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Title 56 - Poor Persons


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<html> <head> <STYLE type="text/css"> body {padding-left:90pt;width:612pt} p {margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt} .cls0 {font-size:12pt;font-family:'Courier New', monospace;} .cls3 {margin-left:100pt;} .cls2 {margin-left:136pt;} .cls4 {margin-left:172pt;} .cls5 {margin-left:93pt;} .cls1 {text-align:justify;} </STYLE> <title>&sect;56-26</title> </head> <body> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-26.1. Repealed by Laws 1957, p. 455, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-26.2. Repealed by Laws 1957, p. 455, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5626.3. Purpose of act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the purpose of this act to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Provide aid and assistance for indigent or unemployable citizens of the state who meet the minimum requirements hereinafter described;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Provide temporary emergency assistance to those victims of emergencies resulting from fire, flood, tornado and other acts of God; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Provide for the receipt, warehousing, transporting and distributing of any item of value donated to the State of Oklahoma by the United States Department of Agriculture, or any other agency of the federal government, or any agency or subdivisions of state, county or city government, with whom the Oklahoma Emergency Relief Board enters into a contract.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 151, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. April 5, 1951. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-26.4. Repealed by Laws 1957, p. 455, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5626.5. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The word "unemployable", as used in this act, is hereby defined as meaning those persons who are unable to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Secure employment due to physical or mental disability, infirmity, temporary illness, or other disability which prevents such person from securing employment; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Secure employment due to Federal Relief Administration rules regarding age requirements or work relief programs; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Secure employment due to ineligibility for workmen's compensation insurance; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Leave their homes to procure employment because of illness of persons who are in their care and who require constant supervision and attention.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. "Indigent" means a person who does not have sufficient property or means to support members of his or her family who are lawfully dependent upon him or her for support, and who has no one legally liable to support and maintain him or her.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 151, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. April 5, 1951. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5626.6. Eligibility for assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(A) Any person in order to be eligible to receive assistance under the provisions of this act must have been a bona fide citizen and actual resident of this state for a period of one (1) year immediately prior to the date of application for assistance provided by this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(B) Other minimum requirements will be established by rules and regulations promulgated by the Board and adopted by said Board in official meeting.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(C) Repealed by Laws 1957, p. 455, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. Jan. 22, 1957.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 152, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. April 5, 1951. Amended by Laws 1957, p. 455, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. Jan. 22, 1957.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5626.7. Temporary relief employment of destitute but ablebodied persons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Emergency Relief Board may provide temporary relief employment to destitute but ablebodied persons not otherwise cared for by the federal government, state or county agencies, public or private charity organizations or institutions; provided, that the maximum amount paid for such employment does not exceed the maximum amount paid to a destitute and unemployable person, and such employment shall be granted in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by said Board.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 152, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. April 5, 1951.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5626.8. Victims of disasters.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Emergency assistance may be extended to victims of disasters as a result of fire, flood, tornado and other acts of God, but such assistance shall be for a period of not to exceed ninety (90) days, unless the applicant meets all requirements for general relief assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 152, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. April 5, 1951.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5626.9. Equipment of governmental agencies, use of.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any department or institution of the state, or of any county, city, town or school district, is hereby authorized to permit any of its equipment to be used by the Oklahoma Emergency Relief Board; provided, that the cost of utilizing any equipment of such agencies of government shall be paid for by the Oklahoma Emergency Relief Board out of funds appropriated to carry out the purposes of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 152, &sect; 9, emerg. eff. April 5, 1951.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5626.10. Direct relief.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(A) The Oklahoma Department of Institutions, Social and Rehabilative Services is authorized to maintain a general relief fund account for direct relief purposes, and monies allocated to said fund shall be made, upon order of the Oklahoma Department of Institutions, Social and Rehabilitative Services, direct to the State Budget Director; the State Treasurer shall thereupon issue his warrant to credit said funds to the General Relief Account, as provided herein.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(B) Payments made to eligible clients for direct relief shall be disbursed to said clients from or through the state office of the Oklahoma Department of Institutions, Social and Rehabilitative Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(C) No grant made to a client under the provisions of this act shall be subject to assignment for discount, garnishment, or other means of final process.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(D) Where a voucher is issued by the Oklahoma Department of Institutions, Social and Rehabilative Services a copy of the voucher register shall be furnished the State Treasurer for the purpose of paying out any money subject to disbursement under direction of the Oklahoma Department of Institutions, Social and Rehabilitative Service; any right to payment on such voucher, or to recover thereon, shall cease after six (6) months from the date of registration, which registration shall then be cancelled, and any obligation represented thereby against the funds, or otherwise, shall then expire.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 152, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. April 5, 1951. Amended by Laws 1979, c. 47, &sect; 27, emerg. eff. April 9, 1979.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-26.11. Repealed by Laws 1957, p. 455, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-26.12. Repealed by Laws 1957, p. 455, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5626.13. Abolition of Oklahoma Emergency Relief Board.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Emergency Relief Board is hereby abolished.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1957, p. 454, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. Jan. 22, 1957.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5626.14. Transfer of properties, records and funds to Department of Public Welfare.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(A) All properties, records, equipment and supplies now owned and in use by the Oklahoma Emergency Relief Board shall be transferred to and become the property of the State Department of Public Welfare.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(B) All contracts, leases, and such other agreements as may have been entered into by the Oklahoma Emergency Relief Board, and such responsibilities as are in effect on the effective date of this act, shall be assumed by and become binding upon the State Department of Public Welfare and the Oklahoma Public Welfare Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(C) All unexpended funds to the credit of the Oklahoma Emergency Relief Board shall be transferred by the State Treasurer to the State Department of Public Welfare and placed in a separate account with said State Treasurer. The account to be known as "Oklahoma Emergency and General Assistance Account."&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1957, p. 454, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. Jan. 22, 1957.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5626.15. Contracts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Public Welfare Commission is authorized to enter into contracts with the various agencies of the United States Government, or any agency or subdivision of state, county or city government, for the purpose of receiving for the State of Oklahoma, items of food, clothing or other things of value which may be donated and used by schools, penal or eleemosynary institutions, or by any citizen, public or private charitable organization that may be designated as an eligible recipient of the item by the donating agency with which the Commission has entered into contractual agreement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1957, p. 455, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. Jan. 22, 1957.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5626.16. Rules and regulations Payments.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Director of Human Services, subject to the approval of the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services, is hereby authorized and directed to promulgate rules and regulations establishing policies with reference to eligibility of applicants for general assistance and emergency relief and the maximum sums that may be allocated to those persons having met the minimum requirements and declared as eligible for participation in accordance with the provisions of this act, subject to the availability of funds. Provided that the minimum payment shall not be less than Ten Dollars ($10.00) and the maximum payment shall not be more than the standard for aid to families with dependent children.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1957, p. 455, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. Jan. 22, 1957. Amended by Laws 1984, c. 263, &sect; 13, operative July 1, 1984.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-26.17. Department of Human Services - Classification of employees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Director of Human Services, subject to the approval of the Commission for Human Services, shall have the power to employ and fix the qualifications, duties and compensation of employees necessary to the fulfillment of the provisions of this act, and shall have the power to approve any legal claim for payment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department of Human Services shall be a Merit System agency. The provisions of this section shall supersede and revoke any and all Executive Orders placing the Department of Human Services or its predecessors under the provisions of the Merit System of Personnel Administration.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. In addition to offices, positions, and personnel in the unclassified service pursuant to Sections 840-5.3 and 840-5.5 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the following offices, positions, and personnel shall be in the unclassified service:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Campus police appointed pursuant to Section 162.2 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The legal division or unit established pursuant to Section 236 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Construction Unit and the Architectural and Engineering Unit or their successor units; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. A maximum of five percent (5%) of the maximum number of full-time-equivalent positions authorized by law to the Department of Human Services and selected at the discretion of the Director of the Department of Human Services. Employees retained in the unclassified service under the provisions of this section shall be employees at will. Any classified employee occupying a position selected by the Director pursuant to this paragraph to become an unclassified position may elect to retain classified status. All future appointees to such position shall be in the unclassified service. The Director shall submit a list of such positions to the Office of Management and Enterprise Services by September 1, 2004, and annually thereafter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. All other offices, positions and personnel of the Department of Human Services shall be classified and subject to the provisions of the Merit System of Personnel Administration, as provided in the Oklahoma Personnel Act and rules promulgated thereunder.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1957, p. 455, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. Jan. 22, 1957. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 242, &sect; 42; Laws 2001, c. 278, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 31, 2001; Laws 2004, c. 541, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 9, 2004; Laws 2005, c. 409, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2005; Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 230.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-26.18. Application for relief - Allowance of false claims - Penalty.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Every applicant for emergency relief or general assistance shall make a written application, containing a written certification, under penalty of perjury, alleging that all facts set out in such application are true and correct. And said application shall be forthwith acted upon, with dispatch and without delay.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person, whose duty it is to pass upon the eligibility of persons to participate in any benefits provided in this act, who shall knowingly, willfully or intentionally allow, or cause to be allowed, any claim to any person known to be ineligible for such relief, or, who aids, or abets, or persuades any person to sign an application to obtain by means of a willfully false statement or representation or other fraudulent device, assistance to which an applicant is not entitled or assistance greater than that to which an applicant is justly entitled shall be guilty of a felony, and upon conviction thereof shall be imprisoned not less than one (1) year or more than five (5) years or be fined not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) or more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), or be both so fined and imprisoned in the discretion of the court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1957, p. 455, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. Jan. 22, 1957. Amended by Laws 1984, c. 263, &sect; 12, operative July 1, 1984; Laws 1997, c. 133, &sect; 497, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, &sect; 362, eff. July 1, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, &sect; 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, &sect; 497 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5627.1. Community work and training program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The term community work and training program shall be defined as follows: A plan jointly entered into between the Department of Public Welfare and an agency, department, board or commission of the state or federal government, county, city or municipal corporation which is subject to approval of the Department of Public Welfare under which the state or federal government, county, city or municipal corporation undertakes to provide work in and about public works or improvements, utilizing labor and services required to be performed by applicants or recipients of public assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1967, c. 236, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 4, 1967.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5627.2. Rules and regulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Public Welfare is empowered and directed to adopt such rules and regulations as will make a community work and training program fair, efficient and workable.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1967, c. 236, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 4, 1967.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5627.3. Work assignments Duration of work Earnings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When the state or federal government or any agencies thereof, a county, city or municipal corporation has undertaken, or is about to undertake, a program which is for the benefit of the general public or any segment thereof, said state agency, county, city or municipal corporation may enter into an agreement with the Department of Public Welfare wherein and whereby the Department of Public Welfare may assign unemployed employable persons who have attained the age of sixteen (16) and who are eligible for assistance to do and perform work and labor on behalf of said state, or federal government, county, city or municipal corporation and such person shall perform, if available, work and labor for such state, or federal government, county, city or municipal corporation for the length of time necessary to earn at the legal minimum wage or the going hourly rate prevailing in the area for labor of like kind, whichever is higher, an amount of money equal to the amount of assistance granted to such person and the assistance unit of which he or his dependents is a part.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1967, c. 236, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. May 4, 1967.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5627.4. Suspension or denial of assistance for failure to work or misconduct.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person assigned to a community work and training program may be denied assistance or may be suspended for such time as may be fixed by the rules and regulations of the Department of Public Welfare if such person without good cause:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(1) Fails or refuses to satisfactorily perform the labor or services as may be assigned to him;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(2) Fails or refuses to report to work under such a program when and as directed by the state, or federal government, county, city or municipal corporation or by his foreman, overseer or other supervisor therein;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(3) Abandons or repeatedly absents himself from work;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(4) Is insubordinate to his foreman, overseer or other supervisor therein;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(5) Fails or refuses to take due precaution for the safety of himself or others or to use safety clothing or equipment made available to him; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(6) Is guilty of misconduct connected with such work.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1967, c. 236, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. May 4, 1967.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5627.5. Approval of projects.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All community work and training programs, before an applicant or recipient of public assistance shall be assigned, shall have met the approval of the Department of Public Welfare; provided, that the state, or federal government, county, city or municipal corporation utilizing assistance applicants or recipients for work and labor shall insure that such employment is covered by workmen's compensation, or a similar plan approved by the Department of Public Welfare, and all fees and charges for such coverage shall be paid by such state, or federal government, county, city or municipal corporation except that portion which is paid for medical aid and is properly chargeable to such applicant or recipient of assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1967, c. 236, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. May 4, 1967.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5627.6. Furnishing transportation, tools, equipment and supervision.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The state, or federal government, county, city or municipal corporation utilizing assistance applicants or recipients for work and labor shall furnish, where necessary, transportation, protective clothing and necessary tools and equipment for individuals performing such work or labor and shall take such measures as are necessary to insure that adequate supervision is provided on all such programs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1967, c. 236, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. May 4, 1967.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5627.7. Nature of work Effect on regular workers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The work performed on a community work and training program by a recipient of public assistance must serve a useful public purpose, must not displace regular workers or result in the performance by such persons of work that would otherwise be performed by employees of public or private agencies, institutions or organizations except in case of projects which are of emergency or are nonrecurring.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1967, c. 236, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. May 4, 1967.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5627.8. Effect of work on right to assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Work and labor performed by an applicant or recipient of public assistance on a community work and training program shall not be deemed such employment as shall deprive such person of any rights or benefits available under the provisions of law granting public assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1967, c. 236, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. May 4, 1967.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5627.9. Termination of agreement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Public Welfare shall have the right to terminate unilaterally any agreement entered into pursuant to this act with the state or federal government or any agency thereof, a county, city or municipal corporation whenever the community work and training program contemplated by such agreement fails, for any reason, to meet any of the provisions of law relating to community work and training or the purposes thereof, or any rule or regulation promulgated by the Department hereunder.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1967, c. 236, &sect; 9, emerg. eff. May 4, 1967.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5627.10. Department of Public Welfare Scope of participation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The State Department of Public Welfare may participate in community work and training programs financed in whole or in part with federal funds, and may submit a new or amended state plan for such purposes to any appropriate federal agency and enter into agreements with any federal agency for such purpose, and comply with requirements necessary to obtain federal funds for such work and training programs; and may provide either for the establishment and operation of such programs, or for cooperation with a federal administrative agency in the operation of such programs, as may be required under federal legislation now or hereafter enacted, providing federal funds for such programs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1967, c. 236, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. May 4, 1967.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5627.11. Conflicts with federal law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If any of the provisions of this act shall be in conflict with any applicable federal statutes, rules and regulations, such federal statutes, rules and regulations shall prevail and be controlling, until such time as the federal statute, rules and regulations shall be revised to conform to this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1967, c. 236, &sect; 11, emerg. eff. May 4, 1967.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5628.1. Planned parenthood Educational materials and information.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever a person receiving public assistance makes a request therefor, the Department of Public Welfare shall furnish to such person educational materials and information with respect to achieving a planned parenthood; or refer such person to a Family Planning Center, organization or agency where the same may be obtained. Every such person shall be advised that he or she is a free agent to accept or not to accept advice and counsel thus furnished or obtained; and that his or her refusal or failure to avail himself or herself of such materials, information or advice will in no way affect the person's right to receive assistance, or his or her right to take advantage of any other public program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1967, p. 723, H.J.R. No. 522, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5628.2. Medical services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Public Welfare is hereby authorized to pay, within the scope of its medical programs, for medical services rendered by licensed medical and osteopathic physicians in furtherance of such planned parenthood.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1967, p. 723, H.J.R. No. 522, &sect; 2.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-28.3. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-29.1. Repealed by Laws 1993, H.J.R. No. 1018, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-29.2. Repealed by Laws 1993, H.J.R. No. 1018, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-29.3. Repealed by Laws 1993, H.J.R. No. 1018, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5631. Overseers of the indigent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The county commissioners of the counties of this state shall be overseers of the indigent for their respective counties, and shall perform all the duties with reference to the indigent of their counties that may be prescribed by law and under such restrictions as the county commissioners shall consider most advantageous for the interests of their respective counties and the welfare of the people therein.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4525. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5632. Duties of overseers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The overseers of the indigent in each county shall have the oversight and care of all the indigent persons in their county so long as such persons remain a county charge. Such overseers shall see that the indigent are taken care of in the manner provided by law, and under such restrictions as the county commissioners shall consider most advantageous for the interests of their respective counties and the welfare of the people therein.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4526. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-32.1. Authority to establish county department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In all counties of this state having a population in excess of two hundred thousand (200,000), as shown by the last Federal Decennial Census, the boards of county commissioners are hereby given authority in their respective counties to establish a department which shall be known as the "Human Services Center" or "Social Services Center," wherein may be housed the "Indigent Care Facility" and any other services for the care of the indigent which the board of county commissioners may deem to be in the best interests of their respective counties and the welfare of the people therein.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-32.2. Director of Human Services - Social Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Whenever, under the provisions of Section 5 of this act, a Human Services Center or Social Services Center for the indigent has been established in a county by the board of county commissioners, the board shall employ a person who is a resident of the county in which the center is established to take charge of such center upon such terms and under such restrictions as the board shall consider most advantageous for the interests of their respective counties and the welfare of the people therein. Such person shall also serve as overseer of the indigent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The person so employed shall be called the Director of Human Services/Social Services of said center and shall be appointed wholly on the basis of ability and experience qualifying him or her for the position of director. The director shall serve at the pleasure of the board and the salary of the director shall be fixed by the board of county commissioners. The salary of the director shall be exempt from the provisions of the comprehensive salary code as provided in Section 180.67 of Title 19 of the Oklahoma Statutes, but shall not exceed ninety percent (90%) of the salary of the county commissioner.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-32.3. Employment of pharmacists and doctors &ndash; Compensation &ndash; Blanket bond.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. A person employed as a pharmacist by a board of county commissioners to distribute medical prescriptions and medical supplies to indigents in any county of this state having a population greater than three hundred fifty thousand (350,000) persons according to the last federal decennial census, shall receive as compensation a salary to be fixed by the board of county commissioners for his or her services. Such compensation shall be paid out of the general operating fund of the county. The compensation of the pharmacist shall be exempt from the provisions of the Comprehensive Salary Code as provided in Section 180.67 of Title 19 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The board of county commissioners of any county of this state having a population greater than five hundred thousand (500,000) persons according to the last Federal Decennial Census, may employ an Oklahoma licensed allopathic or osteopathic doctor to provide professional medical services, as directed by the commissioners, for indigent patient care and care for adult and juvenile offenders. The allopathic or osteopathic doctor shall also provide education, training, and other necessary services, as directed by the commissioners, to enhance the health and well-being of county employees and county citizens. Compensation for an allopathic or osteopathic doctor who is employed by the county shall be set by the board of county commissioners and paid out of the general operating fund of the county. The compensation of an allopathic or osteopathic doctor employed by the commissioners shall be exempt from the provisions of the Comprehensive Salary Code pursuant to Section 180.67 of Title 19 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The pharmacist or allopathic or osteopathic doctor shall be covered by the blanket bond of the county.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2002, c. 40, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 11, 2002. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 45, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2003.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5633. County to support indigent persons Power to provide indigent care facility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Every county of this state shall relieve and support all indigent persons lawfully residing therein, whenever they shall actually need assistance, and shall allow such temporary relief to persons not residing therein as shall be actually necessary pending the ascertainment of his or her legal residence. The boards of county commissioners of the respective counties of this state may, if they deem it to be in the best interests of the county, purchase land for a county indigent care facility and erect such buildings and make such other improvements thereon as shall be necessary to establish a county indigent care facility for such indigent of the county. The board of county commissioners is hereby given authority in their respective counties to place all indigent persons who are desirous of, needing and entitled to support from the county in such facility; and to receive into such facility all indigent and homeless persons who are in need of shelter or a place to convalesce; provided, however, that the boards of county commissioners shall not establish any county indigent care facility in any county of this state, having a valuation of less than Seven Million Dollars ($7,000,000.00), at a greater expense to the county, for lands and improvements thereon, than the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00); in counties having a valuation of more than Seven Million Dollars ($7,000,000.00), and less than Fifteen Million Dollars ($15,000,000.00), at a greater expense to the county, for lands and improvements thereon, than the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00); in counties having a valuation of Fifteen Million Dollars ($15,000,000.00), and up to Fifty Million Dollars ($50,000,000.00), at a greater expense to the county, for lands and improvements thereon, than the sum of Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000.00); and in counties having Fifty Million Dollars ($50,000,000.00), valuation or more, at a greater expense to the county, for lands and improvements thereon, than the sum of Forty Thousand Dollars ($40,000.00), without having submitted the proposition for the establishment of such facility to a vote of the people of the county at some general election, at which it shall take a majority of all votes cast to carry the proposition.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4527. Amended by Laws 191011, c. 13, p. 30, &sect; 1; Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5634. County may rent indigent care facility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Such counties of the State of Oklahoma as are not ready or able to purchase or erect an indigent care facility, but which desire a place to keep the indigent of the county together, are authorized to rent a suitable place and establish an indigent care facility in all other respects the same as though such county or counties had purchased an indigent care facility, and thus obtained a facility for the indigent, except that instead of levying a tax to pay for such facility, the overseers shall levy a tax annually to pay the rental of such facilities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4528. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 8, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5635. Where county has no indigent care facility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of the overseers of the indigent in counties where no common indigent care facility is established, two (2) weeks next preceding the first Monday of April, in each year, to give public notice by having published in the newspaper or newspapers in their respective counties, or in case no such newspaper is published in the county, by posting upon three public places in the county, an advertisement certifying the indigent that are to be provided for and asking for sealed proposals for their maintenance during the coming year. The sealed proposals shall be opened and acted upon by the overseers of the indigent at their regular meeting, beginning on the said first Monday in April; but nothing herein contained shall prohibit any overseers of the indigent from receiving and accepting propositions at any time for the keeping of such indigent persons as may in the interim become a county charge, or of rejecting the propositions of such persons as they know to be unable to fulfill their obligations to the indigent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4529. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 9, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5636. Form of relief.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The overseers of the indigent shall examine any application made to them by or on behalf of any indigent person for relief, and if such applicant has a residence in the county, they shall determine whether such relief is temporary and such as may be supplied by said overseers, or the applicant, if desired, shall be removed to the county indigent care facility. If, in such case, the relief sought is temporary, or the person seeking relief cannot be removed, the relief shall be furnished by said overseers; if otherwise, and such indigent person can be removed, he or she shall be placed in the county indigent care facility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4530. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 10, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5637. Overseers to receive person removed Appeal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If any person be removed by process under this article, from any county in the state to any other county therein, as hereinbefore provided, the overseers of the poor of the county to which such poor person is removed, shall receive such person: Provided, that if the overseers of any county to which a poor person has been removed, shall feel aggrieved over said removal, they may appeal from said order of removal to the district court of the county whence the removal was made within twenty (20) days after notice of said removal, which appeal shall in other respects be taken as other appeals are taken from the probate court to the district court, and there be tried as other appeals are by law tried.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4531.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5638. Time of hearing appeal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Such appeal shall be heard at the term of the court next after the same is filed therein, if in the opinion of the court reasonable notice of the appeal has been given the opposite party; but if not thus given, the cause shall stand continued until the next term of court, and notice of the appeal be then given, if not before done.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4532.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5639. Court may amend order of removal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If the order of removal is defective, the court shall permit the same to be amended without costs, and after such amendment is made the appeal shall be heard and determined as if such order had not been defective.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4533.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-40. Repealed by Laws 1976, c. 149, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5641. Commissioners to bring suits.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All suits and proceedings under this article, for the purpose of determining residence for obtaining relief, or resisting the same shall be in the name of the board of county commissioners of the county or counties concerned.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4535.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5642. Administrator of indigent care facility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever, under the provisions of this title, an indigent care facility for the indigent has been established by the overseers of the indigent of any county in this state, the overseers shall employ a resident of the county wherein the indigent care facility is erected to take charge of the same upon such terms and under such restrictions as such overseers shall consider most advantageous for the interests of the county and the welfare of the indigent persons residing in said facility. The party so employed shall be called administrator of the county indigent care facility, and shall protect the property of the county in his or her charge and under his or her control, and shall faithfully discharge his or her duties as guardian of the indigent. He or she shall be appointed by the Director of Human Services/Social Services and shall serve at his or her discretion. At the end of each fiscal year, he or she shall make and transmit to the Director who shall file with the county clerk, to be considered by the board of county commissioners, a complete report of all business transacted by him or her as such administrator, and shall attach to such report an invoice of all the personal property in his or her possession as such administrator. The administrator shall have authority to solicit as volunteers the indigent persons residing in such indigent care facility, who are able to do so, to labor in and about such facility, under his or her direction. Said administrator shall have such salary as the said overseers shall fix, and in accordance with such laws regulating the salaries of county employees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4536. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 11, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5643. Repealed by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 31, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5644. Tax levy for indigent care facility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The board of county commissioners may provide for a special tax each year, not to exceed onehalf (1/2) mill on the dollar, of the assessed valuation of said county, to be applied to the payment for an indigent care facility and improvements, thereon, until said facility is fully paid for.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4538. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 12, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5645. Repealed by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 31, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5646. Duties when complaint is made.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In any county in this state where the indigent are cared for pursuant to the provisions of Section 33 of this title, it shall be the duty of the overseers of the indigent, on any complaint made to them in behalf of the indigent, to examine the grounds of such complaint, and if, in their judgment, the indigent have not been sufficiently provided with the common necessities of life, or have in any respect been illtreated by the person or persons under whose charge they shall have been placed, the overseers have the authority to withhold any part of the compensation allowed to such person or persons for keeping them, as such overseers may deem reasonable and proper, and remove said indigent and place them in the care of some other person.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4540. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 13, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5647. Overseers to maintain documentation concerning indigent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The overseers of the indigent shall compile and maintain documentation concerning the indigent of their respective counties who are unable to care for themselves, and who shall, in their judgment, be entitled to the benefits of the provisions of this title, together with the date of such entry.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4541. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5648. Poor person may apply to district court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If any poor person shall suppose that he is entitled to the benefit of the laws for the relief of the poor, and the overseers of the poor of the county in which he resides, shall refuse to give such person the benefit thereof, upon applicant of such person, the judge of the district court of the county, may, if he shall think proper, direct the said overseers of the poor to receive such person on the poor list, on his application therefor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4542.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5649. Proceedings when legal residence not known.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If anyone within the description of indigent persons specified in this title, shall be found in any county, and the overseers of the indigent of such county shall be unable to ascertain and establish the last place of legal residence of such person, they shall proceed in their discretion to provide for such indigent person, in the same manner as other persons are hereby directed to be provided for by law and under such restrictions as the county commissioners shall consider most advantageous for the interests of their respective counties and the welfare of the people therein.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4543. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5650. Temporary relief.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever any person entitled to temporary relief as an indigent person shall be in any county in this state in which he or she is not a legal resident, the overseers of the indigent thereof may, if the same is deemed advisable, grant such relief by placing him or her temporarily in the indigent care facility of such county, if there be one; but if there be no indigent care facility then they shall provide the same relief as is customary in cases where a legal residence has been obtained.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4544. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 16, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5651. Overseers' account.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In any county in this state where the indigent are cared for pursuant to Section 33 of this title, the overseers of the indigent shall make an account to the clerk of the board of county commissioners of the sums of money required by the indigent of their respective counties, within fifteen (15) days after such contract hereinbefore provided for shall have been made, which sums shall be paid quarterly out of the county treasury, upon the order of the board of county commissioners in the same manner as other claims against the county are paid.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4545. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 17, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5652. Compensation of overseers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In any county in this state where the indigent are cared for pursuant to the provisions of Section 33 of this title, the overseers of the indigent in such county shall be entitled to receive the prevailing rate of pay per day for each and every day during which they shall be necessarily employed in the discharge of their several duties as such.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4546. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 18, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5653. Submission of accounts and sworn statements of overseers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In any county in this state where the indigent are cared for pursuant to the provisions of Section 33 of this title, the overseers of the indigent shall annually, at the first session of the board of county commissioners in the year, submit their accounts and make a sworn statement of their proceedings for the past year, which report shall be presented to the clerk of the board of county commissioners at least one (1) day prior to the meeting of said board. The board may then credit and allow the accounts so presented, and may draw on the county treasurer therefor, whose duty it shall be to pay the same out of any money in the county treasury not otherwise appropriated.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4547. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 19, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5654. Sickness or death of poor stranger.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. It shall be the duty of the overseers of the poor, on complaint made to them that any person not an inhabitant of their county is lying sick therein or in distress, without friends or money, so that he will likely suffer, to examine into the case of such person and grant such temporary relief as the nature of the same may require; and if any person shall die within any county, who shall not have money or means necessary to defray his funeral expenses, it shall be the duty of the overseers of the poor of such county to employ some person to provide for and superintend the burial of such deceased person. Public cemeteries shall provide a burial plot at no cost at the request of the overseers of the poor or the person employed by the overseers of the poor to provide for and superintend the burial. Public cemeteries shall also provide the service of opening and closing the grave for the purpose of interring the remains of the poor or indigent person. The overseers of the poor of each county shall establish the necessary and reasonable expenses of the opening and closing services which shall be paid by the county treasurer upon the order of such overseers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. As used in this section, "public cemeteries" means cemeteries located in any county with a population of three hundred thousand (300,000) or more, according to the latest Federal Decennial Census, which sell burial plots to the general public and which are exempt from taxation under the laws of this state. "Public cemeteries" shall not include any municipal, fraternal, religious, rural, community, township, state, county or nonprofit cooperative cemeteries, or free community burial grounds.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 4548. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 2, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-55. Repealed by Laws 1977, c. 256, &sect; 1-106, eff. July 1, 1978.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-56. Repealed by Laws 1977, c. 256, &sect; 1-106, eff. July 1, 1978.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5657. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Sections 2 through 10 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the "Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1984, c. 294, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1984. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 192, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1987.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5657.1. Intent of Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Adequate health care is a basic human right which should be available to all Oklahomans. Rapidly increasing health care costs threaten to make such care unaffordable to many citizens. Unreimbursed health care services provided to indigent persons cause the cost of services to paying patients to increase in a manner unrelated to the actual cost of services delivered. It is therefore the intent of the Oklahoma Legislature to develop a system of health care delivery that ensures fair and adequate access for all Oklahomans. Further, it is the intent of the Legislature that this system promote the utilization of the most costeffective health care services including, but not limited to, health care education and prevention and seek to utilize the most costeffective administrative policies and procedures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1987, c. 192, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1987.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5658. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Department" means the Department of Human Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Indigent" or "medically indigent" means a person or head of household:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;with an income less than or equal to the poverty level as designated by the latest decennial census and insufficient personal resources to provide for needed medical care for himself or his dependents, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;who requires medically necessary hospital or primary health care services for himself or his dependents for which no public or private thirdparty coverage is available, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;who has made no assignment, transfer, or encumbrance of property for the purpose of establishing eligibility for services pursuant to a state or federal medical program or the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act at any time within the last twentyfour (24) months, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;with an occurrence of a catastrophic injury or illness to himself or a dependent resulting in noncovered incurred medical debt for hospital services or for physician and drug costs related to a hospital stay which exceed fifty percent (50%) of the gross annual income of a person or head of household. Insurance benefits for the medical debt shall be first exhausted;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Hospital" means "hospital" as that term is defined in Section 1701 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Clinic" means a health care facility separate from a hospital which provides outpatient medical services to patients and has a patient mix of at least fiftyone percent (51%) indigent persons;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Patient mix" means the composition of the patient population based on information regarding the payor source.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1984, c. 294, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1984. Amended by Laws 1985, c. 255, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1987, c. 192, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1987.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-59. Repealed by Laws 1987, c. 192, &sect; 12, eff. Nov. 1, 1987.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-59.1. Income tax check-off for indigent health care - Indigent Health Care Revolving Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Tax Commission shall include on each state individual income tax return form for tax years beginning after December 31, 2001, an opportunity for the taxpayer to donate from a tax refund for the benefit of the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Department of Human Services, to be designated the "Indigent Health Care Revolving Fund". The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of all monies received by the Department of Human Services from:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Any state monies appropriated for the purpose of implementing the provisions of the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any monies collected pursuant to this section or any other monies available to the Department of Human Services to implement the provisions of the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. All monies accruing to the credit of the fund are hereby appropriated and shall be budgeted and expended directly to eligible clinics by the Department for the purpose of implementing the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act. Expenditures from the fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for approval and payment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 255, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 192, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 2001, c. 358, &sect; 25, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 231.