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Subtitle B. Licensing Of Health Facilities

Contents

Chapter 253. Employee Misconduct Registry

Section  253.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Commissioner" means the commissioner of aging and disability services.

(2)  "Department" means the Department of Aging and Disability Services.

(3)  "Employee" means a person who:

(A)  works at a facility;

(B)  is an individual who provides personal care services, active treatment, or any other personal services to a resident or consumer of the facility; and

(C)  is not licensed by an agency of the state to perform the services the employee performs at the facility or is a nurse aide employed by a facility.

(3-a)  "Executive commissioner" means the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission.

(4)  "Facility" means:

(A)  a facility:

(i)  licensed by the department; or

(ii)  licensed under Chapter 252;

(B)  an adult foster care provider that contracts with the department; or

(C)  a home and community support services agency licensed by the department under Chapter 142.

(5)  "Reportable conduct" includes:

(A)  abuse or neglect that causes or may cause death or harm to a resident or consumer of a facility;

(B)  sexual abuse of a resident or consumer of a facility;

(C)  financial exploitation of a resident or consumer of a facility in an amount of $25 or more; and

(D)  emotional, verbal, or psychological abuse that causes harm to a resident or consumer of a facility.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 629, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1267, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 809, Sec. 21, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 15, eff. June 11, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 763, Sec. 8, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 253.002.  Investigation By Department.

(a) If the department receives a report that an employee of a facility, other than a facility licensed under Chapter 252, committed reportable conduct, the department shall investigate the report to determine whether the employee has committed the reportable conduct.

(b)  If the Department of Aging and Disability Services receives a report that an employee of a facility licensed under Chapter 252 committed reportable conduct, the department shall forward that report to the Department of Family and Protective Services for investigation.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 629, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1267, Sec. 7, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 284, Sec. 16, eff. June 11, 2009.



Section  253.003.  Determination; Notice.

(a) If, after an investigation, the department determines that the reportable conduct occurred, the department shall give written notice of the department's findings. The notice must include:

(1)  a brief summary of the department's findings; and

(2)  a statement of the person's right to a hearing on the occurrence of the reportable conduct.

(b)  Not later than the 30th day after the date on which the notice is received, the employee notified may accept the determination of the department made under this section or may make a written request for a hearing on that determination.

(c)  If the employee notified of the violation accepts the determination of the department or fails to timely respond to the notice, the commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall issue an order approving the determination and ordering that the reportable conduct be recorded in the registry under Section 253.007.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 629, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1267, Sec. 8, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  253.004.  Hearing; Order.

(a) If the employee requests a hearing, the department shall:

(1)  set a hearing;

(2)  give written notice of the hearing to the employee; and

(3)  designate a hearings examiner to conduct the hearing.

(b)  The hearings examiner shall make findings of fact and conclusions of law and shall promptly issue to the commissioner or the commissioner's designee a proposal for decision as to the occurrence of the reportable conduct.

(c)  Based on the findings of fact and conclusions of law and the recommendations of the hearings examiner, the commissioner or the commissioner's designee by order may find that the reportable conduct has occurred. If the commissioner or the commissioner's designee finds that the reportable conduct has occurred, the commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall issue an order approving the determination.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 629, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1267, Sec. 9, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section  253.005.  Notice; Judicial Review.

(a) The department shall give notice of the order under Section 253.004 to the employee alleged to have committed the reportable conduct. The notice must include:

(1)  separate statements of the findings of fact and conclusions of law;

(2)  a statement of the right of the employee to judicial review of the order; and

(3)  a statement that the reportable conduct will be recorded in the registry under Section 253.007 if:

(A)  the employee does not request judicial review of the determination; or

(B)  the determination is sustained by the court.

(b)  Not later than the 30th day after the date on which the decision becomes final as provided by Chapter 2001, Government Code, the employee may file a petition for judicial review contesting the finding of the reportable conduct. If the employee does not request judicial review of the determination, the department shall record the reportable conduct in the registry under Section 253.007.

