individuals providing direct client services shall do so only in accordance with the Mental Health Professional Practices Act;

(g) train and monitor staff compliance regarding:

(i) program policy and procedures;

(ii) the needs of the program's consumers;

(iii) Office of Licensing rule 501-21 and annual training on the Licensing Code of Conduct and client rights as outlined in R501-1-[12]11;

(iv) emergency procedures;

(h) create and maintain personnel files for each staff member to include:

(i) applicable qualifications, experience, certifications and licenses;

(ii) approved and current Office of Licensing background screening except as excluded in 501-14-17; and

(iii) training records with date completed, topic and employee signature(s) verifying completion.

(i) comply with Office rules and all local, state and federal laws to include maintaining a current business license, fire inspection and health clearance as applicable;

(j) maintain proof of financial viability of the program;

(k) maintain general liability insurance, professional liability insurance that covers all program staff, vehicle insurance for transport of clients, fire insurance and any additional insurance required to cover all program activities; and

(l) maintain proof of completion of the National Mental Health Services Survey (NMHSS) annually for each site[if] providing mental health services; and

(m) ensure that all programs and individuals involved with the prescription, administration or dispensing of controlled substances shall do so per state and federal law, including maintenance of DEA registration numbers for:

(i) all prescribing physicians; and

(ii) the specific site where the controlled substances are being prescribed, as required.

(4) The program shall develop, implement and comply with policies and procedures sufficient to ensure the health and safety and meet the needs of the client population served. Policies and procedures shall address:

(a) client eligibility;

(b) intake and discharge process;

(c) client rights as outlined in R501-1-12;

(d) staff and client grievance procedures;

(e) behavior management;

(f) medication management;

(g) critical incident reporting as outlined in R501-1-2-[6]9 and R501-1-[10]9-2d;

(h) emergency procedures;

(i) transportation of clients to include requirement of insurance, valid driver license, driver and client safety and vehicle maintenance;

(j) firearms;

(k) client safety including any unique circumstances regarding physical facility, supervision, community safety and mixing populations; and

(l) provision of client meals, administration of required medications, maximum group sizes, and sufficient physical environment providing for the comfort of clients when clients are present for six or more consecutive hours.

(5) Programs shall maintain client files to include the following:

(a) client name, home address, email address if available, phone numbers, date of birth and gender;

(b) legal guardian and emergency contact names, address, email address and phone numbers;

(c) all information that could affect the health, safety or well-being of the client including all medications, allergies, chronic conditions or communicable diseases;

(d) intake assessment;

(e) treatment plan signed by the clinical professional or service plan for non-clinical services;

(f) detailed documentation of all clinical and non-clinical services provided with date and signature of staff completing each entry;

(g) signed fee disclosure statement including Medicaid number, insurance information and identification of any other entities that are billed for the client's services;

(h) client or guardian signed consent or court order of commitment to services in lieu of signed consent, for all treatment and non-clinical services; and

(i) grievance and complaint documentation.

(j) discharge documentation

(6) Programs shall document a plan detailing how all program, staff, and client files shall be maintained and remain available for the Office and other legally authorized access, for seven years, regardless of whether or not the program remains licensed.

(7) The program shall ensure that assessment, treatment and service planning practices are clinically appropriate, updated as needed, timely, individualized, and involve the participation of the client or guardian.

(8) Programs shall maintain documentation of all critical incidents; critical incident reports shall contain:

(a) time of incident;

(b) summary of incident;

(c) individuals involved; and

(d) program response to the incident.


R501-21-5. Physical Facility.

(1) Space shall be adequate to meet service needs and ensure client confidentiality and comfort.

(2) The program shall maintain potentially hazardous items on-site lawfully, responsibly and with consideration of the safety and risk level of the population(s) served.

(3) All furniture and equipment shall be maintained in a clean and safe condition.

(4) Programs offering supplemental services or activities in addition to outpatient treatment shall:

(a) remain publically transparent in the use of the equipment, practices and purposes;

(b) ensure the health and safety of the consumer;

(c) gain informed consent for participation in supplemental services or activities; and

(d) provide verification of all trainings or certifications as required for the operation and use of any supplemental equipment.

(5) The program shall post the following documents where they are clearly visible by clients, staff, and visitors:

(a) Civil Rights and anti-discrimination laws;

(b) program license;

(c) current or pending Notices of Agency Action;

(d) abuse and neglect reporting laws; and

(e) client rights and grievance process.