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-60. Repealed by Laws 1987, c. 192, &sect; 12, eff. Nov. 1, 1987.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-61. Repealed by Laws 1985, c. 255, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1985.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-62. Repealed by Laws 1987, c. 192, &sect; 12, eff. Nov. 1, 1987.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5663. Department of Human Services Responsibilities and duties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services shall have the following responsibilities:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Establish and review the eligibility standards and criteria for:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;participation by hospitals and clinics pursuant to the Indigent Health Care Act, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;reimbursement to clinics for services through the Indigent Health Care Fund;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Establish and review the screening criteria and procedures for persons receiving services through participating hospitals and clinics in order to determine which persons are eligible for reimbursement pursuant to existing state and federal medical programs and which persons are eligible for reimbursement pursuant to the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Review the documentation provided by participating hospitals and clinics;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Determine the types of services offered by participating hospitals and clinics that shall be eligible for reimbursement or the allocation of funds pursuant to state or federal medical programs and the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act and that such services have been approved by the proper regulatory agencies; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Disburse state monies to hospitals and clinics meeting requirements of the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act as provided by Section 66 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Commission for Human Services shall promulgate rules and regulations, as necessary and appropriate, to implement the provisions of the Indigent Health Care Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1984, c. 294, &sect; 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1984. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 192, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1987.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5664. Exemptions from act Duties of hospitals and clinics Reports and documentation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act shall not apply to state or federally operated medical institutions except the State of Oklahoma Medical Center and the George Nigh Rehabilitation Institute of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Hospitals and clinics participating in the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act shall have the following responsibilities:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Implement the screening criteria and procedures and comply with such other eligibility criteria for participation in the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act established pursuant to the provisions of Section 63 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. In addition to or as part of other reports required by law or by the rules and regulations of the State Board of Health, annually submit to the State Department of Health reports and data documenting:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the total amount of health care costs incurred by the hospital or clinic for medical indigents,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;total patient charges by the hospital or clinic for medical indigents,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;the patient mix including, but not limited to, the number of indigent persons served as measured by hospital patient days or clinic encounters as appropriate, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;such other information and in such form as may be required by the State Department of Health pursuant to the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Such documentation shall indicate that the person served or the party responsible for such person meets the criteria established by the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act. Such documentation shall also be specific as to the county of residence of the person served. These records shall be available to the public upon request.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Clinics shall submit to the Department of Human Services necessary information to certify eligible clinic status pursuant to Section 58 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The State Department of Health shall forward copies of such documentation to the Department of Human Services as necessary for use by the Department in determining the eligibility of a hospital or a clinic for reimbursement pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act. The State Department of Health and the Department of Human Services shall cooperate for the purpose of coordinating the reports and documentation required by the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act, and ensuring the timely transmission of said reports and documentation between, said agencies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The State Department of Health may expand or modify the reporting requirements of hospitals and establish reporting requirements for clinics as necessary to complete the study required by Section 66.2 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1984, c. 294, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1984. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 192, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 1988, c. 15, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 15, 1988; Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988; Laws 1989, c. 227, &sect; 4; Laws 1992, c. 312, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5665. Screening of persons requesting assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person requesting assistance pursuant to the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act and who meets the criteria specified in paragraph 2 of Section 58 of this title shall be required to go through a screening process established by the Department of Human Services as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A determination shall be made as to whether the person is eligible for any existing state or federal health care program; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If the person is ineligible for existing state or federal programs, said person's account shall be placed in the indigent health care account of the hospital or clinic's records.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1984, c. 294, &sect; 9, eff. Nov. 1, 1984. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 192, &sect; 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1987.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5666. Reimbursements and payments to hospitals and clinics Disbursement of state monies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services, from all monies deposited into the Indigent Health Care Revolving Fund for the purpose of implementing the provisions of the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act, shall reimburse clinics which meet the requirements of Section 64 of this title and elect to participate in the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Disbursements of state monies from the Indigent Health Care Revolving Fund to eligible clinics shall be as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Following certification and approval by the Department of Human Services of the accuracy of reports submitted pursuant to Section 64 of this title the Department shall determine the amount of state monies available to the clinics; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Department shall make payments from state monies available to all participating clinics in the state pursuant to provisions of the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act. Payment rates shall be determined by the Department of Human Services following consultation with provider groups. The Department of Human Services shall determine the amount due each clinic according to available monies. The rate of clinic reimbursement shall not exceed the individual clinic's reimbursement rate established by the Department of Human Services for Medicaid patients.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Department, from sources other than the Indigent Health Care Revolving Fund, shall make payments from available state and federal monies to all participating hospitals and clinics in the state pursuant to provisions of the Oklahoma Indigent Health Care Act. Payment rates shall be determined by the Department of Human Services following consultation with provider groups. The Department of Human Services shall determine the amount due each hospital and clinic according to available monies. The per diem payments to participating hospitals shall not exceed the individual hospital's per diem rate established by the Department of Human Services for Medicaid patients. The rate of clinic reimbursement shall not exceed the individual clinic's reimbursement rate established by the Department of Human Services for Medicaid patients.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1984, c. 294, &sect; 10, eff. Nov. 1, 1984. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 192, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 1988, c. 15, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. March 15, 1988.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-66.2. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 155, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-67. Repealed by Laws 1985, c. 255, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1985.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-71. Verification of lawful presence of applicants for public benefits &ndash; Exceptions &ndash; Affidavit - Fraudulent representations - Annual report.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Except as provided in subsection C of this section or where exempted by federal law, every agency or a political subdivision of this state shall verify the lawful presence in the United States of any natural person fourteen (14) years of age or older who has applied for state or local public benefits, as defined in 8 U.S.C., Section 1621, or for federal public benefits, as defined in 8 U.S.C., Section 1611, that is administered by an agency or a political subdivision of this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The provisions of this section shall be enforced without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or national origin.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Verification of lawful presence under the provisions of this section shall not be required:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. For any purpose for which lawful presence in the United States is not restricted by law, ordinance, or regulation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. For assistance for health care items and services that are necessary for the treatment of an emergency medical condition, as defined in 42 U.S.C., Section 1396b(v)(3), of the alien involved and are not related to an organ transplant procedure;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. For short-term, noncash, in-kind emergency disaster relief;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. For public health assistance for immunizations with respect to diseases and for testing and treatment of symptoms of communicable diseases whether or not such symptoms are caused by a communicable disease; &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. For application of special volunteer health care licenses that specify the eligible volunteer shall be either retired from practice in this state or actively licensed with a clean record in another state and that such eligible volunteer shall not receive or have the expectation to receive any payment or compensation, either direct or indirect, for any services rendered in this state under the special volunteer license; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. For programs, services, or assistance such as soup kitchens, crisis counseling and intervention, and short-term shelter specified by the United States Attorney General, in the sole and unreviewable discretion of the United States Attorney General after consultation with appropriate federal agencies and departments which:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;deliver in-kind services at the community level, including through public or private nonprofit agencies,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;do not condition the provision of assistance, the amount of assistance provided, or the cost of assistance provided on the income or resources of the individual recipient, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;are necessary for the protection of life or safety.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Verification of lawful presence in the United States by the agency or political subdivision required to make such verification shall require that the applicant execute an affidavit under penalty of perjury that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. He or she is a United States citizen; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. He or she is a qualified alien under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act and is lawfully present in the United States.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The agency or political subdivision providing the state or local public benefits shall provide notary public services at no cost to the applicant.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. For any applicant who has executed the affidavit described in paragraph 2 of subsection D of this section, eligibility for benefits shall be verified through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security or an equivalent program designated by the United States Department of Homeland Security. Until such eligibility verification is made, the affidavit may be presumed to be proof of lawful presence for the purposes of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. Any person who knowingly and willfully makes a false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement of representation in an affidavit executed pursuant to subsection D of this section shall be subject to criminal penalties applicable in this state for fraudulently obtaining public assistance program benefits. If the affidavit constitutes a false claim of U.S. citizenship under 18 U.S.C., Section 911, a complaint shall be filed by the agency requiring the affidavit with the United States Attorney General for the applicable district based upon the venue in which the affidavit was executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. Agencies or political subdivisions of this state may adopt variations to the requirements of the provisions of this section which demonstrably improve the efficiency or reduce delay in the verification process, or to provide for adjudication of unique individual circumstances where the verification procedures in this section would impose unusual hardship on a legal resident of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. It shall be unlawful for any agency or a political subdivision of this state to provide any state, local, or federal benefit, as defined in 8 U.S.C., Section 1621, or 8 U.S.C., Section 1611, in violation of the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. Each state agency or department which administers any program of state or local public benefits shall provide an annual report to the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives with respect to its compliance with the provisions of this section. Each agency or department shall monitor the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program for application verification errors and significant delays and shall provide an annual public report on such errors and significant delays and recommendations to ensure that the application of the Systematic Alien Verification of Entitlements Program is not erroneously denying benefits to legal residents of Oklahoma. Errors shall also be reported to the United States Department of Homeland Security by each agency or department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2007, c. 112, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 2007. Amended by Laws 2010, c. 102, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 13, 2010.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5681. Repealed by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 31, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5682. Repealed by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 31, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5691. Issue of bonds authorized.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All counties in the State of Oklahoma are hereby authorized to issue bonds for the purpose of purchasing lands and making improvements thereon for the benefit of the poor in said counties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1923, c. 138, p. 233, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5692. Election authorized Manner of calling election.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The board of county commissioners in each county in the State of Oklahoma is hereby authorized and empowered to call any election for the purpose of issuing bonds to purchase lands, make improvement thereon, or to make improvements upon lands already owned by such counties, for the use and benefit of the poor people of such counties. Said commissioners shall call said election by issuing a proclamation therefor and giving notice thereof in four consecutive issues of a weekly newspaper published in and of general circulation in such county proposing to issue said bonds. Provided, that no election shall be held until the expiration of thirty (30) days following the date of the first publication of said notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1923, c. 138, p. 233, &sect; 2.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5693. Contents of proclamation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The proclamation calling for said election shall name the amount of bonds to be issued, the time said bonds shall run, the interest said bonds shall bear, and the time for holding the election.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1923, c. 138, p. 233, &sect; 3.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5694. Conduct of election.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Said election shall be conducted by the duly qualified election officials of such county and the returns thereof made to the secretary of the county election board, in all things and respects as now provided by law for holding county elections.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1923, c. 138, p. 234, &sect; 4.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5695. Bonds Sale.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If at said election the voters, voting thereon, shall vote in favor of the issuance of the bonds, the board of county commissioners shall at once proceed to issue the same and shall deposit the bonds in the treasury of the county, the treasurer being responsible and chargeable therefor on his official bond. The board of county commissioners shall proceed to sell said bonds and deposit the proceeds from the sale thereof in the county treasury, to be paid out by the treasurer upon orders of the board from time to time as the same shall be needed. Provided, said bonds shall not be sold for less than par and accrued interest.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1923, c. 138, p. 234, &sect; 5.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5696. Rate of interest Payment Signatures Recording.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Bonds issued as herein provided shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum rate provided by Section 498.1 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes, payable semiannually, and of denominations of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), nor more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) each. The entire amount shall be payable within twentyfive (25) years. They shall be signed by the chairman of the board of county commissioners, and countersigned by the county clerk. They shall be recorded by the county clerk and by the State Auditor and Inspector, both of whom shall endorse the same on the back thereof. Facsimile signatures may be used as provided by the Registered Public Obligations Act of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1923, c. 138, p. 234, &sect; 6. Amended by Laws 1979, c. 30, &sect; 15, emerg. eff. April 6, 1979; Laws 1983, c. 170, &sect; 39, eff. July 1, 1983.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5697. Taxes Levy.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of the officers charged by law with levying taxes for county purposes to levy annually an amount sufficient to pay the interest due each year on the bonds issued hereunder, and in addition thereto levy an amount sufficient to pay the principal as the same comes due.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1923, c. 138, p. 234, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5698. Purchase of lands and buildings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Out of the proceeds of the sale of bonds the board of county commissioners shall purchase lands or grounds for indigent care facility purposes, or erect buildings and make improvements thereon as the case may be. The board of county commissioners shall have the right to purchase the lands at private or public sale.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1923, c. 138, p. 234, &sect; 8. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 20, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;5699. Persons admitted Authority and supervision.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The board of county commissioners shall admit all indigent persons, who are legal residents of such county, to the indigent care facility, under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by said commissioners. The board of county commissioners shall have complete authority and supervision over the facility and shall provide for managing and controlling the facility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1923, c. 138, p. 234, &sect; 9. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 21, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56111. Erection of buildings Care of patients.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The board of county commissioners of the counties throughout the state shall have power to erect buildings upon land occupied by county indigent care facilities for the isolation and treatment of all indigent persons who are afflicted with an illness or disease which makes it necessary that these measures be taken, and that the patients may, if the building is erected, be cared for out of the indigent care budget of the county of which the patients are residents.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1923, c. 39, p. 52, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 22, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56112. Supervision of treatment of patients.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The board of county commissioners shall provide for and supervise the treatment of said patients residing in the indigent care facility in a manner provided by law and under such restrictions as the board of county commissioners shall consider most advantageous for the interests of their respective counties and the welfare of the people therein.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1923, c. 39, p. 52, &sect; 2. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 23, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56113. Public donations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Said board of county commissioners shall be permitted to accept public donations in aid of the construction, upkeep and maintenance of said buildings and support of patients therein.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1923, c. 39, p. 52, &sect; 3.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56114. Employment of nurses, etc.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The board of county commissioners shall be authorized to employ a suitable person or persons to care for such patients and quarters, upon such terms and conditions as provided by law, and under such restrictions as the board of county commissioners shall consider most advantageous for the interests of their respective counties and the welfare of the people therein.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1923, c. 39, p. 52, &sect; 4. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 24, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56121. When commissioners may sell.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The board of county commissioners of any county of this state is hereby authorized and empowered to sell and convey any real estate deeded to or held by such county for the purpose of indigent care facilities, when in the opinion of the board of commissioners such real estate is not needed, is unsuitable or inconvenient for such purposes. Such sale shall be in the manner hereinafter provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 191011, c. 75, p. 172, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 25, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56122. Resolution of county commissioners Appraisement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Before any such sale or conveyance shall be made, the board of county commissioners, in regular or special session, shall adopt a resolution declaring that said real estate is not needed for indigent care facility purposes, or is unsuitable or inconvenient for such purpose, or that other or more suitable or convenient real property within the county is obtainable at a fair and reasonable value. The resolution shall be published with other proceedings of the board, and a copy of the resolution shall be certified by the county clerk to the judge of the district court of such county. The judge shall determine whether such sale is in the best interest of the county. The judge shall order and direct the board to sell the real estate, as hereinafter provided, and he or she shall appoint three disinterested freeholders of the county to appraise the real estate. The appraisal is to be returned by the appraisers to the board of county commissioners.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 191011, c. 75, p. 172, &sect; 2. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 26, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56123. Publication of notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Upon the return of the appraisement as provided for in Section 2 of this act, the board of county commissioners shall give notice of such sale by publication in some newspaper of general circulation in the county for a period of thirty (30) days.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 191011, c. 75, p. 172, &sect; 3.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56124. Procedure Bids Report to district judge.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Bids for said real estate shall be in writing, sealed and delivered to the county clerk of such county and by him preserved unopened, until the next regular meeting of the board of county commissioners, at which time said board shall open such bids and award the said real estate to the highest and best bidder for the same and file a report of such sale with the judge of the district court for approval and confirmation; provided that such real estate shall not be sold for less than ninety percent (90%) of its appraised value, and the board of county commissioners shall have the power to reject any and all bids.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 191011, c. 75, p. 173, &sect; 4.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56125. Deeds Order for execution Signing, acknowledging and attesting Prima facie evidence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If such sale be by the judge of the district court approved and confirmed, he shall direct and order the chairman of the board of county commissioners to execute a deed to the purchaser thereof, which shall be signed and acknowledged by the chairman of said board, and attested by the county clerk, which deed shall recite the several steps and proceeding had in such sale, and such recitals shall be prima facie evidence of the truth of the same.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 191011, c. 75, p. 173, &sect; 5.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56126. Proceeds Disposition.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Proceeds derived by a county from any sale of real estate deeded to it or held by it for use as indigent care facilities shall be credited to the county's building fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 191011, c. 75, p. 173, &sect; 6. Amended by Laws 1969, c. 25, &sect; 1, eff. Feb. 17, 1969; Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 27, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56127. Authorization to use or lease realty held for indigent care facilities Sales not restricted.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The board of county commissioners of any county in this state is hereby authorized and empowered to hold, own, or use for any other lawful county purpose, or lease for any other lawful purpose, any real estate deeded to or held by such county for the purpose of county indigent care facilities, when, in the opinion of the board of county commissioners, such real estate is not needed, is unsuitable, or inconvenient for the purpose of an indigent care facility; provided that nothing contained in this section shall prevent the said county from selling the said property as provided by law, and the power to hold, own, or use said property for any lawful county purpose, or lease said property for any lawful purpose, shall be in addition to the power to sell said property as provided in Sections 121 through 126 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1959, p. 92, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 1971, c. 235, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971; Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 28, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56128. Resolution.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Before any real estate deeded to or held by any such county for the purpose of county indigent care facilities shall be held, owned, or used for any other lawful county purpose, or leased for any other lawful purpose, the board of county commissioners in regular or special session shall adopt a resolution declaring that said real estate is not needed for county indigent care facility purposes, or is unsuitable or inconvenient for such purposes, or that other or more suitable or convenient real property within the county is obtainable at a fair and reasonable value, such resolution to be published with other proceedings of the county commissioners.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1959, p. 92, &sect; 2. Amended by Laws 1971, c. 235, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 12, 1971; Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 29, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-131. Repealed by Laws 1986, c. 69, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56141. Repealed by Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 31, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56142. Amount of allowance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The allowance to each of such women shall not exceed Ten Dollars ($10.00) a month when she has but one child under the age of fourteen (14) years, and if she has more than one child under the age of fourteen (14) years, it shall not exceed the sum of Ten Dollars ($10.00) a month for the first child and Five Dollars ($5.00) a month for each of the other children under the age of fourteen (14) years.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1915, c. 183, &sect; 2.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56143. Conditions of allowance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Such allowance shall be made by the county court and only upon the following conditions:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(1) The child or children for whose benefit the allowance is made must be living with the mother of such child or children; (2) The allowance shall be made only when in the absence of such allowance the mother would be required to work regularly away from her home and children, and when by means of such allowance she will be able to remain at home with her children; (3) The mother must, in the judgment of the county court, be a proper person, morally, physically and mentally, for the bringing up of her children; (4) Such allowance shall, in the judgment of the court, be necessary to save the child or children from neglect; (5) No person shall receive the benefit of this act who shall not have been a resident of the county in which such application is made for at least one (1) year next before the making of such application for such allowance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1915, c. 183, &sect; 3. Amended by Laws 1921, c. 19, p. 26, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56144. Termination or modification of allowance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever any child shall reach the age of fourteen (14) years any allowance made to the mother of such child for the benefit of such child shall cease. The county court may, at its discretion, at any time before such child reaches the age of fourteen (14) years, discontinue or modify the allowance to any mother and for any child.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1915, c. 183, &sect; 4.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56145. Provisions when fund is insufficient.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Should the fund herein authorized be sufficient to permit an allowance to only a part of the persons coming within the provisions of this law, the county court shall select those cases in most urgent need of such allowance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1915, c. 183, &sect; 5.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56146. Class of widows entitled.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The provisions of this law shall not apply to any woman whose husband is not dead or who is not confined in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary or other prison in this state, or is in a state institution for the insane in this state, and in the two latter cases it shall not apply unless such prisoner is the lawful husband of the woman seeking such allowance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1915, c. 183, &sect; 6.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56147. Unlawful procurement Penalty for attempt.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person procuring or attempting to procure any allowance for a person not entitled thereto shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not more than one (1) year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1915, c. 183, &sect; 7.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56148. Judgments for allowance Citizens may petition rehearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In each case where an allowance is made to any woman under the provisions of this act, a judgment entry to that effect shall be entered upon the records of the county court making such allowance, and it shall be the right of any taxpaying citizen at any time to file a motion to set aside such judgment; and on such motion the county court, or the court to whom such motion may be taken on a change of venue, shall hear evidence, either with or without a jury, as either side may demand, and may make a new order granting or refusing such allowance, and from such order so made an appeal shall lie as in ordinary civil cases. If the judgment making such allowance is not appealed from, or is affirmed on appeal, the person filing such motion shall pay all the costs of such motion and the proceedings subsequent thereto. Such motion may be renewed from time to time, but not oftener than once in any calendar year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1915, c. 183, &sect; 8.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56161. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(a) When used herein, the term "State Department" shall mean the State Department of Public Welfare;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(b) The term "Commission" shall mean the Oklahoma Public Welfare Commission;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(c) The term "county board" shall mean the county board of public welfare;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(d) The term "Director" shall mean the Director of Public Welfare;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(e) The term "applicant" shall mean a person who has applied for assistance under this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(f) The term "recipient" shall mean any person who is receiving assistance under the terms of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(g) The term "assistance" shall mean money payments to, medical care in behalf of, or any other kind of benefit to or for recipients who receive aid under the provisions of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(h) The singular shall include the plural and the masculine shall include the feminine;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(i) The term "county department" shall mean the county board of public welfare, a county director of public welfare and such other personnel as may be necessary for the efficient performance of the duties of the county department;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(j) The term "Department" shall mean the State Department of Public Welfare and the county department of public welfare.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 1, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 85, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939; Laws 1951, p. 156, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 1, 1951.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-162. Duties and powers of the Director.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Governor shall have the power and duty to select a Director of Human Services who shall serve as executive and administrative officer of the Department of Human Services. The Director shall be appointed wholly on the basis of ability, training and experience qualifying him or her for public welfare administration. The Director shall serve, subject to the confirmation of the Senate, at the pleasure of the Governor. The salary of the Director shall be fixed by the Governor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Director shall formulate the policies and adopt rules and regulations for the effective administration of the duties of the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Director shall require and set the amount of the bond for employees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Director shall cooperate with the federal Department of Health and Human Services, or other similar agencies created by Congress, in any reasonable manner as may be necessary to qualify for federal aid to states in providing assistance to needy persons in conformity with the provisions of this title, including the making of reports in the form and containing information as a federal agency may from time to time require, and comply with any other similar federal agency requirements necessary to ensure the correctness and verification of the reports.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Director shall publish an annual report, not later than four (4) months after the close of each fiscal year. The report shall be presented to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Annual reports shall provide information about the operations and programs administered by the Department and shall include, but shall not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Statistical information regarding services provided and the number of persons served by Department programs; &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Financial data including a reasonable amount of detailed information regarding revenues and expenditures and a breakdown and comparison of the Department budget with actual expenditures;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Status of the workforce and productivity of the Department; &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Information about Department efforts to ensure program accountability and service delivery quality and integrity;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Demographic data and trends and their anticipated impact on demand for services; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Information regarding public and private institution-based services. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The Director shall assume the statutory duties of the Commission for Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 2, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 86, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939; Laws 2012, c. 344, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 7, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56162.1. Additional names for Department of Public Welfare, Welfare Commission and Director.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(a) The Department of Public Welfare shall also be known as, and may perform official acts and transact official business in the name of, Department of Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(b) The Oklahoma Public Welfare Commission shall also be known as, and may perform official acts and transact official business in the name of, the Commission for Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(c) The Director of Public Welfare shall also be known as, and may perform official acts and transact official business in the name of, the Director of Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, p. 816, H.J.R. No. 561, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 15, 1968. Amended by Laws 1980, S.J.R. No. 46, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. Feb. 6, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-162.1a. Additional names for Department of Human Services and Director of Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever the name of Department of Institutions, Social and Rehabilitative Services appears in any law contract or other document it shall be deemed to refer to the Department of Human Services. Whenever the name of the Commission for Institutions, Social and Rehabilitative Services, or Director of Institutions, Social and Rehabilitative Services appears in any law, contract or other document, it shall be deemed to refer to the Director of Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1980, S.J.R. No. 46, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. Feb. 6, 1980. Amended by Laws 2012, c. 344, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 7, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-162.1b. Citizens Advisory Panels - Family issues - Aging issues - Disability issues - Administration.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. There are hereby created four Department of Human Services Citizens Advisory Panels to evaluate core program and administrative areas of the Department and to develop recommendations to improve the programs and administration of the Department. These Panels are for Children and Family Issues, Aging Issues, Disability Issues and Administration. Each Panel shall be composed of five (5) members. Each appointee shall demonstrate an interest or expertise in the area of responsibility of the Panel to which the member is appointed. The Panels shall be established as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Citizens Advisory Panel for Children and Family Issues shall be composed of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the Governor,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the Speaker of the House,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Citizens Advisory Panel for Aging Issues shall be composed of: &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the Governor,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Citizens Advisory Panel for Disability Issues shall be composed of: &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the Governor,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The Citizens Advisory Panel for Administration shall be composed of: &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the Governor,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;one member to be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Appointing authorities shall appoint members from diverse backgrounds with specialized interests in public welfare, human services and the specific area of expertise relevant to the Panel to which the member is appointed. Appointees shall not be members of the Oklahoma Legislature. Panels may meet anywhere in the state and members shall be reimbursed for travel expenses. Panels shall each meet at least four times per year but not more than twelve times per year without prior approval from the Director of Human Services. All Panels shall meet together at least one time per year in a Joint Citizens Advisory Panel meeting to be called by the Director of Human Services. Panel meetings shall be open meetings unless information required by law to be confidential is discussed. The Governor shall appoint one of the members of each Panel as Chairman until each Panel has an organizational meeting and elects a chair. The chair shall be selected for a term of one (1) year and shall not serve as chair for two (2) consecutive years.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Department shall provide staff support for the Panels and the Attorney General shall provide the Panels with general counsel. The Panels shall have access to all Department records and personnel necessary to examine Department policies, practices and outcomes and to provide accurate information, analysis and advice as required by law. The members shall operate under the same confidentiality restrictions as any employee or agent of the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Panels shall function as Advisory Panels to provide advice, information, findings and analysis to the Director on the policies and practices of the Department and their impact on outcomes. The Panels shall study and make recommendations to the Director regarding the management and operation of the Department. The appropriate Panels shall also offer recommendations for the implementation of the Pinnacle Plan. Each Panel, including the Joint Citizens Advisory Panel, shall review the performance of the Department in their specific area and report to the Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Director by December 31 of each year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Panels shall sunset July 1, 2016.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 344, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 7, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56162.2. Campus police and juvenile officers Appointment Powers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services shall have the authority to appoint campus police for institutions, county office buildings and any other buildings and their adjacent grounds under the jurisdiction of the Department, in the same manner and with the same powers as campus police appointed by governing boards of state institutions for higher education under the provisions of Sections 360.11 through 360.14 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The Department may also appoint and commission juvenile officers to assist it in maintaining custody of children committed to the Department, and in making investigations and in prosecuting court proceedings under the provisions of Sections 233 through 236 of this title, relating to child support enforcement. Such officers shall have the powers of peace officers, including the authority to serve and execute process, bench warrants and other court orders in cases in which the Department is a party or a participant. Each juvenile officer shall be required to execute a bond in such form and amount as may be approved by the Department, the cost thereof to be paid by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1971, c. 124, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 4, 1971. Amended by Laws 1985, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 16, 1985; Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 9, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988; Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 23, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56162.3. Police officers Certification.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Employees of the Department of Human Services serving as police officers shall obtain a certificate as provided for in Section 3311 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 68, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 16, 1985.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-162.4. Peace officers for Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Director of the Department of Human Services shall have the authority to commission certified employees within the Office of the Inspector General of the Department as peace officers. The authority of employees so commissioned shall include the authority to investigate crimes committed against the Department or crimes committed in the course of any program administered by the Department and the authority to investigate cases of Medicaid recipient fraud. Employees so commissioned shall also have the authority to serve and execute process, bench warrants and other court orders in any judicial or administrative proceeding in which the Department is a party or participant. Use and possession of firearms shall be at the discretion of the Director of the Department of Human Services, for the fraud unit only. To become qualified as peace officers for the commission, employees shall first obtain a certificate as provided for in Section 3311 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 272, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 27, 1993. Amended by Laws 2011, c. 134, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-162.5. Institutional Maintenance and Construction Unit and Architecture and Engineering Planning Unit - Authority to contract with Oklahoma Medical Center.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Institutional Maintenance and Construction Unit and the Architecture and Engineering Planning Unit of the Department of Human Services, or its successors, shall have authority to submit bids and enter into contracts with and to perform services for the Oklahoma Medical Center for construction and remodeling projects that fall within the scope of services of the Unit or its successors.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 174, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. May 8, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-162.6. Renumbered as &sect; 4122 of Title 74 by Laws 2001, c. 348, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2001.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56163. County boards Appointment Duties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Commission may appoint in each county a county board consisting of either three, five, or seven members, the majority of whom shall constitute a quorum. These members shall serve without salary at the pleasure of the Commission. No candidate for office nor any elective officer shall serve as a member of the county board. Members of the Legislature and any elective official of the State of Oklahoma shall be disqualified to recommend for appointment any member of the county board.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of the county departments to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(a) Administer the provision of this act within their respective counties, subject to the rules and regulations prescribed by the Commission pursuant to the provisions of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(b) Report to the Commission at such times and in such manner and form as the Commission may from time to time direct.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 3, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 87, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939; Laws 1947, p. 342, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 23, 1947.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-163.1. Satellite meal sites.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services shall authorize the establishment of local satellite meal sites for the purpose of encouraging older Oklahomans to congregate in order to eat meals prepared at another location and delivered to the local satellite meal site.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services with the cooperation of the State Fire Marshal and the Oklahoma State Department of Health shall adopt and promulgate standards for the establishment of such satellite meal sites so as to comply with any applicable fire and health code based on occupancy and use of the site. It is the intention of the Legislature that such standards shall be adequate to protect the health and safety of the persons congregating at satellite meal sites but also which will authorize and allow the establishment of the satellite meal sites by the Department, and which will encourage the use of the satellite meal sites for meal delivery services to older Oklahomans.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 277, &sect; 10, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-163.2. Josephine Meade Anti-Hunger Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This section and Sections 2 and 3 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the "Josephine Meade Anti-Hunger Act".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2013, c. 339, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 29, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-163.3. Leftover food &ndash; Prevention of waste.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services shall promulgate rules authorizing the patrons of senior nutrition project sites to take home leftover food. The Department may also seek ways to receive for distribution to patrons donated packaged or nonperishable food as well as natural fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables with no requirements for sites to provide overnight storage.