(c)  Judicial review of the order:

(1)  is instituted by filing a petition as provided by Subchapter G, Chapter 2001, Government Code; and

(2)  is under the substantial evidence rule.

(d)  If the court sustains the finding of the occurrence of the reportable conduct, the department shall record the reportable conduct in the registry under Section 253.007.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 629, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1267, Sec. 10, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.



Section 253.0055.  Removal Of Nurse Aide Finding. If

a finding of reportable conduct is the basis for an entry in the nurse aide registry maintained under Chapter 250 and the entry is subsequently removed from the nurse aide registry, the commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall immediately remove the record of reportable conduct from the employee misconduct registry maintained under Section 253.007.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 763, Sec. 9, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 253.006.  Informal Proceedings.

The executive commissioner by rule shall adopt procedures governing informal proceedings held in compliance with Section 2001.056, Government Code.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 629, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 763, Sec. 10, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section  253.007.  Employee Misconduct Registry.

(a) The department shall establish an employee misconduct registry.  If the department in accordance with this chapter finds that an employee of a facility has committed reportable conduct, the department shall make a record of the employee's name, the employee's address, the employee's social security number, the name of the facility, the address of the facility, the date the reportable conduct occurred, and a description of the reportable conduct.

(b)  If an agency of another state or the federal government finds that an employee has committed an act that constitutes reportable conduct, the department may make a record in the employee misconduct registry of the employee's name, the employee's address, the employee's social security number, the name of the facility, the address of the facility, the date of the act, and a description of the act.

(c)  The department shall make the registry available to the public.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 629, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1267, Sec. 11, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 763, Sec. 11, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 253.0075.  Recording Reportable Conduct Reported By Department Of Family And Protective Services. On

receipt of a finding of an employee's reportable conduct by the Department of Family and Protective Services under Subchapter I, Chapter 48, Human Resources Code, the department shall record the information in the employee misconduct registry in accordance with Section 253.007.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1267, Sec. 14, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 763, Sec. 12, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 253.008.  Verification Of Employability; Annual Search. (a

) Before a facility as defined in this chapter or an agency as defined in Section 48.401, Human Resources Code, may hire an employee, the facility or agency shall search the employee misconduct registry under this chapter and the nurse aide registry maintained under Chapter 250 as required by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (Pub. L. No. 100-203) to determine whether the applicant for employment is designated in either registry as having abused, neglected, or exploited a resident or consumer of a facility or agency or an individual receiving services from a facility or agency.

(b)  A facility or agency may not employ a person who is listed in either registry as having abused, neglected, or exploited a resident or consumer of a facility or agency or an individual receiving services from a facility or agency.

(c)  In addition to the initial verification of employability, a facility or agency shall:

(1)  annually search the employee misconduct registry and the nurse aide registry maintained under Chapter 250 to determine whether any employee of the facility or agency is designated in either registry as having abused, neglected, or exploited a resident or consumer of a facility or agency or an individual receiving services from a facility or agency; and

(2)  maintain in each employee's personnel file a copy of the results of the search conducted under Subdivision (1).

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 629, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1267, Sec. 12, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 198, Sec. 2.68, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 809, Sec. 22, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 763, Sec. 13, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 253.009.  Notification.

(a) Each facility as defined in this chapter and each agency as defined in Section 48.401, Human Resources Code, shall notify its employees in a manner prescribed by the Department of Aging and Disability Services:

(1)  about the employee misconduct registry; and

(2)  that an employee may not be employed if the employee is listed in the registry.

(b)  The executive commissioner shall adopt rules to implement this section.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 629, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1267, Sec. 13, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 198, Sec. 2.69, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 809, Sec. 23, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 763, Sec. 14, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section  253.010.  Removal From Registry.

The department may remove a person from the employee misconduct registry if, after receiving a written request from the person, the department determines that the person does not meet the requirements for inclusion in the employee misconduct registry.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1267, Sec. 14, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.


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