2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
Health Care
Article 29.7 - Athletic Trainer Practice Act
§ 12-29.7-110. Grounds for discipline - disciplinary proceedings

CO Rev Stat ยง 12-29.7-110 (2016) What's This?

(1) The director may take disciplinary action against a registrant if the director finds that the registrant has represented himself or herself as a registered athletic trainer after the expiration, suspension, or revocation of his or her registration.

(2) The director may revoke, deny, suspend, or refuse to renew a registration or issue a cease-and-desist order in accordance with this section upon reasonable grounds that the registrant:

(a) Has engaged in a sexual act with a person receiving services while a therapeutic relationship existed or within six months immediately following termination of the therapeutic relationship. For the purposes of this paragraph (a):

(I) "Sexual act" means sexual contact, sexual intrusion, or sexual penetration as defined in section 18-3-401, C.R.S.

(II) "Therapeutic relationship" means the period beginning with the initial evaluation and ending upon the written termination of treatment. When an individual receiving services is an athlete participating on a sports team operated under the auspices of a bona fide amateur sports organization or an accredited educational institution that employs the registrant, the therapeutic relationship exists from the time the athlete becomes affiliated with the team until the affiliation ends or the athletic trainer terminates the provision of athletic training services to the team, whichever occurs first.

(b) Has falsified information in an application or has attempted to obtain or has obtained a registration by fraud, deception, or misrepresentation;

(c) Is an excessive or habitual user or abuser of alcohol or habit-forming drugs or is a habitual user of a controlled substance, as defined in section 18-18-102 (5), C.R.S., or other drugs having similar effects; except that the director has the discretion not to discipline the registrant if he or she is participating in good faith in a program approved by the director to end the use or abuse;

(d) (I) Has failed to notify the director, as required by section 12-29.7-113, of a physical or mental illness or condition that affects the registrant's ability to provide athletic training services with reasonable skill and safety or that may endanger the health or safety of individuals receiving athletic training services;

(II) Has failed to act within the limitations created by a physical or mental illness or condition that renders the registrant unable to perform athletic training with reasonable skill and safety or that may endanger the health or safety of persons under his or her care; or

(III) Has failed to comply with the limitations agreed to under a confidential agreement entered pursuant to section 12-29.7-113;

(e) Has had a registration or license suspended or revoked for actions that are a violation of this article;

(f) Has been convicted of or pled guilty or nolo contendere to a felony or any crime defined in title 18, C.R.S. A certified copy of the judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction of the conviction or plea is prima facie evidence of the conviction or plea. In considering the disciplinary action, the director is governed by section 24-5-101, C.R.S.

(g) Has practiced athletic training without a registration;

(h) Has failed to notify the director of any disciplinary action in regard to the person's past or currently held license, certificate, or registration required to practice athletic training in this state or any other jurisdiction;

(i) Has refused to submit to a physical or mental examination when so ordered by the director pursuant to section 12-29.7-112;

(j) Has failed to practice pursuant to the direction of a Colorado-licensed or otherwise lawfully practicing physician, dentist, or health care professional;

(k) Has practiced athletic training in a manner that fails to meet generally accepted standards of athletic training practice; or

(l) Has otherwise violated any provision of this article.

(3) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (2) of this section, the director need not find that the actions that are grounds for discipline were willful but may consider whether the actions were willful when determining the nature of disciplinary sanctions to be imposed.

(4) (a) The director may commence a proceeding to discipline a registrant when the director has reasonable grounds to believe that the registrant has committed an act enumerated in this section.

(b) In any proceeding held under this section, the director may accept as evidence of grounds for disciplinary action any disciplinary action taken against a registrant in another jurisdiction if the violation that prompted the disciplinary action in the other jurisdiction would be grounds for disciplinary action under this article.

(5) Disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with article 4 of title 24, C.R.S., and the hearing and opportunity for review shall be conducted pursuant to that article by the director or by an administrative law judge, at the director's discretion. The director has the authority to exercise all powers and duties conferred by this article during the disciplinary proceedings.

(6) (a) The director may request the attorney general to seek an injunction, in any court of competent jurisdiction, to enjoin a person from committing an act prohibited by this article. When seeking an injunction under this paragraph (a), the attorney general is not required to allege or prove the inadequacy of any remedy at law or that substantial or irreparable damage is likely to result from a continued violation of this article.

(b) (I) The director may investigate, hold hearings, and gather evidence in all matters related to the exercise and performance of the powers and duties of the director.

(II) In order to aid the director in any hearing or investigation instituted pursuant to this section, the director or an administrative law judge appointed pursuant to paragraph (c) of this subsection (6) may administer oaths, take affirmations of witnesses, and issue subpoenas compelling the attendance of witnesses and the production of all relevant records, papers, books, documentary evidence, and materials in any hearing, investigation, accusation, or other matter before the director or an administrative law judge.

(III) Upon failure of any witness or registrant to comply with a subpoena or process, the district court of the county in which the subpoenaed person or registrant resides or conducts business, upon application by the director with notice to the subpoenaed person or registrant, may issue to the person or registrant an order requiring the person or registrant to appear before the director; produce the relevant papers, books, records, documentary evidence, or materials; or give evidence touching the matter under investigation or in question. If the person or registrant fails to obey the order of the court, the person or registrant may be held in contempt of court.

(c) The director may appoint an administrative law judge pursuant to part 10 of article 30 of title 24, C.R.S., to conduct hearings, take evidence, make findings, and report the findings to the director.

(7) (a) The director, the director's staff, any person acting as a witness or consultant to the director, any witness testifying in a proceeding authorized under this article, and any person who lodges a complaint pursuant to this article is immune from liability in any civil action brought against him or her for acts occurring while acting in his or her capacity as director, staff, consultant, or witness, respectively, if the individual was acting in good faith within the scope of his or her respective capacity, made a reasonable effort to obtain the facts of the matter as to which he or she acted, and acted in the reasonable belief that the action taken by him or her was warranted by the facts.

(b) A person participating in good faith in making a complaint or report or in an investigative or administrative proceeding pursuant to this section is immune from any civil or criminal liability that otherwise might result by reason of the participation.

(8) A final action of the director is subject to judicial review by the court of appeals pursuant to section 24-4-106 (11), C.R.S. The director may institute a judicial proceeding in accordance with section 24-4-106, C.R.S., to enforce the director's order.

(9) An employer of an athletic trainer shall report to the director any disciplinary action taken against the athletic trainer or the resignation of the athletic trainer in lieu of disciplinary action for conduct that violates this article.

(10) When a complaint or an investigation discloses an instance of misconduct that, in the opinion of the director, warrants formal action, the director shall not resolve the complaint by a deferred settlement, action, judgment, or prosecution.

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