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The State Department of Education shall promulgate rules to prevent food waste in public school cafeterias and shall develop policies for redistributing leftover foods to students in need. The Department may seek ways to receive for distribution to needy students packaged or nonperishable food as well as natural fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables with no requirements for school cafeterias to provide overnight storage.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2013, c. 339, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 29, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56164. Eligibility for assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Assistance shall be given under this act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. To any needy person who has attained the age of sixtyfive (65) years; provided, however, that when authorized by federal law or regulations, and in conformity therewith, the age requirement for needy persons under this act shall be sixtytwo (62) years. In addition to the above age requirements, said needy person shall possess the following qualifications:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;shall be residing in this state with intent to remain in the state at the time assistance is received,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;has not sufficient income or other resources to provide for himself or herself,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;is not an inmate of a public institution as defined by the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;has not made an assignment, transfer or encumbrance of property for the purpose of rendering himself or herself eligible for assistance under this act, at any time within five (5) years immediately preceding the filing of an application for assistance;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. To any needy person who is blind and who possesses the following qualifications:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;shall be residing in this state with intent to remain in this state at the time assistance is received,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;has not sufficient income or other resources to provide for himself or herself,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;is not an inmate of a public institution as defined by the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;has not made an assignment, transfer or encumbrance of property so as to render himself or herself eligible for assistance under this act at any time within five (5) years immediately preceding the filing of an application for assistance, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;shall not, during the period of receiving assistance, solicit alms;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. To any child possessing the following qualifications:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;is crippled or is suffering from conditions which may lead to crippling,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;is in need of medical, surgical, corrective or other services and care,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;has not sufficient income or other resources to provide such medical, surgical, corrective or other services and care,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;has no relatives who are financially able and who are required by law to provide such services and care,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;shall be residing in this state with intent to remain in the state at the time assistance is received, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;who is not receiving adequate aid under other provisions of law;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. To or on behalf of any dependent child who is under the age of eighteen (18) years of age or will graduate from high school prior to reaching nineteen (19) years of age and who possesses the following qualifications:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;shall be residing in this state with intent to remain in the state at the time assistance is received,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;has been deprived of parental support or care by reason of the death, continued absence from the home, or physical or mental incapacity of a parent, and who is living with a relative of the proper degree as designated by the Commission for Human Services in a place of residence maintained by one or more of such relatives as his or their own home,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;has not sufficient income or other resources to provide for himself, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;is a resident of the state at the time of receiving assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As an incentive to accept employment, an amount as established by the Commission for Human Services may be disregarded in the determination of the amount of earned income to be considered against the grant of aid to families with dependent children.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Incapacitated parents of dependent children and all other disabled persons receiving public assistance from the Department of Human Services, who, considering age, degree of incapacity, and ability to work, appear to be able to return to a status of selfsupport through surgery, medical treatment, vocational training, and selective placement, or any one or any combination of these services, shall be referred to the State Department of Rehabilitation Services, and encouraged to accept such rehabilitation services as may be available to them. The Department of Human Services and the State Department of Rehabilitation Services are directed to jointly formulate an agreement for the orderly referral of such cases, and the prevention of duplication of effort and expense, and the full implementation of this policy, such agreement to become effective when approved by the Oklahoma Public Welfare Commission and the Commission for Rehabilitation Services; provided that, in cases where either parent would be required to support such child or children except for his or her physical incapacity, it is the duty of the Director of the Department of Human Services to furnish the name of such parent to the State Department of Rehabilitation Services. The State Department of Rehabilitation Services shall review the available medical and social information and shall contact such parent, if it can be ascertained that he or she can be rehabilitated. If such parent refuses to allow an examination by the State Department of Rehabilitation Services, the State Department of Rehabilitation Services shall so notify the Director of the Department of Human Services and the children of such parent may be immediately removed from the welfare rolls. If said parent submits to examination and it is found that he or she can be rehabilitated, the State Department of Rehabilitation Services shall proceed to rehabilitate him or her. If said parent refuses to submit himself or herself for rehabilitation, whether by medical treatment or otherwise, said service shall so certify to the Director of the Department of Human Services who may immediately order the children of said parent removed from the welfare rolls; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. To any needy person who is permanently and totally disabled and who possesses the following qualifications:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;shall be residing in this state with intent to remain in the state at the time assistance is received,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;has not sufficient income or other resources to provide for himself or herself; provided, that the resources or income of a person's parents shall be considered in determining his or her eligibility for assistance for persons under eighteen (18) years of age; provided further, that no person shall be eligible to receive assistance under this subsection for any period of time with respect to which he or she receives assistance under any other provision of the section of which this subsection is a part,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;is not an inmate of a public institution as defined by the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;has not made an assignment, transfer or encumbrance of property so as to render himself or herself eligible for assistance under this act, at any time within five (5) years immediately preceding the filing of an application for assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Eligibility for assistance under provisions of this subsection shall be determined under rules promulgated, from time to time, by the Department of Human Services as provided by law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 4, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 89, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939; Laws 1945, p. 182, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 17, 1945; Laws 1949, p. 380, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 21, 1949; Laws 1951, p. 156, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 1, 1951; Laws 1953, p. 230, &sect;&sect; 1, 2, emerg. eff. June 9, 1953; Laws 1957, p. 456, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 6, 1957; Laws 1957, p. 458, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 31, 1957; Laws 1961, p. 437, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. July 12, 1961; Laws 1961, p. 434, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. July 11, 1961; Laws 1973, c. 38, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 24, 1973; Laws 1985, c. 29, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1993, c. 364, &sect; 11, emerg. eff. June 11, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-165. Amount of assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. The amount of assistance which any person shall receive under the provisions of this act shall be determined with due regard to the resources, to income and need of the individual and other conditions existing in each case and in accordance with funds available and rules of the Commission for Human Services, but in no case shall it be an amount which, when added to the income of the applicant from all other sources, is more than necessary to provide such person with reasonable subsistence compatible with decency and health.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The cash or loan value of all life insurance policies, and all revocable and irrevocable contracts for prepaid funeral benefits, as defined by Sections 6121 through 6135 of Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes, and all monies set aside in a separate account and specifically designated for funeral expenses of an applicant for and recipient of public assistance shall be considered as a resource available to meet the needs of the applicant. However, the following accruals by the applicant for and recipient of public assistance shall not be considered:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500.00) cash value of the policies or revocable contracts or designated accounts or any combination thereof, provided the cash value does not exceed One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500.00), or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) plus accrued interest in an irrevocable contract, designated account or cash value in insurance policies, or Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) plus accrued interest in any combination of irrevocable account, designated account, or cash value in insurance policies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. If the recipient receives any money from the policies or revocable contracts or designated accounts before the recipient's death, the amount received shall be considered as a resource available to meet the recipient's needs, provided, that an amount not to exceed One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500.00) from all policies may be used for prepaid burial expenses of the recipient.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. It shall be the duty of the Commission for Human Services, in conformity with the Federal Social Security Laws and in regard to funds available, to revise and liberalize the budget as now used in ascertaining the need of any person eligible to receive assistance, and, in so doing, the increased cost of living and condition of health of such person shall be given due consideration.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the limitations specified pursuant to paragraph 2 of subsection A of this section shall apply to the cash or loan value of all life insurance policies and all revocable and irrevocable contracts for prepaid funeral benefits and all monies set aside in a separate account and specifically designated for funeral expenses of an applicant for or recipient of public assistance which were entered into or created prior to July 1, 1986, and on and after July 1, 1985.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any person who entered into an irrevocable life insurance policy or irrevocable contract for prepaid funeral expenses prior to July 1, 1986, which exceeds the maximum limitation specified by paragraph 2 of subsection A of this section, and who is receiving assistance on July 1, 1986, is eligible to continue to receive such assistance provided such recipient does not add to or otherwise increase such irrevocable policy or contract.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 5, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 89, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939; Laws 1945, p. 180, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 7, 1945; Laws 1951, p. 158, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. June 1, 1951; Laws 1957, p. 456, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 9, 1957; Laws 1971, c. 178, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 28, 1971; Laws 1976, c. 290, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 17, 1976; Laws 1986, c. 139, &sect; 1, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1998, c. 231, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 20, 1998; Laws 2009, c. 286, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56166. Application for assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Application for assistance under this act shall be made to the county department of the county in which the applicant resides. The application shall be in writing, signed by the applicant or legal guardian and shall be in a manner and upon the form prescribed by the State Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 6, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 89, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-166.1. Application for assistance resulting from birth of child.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person who makes application with the Department of Human Services for medical assistance resulting from the birth of any child shall provide the name of the person or persons legally responsible for the support of such child prior to receipt of any such medical assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1994, c. 356, &sect; 18, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56167. Investigation of applications.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department shall promptly investigate all applications for assistance, and shall determine whether the applicant is eligible for assistance under the provisions of this act, the amount of assistance, if any, and the date such assistance shall begin. The applicant shall be notified in writing of the decision.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 7, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 90, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56167.1. Request for financial records Consent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services, with the written consent of the client, may request a copy of the financial records or any other records specified in said written consent from a financial institution or other agency regulated by federal or state law. The request shall be for the purpose of investigating the eligibility of the client for assistance or service from the Department. Said financial institution or agency shall furnish said records at no cost to the client or the Department. If the client refuses to sign said written consent, then the Department shall refuse the client assistance or service.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1984, c. 84, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 4, 1984.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-168. Appeal by applicant - Procedure - Review.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any applicant or recipient adversely affected by a decision of the Department of Human Services on benefits or services provided pursuant to the provisions of this title, shall be afforded an opportunity for a hearing pursuant to the provisions of subsection B of this section after such applicant or recipient has been notified of the adverse decision of the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. Upon timely receipt of a request for a hearing as specified in the notice of adverse decision, the Department shall hold a hearing pursuant to the provisions of Section 310 of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The record of the hearing shall include but shall not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;all pleadings, motions, and intermediate rulings,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;evidence received or considered,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;any decision, opinion, or report by the officer presiding at the hearing, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;all staff memoranda or data submitted to the hearing officer or members of the agency in connection with their consideration of the case.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Oral proceedings shall be electronically recorded by the Department. Any party may request a copy of the tape recording of their administrative hearing or may request a transcription of the tape recording to comply with any federal or state law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The decision issued pursuant to this subsection shall be the final decision of the Department unless appealed pursuant to subsection C of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Any decision of the Department after such a hearing pursuant to subsection B of this section shall be subject to review by the Director of Human Services or a designee of the Director upon a timely request for review by the applicant, recipient or Department staff. The Director or a designee of the Director shall issue a decision after review or may refer review of the hearing decision to the Commission for Human Services. The referral shall be based on criteria established by the Commission. The decision of the Director or a designee of the Director shall be final unless appealed as provided by the provisions of subsection D of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Any applicant or recipient under this title aggrieved by a decision of the Director or a designee of the Director rendered pursuant to this section may petition the district court in which the applicant or recipient resides for a judicial review of the decision pursuant to the provisions of Sections 318 through 323 of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes. A copy of the petition shall be served by mail upon the General Counsel of the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 8, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 90, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939; Laws 1985, c. 11, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1993, c. 7, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 233, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 170, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 8, 1995; Laws 2001, c. 415, &sect; 17, emerg. eff. June 5, 2001; Laws 2012, c. 253, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56169. Reinvestigation of assistance grants.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All assistance grants made under this act shall be reinvestigated by the Department as frequently as may be required by the Commission. In all cases, the Department shall have the power to modify or revoke its former grant. The same right of hearing shall be accorded an aggrieved recipient as provided in Section 8 thereof. Provided, that on and after June 1st, 1957, it shall be the duty of the Oklahoma Public Welfare Commission in conformity with the Federal Social Security Laws and in regard to funds available to revise and liberalize the budget as now used in ascertaining the need of any person eligible to receive old age assistance, and in so doing the increased cost of living and condition of health shall be given due consideration (and excepting earned and/or inconsequential resources and casual irregular or unpredictable wages or salary in an amount of an average of $50.00 or a greater amount per month). Provided further, that the Commission shall immediately direct the reinvestigation and revision of the budget of each and every recipient and the payment of assistance thereafter shall be made on such basis.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 9, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 90, &sect; 9, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939; Laws 1945, p. 181, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 7, 1945; Laws 1957, p. 457, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. April 9, 1957.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-170. Repealed by Laws 1939, p. 93, &sect; 19, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-171. Disclosure of property and income - Overpayments or payments resulting from misrepresentation or concealment - Notice of sale or encumbrance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any applicant for assistance under this act shall set forth upon the form prescribed by the Department of Human Services all his real and personal property and income from whatever sources. If the recipient of assistance under this act thereafter becomes possessed of real property, or if such recipient comes into possession of personal property or money in excess of that given in the application for assistance and in such amount as would materially affect his right to assistance, it shall be the duty of the recipient immediately to notify the Department of the receipt and possession of such property, real or personal, or money. Provided, however, when assistance grants available are insufficient to meet the needs of a recipient as determined by the Department, such recipient may earn or receive the difference between such assistance grant and the budgetary needs of the recipient subject to availability of funds appropriated for this purpose. If any recipient receives overpayment of assistance under this act, or receives assistance while ineligible therefor under this act, through misrepresentation or concealment of material facts, either in his original application or thereafter, materially affecting the amount of assistance, the Department may, upon investigation, either cancel the assistance or reduce the amount thereof in accordance with the circumstances.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If any recipient conceals any resource, either in his original application or thereafter, which would render the recipient ineligible for public assistance, such recipient shall be liable for the entire amount of assistance paid during the period of ineligibility. If, during the continuance of assistance, a recipient comes into possession of any money or resource which does not render him completely ineligible for assistance but which, if reported, would have reduced the amount of his assistance grant, such recipient shall be liable for the excess paid by the Department over the amount which the Department would have paid had the money or resources been reported. The Department may bring an action in a court of competent jurisdiction for the amount paid an ineligible recipient or the amount of the overpayment, as the case may be, unless the recipient voluntarily acknowledges the indebtedness, voluntarily gives a lien upon his property or voluntarily makes repayment. Providing, however, that the Department of Human Services shall credit any recipient who has received assistance while ineligible by reason of such fraud, misrepresentation and concealment of facts for the time he has been held off the rolls according to the budgetary requirements in effect during the time he has remained off the rolls and such amount shall be deducted from the amount found to have been received ineligibly, by means of such fraud and misrepresentation. After the fact and amount of indebtedness has been established by a court of competent jurisdiction, the Department shall proceed to collect said judgment as other judgments for money are collected and all sums recovered under such judgments shall be paid into the State Treasury to the credit of the Human Services Medical and Assistance Fund; provided, however, that an action to establish the fact and amount of overpayment under the provisions of this act must be brought within one (1) year from the date of the discovery of the overpayment, misrepresentation or concealment of material facts by the recipient. Such judgment shall be a lien upon all assets, except the homestead and exempt personal property of such recipient, while the same are exempt from execution under the laws of the State of Oklahoma. Any funds received through the voluntary action of the recipient shall be paid into the State Treasury to the credit of the Human Services Medical and Assistance Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any recipient hereunder who sells, conveys or encumbers any real property belonging to him, or any interest therein, shall immediately notify the Department of same, giving the legal description of said property and nature and amount of consideration. Failure to make the report shall be cause for forfeiture of a recipient's right to assistance, in the discretion of the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 11, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 90, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939; Laws 1951, p. 158, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. June 1, 1951; Laws 1953, p. 228, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 27, 1953; Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988; Laws 1992, c. 277, &sect; 9, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56172. Assistance to incompetent to be paid to guardian.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A grant of assistance to any recipient of OldAge Assistance or Aid to the Blind, found to be incompetent, may be paid to a guardian appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 12, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 91, &sect; 11, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56173. Assistance inalienable.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All rights to assistance under this act shall be inalienable by any assignment, sale or transfer; and said assistance shall not be subject to execution, attachment, garnishment or other process, and in the case of bankruptcy, the assistance shall not pass to or through any trustee or any other person acting on behalf of creditors. Any contract or transfer or assignment or sale made contrary to the provisions of this act shall be void.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 13, adopted July 7, 1936.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56174. Change of residence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any recipient who moves to another county in this state shall be entitled to receive assistance in the county in which he has moved and the county department of the county from which he has moved shall transfer with due dispatch all necessary records relating to the recipient to the county department of the county to which he has moved.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 14, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 91, &sect; 12, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56175. Assistance to crippled children.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of the county department in the several respective counties in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Commission to take the initiative in ascertaining the need for assistance of persons eligible for assistance under the provisions of subsection (c) of Section 164 of this title and report in writing on forms furnished by the Department its recommendations showing the nature of the need for assistance, the kind and amount of assistance needed in each case. The Department shall have authority to enter into agreements with physicians, nurses, hospitals, agencies and individuals for the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of subsection (c) of Section 164 of this title. All claims approved for payment under this section shall be drawn against the Human Services Medical and Assistance Fund and paid in the same manner as other expenditures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 15, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 91, &sect; 13, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939; Laws 1943, p. 129, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 12, 1943; Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 11, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56176. Homeless and neglected children.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Commission is authorized to set up a division for the protection and care of homeless, dependent and neglected children, and children in danger of becoming delinquent and to provide an adequate child welfare service to accomplish the purposes herein set forth.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 16, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 92, &sect; 14, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939; Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 12, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56176.1. Investigation or study involving custody, placement or adoption of children Fee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If the district court requests or orders the Department of Human Services to perform any investigation or study involving the custody, placement, adoption, or other pertinent matter, with regard to a child or children with whom the Department is not otherwise involved, the Department may charge a reasonable sliding scale fee, subject to standards promulgated by the Commission for Human Services. The court shall specify the party or parties responsible for payment of such a fee. Failure to obey the order to pay the fee may be punished as contempt. The Department may also recover the fee as is provided by law for the recovery of a debt. The investigation, or study filed with the court, is subject to the sovereign immunity of the state and its employees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 247, &sect; 25, operative July 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-176a. Repealed by Laws 1982, c. 80, &sect; 13, emerg. eff. April 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-176b. Repealed by Laws 1982, c. 80, &sect; 13, emerg. eff. April 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-176c. Repealed by Laws 1982, c. 80, &sect; 13, emerg. eff. April 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56177. Assent to provisions of federal law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Commission shall have the authority to accept grants from the federal government of money or services for the purpose of augmenting assistance granted hereunder or to reimburse the state for assistance granted hereunder and to conform to the requirements of any federal agency or agencies governing said federal grants in any manner not inconsistent with the constitution and laws of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Commission shall have the authority to make apportionments in advance of funds under its control in accordance with the requirements of the federal government where such funds are to be matched in whole or in part by federal funds.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 17, adopted July 7, 1936.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-178. Repealed by Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 45, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-179. Repealed by Laws 1986, c. 247, &sect; 34, emerg. eff. June 13, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-180. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-181. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 467, &sect; 17.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-181a. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56182. Charging fees for representing applicant prohibited.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be unlawful for any person to charge or receive any fee for representing an applicant for or recipient of assistance under the provisions of this act, except as to criminal proceedings brought against an applicant or recipient under the penal provisions of this act, with respect to any application or proceedings before the Department or the Commission, whether such fee or charge be paid by the applicant or recipient or any other person.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 23, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 92, &sect; 15, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-183. Confidentiality of applications, information and records &ndash; Misuse of information.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. This section shall be known and may be cited as &ldquo;Kelley&rsquo;s Law&rdquo;. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. All applications, information and records concerning any applicant or recipient obtained pursuant to law or as authorized by law by the Department of Human Services or any other public or private entity shall be confidential and shall be open to inspection only:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. To persons duly authorized by the Department of Human Services pursuant to rule promulgated in compliance with Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act or by the United States in connection with the performance of their official duties; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. As otherwise authorized by law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Provided, however, the Department of Human Services shall maintain a process to allow an authorized representative of a client of the Department of Human Services to have access to confidential information when necessary for eligibility determination and the appeals process. For purposes of this section, &ldquo;authorized representative&rdquo; shall mean any person designated by a client of the Department of Human Services to review confidential information about the client pertinent to eligibility determination and the appeals process.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Developmental Disabilities Services Division of the Department of Human Services shall require all authorized persons accessing service recipient information within a home record to sign a form certifying that they have been informed and understand the penalties for misuse of confidential and protected information within the home record. The form shall include criminal penalties related to identity theft. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. It shall be unlawful and a misdemeanor for any public officer or employee, to furnish or permit to be taken off of the records any information therein contained for commercial or political purposes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. It shall also be a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for not to exceed two (2) years, for any person, firm or corporation to publish, or to use for commercial or political purposes, any list or names obtained through access to such information or records.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 24, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1939, p. 92, &sect; 16, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939; Laws 1951, p. 159, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. June 1, 1951; Laws 1953, p. 504, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 4, 1953; Laws 1967, c. 85, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 18, 1967; Laws 1979, c. 30, &sect; 16, emerg. eff. April 6, 1979; Laws 1994, c. 16, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 170, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 8, 1995; Laws 1997, c. 133, &sect; 498, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 5, &sect; 363, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2010, c. 88, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2010.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, &sect; 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, &sect; 498 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-183.1. Repealed by Laws 1967, c. 85, &sect; 2, eff. April 18, 1967.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-184. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 159, &sect; 40, emerg. eff. April 2, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-185. Fraud in obtaining assistance - Penalties - Signage.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any person who:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Obtains or attempts to obtain, or aids, abets or assists any person to obtain, by means of a false statement or representation, by false impersonation, by a fictitious transfer, conveyance or encumbrance of property or income, by a knowing and willful failure to report to the Department of Human Services income, personal property, real property, household members, or other material eligibility factors at the time of application or during the receipt of assistance, or by other fraudulent device, assistance to which an applicant is not entitled or assistance greater than that to which an applicant is justly entitled; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. By sale, barter, purchase, theft, acquisition, possession or use of any electronic benefits or debit card or any other device authorizing participation in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or other program of the Department, knowingly obtains, aids, abets or assists any person to obtain or attempt to obtain assistance to which a person is not entitled,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, if the aggregate amount of assistance received as a result thereof is Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or less. Upon conviction thereof, such person shall be fined not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or be imprisoned for not more than three (3) months or be both so fined and imprisoned in the discretion of the court; provided, however, if the aggregate amount of assistance received as a result thereof is in excess of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), such person shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) or be imprisoned in the State Penitentiary for a term of not more than two (2) years, or be subject to both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Every county Department of Human Services office in this state shall conspicuously post a sign in an area clearly visible to all visitors of the county office which shall provide information about how to report individuals who have obtained public assistance through fraudulent means or who have used public assistance in a manner not consistent with its intended use. The sign shall make reference to the Department of Human Services fraud hotline and provide the current phone number for the hotline. The sign shall also contain notification that all reports to the hotline may be filed anonymously by persons suspecting fraudulent activity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the identity of any person making a report on another individual who may have obtained public assistance through fraudulent means, or an individual using public assistance in a manner not consistent with its intended use, shall not be revealed without the permission of the person making the report.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 26, adopted July 7, 1936. Amended by Laws 1973, c. 60, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 27, 1973; Laws 1985, c. 58, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1997, c. 133, &sect; 499, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, c. 17, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. April 5, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, &sect; 364, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2013, c. 67, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, &sect; 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, &sect; 499 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56186. Violations of the provisions of this act a misdemeanor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person who violates any provision of this act for which no penalty is specifically provided shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 27, adopted July 7, 1936.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-187. Repealed by Laws 1978, c. 244, &sect; 42, eff. July 1, 1978.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-187.1. Renumbered as &sect; 5009.2 of Title 63 by Laws 1996, c. 213, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56188. Provisions severable.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The provisions of this act are severable, and if any section, paragraph, sentence or provision hereof be held to be void by any court of competent jurisdiction, the decision of the court shall not affect the validity of this act as a whole, or any part thereof, other than the portion so held to be invalid.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 29, adopted July 7, 1936.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56189. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This act may be cited as the "Oklahoma Social Security Act."&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by State Question No. 226, Initiative Petition No. 155, &sect; 30, adopted July 7, 1936.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-189a. Board of county commissioners to furnish adequate quarters - Construction or rental agreements - Lease or lease-purchase of private space and facilities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. The board of county commissioners in each county shall furnish quarters for the local units of the Department of Human Services. Such quarters shall be located in the county courthouse or other suitable building in the county seat and shall be furnished with light, heat and water and adequate toilet facilities. The county excise board shall provide adequate appropriations to enable the county commissioners to comply with the provisions of this subsection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If no suitable quarters or adequate facilities are available in the county courthouse or in the county seat, facilities shall be furnished and supplied in the city or town in the county, but not the county seat thereof, having the greatest population.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Department may enter into an agreement with the board of county commissioners for financial participation, by the Department, in the payment of rent on space leased for use by the Department, or in the cost of repairs of buildings or space used by the Department, or the cost of janitorial services and utility services, if the Commission for Human Services determines that such payment is necessary for adequate space for units of the Department and that monies for such purpose are available without detriment to programs administered by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. If the Commission for Human Services determines that adequate or suitable quarters, office space or facilities for the local units of the Department are not obtainable, the Department may enter into an agreement with the board of county commissioners of the county, or with any state agency or public trust, for the construction or renovation of a building or buildings where local units of the Department may have quarters, office space or facilities; or may enter into a lease agreement for the rental of space and facilities in a building or buildings constructed or renovated by the county, or a state agency, public trust or building authority, for the purpose of providing office space to the Department or any other public agency or agencies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Department shall not enter into any agreement under the provisions of this subsection unless federal financial participation is obtainable. All such agreements shall contain provisions as to financial participation therein by the parties to the agreement, payments to be made for the use or occupancy of the office space and facilities, and ownership of the building or buildings after payment of the cost of construction or renovation thereof has been completed, consistent with the requirements necessary for the Department to obtain or receive federal funds for such purpose.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. If the Commission for Human Services determines that adequate or suitable quarters, office space or facilities for local units of the Department are not obtainable from the board of county commissioners of the county, or from any state agency or public trust or building authority pursuant to the provisions of subsection B of this section, the Commission may enter into a lease agreement for the rental of space and facilities in a building or buildings owned or operated by a private vendor for the purpose of providing such quarters, office space or facilities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Commission for Human Services is authorized to enter into agreements necessary to establish and determine the location of a North Tulsa field office if the Commission determines that state office space available through the Office of Management and Enterprise Services in Tulsa County is not appropriate and adequate to offer accessible and comprehensive services to clients of the Department of Human Services from North Tulsa County and Southern Osage County communities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. If the Commission for Human Services determines that adequate or suitable quarters, office space or facilities for local units of the Department are not obtainable by lease agreement from the board of county commissioners of the county, from any state agency or public trust or building authority, or from a private vendor, the Commission for Human Services may acquire real property for such local units by lease-purchase agreement. The Department is further authorized to enter into lease-purchase agreements to construct or renovate adequate or suitable quarters, office space or facilities needed by the Department. Local units of the Department shall be exempt from the provisions of the Oklahoma Art in Public Places Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1939, p. 93, &sect; 17, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939. Amended by Laws 1953, p. 230, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 9, 1953; Laws 1967, c. 202, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 1, 1967; Laws 1976, c. 290, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 17, 1976; Laws 1980, c. 24, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1980; Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 13, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988; Laws 1989, c. 373, &sect; 19, operative July 1, 1989; Laws 1993, c. 177, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 13, 1993; Laws 2001, c. 278, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 31, 2001; Laws 2005, c. 440, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2005; Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 232.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56189b. Partial invalidity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The provisions of this act are severable, and if any section, paragraph, sentence or provision hereof be held to be void by any court of competent jurisdiction, the decision of the court shall not effect the validity of this act as a whole, or any part thereof, other than the portion so held to be invalid.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1939, p. 93, &sect; 18, emerg. eff. May 9, 1939.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56190. Payment of checks or vouchers to recipients of assistance, relief or welfare, upon death of the beneficiary after issuance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever any qualified recipient or beneficiary of oldage assistance, aid to the blind, or aid to the permanently and totally disabled, or of other relief or welfare, under the laws of the State of Oklahoma, shall have died after the issuance of assistance checks or vouchers to him, or on or after the due date of said checks or vouchers and before the same is endorsed or presented for payment by the recipient or beneficiary, the judge of the district court of the county in which said recipient resided at the time of his death shall by the filing of an affidavit by one of the next of kin or next friend of said deceased recipient make an order authorizing and directing such next of kin or next friend, or some other reputable person, to endorse said checks or vouchers which shall be paid upon presentation, and it shall not be necessary that an administrator be appointed for the estate of said decedent in order to collect said checks or vouchers. No costs shall be charged in said proceedings. This act shall apply to checks and vouchers heretofore issued as well as to those hereafter issued.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1937, p. 7, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 1953, p. 231, &sect; 1; Laws 1957, p. 457, &sect; 1; Laws 1961, p. 438, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56191. Contents of affidavit.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Such affidavit filed by one of the next of kin or next friend shall state the name of the recipient, the date of his death, and the amount and number of such assistance checks or vouchers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1937, p. 8, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 22, 1937. Amended by Laws 1961, p. 438, &sect; 2.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56192. Exemption from costs in guardianship cases.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">No costs shall be charged whatsoever either by the court clerk or by the county judge of the district court in cases involving the guardianship of persons who are applicants for, or who are receiving oldage or other assistance under the Social Security Laws of this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1937, p. 7, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 22, 1937.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56193. Release of liens Filing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Director of the State Department of Public Welfare is hereby authorized to execute a written release, in such form as may be required to meet the recording laws of the State of Oklahoma, of any liens now held or which may be obtained, as provided by law, when such liens have been paid or otherwise satisfied, as provided by law and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Oklahoma Public Welfare Commission. Any such releases shall be filed and indexed in the Mechanic's Lien Docket, where such lien is required to be filed, in the office of the court clerk in the county where the property involved is located.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1959, p. 221, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 15, 1959.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-194. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56195. Increase of grants.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Department of Public Welfare is hereby authorized and directed, subject to the approval of the Oklahoma Public Welfare Commission, to increase grants in the oldage assistance category, aid to blind category, and aid to permanently and totally disabled category when, in its judgment, sufficient funds are accumulated to maintain a one month's surplus in each of the accounts of the department and when sufficient funds are available to maintain the increase for a biennium, in order to guarantee a continuity of dependable payments to the recipients of public assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1961, p. 728, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. March 22, 1961.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-196. Repealed by Laws 1985, c. 178, &sect; 81, operative July 1, 1985.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-197.1. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-197.2. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-197.3. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.1. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.2. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.3. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.4. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.5. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.6. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.7. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.8. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56198.9. Increase in assistance payments.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Public Welfare Commission shall cause, at as early a date as practicable and not later than April 1, 1975, the Schedule of Standard Money Payments for Assistance Plans in the categories of needy aged persons, aid to families with dependent children, needy blind persons and needy totally and permanently disabled persons, to be raised Seven Dollars ($7.00) per person per month subject to a finding by the Commission that the increase will not cause a reduction in services or benefits under any program administered by the Department of Institutions, Social and Rehabilitative Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1975, p. 738, H.J.R. No. 1012, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 14, 1975.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56198.10. Increase in assistance payments.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Public Welfare Commission shall cause, at as early a date as practicable and not later than April 1, 1976, the Schedule of Standard Money Payments for Assistance Plans in the categories of needy aged persons, aid to families with dependent children, needy blind persons and needy totally and permanently disabled persons to be raised Five Dollars ($5.00) per person per month subject to a finding by the Commission that the increase will not cause a reduction in services or benefits under any program administered by the Department of Institutions, Social and Rehabilitative Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1976, p. 598, H.J.R. No. 1043, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 4, 1976.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.11. Oklahoma Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and Support Services (Oklahoma CD-PASS) Act &ndash; Purposes &ndash; Legislative findings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Sections 1 and 2 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the &ldquo;Oklahoma Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and Support Services (Oklahoma CD-PASS) Act&rdquo;.