(6) The program site shall provide access to a toilet and lavatory sink in a manner that ensures basic privacy, and shall be:

(a) stocked with toilet paper, soap, and paper towels/dryer; and

(b) maintained in good operating order and kept in a clean and safe condition.

(7) The program shall ensure that the physical environment is safe for consumers and staff and that the appearance and cleanliness of the building and grounds are maintained.


R501-21-6. Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs.

(1) All substance use disorder treatment programs shall develop and implement a plan on how to support opioid overdose reversal.

(2) Maintain proof of completion of the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (NSSATS) annually.

(3) Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in substance use disorder programs shall:

(a) maintain a program-wide counselor to MAT consumer ratio of: 1:50;

(b) assure all consumers see a licensed practitioner that is authorized to prescribe controlled substances at least once yearly;

(c) show proof of completion of federally required physician training for physicians prescribing buprenorphine;

(d) admit consumers to the program and prescribe, administer or dispense medications only after the completion of a face-to-face visit with a licensed practitioner having authority to prescribe controlled substances who confirms opioid dependence. A licensed practitioner having authority to prescribe controlled substances must approve every subsequent dose increase prior to the change;

(e) require all consumers admitted to the program to participate in random drug testing. Drug testing will be performed by the program a minimum of two times per month for the first three months of treatment, and monthly thereafter; except for a consumer whose documented lack of progress shall require more frequent drug testing for a longer period of time;

(f) require that consumers participate in at least one counseling session per week for the first 90 days. Upon documented successful completion of this phase of treatment, consumers shall be required to participate in counseling sessions at least twice monthly for the next six months. Upon documented successful completion of nine months of treatment, consumers shall be seen by a licensed counselor at least monthly thereafter until discharge; and

(g) require one hour of prescribing practitioner time at the program site each month for every ten MAT consumers enrolled.

(4) MAT Programs prescribing, administering or dispensing Methadone (Opioid Treatment Programs) shall:

(a) maintain Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) certification and accreditation as an opioid treatment program.

(b) comply with DSAMH Rule R523-10 Governing Methadone and other opioid treatment service providers;

(c) employ a:

(i) licensed physician who is an American Society of Addiction Medicine certified physician; or

(ii) prescribing licensed practitioner who can document specific training in current industry standards regarding methadone treatment for opioid addictions; or

(iii) prescribing licensed practitioner who can document specific training or experience in methadone treatment for opioid addictions; and

(d) provide one nurse to dispense or administer medications for every 150 Methadone consumers dosing on an average daily basis.

(5) Certified DUI Education Programs

(a) Only programs certified with the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) to provide Prime for Life education in accordance with and R523-11 shall provide court ordered DUI education.

(b) Certified DUI education programs shall:

(i) complete and maintain a substance use screening for each participant prior to providing the education course;

(A) screenings may be shared between providers with client written consent.;

(ii) provide a workbook to each participant to keep upon completion of the course;

(iii) ensure at least 16 hours of course education; and

(iv) provide separate classes for adults and youth.

(c) Any violations of this rule section will be reported to DSAMH for evaluation of certification.

(6) Justice Reform Initiative (JRI) Certified Programs shall operate in compliance with DSAMH rules 523-3 and 523-4.

(a) JRI certified programs shall maintain a criminogenic screen/risk assessment for each justice involved client and separate clients into treatment groups according to level of risk assessed.

(b) Providers shall complete screenings that assess both substance abuse and mental health comorbidity.

(c) JRI programs shall treat, or refer to other DHS licensed programs that have obtained a justice certification from the DSAMH to treat the array of disorders noted in screenings.

(d) Any violations of this rule section shall be reported to DSAMH for evaluation of certification.


R501-21-7. Domestic Violence.

(1) Domestic Violence (DV) treatment programs shall comply with generally accepted and current practices in domestic violence treatment, and shall meet the following requirements:

(a) maintain and document cooperative working relationships with domestic violence shelters, treatment programs, referring agencies, custodial parents when the consumer is a minor, and local domestic violence coalitions;

(i) treatment sessions for children and victims shall offer a minimum of ten sessions for each consumer, not including intake or orientation;

(b) if the consumer is a perpetrator, program contact with the victims, current partner, and the criminal justice referring agencies is also required, as appropriate;

(i) [treatment sessions for each perpetrator, not including orientation and assessment interviews shall be provided for at least one hour per week, for a minimum of 16 weeks.]In accordance with UCA 50-60-102(5), a Licensed Mental Health Therapist shall complete a domestic violence treatment evaluation for each offender to include individualized recommendations for the offender's treatment.

