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R386. Health, Disease Control and Prevention, Epidemiology.

Rule R386-80. Local Public Health Emergency Funding Protocols.

As in effect on August 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R386-80-1. Authority and Purpose.

(1) This rule establishes a local health emergency assistance program to be administered by the Utah Department of Health. This program establishes the Public Emergency Fund to be funded with money appropriated by the legislature or otherwise made available to the program fund as defined by this rule

(2) Monies that the legislature appropriates to the Program Fund are non-lapsing and must be used exclusively to provide emergency funding to local health departments. However, the Department may use money in the Program to cover its costs of administering the Program.

(3) Any interest earned on the balance of the funds in the Program shall be deposited to the General Fund.

R386-80-2. Definitions.

(1) Department - means the Utah Department of Health.

(2) Local Health Department - means a county or multicounty local health department established under Utah Code Title 26A.

(3) Local Public Health Emergency - means an unusual event or series of events causing or resulting in a substantial risk or potential risk to the health of a significant portion of the population within the boundary of a local health department.

(4) Program - means the local health emergency assistance program established under this section.

(5) Program Fund - means money that the Legislature appropriates to the Department for use in the Program and other monies otherwise made available for use in the Program.

R386-80-3. Reimbursement of Local Health Departments.

(1) Upon the occurrence of a local public health emergency by the local health officer with the concurrence by the Executive Director of the Department, the local health department is eligible to receive reimbursement through the Public Emergency Funding Program for expenses incurred in responding to a local health emergency to the extent funding is available.

(2) The request for reimbursement from the fund shall include an itemized list of expenses incurred associated with the public health emergency. The list of expenses shall be in the format directed by the Department. The local health department is required to match funds received from the Program Fund. The total of the program reimbursement and the local match cannot exceed the total dollars expended on the emergency.

(3) If the Department receives requests for emergency funding from multiple local health departments during a similar time period for the same public health emergency, and the requests exceed the balance of the funding available, the Department shall allocate the distribution of available funds by an agreed upon formula with the Local Health Officers Association. Information contained in the local health department request for funding is subject to both audit and approval by the Department.

(4) The Local Health Officers Association and the Department shall, through a Memorandum of Agreement, include more specifically what constitutes a public health emergency, types of reimbursable expenses, and the formula to be used if multiple public health emergencies occur at similar times with not enough funding available.

R386-80-4. Department Reports.

(1) The Department shall submit a report each September to the Health and Human Services Interim Committee of the Utah Legislature summarizing program activities. The report shall consist of:

(a) A description of the requests for reimbursement from local health departments during the preceding 12 months;

(b) The amount of each reimbursement made from the Program Fund to local health departments; and,

(c) The current balance of the Program Fund.

(2) A copy of the report shall also be submitted to the appropriations subcommittee designated by the Executive Appropriations Committee of the Legislature.

R386-80-5. Record Keeping.

(1) The Department shall keep all financial records related to distribution of funds to local health departments according to established rules for such financial documents.


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Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

October 24, 2014

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law


Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R386, please contact the promulgating agency (Health, Disease Control and Prevention, Epidemiology). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.