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The purposes of the Oklahoma Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and Support Services Act are to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Provide assistance, on a voluntary basis, to families with a Medicaid-eligible member who requires long-term support services, or to provide assistance to Medicaid-eligible individuals who require long-term support services, so that such persons may remain in their family residence or in their own home; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Afford, on a voluntary basis, frail elderly individuals and adults with disabilities who are Medicaid-eligible and who need basic assistance with mobility, self-care and health maintenance, the ability to have maximum control over the selection of persons working on their behalf and over the manner in which personal assistance services are to be provided to them.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Oklahoma Legislature finds that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Providing services to individuals needing in-home and community-based care, as well as providing assistance to their family members, should be supported;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Giving recipients of in-home and community-based services and their family members a choice in the selection of services needed and providers to be utilized enhances a sense of dignity and autonomy for those individuals receiving care; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Providing consumers and their families with choice and control over their lives is a goal that should be supported.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Oklahoma Legislature further recognizes the importance of providing options and alternatives to persons receiving in-home and community-based services, and as such, supports demonstration programs that result in positive outcomes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2004, c. 285, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.11a. Oklahoma Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and Support Services (Oklahoma CD-PASS) Act &ndash; Oklahoma Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and Support Services Demonstration Program &ndash; Services included &ndash; Duties of Aging Services Division.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Aging Services Division within the Department of Human Services, upon the approval of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, shall establish the Oklahoma Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and Support Services (Oklahoma CD-PASS) Demonstration Program. The purpose of the Oklahoma Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and Support Services Demonstration Program shall be to enhance the range of choices and options for Medicaid-eligible consumers, on a voluntary basis, who require long-term care support services, and to assist families with a Medicaid-eligible member who requires long-term care support services to arrange and purchase their own personal care and related services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Oklahoma Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and Support Services Demonstration Program includes, but is not limited to, the following types of services:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">1. a.&nbsp;&nbsp;Basic services, such as getting a recipient in and out of a bed or in or out of a wheelchair or motorized chair, or both,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;Assisting with certain bodily functions, such as bathing and personal hygiene, dressing and grooming, and feeding including preparation and cleanup;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Ancillary services such as shopping and cleaning;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Companion-type services such as transportation, letter writing and reading; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Any other service requested by the eligible recipient needing care and services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. In developing the Oklahoma Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and Support Services Demonstration Program, the Aging Services Division shall develop guidelines, eligibility criteria, program performance standards, and techniques to evaluate the outcomes of the Oklahoma Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and Support Services Demonstration Program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Demonstration Program, at a minimum, shall have the following requirements:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the cost in the aggregate of the services offered through the CD-PASS Program care plan shall be equal to or less than the average cost of the Advantage Waiver Program service or personal care plan as applicable,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the baseline level of consumer satisfaction shall be measured by an independent third party prior to initiation of the Demonstration Program,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;the scope of services offered within the CD-PASS Program shall comply with current state statutes and rules, and federal regulations, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;program evaluation which shall include an indication of whether:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;consumer satisfaction for CD-PASS Program participants is higher than or equal to consumer satisfaction for Advantage Waiver Program clients, as measured by an independent third party, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;the percentage of delivered hours of the CD-PASS Program client care plan are greater than or equal to the percentage of delivered hours of the Advantage Waiver Program service or personal care plan.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Aging Services Division may:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Consult with various federal, state and local entities in order to fulfill the purposes of the Oklahoma Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and Support Services Demonstration Program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Contract with entities in fulfilling the purposes of the Oklahoma Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and Support Services Demonstration Program; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Upon the approval of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the availability of funds, expand the Oklahoma Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and Support Services Demonstration Program statewide if the evaluation provided for in subsection C of this section demonstrates consumer satisfaction with and cost effectiveness in the delivery of the Program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Commission for Human Services and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board shall promulgate any rules necessary to implement the provisions of the Oklahoma Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and Support Services Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2004, c. 285, 2, eff. July 1, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.11b. Public policy - Strategic Planning Committee on the Olmstead Decision.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. It is the public policy of the State of Oklahoma to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Recognize and support individuals with disabilities by treating them with dignity and respect as productive members of our society in Oklahoma;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Acknowledge their contributions as productive and independent citizens in the state and the useful work they perform in their local communities;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Support a service delivery system for individuals with disabilities ensuring that the individuals, their families, or guardians are well informed as to the types of services and resources available to such individuals in order to encourage their independence, self-esteem, and self-worth, regardless of the severity of the disability; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Recognize that self-choice on the part of individuals with disabilities is critical and that the most appropriate setting for meeting their needs should be a paramount consideration when determining appropriate placement of such individuals in community-based programs, residential care facilities, or any other placement or service that benefits the needs and well-being of individuals with disabilities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. There is hereby created the Strategic Planning Committee on the Olmstead Decision to continue until July 1, 2010. The purpose of the Committee is to monitor the implementation of the comprehensive, strategic plan for the State of Oklahoma regarding the Olmstead Decision.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Strategic Planning Committee on the Olmstead Decision shall be composed of fifteen (15) appointed members, eighteen (18) ex officio members, and representatives from disability-related organizations, all of whom shall be voting members, as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">1.&nbsp;&nbsp;a.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Governor shall appoint:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;one person who is a community placement service provider for persons with disabilities,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;one person who is an advocate for persons with disabilities,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;one parent or personal representative of a person with disabilities,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;one member from an organization that provides direct care services within the Advantage Waiver Program, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(5)&nbsp;&nbsp;one member who is a consumer of disability services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;The President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall appoint:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;two members of the State Senate,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;two members who are consumers of disability services, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;one member with a disability who has moved from an institutional setting into the community.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;two members of the House of Representatives,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;one parent or personal representative of a person with disabilities,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;one member who is a consumer of disability services, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;one member with a disability who has moved from an institutional setting into the community;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The ex officio voting members shall be:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Attorney General, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Director of the Department of Human Services, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Division Director of the Developmental Disabilities Division of the Department of Human Services, if not the designee of the Director of Human Services,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;the State Commissioner of Health, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Administrator of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">g.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">h.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Director of the State Department of Rehabilitation Services, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">i.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Director of the Office of Disability Concerns, or designee, &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">j.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Director of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">k.&nbsp;&nbsp;the state coordinator for the federal Ticket To Work and Work Incentive Act, if not the designee of the Oklahoma Employment Security Director,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">l.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Executive Director of a local housing authority, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">m.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">n.&nbsp;&nbsp;the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">o.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Director of the Department of Transportation, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">p.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Commissioner of Labor, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">q.&nbsp;&nbsp;a representative from a local transit authority, or from a Community Action Agency, that provides transportation services to individuals with disabilities, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">r.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Director of the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, or designee; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The membership shall also include as voting members:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;one representative from the Developmental Disabilities Council,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;one representative from the Statewide Independent Living Council,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;two representatives from the Centers for Independent Living,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;one representative from the Center for Learning and Leadership,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;one representative from the Oklahoma Disability Law Center,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;one representative from ABLE-Tech,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">g.&nbsp;&nbsp;one representative from the Oklahoma Mental Health Consumer Council, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">h.&nbsp;&nbsp;a representative of a nonprofit agency, in a county of five hundred thousand (500,000) or more population, that collaborates on programs and services for persons with disabilities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. 1. Members shall serve at the pleasure of their appointing authorities. A vacancy on the Committee shall be filled by the original appointing authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A majority of the members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. A majority of the members present at a meeting may act for the Committee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The President Pro Tempore and the Speaker shall each designate a cochair from among the members of the Committee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The cochairs of the Committee shall annually establish a schedule of each year's meetings. The Committee shall meet at least four times annually.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Proceedings of all meetings of the Committee shall comply with the provisions of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. The Committee may divide into subcommittees in furtherance of its purpose.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. 1. The Department of Human Services and the Office of the Attorney General shall serve as lead agencies and as such shall provide primary staffing for the Committee. Appropriate personnel from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services shall also assist with the work of the Committee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Committee may use the expertise and services of the staffs of the State Senate and the House of Representatives and may, as necessary, employ and contract for the advice and services of experts in the field as well as other necessary professional and clerical staff.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. All departments, officers, agencies, and employees of this state shall cooperate with the Committee in fulfilling its duties and responsibilities including, but not limited to, providing any information, records, or reports requested by the Committee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. Members of the Committee shall receive no compensation for their service, but shall receive travel reimbursement as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Legislative members of the Committee shall be reimbursed for necessary travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties in accordance with the provisions of Section 456 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Nonlegislative members of the Committee shall be reimbursed by their appointing authorities or respective agencies for necessary travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties in accordance with the State Travel Reimbursement Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. The duties and responsibilities of the Strategic Planning Committee on the Olmstead Decision shall include, but need not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;monitoring the implementation of the comprehensive, strategic plan for Oklahomans with disabilities, pursuant to the Olmstead Decision,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;reviewing the service delivery system within the state and the way in which persons with disabilities currently access the services,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;reviewing existing statutes, policies, programs, services and funding sources that affect Oklahomans with disabilities, including, but not limited to, identifying unique approaches and strategies to funding,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;identifying and reviewing funding and resource information available to persons with disabilities and their families in this state,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;identifying gaps and barriers in programs and services to individuals with disabilities and making any recommendations to enhance programs and the delivery system for persons with disabilities in Oklahoma,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;examining the feasibility of expanding the eligibility criteria for people served by the Developmental Disabilities Services Division of the Department of Human Services to include people with disabilities who are not eligible for the Advantage Waiver program through the Aging Services Division and those with other diagnoses who are at risk of out-of-home placement,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">g.&nbsp;&nbsp;studying the feasibility and impact of requiring that assistive technology suppliers in this state meet national certification requirements, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">h.&nbsp;&nbsp;taking all other actions necessary to monitor and assist with the implementation of the comprehensive strategic plan.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. The Committee shall prepare and submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislature and Governor by July 15, 2007, and each July 15 thereafter, and shall submit a final report by July 1, 2010.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2005, c. 434, &sect; 6, eff. July 1, 2005. Amended by Laws 2006, c. 296, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2006; Laws 2007, c. 98, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2007; Laws 2007, c. 270, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 4, 2007; Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 233.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.11c. Opportunities for Independent Living Act - Legislative findings and intent - Pilot program - Duties of Authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. This act shall be known and may be cited as the &ldquo;Opportunities for Independent Living Act&rdquo;.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Legislature finds that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. In the landmark Olmstead v. L.C. decision, the Supreme Court interpreted Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act to require states to administer programs in the most integrated setting appropriate to meet the needs of qualified persons with disabilities;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Medicaid is presently structured to provide care to persons with disabilities in institutional settings such as skilled nursing facilities and private intermediate care facilities for persons with mental retardation (ICFs-MR), and in community-based settings such as group homes and waiver programs; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Persons with disabilities living in institutional settings must meet certain low-income standards to become eligible for institutional care. Therefore, when a person with disabilities wishes to move into the community, he or she has little or no resources to pay for rent and utility deposits or purchase basic household items.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. It is the intent of the Legislature to establish a three-year pilot program that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Is consistent with and implements the Olmstead Decision;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Develops eligibility criteria for the pilot program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. In coordination with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Department of Human Services Aging Division, utilizes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Minimum Data Set (MDS) information to identify thirty people who have requested to receive their services in a community setting;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Identifies barriers to moving into the community;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Works with nurses and case managers to coordinate services for eligible participants within the pilot program to ensure the health and safety of each consumer;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Establishes an infrastructure to allow for an effective system that allows money to follow the person from Medicaid programs into the community settings;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Increases the availability of safe, affordable and accessible housing;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Establishes a presence within local hospitals to reduce the number of inappropriate placements within institutional settings;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Develops benefits counseling options; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Allows qualified persons with disabilities the opportunity to transition from institutions into the community.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Subject to the availability of funding, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall establish and maintain a three-year pilot program to assist qualified individuals with disabilities living in institutions to transition into the community. The Authority shall act as the lead agency and is authorized to consult and cooperate with the Department of Human Services as necessary to carry out the provisions of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Authority shall enter into contracts to carry out the provisions of this act. Such contracted entities shall be consumer-controlled, non-residence-based, community-based, nonprofit organizations with experience in transitioning persons with disabilities into community settings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The Authority through its duly contracted entities shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Utilize MDS data to identify participants who prefer to receive services within the community;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Develop eligibility criteria for pilot program participants;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Provide ongoing assistance to further develop assessment criteria for pilot program participants;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Work in conjunction with health care providers and case managers to coordinate services for pilot program participants;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Establish an effective system that allows money to follow pilot program participants from the institutional setting to the community;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Increase pilot program participant access to safe and affordable housing;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Offer follow-up services such as training, technical assistance and support for pilot program participants; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Develop curriculum and marketing materials to train future service providers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. The Authority through its duly contracted entities is authorized to use available funding to assist eligible persons under this act to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Pay rent deposits;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Pay utility deposits;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Purchase initial household supplies;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Purchase basic initial household appliances; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Purchase initial furniture and pay moving expenses.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. The Authority shall promulgate rules as necessary to carry out the provisions of this act. Such rules shall include but are not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Eligibility criteria for services; &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Assessment protocols to identify persons in need of services; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Funding to assist eligible persons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. The Authority and the Department of Human Services shall evaluate the implementation of the pilot program and annually make recommendations to the Legislature regarding its effectiveness.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 296, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.12. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This act shall be known and may be cited as the &ldquo;Oklahoma Self-Directed Care Act&rdquo;.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2005, c. 434, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.13. Legislative findings and intent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Legislature finds that it recognizes the need to nurture the autonomy of citizens of this state who have disabilities by providing home- and community-based care services in the least restrictive and most appropriate setting possible. The Legislature hereby intends to provide such individuals with more choices in and greater control over the purchase of the home- and community-based care services they receive.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2005, c. 434, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.14. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in the Oklahoma Self-Directed Care Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. &ldquo;Ancillary services&rdquo; means services in addition to basic services provided to a consumer and includes the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;housekeeping chores which are incidental to the basic services furnished, or which are essential to the health and welfare of the consumer, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;transportation services to enable the consumer to gain access to waiver services and other community services, activities and resources;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. &ldquo;Basic services&rdquo; shall include, but not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;getting in and out of bed, wheelchair or motor vehicle,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;assistance with routine bodily functions including bathing and personal hygiene, dressing and grooming, and eating,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;assistance in acquiring, retaining and improving self-help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to reside successfully in a home- and community-based setting,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;respite services for non-paid caregivers, which may include services consisting of general household activities such as meal preparation and routine household care, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;health maintenance activities including, but not limited to, administration of medications by oral, rectal, vaginal, otic, ophthalmic, nasal, skin, topical, transdermal and gastrostomy tube routes, feedings through a tube, surface care of stoma sites, irrigation of catheter, and wound care if such activities in the opinion of the attending physician or licensed registered nurse may be performed safely in the home or community by a consumer-employed caregiver who has successfully completed competency-based training approved by the Department of Human Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. &ldquo;Budget allowance&rdquo; means the amount of money made available each month to a consumer to purchase needed home- and community-based care services, based on the results of a functional needs assessment to be developed pursuant to the provisions of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. &ldquo;Consumer&rdquo; means a person who has chosen to participate in the program, has met the enrollment requirements, and has received an approved budget allowance;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. &ldquo;Fiscal intermediary&rdquo; means an entity approved by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority that helps a consumer manage the budget allowance of the consumer, retains the funds, and processes employment information, processes tax information, processes workers&rsquo; compensation insurance premiums, reviews records to ensure correctness, writes paychecks to providers, and delivers paychecks to the consumer for distribution to providers and caregivers;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. &ldquo;Legal representative&rdquo; means a person who is a legal guardian or conservator or who holds a durable power of attorney authorizing the making of health and medical care decisions as required by this section for a consumer;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. &ldquo;Personal care services&rdquo; means those basic and ancillary services which enable the consumer in need of in-home care to live in the home and community of the consumer rather than in an institution and to carry out functions of daily living, self-care and mobility;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. &ldquo;Program&rdquo; means the Self-Directed Care Pilot Program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. &ldquo;Provider&rdquo; means:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;a person licensed to render services that are eligible for reimbursement under this program, for whom the consumer is not the employer of record, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;a consumer-employed caregiver for whom the consumer is the employer of record; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. &ldquo;Representative&rdquo; means an uncompensated individual designated by the consumer to assist in managing the budget allowance and needed services of the consumer.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2005, c. 434, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.15. Self-Directed Care Option.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Department of Human Services, hereinafter referred to as the Authority and the Department, respectively, are hereby directed to operate the Self-Directed Care Option for the citizens of the state who have disabilities and are currently served by a home- and community-based waiver with a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved self-directed option which shall be based on the principles of consumer choice and control. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Department of Human Services shall implement the program upon federal approval.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Authority and the Department shall further establish interagency cooperative agreements to implement and administer the program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Persons enrolled in the Self-Directed Care Option shall be authorized to choose the providers of services and to direct the delivery of services to best meet their long-term care needs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The Self-Directed Care Option shall operate within funds appropriated by the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Any person currently receiving waiver services in a home- and community-based waiver program as amended to include the Self-Directed Care Option and who is determined through the Department&rsquo;s assessment process to be able to direct their own care or to designate an eligible representative to assist the person in directing care may choose to participate in the Self-Directed Care Option. For purposes of this section, a legal representative acts on behalf of the consumer.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. A consumer enrolled in the program shall be given a budget allowance based on the results of the functional needs assessment for the consumer.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Department of Human Services shall develop purchasing guidelines, approved by the Authority, to assist a consumer in using the budget allowance to purchase needed, cost-effective services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. A consumer shall use the budget allowance only to pay for home- and community-based services that meet the long-term needs of the consumer and are a cost-efficient use of funds including, but not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Ancillary services as defined in Section 198.14 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Basic services as defined in Section 198.14 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Homemaking and chores, including housework, meals, shopping and transportation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Day care and respite care services provided by adult day care facilities;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Personal care and support services provided in an assisted living facility should the facilities be subsequently approved for reimbursement under the state Medicaid program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Durable medical equipment and supplies; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Adaptive equipment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. A consumer shall be allowed to choose providers of services, as well as when and how services will be provided. A qualified consumer-employed caregiver is a person who is not legally responsible for the consumer&rsquo;s care, who is eighteen (18) years of age or older, has passed a criminal background check and a registry check pursuant to Sections 1025.2 and 1025.3 of this title, and has the training necessary to meet the needs of the consumer. When the consumer is the employer of record, the consumer's roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Developing a job description;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Selecting caregivers and submitting information for a criminal history background check;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Establishing and communicating needs, preferences and expectations about services being purchased;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Providing payments and tax requirements;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Being considered employer of record for purposes of the Workers&rsquo; Compensation Act and paying premiums for workers&rsquo; compensation insurance from the budget allowance or being self-insured pursuant to the Workers&rsquo; Compensation Act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Directing and supervising consumer-employed caregivers;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Ensuring the accuracy and timely submission of records required by the fiscal intermediary; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Terminating the employment of an unsatisfactory caregiver.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The roles and responsibilities of the Department include, but are not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Assessing the functional needs of each consumer to determine eligibility, developing a service plan, and establishing a budget allowance based on the needs assessment;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Offering or contracting for services which shall provide training, technical assistance, and support to the consumer;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Approving fiscal intermediaries;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Establishing minimum qualifications and training for all caregivers and providers;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Serving as the final arbiter of the fitness of any individual to be a caregiver or provider; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Developing and implementing a quality assurance plan.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. The responsibilities of the fiscal intermediary include, but are not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Providing recordkeeping services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Retaining the budget allowance;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Processing employment information;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Processing federal and state tax, unemployment and FICA;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Processing workers&rsquo; compensation insurance premiums or payments for self-insurance pursuant to the Workers&rsquo; Compensation Act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Reviewing records to ensure correctness;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Writing paychecks to providers;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Completing criminal history background check and registry check for consumer-employed caregivers pursuant to Sections 1025.2 and 1025.3 of this title; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Delivering paychecks to the consumer for distribution to providers and caregivers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2005, c. 434, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 2005. Amended by Laws 2010, c. 309, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2010.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.16. Implementation - Requirements - Feasibility of expansion - Review.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. In order to implement the Oklahoma Self-Directed Care Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board and the Commission for Human Services are hereby authorized to promulgate rules necessary to enact the provisions of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall take all actions necessary to ensure state compliance with federal regulations;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Authority shall apply for any necessary federal waivers or waiver amendments required to implement the program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The Legislature intends that, as consumers relocate from institutional settings to community-based options, funds used to serve consumers in institutional settings shall follow consumers to cover the cost of community-based services; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The Department of Human Services or other applicable state entity for the population served may develop an electronic benefit transfer feature for the provision of self-directed care services to consumers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Oklahoma Self-Directed Care Act, at a minimum, shall meet the following requirements:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The cost in the aggregate of the services offered through the self-directed care plan shall be equal to or less than the cost of a home- and community-based waiver or comparable waiver program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The baseline level of consumer satisfaction shall be measured by a third party prior to initiation of the Oklahoma Self-Directed Care Act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The scope of services offered within the Self-Directed Care Program shall comply with current state statutes and rules, and federal regulations; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Program evaluation which shall include an indication of whether consumer satisfaction for Self-Directed Care Program consumers is higher than or equal to consumer satisfaction for home- and community-based waiver clients or other comparable waiver programs, as measured by a third party.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Upon the approval of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the availability of funds, the Authority and the Department shall implement the Self-Directed Care Program statewide if the evaluation provided for in subsection B of this section demonstrates consumer satisfaction with and cost-effectiveness in the delivery of the program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Authority and the Department shall conduct a feasibility study on the future design and implementation of expanding the home- and community-based waiver program to include additional people with developmental disabilities, spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury; provided, however, before allocating any new monies to such program, the Department and the Authority shall prepare and submit to the Legislature the results of the feasibility study and a fiscal impact statement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Authority and the Department of Human Services shall each, on an ongoing basis, review and assess the implementation of the Self-Directed Care Program. By January 15 of each year, the Authority shall submit a written report to the Governor and Legislature that includes each agency&rsquo;s review of the program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The Department of Human Services shall appoint a committee to assist the Department in the development of waivers and rules related to self-directed services, including the functional needs assessment used for determination of eligibility for the Self-Directed Services program. The committee shall be composed of two self advocates or adults with developmental disabilities; two parents or family members of consumers; two advocates; two representatives of an agency providing Developmental Disabilities Services Division waiver services; one representative from the Oklahoma Parent Center; and one representative from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for Learning and Leadership. The committee shall sunset no later than four (4) years after implementation of programs indicated in this act. The Governor, President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall each appoint an at-large representative to the Committee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Authority is hereby directed to modify the state Medicaid program Personal Care Program to allow any person to self-direct his or her own personal care services who:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Is eligible to receive Personal Care Program services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Chooses to receive Personal Care Program services; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Is able to direct his or her own care or to designate an eligible representative to assist in directing such care.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2005, c. 434, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 2005. Amended by Laws 2010, c. 309, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2010.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-198.17. Nursing home prescreening process - Rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, in cooperation with community stakeholders, shall develop a prescreening process to be utilized prior to an individual being admitted to a nursing facility or within twenty (20) days of admission to such a facility. The purpose of the screening process shall be to ensure that individuals who wish to avoid placement in a nursing facility have access to supports necessary to remain in the community. The prescreening process shall include, but not be limited to, the use of the following tools:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Resident Assessment Instrument &ndash; Minimum Data Set (RAI-MDS), as designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Universal Comprehensive Assessment Tool (UCAT);&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Preadmission Screening and Annual Resident Review (PASARR);&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Inventory for Client and Agency Planning (ICAP); and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Uniform Case Assessment Protocol (UCAP).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board shall promulgate rules necessary to implement the prescreening process developed pursuant to this section, provided funding is made available to implement the process.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2007, c. 270, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 4, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56199. Visual or optometric services Free choice of practitioner and profession.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever visual or optometric services within the lawful scope of practice of a duly licensed optometrist are included in any program financed with public funds or administered by any public agency, for aid to the indigent, the aged, the legally blind, or any other group or class, the recipient of such aid or his parent or guardian shall be entitled to choose whether such services are to be performed by a duly licensed optometrist or by a duly licensed physician who shall be equally compensated. Visual or optometric services as used herein shall include eye and/or visual examination or a correction of any vision or muscular anomaly and the supplying of ophthalmic materials, including contact lenses and subnormal vision aids. And in the expenditure of public funds for any purpose involving the care of human vision, or in the administration of any public program, the public agency and its employees including school districts and other state, county and municipal agencies or any subdivision of the State of Oklahoma and its employees and agents responsible for such expenditures or services shall not, under any circumstances, in informing a person requiring vision care, or for a correction of any vision or muscular anomaly, either directly or indirectly refer such person to any particular health discipline, but shall merely advise such person the need exists for professional services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1967, c. 17, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. Feb. 21, 1967.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-199.1. Powers and duties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Commission for Rehabilitation Services shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Promote the coordination of efforts and services on behalf of the deaf and hard-of-hearing;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Inventory the various services available for meeting the problems of the deaf and hard-of-hearing and assist persons in locating and securing such services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Collect studies, compile bibliographies, gather information and conduct research with respect to the education, training, counseling, placement and social and economic adjustment of the deaf and hard-of-hearing and with respect to the causes, diagnosis, treatment and methods of prevention of impaired hearing;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Keep informed of and cooperate with federal, state and local programs available for the improvement of the general welfare of deaf and hard-of-hearing persons;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Appoint advisory or special committees when appropriate for in-depth investigations and study of particular problems and to receive reports of findings and recommendations; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature with respect to modifications in existing services or establishment of additional services for deaf or hard-of-hearing persons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. Personal client information obtained or created in the course of providing services to persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing pursuant to this section shall be confidential. Such information shall include, but is not limited to, the client's name; work or home address; work or home telephone number; and social security number.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing have the same legitimate expectations of privacy in the conduct of their daily lives as do persons who can hear. As a result, information obtained or created in the course of providing interpreter services pursuant to this section shall be confidential to the extent necessary to protect those expectations. Confidential information related to interpreter services shall include, but is not limited to, personal client information; the purpose for which the client requests interpretation; the entity with which the client communicates by way of an interpreter; the date, time, location and duration of the interpreted communication; and the name of the interpreter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1972, c. 110, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. April 6, 1972. Amended by Laws 1986, c. 7, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1986. Renumbered from Title 63, &sect; 2404 by Laws 1986, c. 7, &sect; 6, eff. July 1, 1986. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 364, &sect; 12, emerg. eff. June 11, 1993; Laws 1998, c. 246, &sect; 21, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-199.2. Cooperation with commissions and state agencies - Interpreter services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Commission for Rehabilitation Services is hereby directed, in carrying out its functions, to cooperate with the appropriate commissions and state agencies having authority related to the problems of deaf and hard-of-hearing persons. These agencies are likewise directed to cooperate with the Commission for Rehabilitation Services in carrying out its functions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The State Department of Rehabilitation Services shall establish and operate a program to provide interpreter services to deaf and hard-of-hearing citizens of the state, under rules promulgated by the Commission for Rehabilitation Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The State Department of Rehabilitation Services shall establish policy and procedures for the evaluation and certification of interpreters for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The Department may require a nominal fee to recoup costs incurred in testing and certifying such interpreters.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1972, c. 110, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. April 6, 1972. Amended by Laws 1980, c. 193, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 12, 1980; Laws 1986, c. 7, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 1986. Renumbered from Title 63, &sect; 2406, by Laws 1986, c. 7, &sect; 6, eff. July 1, 1986. Amended by Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 14, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988; Laws 1993, c. 364, &sect; 13, emerg. eff. June 11, 1993; Laws 1998, c. 246, &sect; 22, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-199.3. Traumatic brain or spinal cord injury - Contracts for inpatient services - Study and recommendations - Service standards.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Subject to subsection C of this section, the Department of Human Services is authorized to enter into contracts for the provision of inpatient specialized rehabilitative and related services which qualify as medical assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for eligible persons having a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department of Human Services shall conduct a study in consultation with the Advisory Council on Traumatic Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury within the State Department of Health and then make recommendations to the Commission for Human Services for the establishment of a rate or other form of adequate payment for contracts with facilities, other than general acute care hospitals, providing inpatient specialized rehabilitative and related services for persons having a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. If the results of the study required by subsection B of this section demonstrate that making such services available to said persons would result in an overall lower cost for providing services to this population than current service delivery practices, the Department shall enter into contracts with specialized facilities that meet such standards as the Board of Health shall require for certificate of need and licensure under provisions of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Section 1-850 et seq. and Section 1-1901 et seq., respectively. Standards for licensure promulgated by the Board of Health for specialized facilities serving persons with traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury shall, to the maximum extent feasible, correspond substantially to the standards of the Council on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for such or similar facilities and services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 18, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-200. Renumbered as &sect; 5051.1 of Title 63 by Laws 1996, c. 221, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56200.1. Payment of expenses for sterilization of male recipients of public assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Services rendered by a licensed medical or osteopathic physician and surgeon in performing a sterilization operation on an adult male recipient of public assistance under age sixtyfive (65) who voluntarily has submitted to such operation shall, within the scope of its medical programs, be paid for by the State Department of Public Welfare.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1973, c. 4, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 5, 1973.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-200.2. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-200.3. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-200.4. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-200.5. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-200.6. Renumbered as &sect; 7302-4.1 of Title 10 by Laws 1995, c. 352, &sect; 199, eff. July 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-200a. Renumbered as &sect; 5051.2 of Title 63 by Laws 1996, c. 221, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-200b. Renumbered as &sect; 5051.3 of Title 63 by Laws 1996, c. 221, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-200d. State Medicaid Plan provider contracts - Terms and conditions - Termination - Annual inspection of facilities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Every contract pursuant to the State Medicaid Plan entered into between the Department of Human Services and facilities that provide inpatient or residential mental health services to persons eighteen (18) years of age or younger who are or may be eligible for assistance through Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act shall incorporate terms and conditions for the care, treatment and services to be provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Said terms and conditions shall be substantially the same as those included in placement agreements for acute or freestanding, as appropriate for the facility, psychiatric care for children and youth who are in the legal custody of the Department of Human Services and shall include, but not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Primary care, treatment and counseling services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Educational services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Face-to-face visitation by the attending physician, treatment plans, discharge planning, reports on the progress of the child and other reports as necessary and appropriate;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Use of medications;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Communicable diseases;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Visitation and correspondence;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Use of restraints, seclusion, physical force and disciplinary measures; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Inspections and reviews of the care, treatment and services provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Department shall immediately initiate procedures for the termination of said contract when:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A contracting facility continually violates the terms and conditions required by this section; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The conditions within the facility pose serious harm or a threat of serious harm to patients or residents who are eighteen (18) years of age or under and have been admitted for the purpose of mental health or chemical dependency treatment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Department shall coordinate with the State Department of Health and any other applicable licensing or certifying agency to ensure that, whenever possible and practicable, annual inspections of hospitals, related institutions and child care facilities required by state or federal law shall be conducted jointly.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 258, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56201. Group hospitalization insurance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Public Welfare is hereby authorized to procure group hospitalization and medical care insurance in any of the forms customarily issued by any company or companies, association or associations authorized to do business in the State of Oklahoma for all persons eligible to receive old age assistance under the provisions of subsection (a) of Section 4 of the Oklahoma Social Security Act, at a rate not to exceed the amount of the actual costs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1949, p. 374, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-202. Payment of premiums.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Premiums on such insurance shall be paid from monies or funds appropriated for the payment of assistance to the needy aged persons qualifying for assistance under subsection A of Section 164 of this title. Monthly claims for such premiums, certified by the Department of Human Services, shall be filed with the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for audit and settlement prior to being paid on warrants by the State Treasurer.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1949, p. 374, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 20, 1949. Amended by Laws 1979, c. 47, &sect; 30, emerg. eff. April 9, 1979; Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 15, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988; Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 234.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56203. Hospitalization and medical care system in the Department of Public Welfare.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In the event the Department of Public Welfare, after a thorough study of the needs, determines that the services provided for in Section 1 of this act can be more satisfactorily and economically performed by providing for its own system of hospitalization and medical care, the Department of Public Welfare is hereby authorized to establish and maintain such a system within said Department, under which such services as provided in Section 1 can be offered.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1949, p. 374, &sect; 3.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-204. Vendor drug program - Exemption of certain drugs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Except as otherwise provided, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall be authorized and directed to establish a vendor drug program to provide any drugs that have been approved and designated as safe and effective by the federal Food and Drug Administration, and that are prescribed by a licensed medical, dental, podiatric or osteopathic practitioner for eligible recipients of assistance payments suffering from painful or life-endangering diseases or other persons who are suffering from a catastrophic illness.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Authority shall, in accordance with federal law, not be obligated to cover any outpatient drugs of a manufacturer which has not entered into or which does not have in effect a rebate agreement with the Secretary of Health and Human Services on behalf of the state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Such program shall, to the fullest extent possible, be established and maintained in conjunction with existing federal programs of prescribed drugs so as to earn the maximum of federal financial participation. Exempt from the provisions of this section are the following drugs or classes of drugs, or their medical uses:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Agents when used for anorexia or weight gain;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Agents when used to promote fertility;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Agents when used for cosmetic purposes or hair growth;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Agents when used for the symptomatic relief of coughs and colds;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Agents when used to promote smoking cessation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Prescription vitamins and mineral products, except prenatal vitamins and fluoride preparations;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Nonprescription drugs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Covered outpatient drugs when the manufacturer seeks to require as a condition of sale that associated tests or monitoring services be purchased exclusively from the manufacturer or its designee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Drugs described in paragraph 3 of subsection c of Section 107 of the Drug Amendments of 1962, 21 U.S.C., Section 107(c)(3), and identical, similar or related drugs, within the meaning of paragraph 1 of subsection b of Section 310.6 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0"> 10. Barbiturates; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0"> 11. Benzodiazepines;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">provided, however, the Authority shall be authorized to include specific drugs within these categories for reimbursement based upon specific medical need.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Authority shall be authorized to establish a prospective drug utilization review program for the H2 Antagonists; provided that such limitations are in compliance with federal Food and Drug Administration Agency-approved product labeling.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1975, p. 737, S.J.R. No. 9, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 10, 1975. Amended by Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 16, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988; Laws 1990, c. 256, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 196, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 16, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 142, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 4, 1993; Laws 1995, c. 161, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 2, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56204.1. Expansion of vendor drug program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services is authorized and directed to expand the vendor drug program in the categories of the Aged, Blind and Disabled, and to include those medically needy individuals suffering from catastrophic illnesses who meet requirements for medical assistance, to be administered to the fullest extent possible in conjunction with and subject to existing federal programs so as to earn the maximum of federal financial participation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1979, H.J.R. No. 1017, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 9, 1979. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 256, &sect; 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56205. Replacement or reimbursement for certain eyeglasses and contact lenses Payment or reimbursement for certain eye examinations prohibited.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services is authorized to replace or make reimbursement for the eyeglasses or contact lenses of any employee at the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center of Enid, Southern Oklahoma Resource Center of Pauls Valley, Hissom Memorial Center, and any other juvenile institution subject to the jurisdiction of the Department of Human Services, if said eyeglasses or contact lenses are damaged by a resident of said schools, center or institutions while the employee is engaged in the performance of his duties. The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is authorized to replace or make reimbursement for the eyeglasses or contact lenses of any employee at Central State Hospital, Eastern State Hospital, Western State Psychiatric Center, the Community Mental Health Centers and Substance Abuse Services if said eyeglasses or contact lenses are damaged by a resident of said facilities while the employee is engaged in the performance of his duties. The J.D. McCarty Center is authorized to replace or make reimbursement for the eyeglasses or contact lenses of any employee, if said eyeglasses or contact lenses are damaged by a resident of said facility while the employee is engaged in the performance of his duties. The eyeglasses or contact lenses shall be of comparable kind, quality and cost. The Department of Human Services, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the J.D. McCarty Center are not authorized to make payment or reimbursement for eye examinations necessary for the replacement of or reimbursement for said eyeglasses or contact lenses.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1984, c. 121, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1984. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 51, &sect; 117, emerg. eff. April 9, 1990; Laws 1992, c. 307, &sect; 7, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 323, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. June 7, 1993; Laws 1998, c. 268, &sect; 16, eff. July 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-206. Repealed by Laws 2003, c. 464, &sect; 13, eff. July 1, 2003.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-207. Repealed by Laws 2003, c. 464, &sect; 13, eff. July 1, 2003.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-208. Repealed by Laws 2003, c. 464, &sect; 13, eff. July 1, 2003.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56211. Jurisdiction of State Budget Director Director of OldAge and Survivors Insurance Other personnel.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The State Budget Director in the Executive Department shall have jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to the accounting, reporting and collection of amounts due from state agencies, pursuant to the terms of this act and Title 2 of the Federal Social Security Act (Public Law 734 (HR 6000) 81st Congress), as authorized by Title 56, Chapter 7, Oklahoma Session Laws 1949, and pursuant to the FederalState agreement entered into under Section 218 of the Federal Social Security Act as amended (providing for coverage through FederalState agreements), holding the state responsible for all aspects of conformance to the terms of the coverage agreement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The State Budget Director, at the direction of the Governor, shall employ and fix the duties and compensation of a Director of OldAge and Survivors Insurance and shall employ and fix the duties and compensation of such other personnel as he deems necessary to assist him in performing the duties and functions in connection with the administration of the OldAge and Survivors Insurance system as it pertains to state employees in the coverage group designated by law as the "State of Oklahoma".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 153, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. Feb. 20, 1951.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56212. Matching contributions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The State Budget Director shall prescribe the system and procedure for matching the contributions of officials and employees of the State of Oklahoma with state funds constituting the employer's share of the contributions, pursuant to Public Law 734 (HR 6000) 81st Congress, as authorized by Title 56, Chapter 7, Oklahoma Session Laws 1949, for the coverage group designated as the "State of Oklahoma".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 154, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. Feb. 20, 1951.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-213. Reservation of employer's share of contributions - Deduction of employees' share.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The employer's share of the contribution required to be paid by the state to the federal government under the provisions of Public Law 734 and applicable provisions of the Federal Internal Revenue Code, as authorized by Title 51 of the Oklahoma Statutes beginning at Section 121, shall be reserved out of funds available for salaries appropriated or dedicated to each state department, institution or agency at the time payrolls are prepared for payment and shall be set aside in a reserve account in the State Treasury to be paid to the federal government at such time or times as the Federal Security Administrator may by regulations require.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">For the purposes of Sections 211 through 215 of this title "dedicated funds" shall include the State Highway Construction and Maintenance Fund, Employment Security Administration Fund, Department of Human Services Administration Fund, revolving funds of all state departments and institutions, Federal Grant-in-aid Funds, Trust and Agency Funds, and any other operating funds of state agencies through which public money is disbursed for specific purposes which do not require specific legislative appropriations to be made.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">State agencies making payment of salaries or wages to state employees, independent of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, shall deduct the employees' share of the contribution at the time payments are made and shall at the same time set up a reserve out of the same fund for the employer's share to guarantee the availability of funds when the social security report is required to be made. Any funds received for per diem, travel reimbursement, or expenses incurred while in the performance of official duties and specified statutory amounts received by board or commission members shall not be considered compensation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 154, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. Feb. 20, 1951. Amended by Laws 1978, c. 93, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1983, c. 334, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 30, 1983; Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 235.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56214. Reports Duties of Director.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">State departments, institutions and agencies shall file with the State Budget Director such reports as are required by the Federal Security Administrator (Public Law 734 (HR 6000) 81st Congress, as authorized by Title 56, Chapter 7, Oklahoma Session Laws 1949) at such time or times as the Federal Security Administrator may by regulations require. The Director of OldAge and Survivors Insurance, under the administrative direction of the State Budget Director, shall verify extensions and totals and require state agencies to pay amounts due from nontreasury funds which when added to OASI payroll reserves from treasury funds will be the amount due the federal government for each reporting period.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The State Budget Director shall consolidate the reports of all state departments, institutions and agencies and shall file a consolidated report representing the State of Oklahoma as a coverage group, with the Department of Public Welfare.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Nothing in this act shall be construed to require the reports of political subdivisions of the state (counties, cities and towns) or instrumentalities of either, to be channeled through the State Budget Office. Such reports shall be made to the Department of Public Welfare, which has been designated to administer the OldAge and Survivors Insurance program on behalf of the state and its political subdivisions, pursuant to the provisions of Article 25, Section 2, Oklahoma Constitution.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 154, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. Feb. 20, 1951.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56215. State Budget Director OASI fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">There is hereby created in the State Treasury a special fund to be known as the "State Budget Director OASI Fund" into which fund the State Budget Director shall deposit all monies received from state agencies constituting amounts due from funds not on deposit in the State Treasury. The State Budget Director may make disbursements from said funds to pay amounts due the Department of Public Welfare at such time as the report is required to be made for the coverage group designated as the "State of Oklahoma". Refunds may be made to state agencies by the State Budget Director in the event of overpayment or error made in the calculation of amount due.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 155, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. Feb. 20, 1951.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-216. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-217. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-218. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-219. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-220. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-221. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56222. Audit of financial records of hospitals as to per diem costs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Auditors from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority shall be authorized and empowered to conduct an audit of the financial records itemized in a hospital's reimbursable per diem cost records in order to determine whether or not the certified per diem cost is sustained by the detailed financial records of such hospital as to such per diem costs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1961, p. 729, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 31, 1961. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 2, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 17, 2003.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56223. Human Services Medical and Assistance Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Commission for Human Services, to be designated the "Human Services Medical and Assistance Fund". The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of receipts from the federal government, monies appropriated to the Department of Human Services by the State Legislature, and other receipts of the Department of Human Services as shall be directed by the Commission for Human Services. All monies accruing to the credit of said fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the Commission of Human Services as may be necessary in order to carry out the duties imposed upon the said Commission pursuant to subsection D of Section 41.21 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 43, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-224. Human Services Disbursing Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Commission for Human Services, to be designated the "Human Services Disbursing Fund", provided that the fund may be designated by fiscal year designations as the Commission may determine. The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations. The fund shall consist of receipts from the federal government, monies appropriated to the Department of Human Services by the State Legislature, and other receipts of the Department of Human Services as shall be directed by the Commission for Human Services. All monies accruing to the credit of said fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the Commission for Human Services as may be necessary in order to carry out the duties imposed upon the said Commission by law, provided that expenditures shall not be made from the Human Services Disbursing Fund to pay any obligation for which there exists authorization for payment from the Oklahoma Medical Center Disbursing Fund or the Human Services Medical and Assistance Fund. Expenditures from the Human Services Disbursing Fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for approval and payment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 44, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988. Amended by Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 236.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-225. Repealed by Laws 2006, c. 219, &sect; 6.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-225.1. Records regarding agreements or authorization to settle claim for reconciliation purposes for contracts or purchases.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services shall maintain detailed records regarding any agreements or authorizations to settle a claim made for reconciliation purposes for any contract or purchase of materials, items, supplies or services. Such records shall include but not be limited to identification of parties involved in the reconciliation, identification of materials, items, equipment or services at issue, among originally due and owing and amount of settlement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Any settlement made for purposes of reconciliation for any contract or purchase of any materials, items, equipment or settlement shall be approved in writing by the administrative head of the division making such settlement and by the Director of the Department of Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 53, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 11, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-226. Department of Human Services Federal Disallowance Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">There is hereby created in the State Treasury a fund for the Department of Human Services to be designated the "Department of Human Services Federal Disallowance Fund". The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations. It shall consist of monies received by the Department of Human Services which, in the opinion of the Commission for Human Services, may be subject to federal disallowances and interest which may accrue on said receipts. All monies accruing to the credit of said fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the Department of Human Services at the discretion of the Commission for Human Services for eventual settlement of the appropriate pending disallowances. Expenditures from said fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for approval and payment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Director of Human Services may request the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to transfer monies between the Department of Human Services Federal Disallowance Fund and the Human Services Disbursing Fund or the Department of Human Services Medical and Assistance Fund, as needed for the expenditure of funds.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1989, c. 373, &sect; 22, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 237. &nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-227. Provision of residential or vocational services to developmentally disabled - Preference to corporations within state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Developmental Disabilities Services Division within the Department of Human Services is hereby directed to offer a preference to qualified corporations within the state to provide residential or vocational services to residents of this state who have developmental disabilities. The Commission for Human Services is hereby authorized to promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this act, provided such rules shall not unduly interfere with interstate commerce or discriminate against out-of-state corporations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. A qualified corporation shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Conduct at least fifty-one percent (51%) of its financial business within the State of Oklahoma, including both receipt and disbursement transactions;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Have its principal place of business within the State of Oklahoma and have on file in the Office of the Secretary of State of Oklahoma a certificate of incorporation or a certificate of qualification of foreign incorporation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Provide residential or vocational services, or both, as determined by the Department of Human Services to the residents of this state who have developmental disabilities;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Be identified on a list maintained by the Developmental Disabilities Services Division of the Department of Human Services. This list shall include those corporations which demonstrate the capacity to maintain fiscal solvency, as determined by the Department of Human Services, and, if the corporation has been in existence for two or more years, the corporation's capacity to maintain fiscal solvency must be verified by two (2) or more annual financial audits, conducted by an independent certified public accountant;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Have a history of ethical business practices as established by a peer review panel, if prior business operations have been conducted. Complaints relating to ethical practices shall be reviewed by a peer review panel of five (5) members, to be appointed annually by the Administrator of the Developmental Disabilities Services Division. Members of the panel may be reappointed. The panel shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;develop criteria to determine ethical business practices for qualified corporations,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;determine compliance of qualified corporations with such criteria,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;make recommendations to the Administrator of the Developmental Disabilities Services Division, who shall take appropriate action to remedy any unethical behavior, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;maintain confidentiality in the review of complaints relating to ethical practices in determining qualified corporations throughout the review process, except to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;employees of other state and federal agencies in the course of their official duties pertaining or relating to such review process, services, or residents,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;the members of the Legislature or its staff, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;the office of the Governor; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Be in full compliance with all assurances and monitoring standards required by the Department of Human Services or other relevant state and federal licensing and certification requirements.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Department of Human Services shall be allowed discretion in its choice of providers for residential or vocational services, or both, when none of the qualified corporations can or are willing to provide such services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Developmental Disabilities Services Division shall not be prohibited from contracting with any new community-based nonprofit corporation to provide residential or vocational services in an unserved community.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Developmental Disabilities Services Division shall be authorized to provide technical assistance, either directly or through the use of qualified consultants, to enhance the ability of Oklahoma-based corporations to provide new, innovative and effective services to residents of this state who have developmental disabilities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 291, &sect; 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1992. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 407, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-228. Guardianship voucher program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. In addition to any other form of assistance provided for under subsection E of Section 1415 of Title 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the Department of Human Services is authorized to pay a voucher to a relative or certified volunteer for the sole purpose of acquiring legal representation to initiate guardianship proceedings on behalf of any person who receives Title XIX Home and Community-Based Waiver-funded services from the Developmental Disabilities Services Division, or who is a resident of an institution specified in Section 1406 of Title 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Administration of the guardianship voucher program, including, but not limited to, establishing financial eligibility criteria and volunteer training and certification requirements, shall be established by rules promulgated by the Commission for Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 407, &sect; 9, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.1. Renumbered as &sect; 230.50 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.2. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.3. Renumbered as &sect; 230.53 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.4. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.5. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.6. Renumbered as &sect; 230.61 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.7. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.8. Renumbered as &sect; 230.56 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.9. Renumbered as &sect; 230.55 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.10. Renumbered as &sect; 230.58 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.11. Renumbered as &sect; 230.60 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.12. Renumbered as &sect; 230.57 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.13. Renumbered as &sect; 230.67 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.14. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.15. Renumbered as &sect; 230.68 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.16. Renumbered as &sect; 230.63 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.17. Renumbered as &sect; 230.64 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.18. Renumbered as &sect; 230.65 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.50. Short title - Establishment of program - Responsibilities of Department of Human Services - Interagency collaboration - Block grant funding - Rulemaking - Federal waiver applications - Report to Legislature and Governor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Sections 1 through 26 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the "Statewide Temporary Assistance Responsibility System (STARS)".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. There is hereby established the Statewide Temporary Assistance Responsibility System (STARS) which shall consist of programs and services to be offered by the state with funds provided by the temporary assistance for needy families block grant authorized by Section 103 of the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, P.L. 104-193, in addition to other monies appropriated by law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The STARS shall consist of integrated and coordinated programs and services that will provide recipients with the necessary tools to enable them to make the transition from reliance on public assistance programs to becoming independent, self-sufficient citizens who are capable of supporting themselves and their families. Such programs and services include but are not limited to: career guidance and employment preparation, job referral, vocational and technical training, child care initiatives, literacy development, adult basic education, and medical assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Oklahoma Legislature further recognizes the importance of encouraging establishment of statewide, One-stop Career/Employment Centers that would link existing resources and federal and state programs for utilization by persons receiving temporary assistance, and underemployed and unemployed persons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Department of Human Services shall be responsible for:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Implementing the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Act (TANF);&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Carrying out the projects and programs specified in the STARS. The Department shall implement the provisions of the STARS to the fullest extent permitted by law and in accordance with the terms and conditions specified by the federal government;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Expediting the acquisition of any federal waivers necessary to implement the provisions of STARS through amendments, combined waivers, requests and in any other such manner authorized by federal law and regulations; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Working in close and continuous coordination with appropriate federal officials and preparing and submitting completely and in a timely manner all forms and data required by federal officials to implement STARS.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. In administering the STARS, the Department shall collaborate with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the Department of Commerce, the State Department of Health and the State Department of Education and any other state or federal agency necessary to implement the provisions of the STARS.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. In submitting any state plan or amendments to the state plan to the federal government in order to obtain a temporary assistance for needy families block grant or child care and development block grant, the Department shall seek the maximum block grant funding and federal contingency fund allocations that are available pursuant to the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, P.L. 104-193.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The Commission for Human Services shall promulgate rules for developing any projects and programs to implement the STARS.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. 1. The Department of Human Services is directed to file with the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate a copy of any waiver application or request for amendment or exemption filed with the federal government, copies of correspondence to and from the federal government explaining and elaborating upon said applications, and final documentation of any waivers, amendments, and exemptions granted by the federal government pursuant to the STARS.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. On or before February 1, 1998, for the previous six-month period, and on or before February 1 of each year, for the previous fiscal year, the Department shall provide a written report on each project and program specified in the STARS to the Legislature and the Governor which identifies:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;total number of new applications received by the Department for TANF, food stamps and child care, and the number of cases actually certified,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;number of recipients who signed a personal responsibility agreement pursuant to the TANF program,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;number of cases closed by the Department and the reasons for the case closures,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;the number of persons who reapplied for benefits pursuant to the TANF program after a case had been closed,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;number of recipients who completed an employability assessment by level of education,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;the total number of recipients who completed an employability assessment, and the number who were initially referred for:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;literacy assessment,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;adult basic education or remediation classes,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;job skills development or vocational training,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;employment,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(5)&nbsp;&nbsp;other,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">g.&nbsp;&nbsp;of the total number of recipients assessed for literacy skills, the number who scored:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;at or below 6th grade level,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;at 7th or 8th grade level,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;at 9th or 10th grade level,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;above 10th grade level,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">h.&nbsp;&nbsp;number of sanctions imposed for violations of the provisions of the STARS or rules promulgated pursuant thereto or any other provision of law or rule relating to receipt of benefits by a recipient and the reasons for imposing the sanction,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">i.&nbsp;&nbsp;percentage of recipients in allowable work activities,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">j.&nbsp;&nbsp;number of recipients in each allowable work activity and the length of time spent in that activity,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">k.&nbsp;&nbsp;number of recipients employed by state agencies and contract service providers,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">l.&nbsp;&nbsp;number of recipients entering the workforce by occupation types,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">m.&nbsp;&nbsp;estimated average monthly earnings for employed aid recipients,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">n.&nbsp;&nbsp;average monthly number of hours worked by recipients,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">o.&nbsp;&nbsp;number of qualified aliens applying for assistance pursuant to the STARS and number of applications certified by the Department, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">p.&nbsp;&nbsp;such other information deemed necessary by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Renumbered from &sect; 230.1 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.51. Program components.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Statewide Temporary Assistance Responsibility System (STARS) shall, at a minimum, contain the following components:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Child Care;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Food Stamps;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. One-stop Career/Employment Centers;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Medicaid;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Assistance to Aliens; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Supportive services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.52. Minimum mandatory requirements for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program - Information management - Implementation guidelines - List of recipients - Grant diversion program and emergency assistance services authorized.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Except for specific exceptions, conditions or restrictions authorized by the Statewide Temporary Assistance Responsibility System (STARS) and rules promulgated by the Commission for Human Services pursuant thereto, the following are the minimum mandatory requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A recipient shall be eligible to receive assistance pursuant to the TANF program only for a lifetime total of five (5) years, subject to the exemptions allowed by federal law. Child-only cases are not subject to the five-year limitation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Single parents receiving temporary assistance pursuant to the TANF program shall participate in work activities for a minimum of twenty (20) hours per week during the month. Two-parent families receiving temporary assistance pursuant to the TANF program shall participate in work activities for a minimum of thirty-five (35) hours per week during the month;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. A recipient must be engaged in one or more of the work activities set out in paragraph 4 of this subsection as soon as required by the Department of Human Services pursuant to the TANF program, but not later than twenty-four (24) months after certification of the application for assistance, unless the person is exempt from work requirements under rules promulgated by the Commission pursuant to the STARS;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The Department shall develop and describe categories of approved work activities for the TANF program recipients in accordance with this paragraph. Work activities that qualify in meeting the requirements include, but are not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;unsubsidized employment which is full-time employment or part-time employment that is not directly supplemented by federal or state funds,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;subsidized private sector employment which is employment in a private for-profit enterprise or a private not-for-profit enterprise that is directly supplemented by federal or state funds. Prior to receiving any subsidy or incentive, the employer shall enter into a written contract with the Department, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;subsidized public sector employment which is employment by an agency of a federal, state, or local governmental entity which is directly supplemented by federal or state funds. Prior to receiving any subsidy or incentive, the employer shall enter into a written contract with the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">Subsidized hourly employment or unsubsidized hourly employment pursuant to this subparagraph shall only be approved by the Department as work activity if such employment is subject to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(a)&nbsp;&nbsp;the federal minimum wage requirements pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(b)&nbsp;&nbsp;the federal Social Security tax and Medicare tax, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(c)&nbsp;&nbsp;regulations promulgated pursuant to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and rules promulgated by the State Department of Labor pursuant thereto,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;a program of work experience,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;on-the-job training,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;assisted job search which may include supervised or unsupervised job-seeking activities,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;job readiness assistance which may include, but is not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;orientation in the work environment and basic job-seeking and job retention skills,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;instruction in completing an application for employment and writing a resume, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;instruction in conducting oneself during a job interview, including appropriate dress,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;job skills training which is directly related to employment in a specific occupation for which there is a written commitment by an employer to offer employment to a recipient who successfully completes the training. Job skills training includes, but is not limited to, customized training designed to meet the needs of a specific employer or a specific industry,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">g.&nbsp;&nbsp;community service programs which are job-training activities provided in areas where sufficient public or private sector employment is not available. Such activities are linked to both education or training and activities that substantially enhance a recipient's employability,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">h.&nbsp;&nbsp;literacy and adult basic education programs,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">i.&nbsp;&nbsp;vocational-educational programs, not to exceed twelve (12) months for any individual, which are directed toward vocational-educational training and education directly related to employment,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">j.&nbsp;&nbsp;education programs which are directly related to specific employment opportunities, if a recipient has not received a high school diploma or General Equivalency Degree, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">k.&nbsp;&nbsp;child care for other STARS recipients. The recipient must meet training and licensing requirements for child care providers as required by the Oklahoma Child Care Facilities Licensing Act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Single, custodial parents with a child up to one (1) year of age may be exempt from work activities for a lifetime total exemption of twelve (12) months;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. In order to receive assistance, unmarried teen parents of a minor child at least twelve (12) weeks of age must participate in educational activities or work activities approved by the state;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. For single-parent families, except for teen parents, educational activities, other than vocational-technical training, do not count toward meeting the required twenty (20) hours of work activity. For two-parent families, educational activities, except vocational-technical training, do not count toward meeting the required thirty-five (35) hours of work activity;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. A teen parent must live at home or in an approved, adult-supervised setting as specified in Section 230.55 of this title to receive TANF assistance;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. A recipient must comply with immunization requirements established pursuant to the TANF program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. A recipient shall be subject to the increment in benefits for additional children established by Section 230.58 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. The following recipient resources are exempt from resource determination criteria:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;an automobile with an equity allowance of not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) pursuant to Section 230.53 of this title,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;individual development accounts established pursuant to the Family Savings Initiative Act, or individual development accounts established prior to November 1, 1998, pursuant to the provisions of Section 230.54 of this title in an amount not to exceed Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00),&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;the equity value of funeral arrangements owned by a recipient that does not exceed the limitation specified by Section 165 of this title, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;earned income disregards not to exceed One Hundred Twenty Dollars ($120.00) and one-half (1/2) of the remainder of the earned income;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. An applicant who applies and is otherwise eligible to receive TANF benefits but who has resided in this state less than twelve (12) months shall be subject to Section 230.57 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. The recipient shall enter into a personal responsibility agreement with the Department for receipt of assistance pursuant to Section 230.65 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. The Department shall, beginning November 1, 2012, screen all adult applicants for TANF to determine if they are engaged in the illegal use of a controlled substance or substances. If the Department has made a determination that the applicant is engaged in the illegal use of a controlled substance or substances, the applicant's request for TANF cash benefits shall be denied. The Commission for Human Services shall adopt rules to implement the requirements of this paragraph consistent with the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Department shall create a controlled substance screening process to be administered at the time of application. The process shall, at a minimum, include a Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) or other similar screening methods. If necessary to establish a reasonable expectation of certainty, the Department is authorized to use further screening methods, which may include, but are not limited to, a clinical interview, consideration of the Department's history with the applicant, and an Addictions Severity Index (ASI). If the Department has reasonable cause to believe that the applicant is engaged in the illegal use of a controlled substance or substances, the Department is authorized, though not required, to request administration of a chemical drug test, such as urinalysis. The cost of all such initial screenings shall not be borne by the applicant,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;if at any time during the controlled substance screening process, the applicant refuses to participate, that refusal shall lead to a denial of TANF benefits,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;if the Department, as the result of a controlled substance screening process, has determined that the applicant is engaged in the illegal use of a controlled substance or substances, the applicant's request for TANF cash benefits shall be denied, subject to the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;if there has not already been a chemical drug test administered as part of the controlled substance screening process, the applicant may submit proof of a negative chemical drug test from a state certified laboratory to challenge the Department's finding that the applicant is engaged in the illegal use of a controlled substance or substances. Proof of the chemical drug test must be submitted to the Department no later than the tenth calendar day following denial. If denial is communicated by mail, the ten (10) day window begins on the day after the date of mailing of the denial notice to the applicant's last-known address. The denial notice is considered to be mailed on the date that appears on the notice, unless otherwise indicated by the facts,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;if denied due to the provisions of this subparagraph, an applicant shall not be approved until one (1) year has passed since the date of denial,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(a)&nbsp;&nbsp;if the applicant is denied due to the provisions of this paragraph, the Department shall provide a list of substance abuse treatment programs to the denied applicant,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(b)&nbsp;&nbsp;if an applicant has successfully complied with a recommended substance abuse treatment program after the date of denial, the applicant may be approved for cash benefits after six (6) months have passed since the date of denial, rather than the required one (1) year, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;if an applicant has been denied TANF cash benefits two times due to the provisions of this subparagraph, the applicant shall be ineligible for TANF benefits for a period of three (3) years from the date of the second denial,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;child-only cases and minor parents under eighteen (18) years of age are not subject to the provisions of this paragraph, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;in cases where the application for TANF benefits is not for child-only benefits, but there is not a parent who has been deemed eligible for cash benefits under the provisions of this paragraph, any cash benefits for which the dependent children of the family are still eligible shall not be affected and may be received and administered by an appropriate third party approved by the Department for the benefit of the members of the household;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">15. a.&nbsp;&nbsp;As a condition of participating in the STARS, all recipients are deemed to have given authorization for the release of any and all information necessary to allow all state and federal agencies to meet the program needs of the recipient.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;The recipient shall be provided a release form to sign in order to obtain the required information. Failure to sign the release form may result in case closure; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. The recipient shall comply with all other conditions and requirements of the STARS, and rules of the Commission promulgated pursuant thereto.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. Agencies of this state involved in providing services to recipients pursuant to the STARS shall exchange information as necessary for each agency to accomplish objectives and fulfill obligations created or imposed by the STARS and rules promulgated pursuant thereto.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Information received pursuant to the STARS shall be maintained by the applicable agency and, except as otherwise provided by this subsection, shall be disclosed only in accordance with any confidentiality provisions applicable to the agency originating the information.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The various agencies of the state shall execute operating agreements to facilitate information exchanges pursuant to the STARS.