(2) Staff to Consumer Ratio

(a) The staff to consumer ratio in adult treatment groups shall be one staff to eight consumers, for a one hour long group; or one staff to ten consumers for an hour and a half long group. The maximum group size shall not exceed 16.

(b) Child victim, or child witness groups shall have a ratio of one staff to eight children, when the consumers are under 12 years of age; and a ratio of one staff to ten children when the consumers are 12 years of age and older.

(3) Client Intake and Safety

(a) When any consumer enters a treatment program, the staff shall conduct an in-depth, face-to-face interview and assessment to determine the consumer's clinical profile and treatment needs. The evaluation in R501-23-7 shall count for this assessment when the consumer is an offender.

(b) For perpetrator consumers, additional information shall be obtained from the police incident report, perpetrator's criminal history, prior treatment providers, [and ]the victim, or victim advocate.

(c) When appropriate, additional information for child consumers shall be obtained from parents, prior treatment providers, schools, and Child Protective Services.

(d) When any of the above cannot be obtained, the reason shall be documented.

(e) The assessment shall include the following:

(i) a profile of the frequency, severity, and duration of the domestic violence behavior, which includes a summary of psychological violence;

(ii) documentation of any homicidal, suicidal ideation and intentions, as well as abusive behavior towards children;

(iii) a clinical diagnosis and a referral for evaluation to determine the need for medication, if indicated;

(iv) documentation of safety planning when the consumer is an adult victim, child victim, or child witness; and that they have contact with the perpetrator;

(A) for victims who choose not to become treatment consumers, safety planning shall be addressed when they are contacted; and

(v) documentation that appropriate measures have been taken to protect children from harm.

(4) Treatment Procedures

(a) Consumers deemed appropriate for a domestic violence treatment program shall have an individualized treatment plan, which addresses all relevant treatment issues.

(b) Consumers who are not deemed appropriate for domestic violence programs shall be referred to the appropriate resource, with the reasons for referral documented, and notification given to the referring agency.

(c) Domestic violence counseling shall be provided concurrently with, or after other necessary treatment, when appropriate.

(d) Conjoint or group therapy sessions with victims and perpetrators together, or with both co-perpetrators, shall not be provided until a comprehensive assessment has been completed to determine that the violence has stopped, and that conjoint treatment is appropriate.

(e) The perpetrator must complete a minimum of [12]4 domestic violence treatment sessions, unless otherwise noted in the offender evaluation recommendations prior to the provider implementing conjoint therapy.

(f) A written procedure shall be implemented to facilitate the following, in an efficient and timely manner:

(i) entry of the court ordered defendant into treatment;

(ii) notification of consumer compliance, participation, or completion;

(iii) disposition of non-compliant consumers;

(iv) notification of the recurrence of violence; and

(v) notification of factors which may exacerbate an individual's potential for violence.

(g) The program shall comply with the "Duty to Warn," Section 78B-3-502.

(h) The program shall document specialized training in domestic violence assessment and treatment practices, including 24 hours of Utah Association for Domestic Violence Treatment (UADVT) pre-service training, within the last two years; and 16 hours annual training thereafter for all individuals providing treatment service.

(i) Clinical supervision for treatment staff that are not clinically licensed shall consist of a minimum of one hour per week to discuss clinical dynamics of cases.

(5) Training

(a) Training that is documented and approved by the designated Utah DHS DV Specialist Regarding assessment and treatment practices for treating:

(i) DV victims; and

(ii) DV perpetrators.

(6) Programs must disclose all current DHS contracts and actions against the contract to the Office.

(7) Programs must disclose all current Accreditations and actions against accredited status to the Office.


R501-21-8 Compliance.

(1) A licensee that is in operation on the effective date of this rule, shall be given [9]30 days to achieve compliance with this rule.


KEY: human services, licensing, outpatient treatment programs

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [March 24, 2017]2018

Notice of Continuation: April 1, 2015

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 62A-2-101 et seq.

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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Janice Weinman at the above address, by phone at 385-321-5586, by FAX at 801-538-4553, or by Internet E-mail at jweinman@utah.gov; Jonah Shaw at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4219, by FAX at 801-538-3942, or by Internet E-mail at jshaw@utah.gov.  For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Office of Administrative Rules.