An act relating to the accreditation of health departments. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky




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UNOFFICIAL COPY AS OF 04/18/16 10 REG. SESS. 10 RS HB 258/GA

AN ACT relating to the accreditation of health departments.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

SECTION 1. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 164 IS CREATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

(1) There is hereby created the Kentucky Commission on Public Health within the Public Health Leadership Institute at the University of Kentucky.

(2) The commission shall:

(a) Ensure that all health departments in Kentucky achieve national accreditation and maintain accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board, or any successor entity, by December 31, 2019;

(b) Ensure that all health departments in Kentucky undertake quality improvement efforts and other activities designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of services;

(c) Provide technical support and assistance to health departments seeking accreditation and program and capacity improvements;

(d) Make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly regarding activities designed to improve the functioning of health departments in the Commonwealth; and

(e) Seek out state or nonstate resources and federal or foundation grants to help health departments achieve improvements.

(3) The commission shall have eleven (11) members who shall be initially appointed by July 1, 2011:

(a) The commissioner of the Department for Public Health or the commissioner's designee;

(b) Two (2) deans from Kentucky schools, colleges, or universities of Public Health, who shall be appointed by the Governor;

(c) One (1) health department director, appointed by the Governor from a list of three (3) nominees submitted by the Kentucky Health Department Association, who represents health jurisdictions with a population of less than fifty thousand (50,000);

(d) One (1) health department director, appointed by the Governor from a list of three (3) nominees submitted by the Kentucky Health Department Association, who represents health jurisdictions with a population of more than fifty thousand (50,000);

(e) One (1) public health employee, appointed by the Governor from a list of three (3) nominees submitted by the Kentucky Public Health Association;

(f) One (1) local board of health member, appointed by the Governor from a list of three (3) nominees submitted by the Kentucky Association of Local Boards of Health;

(g) Two (2) consumers from the public at large who are not directly associated with health departments or schools of public health, who shall be appointed by the Governor; and

(h) Two (2) public health employees, other than directors, who shall be appointed by the Governor.

(4) Members shall serve for a term of four (4) years and shall serve no more than two (2) terms, except that the initial appointed members shall serve terms drawn by lots to create staggered appointments. Of the initial appointed members, two (2) members shall serve a one (1) year term, three (3) members shall serve a two (2) year term, three (3) members shall serve a three (3) year term, and three (3) members shall serve a four (4) year term.

(5) The commission shall elect a chairman from among its members and may elect any other officers it considers necessary. The commission may employ an executive director who shall serve at the pleasure of the commission and who shall be responsible for hiring the commission staff.

(6) The commission may contract with the University of Kentucky or another qualified agent for those services and activities that shall benefit the commission.

(7) The commission shall submit a report, no later than August 1 of each year, to the Governor and the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare regarding the progress of its efforts relating to health departments and such other information the commission deems the Governor and the General Assembly may need to ascertain the activities and success of the commission.


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HB025810.100-1085 GA




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