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. In implementing the TANF program, the Department shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Provide assistance to aliens pursuant to Section 230.73 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Provide for the closure of the TANF case when the adult recipient refuses to cooperate with agreed upon work activities or other case requirements pursuant to the TANF program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Provide for the sanctioning of parents who do not require their minor children to attend school; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Deny temporary assistance to fugitive felons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. In order to ensure that the needy citizens of this state are receiving necessary benefits, the Department shall maintain a listing of all recipients receiving public assistance. The listing shall reflect each recipient's income, social security number, and the programs in which the recipient is participating including, but not limited to, TANF, food stamps, child care, and medical assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Department is hereby authorized to establish a grant diversion program and emergency assistance services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 1998, c. 429, &sect; 12, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 1, &sect; 16, emerg. eff. Feb. 24, 1999; Laws 2001, c. 415, &sect; 18, emerg. eff. June 5, 2001; Laws 2012, c. 263, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1998, c. 133, &sect; 1 repealed by Laws 1999, c. 1, &sect; 45, emerg. eff. Feb. 24, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.53. Exclusion of automobile from determination of applicant's resources.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services shall exclude an automobile with an equity allowance of not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) from the determination of resources available to meet the needs of an applicant for or recipient of benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Renumbered from &sect; 230.3 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.54. Individual development accounts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. As used in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, an "individual development account" means an account established by a recipient under the TANF program pursuant to the provisions of the Family Savings Initiative Act or an account established prior to November 1, 1998, pursuant to the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Funds deposited in an individual development account, in an amount not to exceed Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00), shall not be counted as resources by the Department of Human Services in determining financial eligibility for assistance or services pursuant to the TANF program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 1998, c. 429, &sect; 12, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.55. Unmarried minor recipients - Adult supervised living arrangements.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Except as provided in subsection B of this section, if a person applying for benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is a minor, has never married and is pregnant or has a dependent child in such minor's care, the minor shall not be eligible for benefits unless the minor lives in a supervised adult setting.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Subsection A of this section shall not apply if the minor person is legally emancipated pursuant to Chapter 4 of Title 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Department shall develop programs, in conjunction with the State Department of Health or any other appropriate federal, state or local entity, to encourage teens in Oklahoma to abstain from sexual activity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 14, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1996, c. 353, &sect; 27, eff. Nov. 1, 1996. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Renumbered from &sect; 230.9 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.56. Immunization incentive program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In order to establish an incentive program for the immunization of minor children pursuant to the State Department of Health immunization schedule, the Department of Human Services shall eliminate benefits for recipients under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program if, upon recertification of a recipient for the TANF program, the recipient fails to show proof of immunization for the recipient's minor children except for good cause established by rules promulgated by the Commission for Human Services. Proof of immunization shall be accomplished by presentation of the vaccination record by the recipient issued by the local health officer or a physician.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 10, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Renumbered from &sect; 230.8 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.57. Residency requirement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services shall study the feasibility of implementing a residency requirement, including a differential in benefits for receipt of public assistance for persons who have resided in this state for less than one (1) year on a continuous basis.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 21, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 8, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Renumbered from &sect; 230.12 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.58. Repealed by Laws 2009, c. 130, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.59. Substance abuse study.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services, working with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, shall conduct a study to determine the extent to which substance abuse interferes with the ability of recipients in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to secure and maintain employment leading to self sufficiency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The study shall include, but not be limited to, an assessment of the extent of the substance abuse problem among public assistance recipients in this state, the availability of a range of treatment resources statewide, and consideration of the use of drug testing, sanctions, and other tools recognized in successful intervention models, as well as the safety of any children involved.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Department shall issue a report of its findings and any recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature not later than June 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 10, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.60. Disclosure of persons responsible for child support as precondition to TANF benefits.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Except as otherwise provided in this section, any applicant who makes application with the Department of Human Services for benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, in order to be eligible for such assistance, shall provide the name of the person or persons alleged to be legally responsible for the support of a child, and if known, the address and employer of the person or persons alleged to be legally responsible for the support of such child prior to receipt of any such assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. If the specific person or persons legally responsible for the support of the child are unknown, the applicant for the TANF program shall submit with the application a list of names of persons alleged to be responsible for the support of the child to the Department of Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If the applicant does not provide the Department with the identity of the person or persons alleged to be legally responsible for the support of the child, the applicant shall be ineligible to continue to receive such assistance unless the Department determines that the applicant or recipient or a child of the applicant or recipient would more likely than not be subject to abuse for identifying the person or persons alleged to be responsible for the support of the child.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Commission shall promulgate rules which will standardize the decision process for determining eligibility pursuant to this paragraph.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Department shall determine the father for each minor child for whom benefits are received under the TANF program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 18, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 11, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Renumbered from &sect; 230.11 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.61. Extension of transitional Medicaid, child care assistance and support services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, in accordance with the terms and conditions of a waiver granted by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, shall conduct a demonstration project to revise applicable standards and rules which will allow a recipient of assistance under the Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, who becomes employed, to continue to receive transitional Medicaid and child care assistance for twenty-four (24) months following the initial date of employment unless:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The employer provides medical assistance or child care benefits; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The monthly salary received from the employer exceeds the monthly allowance of assistance pursuant to the TANF program plus the cost of child care and medical insurance to which the recipient would be entitled.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Commission for Human Services shall revise applicable standards and rules to allow a recipient under the TANF program, who becomes employed, to receive case management and transitional support services. Such services shall include, but not be limited to, transportation assistance, ensuring that the family receives transitional Medicaid and child care, ensuring that the family is familiar with and applies for the Earned Income Tax Credit, providing that the recipient is assessed for and referred to providers for any social or supportive service-related needs, and assistance with any other problems which emerge in the initial months of employment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 6, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 12, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Renumbered from &sect; 230.6 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.62. Contracts for literacy remediation, work activities, training and other services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services shall, as appropriate, provide literacy remediation, English as a second language, work activities, training, and other services to recipients pursuant to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program through contracts. In contracting for English as a second language, work activities, training, or other services, the following terms and conditions shall apply:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A contract shall be performance based. Whenever possible, payment shall be based on performance outcomes that include, but are not limited to, such factors as job entry, job entry at a target wage, and job retention. Payment shall not be based on completion of training, education, or any other phase of the program participation process;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A contract may include performance-based incentive payments that may vary according to the extent to which a recipient is more difficult to place. Contract payments may be weighted proportionally to reflect the extent to which a recipient has limitations associated with the long-term receipt of welfare and difficulty in maintaining employment. The factors may include the extent of a recipient's prior receipt of welfare, lack of employment experience, poor literacy skills, lack of education, lack of job skills, and any other factors determined appropriate by the Department; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Department is hereby authorized to contract with commercial, charitable, religious or faith-based organizations to provide the necessary services pursuant to the TANF program as provided in this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 13, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 2002, c. 123, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.63. Failure to cooperate in approved work activities or child support enforcement programs - Fraud control program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. If a recipient, without good cause, does not cooperate with the Department of Human Services in approved work activities as required by the Department pursuant to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the Department shall close the case.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If a recipient, without good cause, does not cooperate with the Department in administering the child support enforcement program relating to the establishment, modification, or enforcement of a support order, the Department shall reduce benefits to the recipient under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in an amount to be determined by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. The Department of Human Services shall establish and operate a fraud control program. The Department shall proceed against any individual member of a family, regardless of payment status under the TANF program, whom it believes to have committed an intentional program violation pursuant to federal law, through an administrative hearing or by referring the matter to the appropriate authorities for civil or criminal action in a state or federal court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. In proceeding against such an individual, the Department shall coordinate its actions with any corresponding actions being taken under Medicaid fraud programs where the factual issues arise from the same or related circumstances.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 25, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Renumbered from &sect; 230.16 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.64. Case management services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services shall provide case management services to recipients under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Case management services shall include, but not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Intensive and in-depth employability assessment of a recipient's education, training, skills, prior work experience and supportive service needs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Development of an employability plan which incorporates the results of the assessment; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Close follow-up of program implementation requirements and participation pursuant to a personal responsibility agreement as provided in Section 16 of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department of Human Services is hereby directed to develop policy outlining procedural and educational expectations for recipients of benefits under the TANF program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 26, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Renumbered from &sect; 230.17 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.65. Employability and literacy assessment - Personal responsibility agreements.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. The Department of Human Services shall conduct an employability assessment of the education, training, skills, prior work experience and supportive service needs of individuals applying for and receiving assistance pursuant to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Department shall arrange for administration of a recognized literacy screening for individuals who have not obtained a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) credential and have exhibited a lack of literacy skills. If, in the opinion of the Department, the applicant or recipient who has obtained a high school diploma or GED lacks reading skills to the extent that such insufficiency limits the applicant's or recipient's ability to become self-supporting, the Department shall refer the individual for a literacy assessment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Department shall utilize existing community resources, including, but not limited to, volunteer literacy groups and adult basic education programs, when arranging for literacy assessments and remediation of clients who lack sufficient reading skills.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department of Human Services shall require services to be provided to each applicant or recipient of benefits in any program according to a written personal responsibility agreement. The agreement shall reflect the education, training, skills, prior work experience and supportive service needs of the applicant or recipient and shall be:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Written in English, or translated into Spanish or other language, according to the applicant's or recipient's needs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Signed by the applicant or recipient;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Signed by the parent of the applicant or recipient if the applicant or recipient is under eighteen (18) years of age;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Signed by the case manager; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Reviewed by both the applicant or recipient and the case manager at least once a year. The agreement may be revised from time to time according to the needs of the recipient, the recipient's family and the program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The personal responsibility agreement shall set forth the specific responsibilities of the recipient, at a minimum, to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Develop a detailed plan for achieving self-sufficiency;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Participate in any educational or training program required by the Department pursuant to the results of the employability and literacy assessments;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Participate in life-skills training including, but not limited to, financial management classes, conflict resolution training, and social skills development;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Be available for and actively seek and maintain employment, and accept any reasonable employment as soon as it becomes available as required by the TANF program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Participate in a community service, public works or private sector job pursuant to the requirements of the Statewide Temporary Assistance Responsibility System and the results of the employability and literacy assessments;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. If the recipient is a minor parent, live in a supervised adult setting;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Accept responsibility for ensuring that the recipient's child complies with the attendance requirements of the local school district and attends school until the child of the recipient either:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;graduates from high school or attains a high school equivalency certificate, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;becomes nineteen (19) years of age,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">whichever occurs first;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Accept responsibility for attending any classes required by a program at least ninety percent (90%) of the time;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Immunize the recipients' minor children pursuant to the State Department of Health's immunization schedule; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">10.&nbsp;&nbsp;a.&nbsp;&nbsp;Undergo a literacy skills assessment utilizing a testing instrument which measures whether such recipient is reading at a minimum of an eighth grade reading level, where the recipient has the capacity to read at such level or, regardless of reading level, which indicates that the recipient would benefit from compulsory participation in a literacy skills improvement program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;Based on the results of the assessment, the recipient shall agree to enroll and actively participate in a literacy skills improvement program and provide documentation of substantial quantifiable literacy improvement. Any recipient who is reading at less than an eighth grade level shall be required to continue to substantially and quantifiably improve his or her reading skills until such recipient demonstrates a level of reading proficiency that is at least equal to an eighth grade reading level.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;On or before December 31 of each year, the Department of Human Services shall annually provide to the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a written report outlining by age the number of recipients:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;assessed for literacy skills,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;who failed to demonstrate eighth grade reading level proficiency,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;who agreed to enroll and participate in a literacy skills improvement program, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;who either provided documentation of substantial quantifiable literacy skills improvement or whose case was closed prior to completion.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Department may sanction or impose financial penalties on a recipient for failure to comply with the provisions of the personal responsibility agreement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 27, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 16, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Renumbered from &sect; 230.18 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 5, &sect; 16, emerg. eff. March 4, 1998; Laws 2009, c. 130, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1997, c. 392, &sect; 5 repealed by Laws 1998, c. 5, &sect; 29, emerg. eff. March 4, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.66. Compulsory school attendance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Compulsory school attendance for a child from the age at which the child is eligible to attend kindergarten to eighteen (18) years of age, unless the child is being home educated as per the Oklahoma Constitution and statutes, shall be a condition for participation in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Commission for Human Services shall promulgate rules for implementing the provisions of this section which will authorize the Department to deny a recipient of benefits under the TANF program that portion of payments which relate to an individual who fails to comply with the requirements of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 291, &sect; 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1992. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 13, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 17, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Renumbered from &sect; 234.1 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.67. Application for Earned Income Tax Credit - Assistance from Department of Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services shall ensure, to the fullest extent possible, that any recipient of benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the food stamp programs, who may qualify for receipt of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), pursuant to 26 U.S.C., Section 32(a-j), applies for such credit. The Department shall have EITC forms readily available and shall provide assistance and encouragement to those wishing to apply for the EITC.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 22, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 18, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Renumbered from &sect; 230.13 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.68. Fraud hot line.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services shall establish and maintain a statewide incoming areawide telephone service hot line for the purpose of reporting suspected cases of welfare eligibility fraud, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) fraud and food stamp fraud.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Commission for Human Services shall promulgate rules to enact the provisions of this section, and shall include in such rules procedures which address false reports and issues of confidentiality.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 24, eff. July 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 19, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Renumbered from &sect; 230.15 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.69. Child care resource and referral centers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services shall, as funds become available, work with local communities to establish a statewide system of child care resource and referral centers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The child care resource and referral centers shall be responsible for:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Providing consumer education;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Maintaining child care databases and linking working families to relevant services available in their communities;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Developing child care supply and demand reports;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Fostering partnerships between Head Start programs, churches, schools, government and nonprofit agencies;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Providing information and technical assistance to individuals and groups wishing to develop or expand child care services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Coordinating training programs and informing child care providers about available training; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Working with the Department of Human Services on licensing and regulatory issues.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 20, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.70. One-stop Career/Employment Centers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Legislature hereby encourages the establishment of One-stop Career/Employment Centers that link federal, state and local resources and programs and that create collaborative and interorganizational partnerships between state governmental agencies and private and nonprofit entities. Such agencies and private and nonprofit entities shall include, but not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Department of Human Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The State Department of Education;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. The State Department of Health;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. The State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. The Office of Management and Enterprise Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. Community action agencies;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. Local and municipal groups;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. Substate planning groups; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. Religious and charitable organizations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. The purpose of the collaborative and interorganizational partnership shall be to assist persons receiving temporary assistance, persons who are employed in low-wage jobs, underemployed persons, and persons who are unemployed to obtain employment preparation; to explore career, employment and job referral opportunities; to improve skills through education and training; and to obtain information on various services and programs in the state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Employment preparation includes, but is not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;education, training, or retraining for specified time limits,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;private and public work experience, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;development of certain career/job training and retraining skills and apprenticeships.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, in consultation with entities desiring to form such partnerships, shall develop a local implementation plan for use by all parties desiring to enter into a plan for a one-stop career and employment center. The plan shall be signed by all partnership entities and shall be submitted to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission for review and recommendation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The local implementation plan shall include, but not be limited to, the names, addresses, and phone numbers of parties and organizational entities; specific goals, objectives, and plans for implementation of the initiative; the signature of all parties agreeing to the initiative; and the beginning date of the initiative as agreed upon by the parties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Until such time as the collaborative and interorganizational partnerships encouraged by this legislation are fully implemented, the state agencies listed in subsection A of this section which provide services shall each maintain an Internet web site upon which application forms for the services they provide may be accessed and downloaded by individuals wishing to make application for the services provided. Each agency shall also provide a link to the other agencies required by this legislation to provide their application forms on their websites.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 24, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 33, &sect; 40, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2006, c. 220, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2006; Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 238.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.72. Medicaid assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall jointly establish eligibility criteria which ensure that recipients of assistance pursuant to the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program (TANF), who become employed or who are at risk of losing Medicaid because of earned income disregards or other excluded resources pursuant to the &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Statewide Temporary Assistance Responsibility System (STARS), will continue to receive Medicaid assistance as otherwise specified by state or federal law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 25, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 2004, c. 378, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 3, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.73. Qualified aliens.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. As used in this section:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Legal immigrant" means an individual not born in the United States and not a citizen of the United States whose entrance into the United States has been approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Qualified alien" shall have the same meaning as such term is defined by Section 431(b) of the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, P.L. 104-193, as amended.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. The Legislature hereby finds and declares that passage of the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, P.L. 104-193, requires the states to make certain decisions concerning legal immigrants and their eligibility for certain types of public assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The goal of this section is to recognize that foreign-born legal residents of the State of Oklahoma contribute to our society by working in our communities, supporting local businesses, and paying taxes and should be eligible to receive certain types of public assistance under certain conditions. Moreover, the state goal is to provide the types of assistance that will enhance the state's ability to receive federal financial participation, thereby reducing the ultimate burden on the state and local government for emergency health and welfare needs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. This section is also intended to encourage and support efforts to help foreign-born legal residents of the State of Oklahoma to become citizens of the United States.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. A qualified alien who entered the United States before August 22, 1996, shall be eligible to receive benefits under a state program funded by Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Block Grant Funds pursuant to Part A of Title IV of the federal Social Security Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A qualified alien who entered the United States on or after August 22, 1996, shall be barred from receiving the benefits described in paragraph 1 of this subsection for a period of five (5) years after the date of entry into the United States, unless such alien meets the exceptions set forth in the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, P.L. 104-193, as amended. After five (5) years, the qualified alien shall be eligible for benefits pursuant to the Statewide Temporary Assistance Responsibility System (STARS), but shall have sponsor income deemed to the individual or family pursuant to rules promulgated by the Commission for Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. 1. A qualified alien who entered the United States before August 22, 1996, shall be eligible to receive benefits under the Old Age Pension, the Aid to the Needy Disabled, and the Aid to the Blind programs if such qualified alien meets the eligibility criteria for such programs, other than citizen status.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A qualified alien who entered the United States on or after August 22, 1996, shall be barred from receiving benefits under the programs described in paragraph 1 of this subsection for a period of five (5) years after the date of entry into the United States, unless the alien meets the exceptions set forth in the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, P.L. 104-193, as amended. After five (5) years, the qualified alien shall be eligible for benefits pursuant to such programs but shall have sponsor income deemed to the person or family pursuant to rules promulgated by the Commission for Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Commission for Human Services shall encourage a qualified alien who is eligible to submit an application for citizenship to submit such an application.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. 1. The Commission shall promulgate rules for the delivery of emergency assistance to a person who:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;is a legal immigrant and a resident of the State of Oklahoma,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;is not a citizen of the United States, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;meets the eligibility requirements for assistance pursuant to the Statewide Temporary Assistance Responsibility System (STARS) program other than citizen status and is not receiving any other public assistance as specified by the Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Such emergency assistance may include, but need not be limited to, the following forms of assistance:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;housing,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;food,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;short-term cash assistance, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;clothing and social services for children.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. 1. Sponsors shall be expected to meet their financial commitments to the immigrants whom they sponsor and for whom they sign affidavits of support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Commission shall also promulgate rules consistent with this section and federal law to enforce sponsor commitments for noncitizen applicants for or recipients of public assistance or medical assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. In the event that after passage of this act federal law authorizes extended benefits to aliens, the provision of this section shall be modified and made consistent with the provisions of federal law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 26, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.75. Task Force on State Plan Options for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program (TANF Options Task Force).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. There is hereby created until June 1, 2000, the "Task Force on State Plan Options for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program". The Task Force may be referred to as the "TANF Options Task Force".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Task Force on State Plan Options for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Review:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the options available to Oklahoma under the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act related to the eligibility of persons who are victims of domestic abuse or who are receiving or in need of treatment for substance abuse under the State Plan for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families pursuant to the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the effects or potential effects of adopting such options; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Make recommendations to the Legislature on or before January 1, 1999, concerning legislation or other state action which the Task Force deems necessary or desirable.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by &sect; 1 of Enrolled House Joint Resolution No. 1025 of the 2nd Session of the 46th Oklahoma Legislature. Codified by Laws 1998, c. 414, &sect; 21, emerg. eff. June 11, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.76. TANF Options Task Force &mdash; Membership.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Task Force on State Plan Options for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program shall consist of thirteen (13) members and shall be composed as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint three members of the House of Representatives, one member who shall represent a statewide domestic violence association, and one member who at the time of appointment is a TANF participant;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall appoint three members of the State Senate, one member who shall represent a statewide association of substance abuse treatment providers, and one member who at the time of appointment is a TANF participant;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Director of the Department of Human Services or the designee of the Director;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services or the designee of the Commissioner; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The Administrator of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority or the designee of the Administrator.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Speaker shall appoint the chair of the Task Force and the President Pro Tempore shall appoint the vice-chair from their appointees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Nonlegislative members of the Task Force shall be reimbursed by their appointing authority for necessary travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties in accordance with the State Travel Reimbursement Act. Legislative members shall be reimbursed pursuant to the provisions of Section 456 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The House of Representatives and Senate shall provide staff support as required by the Task Force. The Department of Human Services, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall provide the Task Force with information and assistance as requested by the Task Force.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by &sect; 2 of Enrolled House Joint Resolution No. 1025 of the 2nd Session of the 46th Oklahoma Legislature. Codified by Laws 1998, c. 414, &sect; 21, emerg. eff. June 11, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.77. Delivery system for redemption of vouchers for services from faith-based providers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services shall establish a service delivery system under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program that provides for redemption of vouchers for TANF services at participating private faith-based providers and federally recognized Indian tribes if they are effective and competitively priced for the results achieved.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The vouchers shall be made payable, on behalf of the TANF recipient, for the provision of TANF services that include, but are not limited to, subsidized and unsubsidized hourly employment, work experience, on-the-job training, assisted job search, job readiness assistance, job skills training, community service, substance abuse treatment, literacy and adult basic education, vocational-educational programs and child care.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Department shall establish a procedure whereby a qualified private faith-based provider that wishes to provide services to TANF recipients may register with the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Commission for Human Services shall promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2002, c. 272, &sect; 1, eff. Nov 1, 2002.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-230.78. Oklahoma Marriage Initiative public service announcement campaign.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">There shall be created a statewide public service announcement campaign, under the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, promoting marriage as a tool against poverty and targeting all members of the public. No person appointed or elected to any public office in this state shall appear in the public service announcement campaign described in this section. No person, persons, or business entities employed in political consulting or receiving payment through funds related to any campaign for public office in this state shall be contracted to produce, develop, or otherwise provide any services related to any provision of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2013, c. 231, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56231. Applicant for assistance to request filing of criminal charges.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person who shall make application for aid for dependent children with the Department of Public Welfare, or any of its county offices or other subagencies, must, in order to be eligible for further assistance payments, where the person or persons legally responsible for such support is willfully and without lawful excuse failing to furnish necessary food, clothing, shelter or medical attendance for such child or children, within three (3) months from the day of application request the district attorney of the county where such applicant resides to file criminal charges against the person or persons legally responsible for the support of such child or children, and cooperate fully in prosecuting such charges to completion when filed by the district attorney.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 14, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56232. Public Welfare Commission Notice and information to district attorney.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of the Oklahoma Public Welfare Commission, its director, its agents and employees, in all cases where application is made for aid for neglected and dependent children to ascertain as to whether or not the need for such aid arises from the willful desertion or abandonment of said children by the person or persons obligated by law to provide for said children, and if said children are willfully abandoned or neglected by the person or persons required by law to support said children, to report the same to the district attorney of the county in which said children reside, and to furnish the district attorney with the names of witnesses and all information which they may have that the district attorney may require for the purpose of prosecuting the person or persons obligated by law to support such children under the criminal statutes of this state, and to require the applicant to request the district attorney of the county to file criminal charges against the person or persons legally responsible for the support of such child or children, and cooperate fully in prosecuting such charges to completion when filed by the district attorney, within three (3) months from the day of application in order to be eligible for further assistance payments.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1951, p. 14, &sect; 2.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-233. Referral of willfully delinquent parents to district attorney for prosecution.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. If any parent of a child is determined by the Department of Human Services to be willfully violating the provisions of Section 852 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the Department may refer the case to the proper district attorney for prosecution.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department shall provide assistance to the district attorneys in such prosecutions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 165, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 11, 1968. Amended by Laws 1975, c. 102, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 2, 1975; Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 16, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2008, c. 407, &sect; 16, eff. Nov. 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-233.1. Repealed by Laws 2008, c. 407, &sect; 19, eff. Nov. 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56234. Actions to secure compliance with court's support or maintenance orders.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. If a party in a divorce action or other civil case has disobeyed or failed to comply with an order of the court to make payments for the support or maintenance of a child for whom the Department of Human Services thereafter makes payments in its program for Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), the Department may file and prosecute in such action or civil case an application to have a party cited and punished for contempt of court, or any other pleading to secure compliance with the court's order.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department of Human Services, in coordination with district attorneys, is authorized to periodically offer an amnesty program for those who owe past-due child support. The Department, in coordination with district attorneys, may announce and publicize a program that offers those who owe past-due child support an opportunity to pay off the past-due support by a certain date. If payment in full is made, the Department, in coordination with district attorneys, may forego the use of other enforcement remedies for support past-due and accrued interest on that amount owed to the state up to that date. For accrued interest owed to a parent, the parent may, by affidavit, waive the past-due interest.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 165, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. April 11, 1968. Amended by Laws 1999, c. 422, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-234.1. Renumbered as &sect; 230.66 of this title by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 32, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-234.2. Repealed by Laws 1995, c. 246, &sect; 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56235. Payments to Department of Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any court ordering a party in a civil case to make payments for the support or maintenance of a child may direct, and upon application of the Director of the Department of Human Services, the court shall direct, that such payments be made to the Department of Human Services which shall be disbursed according to federal regulations. The court's order, or payments made pursuant thereto, shall not affect the amount of such assistance payments so long as the custodian of the child makes all reasonable efforts, when necessary, to cause the court's order to be obeyed. If payments are not made by such party as directed by the court, the Director of the Department of Human Services may file and prosecute in the case an application to have the party cited for contempt of court, or other pleading to secure a compliance with the court's order. Provided, the authority of the Director of the Department of Human Services to take such action shall not affect the right or responsibility of the custodian of the child to take, or excuse her or him from taking, similar action. The Oklahoma Commission for Human Services shall have authority to adopt such rules and regulations as it deems necessary to carry out the provisions of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 165, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. April 11, 1968. Amended by Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 17, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56236. Legal division or unit - Contracts for private legal counsel.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Commission for Human Services shall establish or provide for a legal division or unit in the Department of Human Services. The Director of the Department of Human Services shall employ attorneys as needed, which may be on fulltime and parttime basis. Such attorneys, in addition to advising the Commission, Director and Department personnel on legal matters, may appear for and represent the Commission, Director and Department in legal actions and proceedings. Provided, that it shall continue to be the duty of the Attorney General to give his official opinion to the Commission, Director or Department, and to prosecute and defend actions therefor, if requested to do so. The Attorney General may levy and collect costs, expenses of litigation and a reasonable attorney's fee for such legal services from the Commission. Provided, however the charges which the Attorney General is authorized to levy and collect shall only include those costs and charges which exceed the costs associated with the salary and benefits of one attorney FTE position per fiscal year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Commission shall not contract for representation by private legal counsel unless approved by the Attorney General. Such contract for private legal counsel shall be in the best interests of the state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Attorney General shall be notified by the Commission or its counsel of all lawsuits against the Commission, its officers or employees that seek injunctive relief which would impose obligations requiring the expenditure of funds in excess of unencumbered monies in the agency's appropriations or beyond the current fiscal year. The Attorney General shall review any such cases and may represent the interests of the state, if he considers it to be in the best interest of the state to do so, in which case he shall be paid as provided in subsection A of this section. Representation of multiple defendants in such actions may, at the discretion of the Attorney General, be divided with counsel for the Commission as necessary to avoid conflicts of interest.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 165, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. April 11, 1968. Amended by Laws 1992, c. 33, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 3, 1992; Laws 1992, c. 288, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-237. Support collection, parent location and paternity determination services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services, hereinafter referred to as "Department", as the single state agency designated to administer a statewide plan for child support, is authorized, in accordance with Title IV, Part D, of the Federal Social Security Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C., Section 651 et seq., to provide child support services, parent location services, and paternity determination services to enable participation in programs established by federal law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department is authorized to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Accept, transfer, and expend funds made available by the government of the United States, the State of Oklahoma, and public or private sources, for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this section;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Adopt rules for child support services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Initiate legal actions and appeal orders as necessary to implement the provisions of this section;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Enter into contracts or agreements necessary to administer this section; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Require agencies and political subdivisions of this state, its counties and municipalities, persons, sole proprietorships, corporations, utilities, partnerships, associations, organizations, and other legal entities doing business in this state to provide information to the Child Support Enforcement Division to assist in locating individuals and in establishing and enforcing court orders.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. An applicant for or recipient of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, hereinafter referred to as "recipient", shall be required to assign to the Department any rights to or support from any other person which the recipient may have or for a child for whom the recipient is applying or receiving assistance in accordance with federal regulations and state law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. When an order has been entered which provides for payment of child support and the obligee pursuant to the order relinquishes physical custody of the child to another custodian, without obtaining a modification of the order to change custody or to redirect the support to the new custodian, the relinquishment shall transfer the child support obligation pursuant to the order to the new custodian or the Department if services are being provided under the state child support plan as provided in this section. The transfer of the obligation shall terminate when the new custodian no longer has physical custody of the child, except for the amount of unpaid support still owing to the custodian or to the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. In all cases in which support services are being provided under the state child support plan as provided in this section, support payments shall be made by the obligor to the Department or its designee. If a court has ordered support payments to be made to the recipient or to the applicant, the Department may send a notice of the assignment or application to the obligor requiring that all support payments be made to the Division or its designee. The notice shall include:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;a statement that the assignment or application has been made,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the style and number of the case in which support was ordered,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;a statement that all payments so ordered shall be made to the Department or its designee, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;a statement that the earnings and income of the obligor are assigned for collection of support monies owed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. A notice to redirect the payments shall be sent to the obligor by regular mail with proof of mailing from the United States Postal Service. If, after notice of the redirection, the obligor does not make payments to the Department as provided in the notice, the payments shall not be credited to the amount owed. The obligor shall notify the Department of any change of address, the name and address of the current employer, and access to health insurance and other insurance policy information within thirty (30) days of any change.