2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
Article 39 - Nursing Home Administrators
§ 12-39-114. Disciplinary proceedings - administrative law judge - judicial review
(1) The board, through the department of regulatory agencies, has the authority to designate an administrative law judge to conduct hearings on any matter within the board's jurisdiction. Any designated administrative law judge shall have the powers and duties set forth in article 4 of title 24, C.R.S., and shall be appointed pursuant to part 10 of article 30 of title 24, C.R.S.
(2) Disciplinary proceedings may be commenced when the board has reasonable grounds to believe that a licensee under the board's jurisdiction has committed acts in violation of section 12-39-111.
(3) Disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted in the manner prescribed by article 4 of title 24, C.R.S., and the hearing and opportunity for review shall be conducted pursuant to said article by the board or an administrative law judge, at the board's discretion.
(4) No previously issued license to engage in the practice of nursing home administration shall be revoked or suspended until a hearing has been conducted pursuant to section 24-4-105, C.R.S., or, for emergency situations, pursuant to section 24-4-104 (4), C.R.S. The denial of an application to renew an existing license shall be treated in all respects as a revocation.
(5) Any person participating in good faith in the making of a complaint or report or participating in any investigative or administrative proceeding pursuant to this article shall be immune from any liability, civil or criminal, that otherwise might result by reason of such action.
(6) Complaints, investigations, hearings, meetings, or any other proceedings of the board conducted pursuant to the provisions of this article and relating to disciplinary proceedings shall be exempt from the provision of any law requiring that proceedings of the board be conducted publicly or that the minutes or records of the board with respect to action of the board taken pursuant to the provisions of this article be open to public inspection; except that this exemption shall apply only when the board, or an administrative law judge acting on behalf of the board specifically determines that it is in the best interest of a complainant or other recipient of services to keep such proceedings or documents relating thereto closed to the public, or if the licensee is violating section 12-39-111 (1) (g), participating in good faith in a program approved by the board or designed by the board to end any addiction or dependency specified in said section, and the licensee has not violated any provisions of the board order regarding participation in such a treatment program. If the board determines that it is in the best interest of a complainant or other recipient of services to keep such proceedings or documents relating thereto closed to the public, then the final action of the board shall be open to the public without disclosing the name of the client or other recipient. Final board actions and orders appropriate for judicial review may be judicially reviewed in the court of appeals in accordance with section 24-4-106 (11), C.R.S.
(7) When a complaint or investigation discloses an instance of conduct that does not warrant formal action by the board and, in the opinion of the board, the complaint should be dismissed, but the board has noticed indications of possible errant conduct by the licensee that could lead to serious consequences if not corrected, a confidential letter of concern may be issued and sent to the licensee.
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