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. When the right to receive support has been assigned to the Child Support Enforcement Division or upon proper application by an obligor or by an individual not receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Division may petition the district court or the Office of Administrative Hearings: Child Support, an administrative court of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, for an order:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Requiring the obligor to provide health insurance for the dependent children whenever it is available through employment or other group plan regardless of whether the obligor has insurance coverage available at that time or there has been a change of circumstances;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Establishing paternity;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Requiring medical support, child support, or other support;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Enforcing orders for paternity, medical support, child support, or other support;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Requiring that the obligor keep the Division informed of the name and address of the current employer of the obligor and of any health insurance or other insurance policy information of the obligor within thirty (30) days of any change;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Providing for collection and distribution of child support monies; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Assisting in the location of absent parents and their assets, in cooperation with federal agencies, other agencies of this state and of other states, territories, and foreign nations requesting assistance with the enforcement of support orders entered in the United States and elsewhere.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Division may petition the district or administrative court to modify any order for support regardless of whether there has been a change of circumstances.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. A reasonable fee and costs may be assessed for services to individuals not receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families nor receiving any other services or programs funded by Title IV, Part A of the Federal Social Security Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C., Sections 602 through 619 pursuant to rules adopted by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. Child support payments made to the Division pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the Child Support Escrow Account for distribution as may be required by Section 235 of this title, or by 42 U.S.C., Section 651 et seq. Fees or reimbursements of costs collected by the Department shall be deposited in the Administration Fund of the Department and may be used and expended by the Department for the purposes of carrying out the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. Except as otherwise authorized by law, all files and records concerning the assistance and services provided under this section or concerning a putative father of a child born out of wedlock are confidential. Release of information from the files and records shall be consistent with federal law and shall be restricted to purposes directly connected with the administration of the child support collection, paternity determination, parent location, or other public assistance programs. Information may be released to public officials under rules adopted by the Department, consistent with federal rules or regulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1977, c. 170, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 3, 1977. Amended by Laws 1986, c. 176, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. May 15, 1986; Laws 1987, c. 230, &sect; 18, eff. Oct. 1, 1987; Laws 1990, c. 309, &sect; 13, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Laws 1992, c. 153, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. April 30, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 356, &sect; 19, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 19, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 323, &sect; 15, eff. Oct. 1, 1998; Laws 2000, c. 384, &sect; 9, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2006, c. 219, &sect; 2; Laws 2007, c. 140, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56237.1. Agreements between district attorneys and the Department for enforcement and collection of child support obligations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">District attorneys may enter into agreements with the Department of Human Services for the enforcement and collection of child support obligations under Part D of Title IV of the federal Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C.A. Section 651 et seq. Such agreements may include provisions for the payment of federal or state funds to the district attorney for the payment of any expense incurred in the operation of the district attorney's office for the purposes of such agreement. All funds, except payroll funds, shall be transmitted to the county treasurer and deposited in a special fund to be known as the "District Attorney Child Support Contract Fund" and be disbursed in accordance with accounting procedures prescribed by the State Auditor and Inspector. Such special funds shall not be a part of the general fund of the county and shall not be subject to appropriation by the county excise board. Payroll funds, which shall be governed by Section 215.30 of this title, shall be paid pursuant to the agreement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1980, c. 22, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 24, 1980. Amended by Laws 1982, c. 340, &sect; 20, emerg. eff. June 2, 1982; Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 19, eff. July 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-237.2. Child Support Enforcement Division - Providing information to governmental and private entities by electronic media.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Child Support Enforcement Division of the Department of Human Services is authorized to provide information or referrals, including but not limited to, income assignments, tax refund offsets, liens and notices, by means of an abstract of the information, which may be submitted to any governmental or private entity by electronic media in the most economical, effective and timely method, including on-line, real time access or various methods of batch processing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1990, c. 309, &sect; 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-237.3. Attorneys employed by or contracting with Department of Human Services - Duties - Relationship.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Attorneys employed by or contracting with the Department of Human Services for the establishment of paternity and the establishment, enforcement, and collection of child support obligations under Part D of Title IV of the Federal Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C., Section 651 et seq., or attorneys acting for the Department through an agreement as set forth in Section 237.1 of this title may represent the state or other states in administrative or civil actions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Department attorneys represent the state and not the interests of any other party. Providing services under Title IV-D of the Federal Social Security Act does not create an attorney-client relationship with any other party.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Neither the Department of Human Services nor any attorney providing services under Title IV-D of the Federal Social Security Act shall be authorized to accept service, as authorized in Section 2005 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes, for any party other than the Department of Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 153, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. April 30, 1992. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 384, &sect; 11, eff. Nov. 1, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56237.5. AFDC payments to adult custodians Purpose.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">For purposes of Title 56 of the Oklahoma Statutes, public assistance payments made to an eligible adult custodian in the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program shall be deemed to be made for the benefit of a minor child and shall be paid to the adult having actual and continuous physical custody of the minor child.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1984, c. 5, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1984. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 9, eff. July 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-237.6. AFDC recipients required to participate in parent or early childhood education programs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services shall require, as a condition of participation, that parents or guardians receiving benefits pursuant to the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program participate in a parent education program or enlist or enroll their child or children in a Head Start program, a Parents as Teachers program, a local early childhood education program for four-year-old children, if available, in kindergarten programs, or in schooling deemed appropriate by school authorities, unless the child is being home educated as per the Oklahoma Constitution and statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department shall allow parents or guardians who attend all parentteacher conferences requested by teachers or other officials, or who participate in parent education programs offered by a school district to apply an equivalent amount of time towards any work experience or job training requirements.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1989, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, &sect; 37, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 346, &sect; 11, eff. July 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-237.7. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">For the purposes of Sections 237 through 240.23 of this title:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The "Child Support Enforcement Division of the Department of Human Services", hereinafter referred to as the "Division" or as the "Department", is the state agency designated to administer the child support enforcement program for the State of Oklahoma and its District Offices, which may be administered through contract or cooperative agreements. The District Offices provide enforcement services to individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, hereinafter referred to as "TANF", and to individuals not receiving TANF who have made proper application for enforcement services to the Division;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Director" means the Director of the Department of Human Services who shall have the authority to enter orders in appropriate cases or as otherwise provided by law, without the necessity of an additional signature of a district or administrative judge;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Office of Administrative Hearings: Child Support (Legal Division, Department of Human Services, State of Oklahoma)", hereinafter referred to as "OAH", conducts child support enforcement administrative hearings. All hearings are conducted by administrative law judges assigned to OAH;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Support debt" means a debt owed to the State of Oklahoma by the natural, legal or adoptive parents who are responsible for support of a child or children receiving public assistance money from the Department or the reasonable expenses of providing for a child or children. The amount of the debt shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of Section 118 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Arrearage" or "past due support" means the total amount of unpaid support obligations;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. "Delinquency" means any payment under an order for support which becomes due and remains unpaid;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">7.&nbsp;&nbsp;a.&nbsp;&nbsp;"Gross income" or "income" means income from any source and includes, but is not limited to, income from salaries, wages, commissions, bonuses, dividends, severance pay, pensions, rent, interest income, trust income, annuities, compensation as an independent contractor, social security benefits, workers' compensation benefits, unemployment insurance benefits, disability insurance benefits, gifts, prizes, any form of periodic payment to an individual regardless of source, and any other payments made by any person, private entity, federal or state government, any unit of local government, school district, or any entity created by law. Income specifically excluded are actual child support received for children not before the court and benefits received from means-tested public assistance programs, including but not limited to TANF, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Food Stamps, General Assistance and State Supplemental Payments for Aged, Blind, and the Disabled.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;For purposes of computing gross income of the parents, gross income shall include for each parent all actual monthly income described in this paragraph, the average of the gross monthly income for the time actually employed during the previous three (3) years, or the minimum wage paid for a forty-hour week, whichever is the most equitable. If equitable, gross monthly income for either parent may be imputed in an amount that a person with comparable education, training, and experience could reasonably expect to earn. If a person is permanently physically or mentally incapacitated, the child support obligation shall be computed on the basis of actual monthly gross income;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. "Earnings" means amounts paid to a person as an employee, including wages and salary;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. "Disposable income" means income or earnings less any amounts required by law to be withheld including, but not limited to, federal, state, and local taxes, Social Security, and public assistance payments;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. "Obligor" means the person who is required to make payments under an order for support or the natural, legal, or adoptive parents who are responsible for the support of a child or children;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. "Obligee" or "Person entitled" means:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;a person to whom a support debt or support obligation is owed,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Department of Human Services or a public agency of another state that has the right to receive current or accrued support payments or that is providing support enforcement services, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;a person designated in a support order or as otherwise specified by the court;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. "Payor" means any person or entity paying monies, income, or earnings to an obligor. In the case of a self-employed person, the "payor" and "obligor" may be the same person;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. "Support order" means an order for the payment of support issued by a district or administrative court of this state or by any court or agency of another state;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. "Income assignment" means an assignment of a portion of the monies, income, or periodic earnings due and owing to the obligor to the person entitled to the support or to another person or entity designated by the support order or assignment for payment of support, the support debt, or arrearages. In all child support cases wherein child support is being enforced pursuant to the state plan, the income of any obligor required by court or administrative order to pay support shall be subject by operation of law to immediate income assignments regardless of whether support payments by such obligor are in arrears. The assignment shall be in an amount which is sufficient to meet the periodic child support payments, other maintenance payments, payments on support debt and collection of past due support monies that have accrued under a district or administrative court order. An income assignment shall be made a part of a support order or any order granting a judgment for a support debt or confirming the amount of the past due support, or a review or modification of a support order pursuant to Section 118.1 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. "Voluntary acknowledgment" means a written acknowledgment executed by the obligor wherein the obligor acknowledges paternity, support liability, a support debt, or arrearage amount, and agrees to a judgment and an immediate income assignment to pay monthly support and payments on the support debt or arrearage judgments;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. "Notice" means a written announcement served upon an obligor, a custodial person or any person or entity which might be affected by the noticed proceeding;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">17. "Licensing board" means any bureau, department, division, board, agency, or commission of this state or of a municipality in this state that issues a license;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">18. "License" means a license, certificate, registration, permit, approval, or other similar document issued by a licensing board granting to an individual a right or privilege to engage in a profession, occupation, business, or industry, or any recreational license or permit including, but not limited to, a hunting and fishing license or other authorization issued pursuant to the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Code and certificates of Title for vessels and motors and other licenses or registrations issued pursuant to the Oklahoma Vessel and Motor Registration Act or a driver license or other permit issued pursuant to Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">19. "Commission" means the Commission for Human Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">20. "Payment plan" includes, but is not limited to, a plan approved by the support enforcement entity that provides sufficient security to ensure compliance with a support order or that incorporates voluntary or involuntary income assignment or a similar plan for periodic payment of past-due support and, if applicable, current and future support; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">21. "Support" means all payments or other obligations due and owing to the obligee or person entitled by the obligor pursuant to a support order, and may include, but is not limited to, support alimony payments, child support, as defined by Section 1170 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes, and other expenses, requirements and obligations as specified in Section 118 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 297, &sect; 22, operative Oct. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1986, c. 176, &sect; 9, emerg. eff. May 15, 1986; Laws 1990, c. 309, &sect; 17, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Laws 1993, c. 307, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. June 7, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 365, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1994. Renumbered from &sect; 240 of this title by Laws 1994, c. 365, &sect; 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1994. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 354, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1995; Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 20, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 323, &sect; 17, eff. Oct. 1, 1998; Laws 2000, c. 384, &sect; 12, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2001, c. 5, &sect; 31, emerg. eff. March 21, 2001.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 2000, c. 345, &sect; 5 repealed by Laws 2001, c. 5, &sect; 32, emerg. eff. March 21, 2001.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-237.8. Order of administrative law judge.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">After evidence has been presented at a hearing, the administrative law judge shall enter a written order which shall contain findings of fact and conclusions of law as to each contested issue. The order shall be submitted to the district office and to the obligor or the attorney of the obligor by certificate of mailing within twenty (20) days after the conclusion of the hearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 403, &sect; 13, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-237.9. Administrative law judge authorized to conduct hearings by electronic means.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Upon agreement or a showing of hardship by one of the parties, or upon the court's own motion, the administrative law judge may conduct administrative hearings telephonically or by other electronic means.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 403, &sect; 14, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-237.9a. Electronic transmittal of documents, electronic signature - Rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) may allow electronic transmittals of documents and electronic signatures if safeguards are in place to protect against unauthorized use. If a law requires a signature or record to be notarized, acknowledged, verified, or made under oath when filed with OAH, the requirement is satisfied if the electronic signature of the person authorized to perform those acts, together with all other information required to be included by other applicable law, is attached to or logically associated with the signature or record.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Commission for Human Services shall promulgate rules to implement electronic filing and signatures for OAH.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2007, c. 49, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-237.10. Docketing of administrative orders.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Administrative orders entered pursuant to this title shall be docketed in the county of the underlying district court order, if any. If there is no underlying district court order filed in this state, the administrative order shall be filed in the county of residence of the custodian of the child, or if the custodian resides out-of-state, in the county of residence of the obligor. The administrative order shall be enforced by the district court in the same manner as an order of the district court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 403, &sect; 15, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 2007, c. 140, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-237A. Notice to obligor - Administrative procedures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. In all cases being enforced by the Department of Human Services pursuant to the state child support plan, unless the amount of past due support has been determined in a court proceeding within the past twelve (12) months, the Department shall serve a notice upon the obligor no less than once every twelve (12) months informing the obligor of the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The style and case number of the support order or orders being enforced by the Department;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The amount of the current support obligation and the total amount of alleged past due support pursuant to the support order or orders;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. That all payments for current support and payments for past due support owed to the Department or to the obligee shall be paid to the Centralized Support Registry at the address specified in the notice, and thereafter, any payments made other than to the Support Registry shall not be credited to the amount owed;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The obligor&rsquo;s street address and mailing address as stated in the notice shall be the obligor&rsquo;s address or addresses of record for service of process on file in the central case registry provided for in Section 112A of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes; and thereafter, the obligor must inform the central case registry at the address specified in the notice in writing within thirty (30) days of any change;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. That if the information contained in the notice is incorrect or incomplete concerning the name and address of the obligor&rsquo;s current employer or other payors of income, dependent health insurance information, or other information requested by the Department, the obligor is required to inform the central case registry in writing of any changes or additions to the information within thirty (30) days of service of the notice and thereafter to inform the central case registry within thirty (30) days of any change;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. An income assignment is in effect and that the amounts specified in the notice shall be withheld from the obligor&rsquo;s income for current support and past due support;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. The income assignment will be served upon all current and subsequent payors of income without further notice to the obligor;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. The income assignment will remain in effect regardless of whether any past due amounts are owed, for as long as the order upon which it is based, or for as long as past due support is owed, whichever is later, and payment of any amount will not prevent the income assignment from taking effect;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. That if there is no order for payment of the past due amount, when any amount of support becomes thirty (30) days past due, the Department is authorized to direct the obligor&rsquo;s payor of income to withhold an amount equal to twenty-five percent (25%) of the current support obligation, and that this amount shall continue to be withheld until the past due support is paid in full, or until further order;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. That if the obligor has failed to comply with an order to provide health insurance, the obligor&rsquo;s employer will be required to enroll the obligor&rsquo;s minor children who are the subject of the referenced order in any dependent health insurance plan offered by the employer to the obligor, and to deduct the amount of the premium from the obligor&rsquo;s income;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. A list of all actions and remedies the Department may take to enforce the order and to collect past due support. The list may include a specific payment plan;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. That the obligor will be given this notice no less than once every twelve (12) months, and after initial service of the notice as provided in subsection C of this section, subsequent notices will be mailed by regular mail to the last address for the obligor on file in the central case registry;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. That the obligor may request an administrative review on a form attached to the notice within twenty (20) days of the date the notice is served upon the obligor which will be granted only on the following grounds:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;a mistake of identity, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the existence or the amount of current support or past due support is incorrect;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. That the obligor has been given notice and opportunity to contest the past due amount stated in the notice and that the obligor will not be entitled to another opportunity to contest that amount; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. That the notice will have the same effect as a court order and will be enforceable as a court order.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The notice shall be filed, at the option of the Department, with the clerk of the district court in the county of residence of the custodian of the child, in the county of residence of the obligor, or in the county of the underlying support order or in any other county in which the obligor has real or personal property.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The initial notice provided for in this section shall be served by the Department upon the obligor as provided in Section 2005 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or if there is an address of record on file with the central case registry pursuant to Section 112A of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the notice may be served by regular mail at the address of record. The Department shall serve the obligor subsequent notices by regular mail with a certificate of mailing to the last address of record for service of process for the obligor on file with the central case registry. The Department shall send the initial and subsequent notice to the custodian of the child by regular mail with a certificate of mailing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. An obligor may request an administrative review pursuant to this section by delivering a request to the Department in writing or on the form provided within twenty (20) days of the date the notice is served upon the obligor. If the notice is a subsequent notice as provided in subsection C of this section, the date of service shall be the date the notice is mailed to the obligor, and the notice shall state the date it is being mailed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. 1. Upon receipt of a timely request for an administrative review, the Department shall schedule a review to be held within thirty (30) days of receipt of the request. The obligor shall be served with notice of the administrative review as provided in subsection B of Section 2005 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The review shall be conducted by an employee of the Department who will attempt to resolve all disputed issues without the necessity of a hearing. If all issues are resolved at the review, the obligor shall sign an agreed administrative or district court order which shall be filed, at the option of the Department, with the clerk of the district court in the county of residence of the custodian of the child, in the county of residence of the obligor, in the county of the underlying support order, or in any other county in which the obligor has real or personal property.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If all disputed issues are not resolved at the administrative review, the Department shall set the matter for a hearing. The obligor shall be served with notice of the hearing as provided in subsection B of Section 2005 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The district or administrative court shall hear the matter and shall enter an order determining the contested issues and affirming the other provisions of the notice. An administrative order shall be filed, at the option of the Department, with the clerk of the district court in the county of residence of the custodian of the child, in the county of residence of the obligor in the county of the underlying support order, or in any other county in which the obligor has real or personal property.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. If the obligor fails to request a timely administrative review, or fails to appear for a review or a hearing, the obligor may no longer contest the contents of the notice, and the obligor shall be obligated to make payments pursuant to the payment plan as stated in the notice to collect the past due support and those amounts shall be subject to income withholding. The notice shall have the same legal effect as a court order and be enforceable as a court order. The notice with proof of service upon the obligor and the custodian of the child shall be filed, at the option of the Department, with the clerk of the district court in the county of residence of the custodian of the child, in the county of residence of the obligor, in the county of the underlying support order, or in any other county in which the obligor has real or personal property.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The district or administrative court may order an obligor to pay all costs involved in proceedings under this subsection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. A final order entered pursuant to this section shall be served upon the obligor in accordance with subsection B of Section 2005 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. A final administrative order entered pursuant to this section may be appealed pursuant to Section 240.3 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1998, c. 323, &sect; 16, eff. Oct. 1, 1998. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 384, &sect; 10, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2001, c. 407, &sect; 16, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2004, c. 124, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-237B. Insurance claimant owing child support - Exchange of information between insurance company and Department of Human Services - Penalties and liability.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. For the purposes of this section, the word &ldquo;claimant&rdquo; has the same meaning as defined in the Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act in Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes and is limited to an individual who makes a personal injury, wrongful death, or workers&rsquo; compensation claim against an insured or under an insurance policy.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Prior to remitting Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or more on a claim under a contract of insurance, every insurer authorized to transact insurance pursuant to Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes shall exchange information with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, as set forth in Section 237 of Title 56 of the Oklahoma Statutes, to ascertain whether the claimant owes past due child support to the state or to an individual to whom the Department is providing child support services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Department shall develop and implement an insurance industry data match reporting system. Such system shall be operated by the Department and shall use data exchanges to compare claimant information held by insurers with the Department&rsquo;s Child Support Enforcement Division&rsquo;s database of child support obligors who owe past due child support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. 1. To comply with the requirements of this section, an insurer shall either provide the Department with information about the claimant or match information made available by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. An insurer that elects to provide the Department with information about each claimant shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;provide to the Department, not less than ten (10) business days prior to making payment to such claimant:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;the claimant&rsquo;s name,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;address,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;date of birth,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;social security number as appearing in the insurer&rsquo;s files, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(5)&nbsp;&nbsp;such other information appearing in the insurer&rsquo;s files as the Department may require by rule;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;use a method and format prescribed by the Department; provided, if the insurer is unable to use a method and format prescribed, the insurer shall cooperate with the Department to identify another method or format, including submission of written materials; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;be in compliance with the requirements to provide information if the insurer participates in an insurance industry database which contains the necessary information and authorizes the Department to obtain the information from the database for the purpose of compliance with this section and Section 135 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. An insurer that elects to match information made available by the Department and such claimant owes past due child support, the insurer shall notify the Department, not less than ten (10) business days prior to making payment to such claimant, of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the claimant&rsquo;s name,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;address,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;date of birth,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;social security number as appearing in the insurer&rsquo;s files, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;other information appearing in the insurer&rsquo;s files as the Department may require by rule, using a method and format prescribed by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. 1. Upon receiving notice of a match as set forth in this section, the Department&rsquo;s Child Support Enforcement Division shall send the insurer a notice of lien pursuant to Section 135 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The insurer shall withhold the full amount of past support as set forth in the notice of lien and shall remit that amount to the Centralized Support Registry as provided by Section 413 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The lien shall encumber the right of the claimant to payment under the policy, and the insurer shall disburse to the claimant only that portion of the payment, if any, after the lien has been satisfied.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The child support lien shall be inferior to any lien or claim for:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Services and expenses documented and related to the claim, such as attorney fees or health care expenses;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Damage to or a loss of real property; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Damage to or a loss of a motor vehicle to the extent that it would be exempt from claims of general creditors pursuant to Section 1 of Title 31 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. The provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act limiting, for contracts of insurance, the amounts which may be assigned or attached in order to satisfy child support obligations shall apply to the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. 1. An insurer that fails, without reasonable cause, to comply with the data exchange requirements of this section shall be liable for a penalty to the Department in an amount up to Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) and be subject to an equitable action to compile compliance with the data exchange requirements.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. In addition to the penalties in the previous paragraph, an insurer that fails to exchange information or that fails or refuses to surrender property subject to a child support lien to the Department shall be liable for the amount of the child support which should have been withheld and paid to the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. The information obtained by the Department or an insurer pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be used only to aid in collection of child support. Disclosure of the information for any other purpose shall constitute a misdemeanor. Any person convicted of violating this provision shall be subject to a fine not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed one (1) year, or both such fine and imprisonment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">J. 1. Upon the request of an insurer, a claimant governed by this section shall provide to the insurer the individual&rsquo;s:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;current address,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;date of birth, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;social security number.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The insurer may inform the claimant that the request is being made in accordance with this section for the purpose of assisting the Department in enforcing child support liens arising pursuant to Section 135 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Any claimant who refuses to provide the information required by this section shall not receive payment on the claim, and the insurer that declines payment on this basis shall be exempt from suit and immune from liability under this section or any other section or in any common law action in law or equity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">K. The Department is authorized to enter into any contracts or cooperative agreements necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">L. An insurer shall be immune from civil liability to an individual or agency for acting in accordance with this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">M. The Department shall promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2007, c. 201, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56238. Payment of public assistance creating debt to Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any payment of public assistance money by the Department of Human Services, hereinafter referred to as "Department," to or for the benefit of any dependent child or children or a child in the custody of the Department creates a debt due and owing to the State of Oklahoma by the natural or adoptive parent or parents who are responsible for support of such child or children in an amount equal to the amount of public assistance money so paid.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Provided, that any debt under this section shall not be incurred by nor at any time be collected from a parent or other person who is the recipient of public assistance monies for the benefit of minor dependent children for the period such person or persons are in such status.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Provided further, that where there has been a court order, the debt shall be limited to the amount provided for by said order. The Department shall have the right to petition the appropriate court for modification of a court order on the same grounds as a party to said cause. The Department shall be subrogated to the right of said child or children to prosecute or maintain any support action or execute any administrative remedy existing under the laws of the State of Oklahoma to obtain reimbursement of money thus expended.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1977, c. 173, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 3, 1977. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 302, &sect; 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-238.1. Notice of support debt - Service - Content - Voluntary acknowledgment of debt.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. For the purposes of establishing the amount of the debt which has accrued as provided for in Section 238 of this title, or to establish an obligation for support in the absence of a court order of support, the Division may issue a notice of a support debt to establish current support and support owed for past months in accordance with the child support guidelines, Section 118 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The notice of debt shall be served upon the obligor in the same manner prescribed for the service of summons in a civil action. The notice of debt shall include:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A statement of the support debt accrued, as defined in Section 237.7 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The amount of monthly child support required for the minor child as determined by the child support guidelines, Section 118 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. A statement that the obligor shall be required to maintain health insurance for the child whenever the obligor has such insurance available through his or her employment or other group insurance plan and pay the proportionate share of medical expenses not reimbursed by insurance, as determined by the court;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. A statement that the obligor shall be required to keep the Division informed of the obligor's current address, the name and address of the obligor's current employer and access to health insurance and other insurance policy information of the obligor;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. A statement containing the name of the child and the name of the custodian of the child;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. A statement that the obligor may object to all or any part of the notice of support debt at a hearing which will be held at a given location on a date specified in the notice to show cause why the obligor should not be determined liable for the support requested in the notice and for any or all of the debt accrued or accruing, and the amount to be paid thereon; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. A statement that if the obligor fails to appear at the hearing, the monthly support requested and the support debt shall be made an administrative order subject to collection action and shall be filed in the office of the court clerk in the county of residence of the custodian of the child or, if the custodian resides out of state, in the county of residence of the obligor or elsewhere as provided in this act. The administrative order shall be enforced in the same manner as an order of the district court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Division may accept voluntary acknowledgments of support liability and stipulated support amounts. The obligor shall be informed, in the notice specified by this section, that the obligor may make voluntary acknowledgments.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The lump-sum judgment established for support owed prior to the establishment of the current support order shall draw interest pursuant to Section 114 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1977, c. 173, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 3, 1977. Amended by Laws 1984, c. 5, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1986, c. 176, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. May 15, 1986; Laws 1994, c. 365, &sect; 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 403, &sect; 16, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 2012, c. 253, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56238.2. Assignment of earnings to be honored by employer Release from liability.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person, firm, corporation, association, political subdivision or department of the state employing a person owing a support debt or obligation shall honor, according to its terms, a duly executed assignment of earnings presented by the Director as a plan to satisfy or retire a support debt or obligation. This requirement to honor the assignment of earnings and the assignment of earnings itself shall be applicable whether said earnings are to be paid presently or in the future and shall continue in force and effect until released in writing by the Director. Payment of money pursuant to an assignment of earnings presented by the Director shall serve as full acquittance under any contract of employment, and the state warrants and represents it shall defend and hold harmless such action taken pursuant to said assignment of earnings. The Director shall be released from liability for improper receipt of monies under an assignment of earnings upon return of any monies so received.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1977, c. 173, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. June 3, 1977.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-238.3. Repealed by Laws 1986, c. 176, &sect; 12, emerg. eff. May 15, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-238.3a. Failure to appear at hearing - Administrative order.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If the obligor fails to appear at the hearing on the date and at the hearing place given in the notice or appears but absents the hearing prior to its conclusion, an administrative order will be entered. Such order shall include findings of facts and conclusions of law and shall be consistent with the notice served upon the obligor. The order shall be subject to collection action, and shall be filed in the office of the court clerk in the county of residence of the custodian of the child or, if the custodian resides out of state, in the county of residence of the obligor or elsewhere as provided in this act. The administrative order shall be enforced by the district court in the same manner as an order of the district court. A copy of such order shall be mailed to the obligor by the district office at the address where the obligor was served with the notice. The order shall be mailed to the obligor by certificate of mailing to the service address.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 176, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. May 15, 1986. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 365, &sect; 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 403, &sect; 17, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-238.4. Hearing on debt - Appeal - Orders.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. A hearing shall be held at the time and place given on the notice of support debt served upon the obligor or the attorney for the obligor, with a duly qualified administrative law judge appointed for that purpose by the Department. The hearing shall be held in the county of residence of the custodial parent or guardian of the child or if the custodian resides out of state, the hearing shall be held in the county of residence of the obligor. The hearing shall be conducted according to rules promulgated by the Department. The rules shall provide to both parties the right to confront and cross-examine witnesses, to present witnesses, and to be represented by an attorney or other person. After the evidence has been presented at a hearing, the administrative law judge shall enter an order which shall be in writing and contain findings of fact and conclusions of law as to each contested issue. Each order shall include provisions requiring the obligor to inform the Division of the obligor's current address, the name and address of the obligor's current employer, and the obligor's access to health insurance and other insurance policy information. The order shall be submitted to the district office and to the obligor or the attorney for the obligor by hand delivery by the administrative law judge or by certificate of mailing, within twenty (20) days after the conclusion of the hearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. If, during the hearing, the administrative law judge finds that the issues presented will require further consideration or evidence either administratively or through the district court before adjudication, the administrative law judge may enter a temporary order for child support, pending resolution of those issues during a subsequent administrative or court hearing. The temporary order shall be enforced until superseded by a final administrative order or district court order and may be filed in the office of the court clerk.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. If an appeal is not perfected by the obligor or district office, the order of the administrative law judge shall be final, subject to collection action, and shall be filed in the office of the court clerk in the county of residence of the custodian of the child or, if the custodian resides out of state, in the county of residence of the obligor, or elsewhere as provided in this act. The administrative order shall be enforced by the district court in the same manner as an order of the district court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. If the obligor fails to appear for the hearing after proper service, an administrative order will be entered. The order shall include findings of facts and conclusions of law and shall be subject to collection action, and shall be filed in the office of the court clerk in the county of residence of the custodian of the child or, if the custodian resides out of state, in the county of the residence of the obligor, or elsewhere as provided in this act. The administrative order shall be enforced by the district court in the same manner as an order of the district court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Any order for periodic support payments made pursuant to the provisions of this title shall be payable to the Division for as long as the Division is providing support enforcement. Thereafter, if TANF is not being paid, the custodian or guardian notifies the Division in writing that TANF services are no longer requested and/or the obligor has not applied for services, current support payments shall be redirected to the person or entity entitled to the support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1977, c. 173, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. June 3, 1977. Amended by Laws 1984, c. 5, &sect; 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1986, c. 176, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. May 15, 1986; Laws 1994, c. 365, &sect; 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 403, &sect; 18, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-238.5. Repealed by Laws 1989, c. 362, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1989.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-238.5A. Use of child support guidelines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The amount of child support and other support shall be ordered and reviewed in accordance with the child support guidelines provided in Section 118 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1989, c. 362, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 384, &sect; 13, eff. Nov. 1, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56238.6. Administrative procedures Use.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services may utilize any of the administrative procedures set forth in this title to establish, modify, or enforce a support order in all cases in which child support services are being provided pursuant to the state child support plan or state law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1984, c. 5, &sect; 9, eff. Nov. 1, 1984. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 309, &sect; 15, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Laws 1994, c. 356, &sect; 20, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1998, c. 323, &sect; 18, eff. Oct. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-238.6A. Deciding issues of fact involving minor children and granting relief in cases pending before district court and before Administrative Law Unit of Department of Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. In any case in which the same issues of fact involving minor children are pending before the district court and before the OAH, those issues may be decided and relief granted by the district court, or be remanded by the district court to OAH for determination.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. In any case in which different issues of fact involving minor children are pending before the district court and before the OAH, all issues may be decided and all relief granted by the district court, if the district court finds it is in the interests of justice and judicial economy.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1990, c. 309, &sect; 16, eff. Sept. 1, 1990. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 365, &sect; 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-238.6B. Notice of paternity and support obligations - Contents - Voluntary acknowledgments - Entry of father's name on child's birth certificate - Genetic testing - Change of child's surname.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services may serve a notice of paternity and support obligations on an individual alleged to be the parent of a child for whom paternity has not been judicially or administratively established. Venue for such action shall be, at the option of the Department, in the county where the mother, father or child resides. Service of the notice shall be in the same manner as a summons in a civil action pursuant to Section 2004 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The notice shall be verified and have attached to it a copy of any acknowledgment of paternity and shall state:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The name and date of birth of any minor children, along with the name of the natural mother and custodian, if different than the mother or putative father;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The amount of child support and other support, including the amounts ordered pursuant to paragraph 3 of this subsection, to be ordered in accordance with the Child Support Guidelines provided in Section 118 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The amount of reimbursement for the costs of the birth and the reasonable expenses of providing for said child which has accrued or is accruing, provided that the liability for the above costs shall be imposed for five (5) years preceding the issuance of the notice pursuant to Section 83 of Title 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. That health insurance for the child whenever such insurance is available through employment or other group health insurance plan and that payment of proportionate share of any unreimbursed health costs shall be required;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The amount of reimbursement requested for the costs of the genetic test to determine paternity, if any;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. That an immediate income assignment will be effectuated for payment of current support and any judgments entered;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. That in the absence of an acknowledgment of paternity, a notice to appear and show cause shall be issued to the putative father which directs the putative father to appear and show cause why the administrative judge should not determine him to be the father of any such children, liable for the support requested in the notice, for the costs accrued and accruing or the amount to be paid thereon;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. That if paternity is disputed and no acknowledgment of paternity has been executed under the Uniform Parentage Act, the Administrative Law Judge shall enter an order directing genetic tests to determine paternity and advise the putative father that if he fails to appear he will be in default and an order will be entered against him. If the putative father is not excluded, and the statistical probability of paternity according to scientifically reliable genetic tests including, but not limited to, blood tests is at least ninety-nine percent (99%) and he is contesting the issue of paternity, he may request the Department to remove the action to district court to determine paternity. If the statistical probability of paternity is ninety-nine percent (99%), and the father does not request the Department to remove to district court within fourteen (14) days of the Department mailing the genetic test or other test results, determination of paternity shall become final for all intents and purposes and may be overturned only by appeal to district court. Any such request shall be in writing and served on the Department personally or by registered or certified mail;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. That if the putative father fails to appear at the genetic testing, show cause, or any subsequent hearing or if no notice to appear for genetic testing was served and no hearing is requested on or before twenty (20) days from the date of service, the finding of paternity shall become final and a support order entered. The order shall be docketed with the district court in the county of residence of the custodian or the child. If neither the custodian nor the child reside in the state, the order shall be docketed in the county of residence of the noncustodial parent. The support order shall be enforced in the same manner as an order of the district court;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. That at any time after paternity is determined, the Department may set a hearing to determine the child support obligation, if child support has not already been established. Failure to appear at the hearing will result in a support order being entered against the noncustodial parent; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. That if the mother and father have voluntarily signed an acknowledgment of paternity pursuant to the Uniform Parentage Act, the duly executed acknowledgment of paternity is considered a legal finding of paternity, subject to the right of any signatory to rescind the acknowledgment within the earlier of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;sixty (60) days, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the date of an administrative or judicial proceeding relating to the child, including but not limited to a proceeding to establish a support order, in which the signatory is a party.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">After the sixty-day period referred to in subparagraph a of this paragraph, a duly executed acknowledgment of paternity may be challenged in court only in accordance with the Uniform Parentage Act. The legal responsibilities, including but not limited to child support obligations, of any signatory arising from the acknowledgment may not be suspended during the challenge, except for good cause shown.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This paragraph shall not be interpreted to authorize the rescission of an acknowledgement of paternity if such rescission would be prohibited under applicable federal law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Department may accept voluntary acknowledgments of support liability and support amounts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. If the name of the father has not been entered on the child's birth certificate, the Department of Human Services shall notify the State Department of Health, Division of Vital Records who shall enter the name of the father, and if known, the date of birth and the place of birth of the father, on the birth certificate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. If child support services are being provided pursuant to Section 237 of this title, prior to the issuance of the notice of paternity and support obligation, a father who denies paternity and who has not signed an acknowledgment of paternity under the Uniform Parentage Act may request that a genetic test be administered. The request for testing shall be in writing and served on the Department personally or by registered or certified mail.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. If a request for testing is made pursuant to subsection B or E of this section, the Department shall arrange for the test and, pursuant to rules promulgated by the Department, may advance the cost of the testing. The Department shall mail a copy of the test results by a certificate of mailing to the last-known address of the father. If a request for genetic tests was made pursuant to subsection E of this section, the Department shall mail the notice of paternity and support obligations to the father by certificate of mailing to the last-known address of the father.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. If genetic testing pursuant to subsection B or E of this section excludes a person from being a natural parent, the Department shall dismiss any pending court or administrative collection proceedings against the person. The State Department of Health, Division of Vital Records shall remove the name of the person listed as the father from the birth certificate, upon notice from the Department that the person has been excluded by genetic testing. Once paternity is established, the State Department of Health, Division of Vital Records shall correct its records and amend the birth certificate to reflect the name of the father.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. If both the custodian mother and the father agree to change the surname of the child to that of the father, the administrative law judge may order the name changed. Upon receipt of an order changing the child's surname, the State Department of Health, Division of Vital Records shall correct its records and amend the birth certificate to reflect the name change.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. All docketed administrative orders shall be modified and enforced in the same manner as an order of the district court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">J. The lump-sum judgment established for support owed prior to the establishment of the current support order shall draw interest pursuant to Section 114 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1994, c. 356, &sect; 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1994. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 21, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1999, c. 396, &sect; 22, emerg. eff. June 10, 1999; Laws 2006, c. 116, &sect; 59, eff. Nov. 1, 2006; Laws 2007, c. 140, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2007; Laws 2012, c. 253, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56238.7. Modification of final order to pay child support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A final order of the Department of Human Services providing for the payment of child support which has not been set aside on appeal by the district court shall not be modified retroactively or payment of all or a portion of the past due amount waived, except by mutual agreement of the obligor and obligee or, if the child support rights have been assigned to the Department or other entity, by agreement of the Department or such entity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1987, c. 230, &sect; 19, eff. Oct. 1, 1987.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56239. Annual report.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">On or before December 31 of each year, the Department shall file a written report with the Division of the Budget and Division of Central Accounting and Reporting, the Director of the Legislative Service Bureau, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, containing an accounting of all monies received by the Department from the federal programs pursuant to Title IVD of the Social Security Act, as amended, and all monies received pursuant to orders for child support or administrative determinations of the Department for the preceding federal fiscal year. The report shall also specify any expenditures made by the Department pursuant to orders for child support or administrative determinations of the Department for the preceding federal fiscal year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1984, c. 5, &sect; 10, eff. Nov. 1, 1984. Amended by Laws 1985, c. 319, &sect; 8, operative Oct. 1, 1985; Laws 1994, c. 356, &sect; 25, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240. Renumbered as &sect; 237.7 of this title by Laws 1994, c. 365, &sect; 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.1. Authority of Child Support Enforcement Division to pursue collection of support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. In cases in which child support services are being provided by the Child Support Enforcement Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the Division may:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;initiate enforcement proceedings to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;obtain a judgment for arrearages,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;effectuate an income assignment,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;receive current support and judgment payments, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;review and modify support orders pursuant to child support guidelines in Section 118 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes, &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;initiate any other legal proceeding to implement the establishment and collection of support and other court-ordered requirements of support from an obligor including, but not limited to, medical expenses, insurance premiums, and child care costs, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;appeal orders as necessary to implement the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. In any hearing on a notice of delinquency or other enforcement proceeding, the district or administrative court may include the amount of the child support services fee paid by the applicant in any judgment against the obligor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Division is authorized to initiate enforcement proceedings and receive payments pursuant to Section 237A and 240.2 of this title to effectuate an income assignment and payment plan for:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Spousal support or the support of a child or both for an applicant or any person who is the recipient of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any debt due and owing to the person entitled to receive enforcement support services by the Department or to this state by a natural or adoptive parent or other person who is or was responsible for the support of a child pursuant to Section 238 of this title, or found to be responsible for the support of a child pursuant to Sections 238.1 through 238.6 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Upon application by an obligor who requests support enforcement services from the Department, the Division is authorized to initiate any proceedings necessary to provide support enforcement services to the obligor and to receive payments of the support obligation or any judgment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Director has the authority to enter orders in situations as defined in Section 240.23 of this title, without the necessity of obtaining an additional signature of a district or administrative judge.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Division is authorized to refer any judgment for child support to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for passport denial, revocation, restriction, or limitation pursuant to federal law or regulation. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 297, &sect; 23, operative Oct. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 365, &sect; 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 22, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 5, &sect; 17, emerg. eff. March 4, 1998; Laws 1998, c. 323, &sect; 19, eff. Oct. 1, 1998; Laws 2000, c. 384, &sect; 14, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2001, c. 407, &sect; 17, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2006, c. 219, &sect; 3.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1997, c. 272, &sect; 8 repealed by Laws 1998, c. 5, &sect; 29, emerg. eff. March 4, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.2. Initiation of enforcement proceedings by Division.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. After receiving a referral or application for services, the Division may initiate enforcement proceedings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Division may notify the obligor of the intention to initiate enforcement proceedings by a notice. If an income assignment is not in place for collection of support monies, the Division shall immediately execute or issue a withholding order to any payor of income to the obligor. The notice of enforcement proceedings pursuant to this subsection shall be served upon the obligor in the same manner prescribed for the service of summons in a civil action. However, if a notice has been issued pursuant to Section 237A of this title, the notice of enforcement proceedings pursuant to this subsection may be served by regular mail with a certificate of mailing. The notice shall inform the obligor of the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the amount of support monies owed, if any,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;an assignment for collection of support monies due and owing has commenced if a potential payor of income was known,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;other enforcement actions that the Division may take to collect support monies owed,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;the obligor may contest the allegations in the notice only with regard to mistakes of identity or the existence or the amount of support monies owed,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;the assignment shall remain as long as the order upon which it is based is in effect. Payment of any support monies will not prevent an income assignment from taking effect, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;the obligor shall be required to keep the Division informed of the name and address of the current employer of the obligor and access to health insurance and other insurance policy information of the obligor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">2.&nbsp;&nbsp;a.&nbsp;&nbsp;An obligor may request a hearing pursuant to this section by delivering written notice to the District Office on a form provided which states the date and location of the hearing if requested on or before the fifteenth day from the date of service of the notice. On receipt of the hearing request, the Division shall promptly enter the appearance of the obligor on the administrative court hearing docket. The administrative court shall hear and determine the matter and, unless the obligor successfully shows there is a mistake of identity or a mistake in the existence of current or delinquent child support, the administrative court shall enter a judgment, determine the amount of judgment payments, if any, and order the assignment of nonexempt earnings of the obligor pay the judgment and future monthly support payments.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;The administrative court may order an obligor to pay all costs involved in enforcement proceedings under this subsection and shall order interest as provided in Section 114 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes to be collected in the same manner as the payments upon which the interest accrued.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;The order shall be a final judgment for purposes of appeal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Division shall send a notice of the income assignment to the payor to effectuate the assignment pursuant to subsection D of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. If within fifteen (15) days of date of service of the notice, the obligor fails to request a hearing, pursuant to subsection A of this section, or after having requested a hearing fails to appear at the hearing, the administrative court shall enter an order granting judgment for arrearage, if any, establishing a judgment payment plan and approving the income assignment. The administrative order shall thereafter be subject to collection action and shall be filed, at the option of the Division, in the office of the court clerk in the county of residence of the custodian of the child, in the county of residence of the obligor, in the county of the underlying support order, or any other county in which the obligor has real or personal property. The administrative order shall be enforced by the district court in the same manner as an order of the district court. A copy of the order shall be served upon the obligor by the District Office in accordance with subsection B of Section 2005 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Division shall send a notice of the income assignment to the payor pursuant to subsection D of this section to effectuate the assignment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. 1. The notice of the income assignment required pursuant to subsections A and B of this section shall be sent by the Division to the payor on a form prescribed by the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The notice shall be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, or served in accordance with law. The payor shall be required to comply with the provisions of this subsection and the provisions stated in the notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The assignment shall take effect on the next payment of income to the obligor after the payor receives notice thereof and the amount withheld shall be sent to the Division within seven (7) days of the date upon which the obligor is paid. The payor shall attach to each payment a statement reporting the date on which the support obligation of the obligor was withheld.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The payor shall withhold each pay period the amounts specified in the notice from the obligor&rsquo;s income and earnings. The amount withheld by the payor from the obligor's earnings shall not exceed the limits on the percentage of an obligor's earnings which may be assigned for support pursuant to Section 1171.2 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The income assignment is binding upon the payor until released or until further order of the Division or the district or administrative court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The payor is liable for any amount up to the accumulated amount that should have been withheld if the payor fails to withhold in accordance with the provisions of the assignment notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Two or more income assignments may be levied concurrently. Any current support due shall be paid before the payment of any arrearages or support debt judgment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. If the amount of support due under the assignments exceeds the maximum amount authorized to be withheld from earnings by Section 1171.2 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the payor shall pay the amount due up to the statutory limit and shall send written notice to the Division or the person or agency designated to receive payments that the amount due exceeds the amount subject to withholding. If the payor fails to pay or notify as required herein, the payor may be liable for an amount up to the accumulated amount that is due and owing upon receipt of the notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. The payor shall notify the Division within ten (10) days of the date when the obligor is no longer employed by, being paid by, or providing services to the payor, and shall provide the Division with the obligor's last-known address and the name of the obligor's new employer or payor of income, if known.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. If the payor has no current or future income due to the obligor in his or her possession or control, or if the obligor is no longer employed by, being paid by, or providing services to the payor prior to the receipt of the notice required pursuant to subsection C of this section, the payor shall send written notice to the Division within ten (10) days of receipt of said notice. Failure to notify the Division within the required time limit may subject the payor to liability for an amount up to the accumulated amount that is due and owing upon receipt of the notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. The payor is liable for any amount up to the accumulated amount that should have been withheld and paid, and may also be fined not more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) for each failure to make the required deductions if the payor:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;fails to withhold or pay the support in accordance with the provisions of the assignment notice, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;fails to notify the person or agency entitled to support and the Division as required.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. The Division or the obligor may bring an action against the payor to enforce the provisions of the notice and this subsection in the underlying district court case or by separate proceeding in district court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. The payor may combine withheld amounts from income of two or more obligors in a single payment and separately identify that portion of the single payment which is attributable to each individual obligor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. An income assignment issued pursuant to the provisions of this section shall have priority over any prior or subsequent garnishments of the same income.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. The payor may deduct from any income of the obligor a sum not exceeding Five Dollars ($5.00) per pay period but not to exceed Ten Dollars ($10.00) per month as reimbursement for costs incurred by the payor in complying with the income assignment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. The income assignment shall remain effective regardless of any change of a payor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. The income assignment issued pursuant to this section shall remain in effect as long as any support monies are owed. Payment of any support monies shall not prevent the income assignment from taking effect.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">17. The payor shall verify the obligor's address, employment, earnings, income, benefits, and dependent health insurance information upon the request of the Division.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">18. The payor may not discipline, suspend, discharge, or refuse to promote an obligor because of an income assignment executed pursuant to this section. Any payor who violates this section shall be liable to such obligor for all income, wages, and employment benefits lost by the obligor from the period of unlawful discipline, suspension, discharge, or refusal to promote to the reinstatement or promotion.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Nothing in this section shall limit the authority of the Department to use its administrative powers conferred by law or rules to collect delinquent support without the necessity of a court order.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. Any person obligated to pay support, who has left or is beyond the jurisdiction of the court, may be subjected to or prosecuted under any other proceedings available pursuant to the laws of this state for the enforcement of the duty of support and maintenance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. The income assignment proceedings specified in this section shall be available to other states for the enforcement of child support and maintenance or to enforce out-of-state orders. Venue for such proceedings is, at the option of the obligee:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. In the county in this state in which the support order was entered;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. In the county in this state in which the obligee resides; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. In the county in this state in which the obligor resides or receives income.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. Any payment made pursuant to the provisions of this section by the payor shall be made payable to the Department or its designee, and shall be in such form of payment as provided by the order or the notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. The obligated party may execute a voluntary income assignment and acknowledgment at any time and submit it to the District Office.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">J. The Division shall distribute the monies due a person entitled to support who is not receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families within the time limit required by federal regulation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 297, &sect; 24, operative Oct. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1986, c. 176, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. May 15, 1986; Laws 1990, c. 309, &sect; 18, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Laws 1994, c. 365, &sect; 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 23, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 323, &sect; 20, eff. Oct. 1, 1998; Laws 2000, c. 384, &sect; 15, eff. Nov. 1, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.3. Appeals.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. Final orders of the Office of Administrative Hearings may be appealed to the district court pursuant to this section and Sections 318 through 323 of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes by any party directly affected and showing aggrievement by the order, or by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. An appeal shall be commenced by filing a petition in error with the clerk of the district court in the county of the underlying district court order, if any, or if there is no underlying district court order filed in this state, the petition in error shall be filed in the county of residence of the custodian of the child, or if the custodian resides out-of-state, in the county of residence of the obligor within thirty (30) days from the date the order is either provided in person or mailed by OAH to all parties. The time limit prescribed in this paragraph for filing the petition in error shall not be extended. The petition in error shall be served by certified mail on the district child support office. Further, a copy of the petition in error shall be mailed by regular mail to the Office of Administrative Hearings: Child Support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The manner of perfection of the record of the proceedings to be reviewed and the time for its completion shall be in accordance with rules prescribed by the district court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The appeal shall not stay the execution of any order of the OAH unless the district court, for cause shown, shall order the administrative order be stayed pending such appeal pursuant to Section 319 of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The district court may affirm the decision or remand the case for further proceedings. Additionally, the district court may reverse or modify the decision if substantial rights of the appellant have been prejudiced because the findings, inferences, or conclusions are not supported by substantial evidence in the record.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The certified transcript, exhibits, pleadings, recordings of the hearing and any written orders may constitute the record on appeal to the district court. OAH shall prepare or direct the preparation of the official transcript by a licensed court reporter, if a transcript is requested. The party seeking a copy of the transcript of the hearing shall prepay all costs of transcription and pay a reasonable deposit or provide adequate indemnity prior to preparation of the transcript. If a party is financially unable to pay the transcription costs, the party shall provide OAH and the district office with an in forma pauperis affidavit which verifies the inability to pay. If OAH determines the party is financially unable to pay transcription costs, a transcript will be provided by OAH. The transcript shall not be provided prior to full payment, payment of a deposit, provision of adequate indemnity for all transcription costs, or an order finding OAH will bear the costs of transcription. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 297, &sect; 25, operative Oct. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 365, &sect; 8, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 403, &sect; 19, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 2006, c. 219, &sect; 4; Laws 2007, c. 140, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.4. Admissibility of report of payments.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A report of the payments made by the obligor or payor or of AFDC payments made to a person entitled to support which is prepared by the Division, the District Office, or by public agencies in other states with a certification of authenticity executed by the Division, the District Office, or a public agency in another state is admissible into evidence in district court or in an administrative court proceeding as self-authenticated.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 297, &sect; 26, operative Oct. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 365, &sect; 9, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56240.5. Child support services Fee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Those persons not receiving aid to families with dependent children shall be given equal access to the services provided by the Department of Human Services through its statewide plan for child support authorized by the Federal Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C., Section 301 et seq.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0"> B. The Department is authorized to study, develop and propose to the Legislature a fee schedule for child support enforcement services provided through the Child Support Enforcement Division of the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 297, &sect; 27, operative Oct. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1992, c. 153, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. April 30, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56240.6. Enforcement of child support obligation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In addition to the powers and duties of the Department provided in Section 237 of Title 56 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the Department of Human Services is authorized to enforce a support payment of a spouse or former spouse pursuant to a court order requiring such support if a child support obligation is being enforced under the state plan of the Department authorized by the federal Social Security Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 297, &sect; 28, operative Oct. 1, 1985.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56240.7. Release of child support arrearage information to consumer reporting agencies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Unless otherwise prohibited or restricted by federal law or regulation, the Commission for Human Services, by rule, shall adopt a reasonable fee that shall be paid by consumer reporting agencies for requests pursuant to this section. The fee shall not exceed the estimated average actual cost experienced by the Department in performing the duties imposed upon it by this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&nbsp;&nbsp;B. The Department of Human Services shall establish procedures for the periodic release to consumer reporting agencies of the names and amounts of child support arrearages of obligors who owe past-due support. This information shall be released if the person obligated to pay child support pursuant to a support order is in arrears for child support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. For purposes of this section, the term "consumer reporting agency" means any person who, for a fee, dues, or on a cooperative nonprofit basis, regularly engages in the practice of assembling or evaluating consumer credit information or other information on consumers for the purpose of furnishing consumer reports to third parties, and who uses any means or facility of interstate commerce for the purpose of preparing or furnishing consumer reports.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Information shall not be made available to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Any consumer reporting agency which the Department or other appropriate agency determines does not have sufficient capability to systematically and timely make accurate use of the information; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any entity which has not provided satisfactory proof to the Department that the entity is a consumer reporting agency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Any person obligated for child support shall be notified prior to the release of the information to a consumer reporting agency and shall be given a reasonable opportunity to be heard regarding the accuracy of the information to be released.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 297, &sect; 29, operative Oct. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1996, c. 260, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 34, eff. July 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56240.8. Publication and distribution of child support collection services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services shall provide, from any available funds, for the publication and statewide distribution to the public of information as to the availability of the services offered by the Department for the collection of child support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department of Human Services shall provide copies of the information specified in subsection A of this section to the court clerks of each county for distribution to the public.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 297, &sect; 30, operative Oct. 1, 1985.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56240.9. Filing cases involving concurrent jurisdiction Enforcement of foreign orders.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In filing cases involving concurrent jurisdiction between the administrative proceedings of the Department of Human Services and the district court, the cases shall be filed in the administrative proceedings of the Department of Human Services. The Department of Human Services, by regulation, may establish exceptions from this requirement subject to federal approval.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Child support orders originating from other states shall be enforced to the same extent as orders originating within this state. Said orders to be filed in the county of residence of the obligor or in the county of residence of the person entitled to support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 297, &sect; 31, operative Oct. 1, 1985.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.10. Action to require participation in certain programs by unemployed or underemployed obligors.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. When child support services are being provided for the benefit of the child under the state child support plan as provided in Section 237 of this title, the Department may initiate an administrative or district court action to obtain an order to require an unemployed or underemployed obligor to participate in counseling, treatment, educational training, social skills training, employment training or job-finding programs, or the problem-solving court program under Section 14 of this act. "Underemployed" is defined as being employed less than full-time or in an occupation which pays less than employment which someone with the skills and education of the obligor could be reasonably expected to earn, so that the obligor cannot meet his support obligation. The Department shall give notice of this requirement to the obligor who is not complying with a district or administrative court order for support and whom the Department has reason to believe is unemployed or underemployed. The notice shall be served by the Department upon the obligor as provided in Section 2005 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or if there is an address of record on file with the central case registry pursuant to Section 112A of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the notice may be served by regular mail at the address of record.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The notice shall state:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The name of the child for whom support is ordered and the custodian of the child;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. That the obligor is not complying with the district or administrative court order for support and is delinquent in a certain amount;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. That it appears that the obligor is unemployed or underemployed so that the obligor cannot meet the support obligation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. That the obligor shall appear on a date certain for a hearing to show cause why the obligor should not be ordered to participate in counseling, treatment, educational training, social skills training, employment training or job-finding programs or the problem-solving court program, and to accept available employment; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. That if it is determined that the obligor is unemployed or underemployed or if the obligor fails to appear, an order will be entered which will require the obligor to participate in counseling, treatment, educational training, social skills training, employment training or job-finding programs or the problem-solving court program and to accept available employment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. At the hearing, or if the obligor fails to appear for the hearing, the court shall enter an order determining if the obligor is unemployed, underemployed or in need of services as described in subsection C of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If the court finds the obligor is in need of services as described in this subsection, the order shall set forth the findings of the court and require that the obligor participate in counseling, treatment, educational training, social skills training, employment training or job-finding programs or the problem-solving court program, and accept available employment. The order shall state when the obligor shall report and to what location.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. An administrative order may be docketed with the district court and shall be enforced in the same manner as any other order of the district court, including indirect civil contempt proceedings. A copy of the order will be mailed by the Department to the last-known address of the obligor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The obligor may show good cause why an order should not be entered requiring the obligor to participate in counseling, treatment, educational training, social skills training, employment training or job-finding programs or the problem-solving court program and accept available employment. "Good cause" is defined as establishing by expert medical opinion that the person is mentally or physically unable to work or such other grounds as the Department determines by regulation constitutes good cause.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1987, c. 230, &sect; 21, eff. Oct. 1, 1987. Amended by Laws 2008, c. 407, &sect; 17, eff. Nov. 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.11. Repealed by Laws 1995, c. 354, &sect; 12, eff. Nov. 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.12. Assistance in locating parents delinquent on child support or their assets - Duty of political subdivisions and corporations or other businesses.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Each agency of the state or any political subdivision thereof shall provide information requested by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services when the Department is attempting to establish, modify, or enforce a child support order. Requested information may include, but shall not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The name, address, telephone number, social security number or other identifying information of any individual;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Information regarding the employment, compensation, and benefits of any individual employed by such entity as an employee or contractor;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Vital statistics, including records of marriage, birth, and divorce;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. State and local tax and revenue records, including information on residence address, employer, income, and assets;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Records containing real and titled personal property;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Records of recreational, occupational and professional licenses;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Records concerning the ownership and control of corporations, partnerships, and other business entities;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Employment security records;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Records of agencies administering public assistance programs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Records of the Department of Corrections; &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. Records of court actions or claims; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. The Division shall have access to the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems network as created in Section 2-124 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Each corporation or other business operating in this state, including for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, shall provide information requested by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services when the Department is attempting to establish, modify, or enforce a child support order. Requested information may include, but shall not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The name, address, telephone number, social security number or other identifying information of any individual;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Information regarding the employment, compensation, and benefits of any individual employed by such entity as an employee or contractor;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The name, address, social security number or other identifying information of such individuals and the names and addresses of the employers of such individuals, as appearing in customer records of public utilities, including 911 emergency records, and cable television companies, pursuant to a written request of the Department; &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Information, including information on assets and liabilities on such individuals held by financial institutions; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Information regarding claims for injury to persons or property.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The entities described above should provide automated access in the case of records maintained in electronic format. To comply with a request of the Department, such entities may:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Provide to the Department the list of all individuals in its records for the Department to compare against its records for the purpose of identifying individuals for whom the Department is attempting to establish, modify or enforce a child support order; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Obtain a list of individuals against whom the Department is attempting to establish, modify or enforce a child support order and compare against the entity&rsquo;s records to identify matching individuals. The Department shall provide the list of child support parties in electronic media format.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. An entity that provides information to the Department in good faith or takes any other action in good faith in an attempt to comply with the provisions of this section shall not be liable to any individual for disclosing such information.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 307, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 7, 1993. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 24, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 2006, c. 219, &sect; 5.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.13. Guidelines for indirect contempt and purge fees - Request to Oklahoma Supreme Court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Legislature hereby requests the Oklahoma Supreme Court to adopt guidelines for indirect contempt and purge fees on or before January 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 307, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. June 7, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.14. Repealed by Laws 2001, c. 407, &sect; 21, eff. July 1, 2001.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.15. Restriction of various licenses as remedy for noncompliance with support order or order for genetic testing to determine paternity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. Except as otherwise provided by this section, the Department of Human Services, the &ldquo;Department&rdquo;, is authorized to initiate proceedings for the suspension or revocation of a license and driving privileges or placement of an obligor on probation who is not in compliance with an order for support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Department of Human Services, Office of Administrative Hearings: Child Support, the &ldquo;OAH&rdquo;, is authorized to order the suspension or revocation of a license, or placement of the obligor who is in noncompliance with an order for support on probation. Additionally, the OAH is authorized pursuant to Section 6-201.1 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes to order the suspension or revocation of a driver license or driving privileges of an obligor who is in noncompliance with an order for support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. If the obligor is a licensed attorney, the Department may report the matter to the State Bar Association to suspend or revoke the professional license of the obligor or other appropriate action in accordance with the rules of professional conduct and disciplinary proceedings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The remedy under this section is in addition to any other enforcement remedy available to the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. Whenever the Department of Human Services determines that an obligor may be in noncompliance with an order for support, before proceeding with suspension, revocation, nonissuance or nonrenewal of a license of an obligor or placing the obligor on probation, the Department of Human Services shall issue a notice of intent of suspension, revocation, nonissuance, or nonrenewal of the license of the obligor or placing the obligor on probation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The notice shall be served upon the obligor pursuant to Section 2005 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes; or, if there is an address of record, the notice provided in this section may be served by regular mail to the address of record on file with the central case registry as provided for in Section 112A of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The notice shall state that the obligor&rsquo;s license will be suspended or revoked or the obligor placed on probation twenty (20) days after service unless within that time the obligor:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;pays the entire past-due support as stated in the notice, or enters into a payment plan approved by the Department,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;obtains and maintains health insurance coverage as required by an order of support,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;complies with all subpoenas and orders relating to paternity or child support proceedings, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;complies with all orders to submit to genetic testing to determine paternity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. A written request for a hearing may be made within twenty (20) days after the date of service of the notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Upon receipt of a request for hearing from an obligor, the Department shall schedule a hearing for the purpose of determining if suspension or revocation of the obligor&rsquo;s license, or probation, is appropriate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. At a hearing under this section, the OAH shall determine whether the obligor is in noncompliance with an order for support and whether suspension or revocation of a license, or probation, is appropriate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. If the obligor enters into a payment plan for the past due support and is complying with the order for support, the OAH may order probation pursuant to Section 240.16 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If the OAH determines the obligor is in noncompliance with an order for support and has not entered into a payment plan for past due support, the OAH shall issue an order for suspension or revocation of the obligor&rsquo;s licenses and driving privileges.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. If an obligor fails to respond to a notice issued under this section, fails to request a timely hearing, or fails to appear at a scheduled hearing, the obligor&rsquo;s defenses, objections or request for a payment plan shall be considered without merit and the OAH shall enter an order of suspension, revocation, nonissuance or nonrenewal of a license to the licensing board and to the obligor. If the OAH orders probation, the appropriate licensing board shall not be notified and no action is required of that board.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. The determinations of the OAH pursuant to this section are a final agency decision and are subject to judicial review pursuant to Section 240.3 of this title. Judicial review shall be confined to the record of the administrative proceedings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. A determination made by the OAH pursuant to this section is independent of any proceeding of the licensing board to suspend, revoke, deny, terminate, or renew a license.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. The OAH has the authority to order the suspension or revocation of a license and driving privileges or the placement of an obligor on probation without any action by the licensing board. The licensing board shall, upon receipt of an order issued by the OAH, revoke, suspend, or refuse to renew or reissue the license and driving privileges of the named individual.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">J. For purposes of this section and Sections 240.16 through 240.21 of this title and Section 6-201.1 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the term &ldquo;noncompliance with an order for support&rdquo; means that the obligor has failed to make child support payments required by a child support order in an amount equal to the child support payable for at least ninety (90) days, has failed to make full payments pursuant to a court-ordered payment plan for at least ninety (90) days, has failed to obtain or maintain health insurance coverage for at least ninety (90) days as required by a support order, has failed to comply with subpoenas or orders relating to paternity or child support proceedings, or has failed to comply with an order to submit to genetic testing to determine paternity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">K. The provisions of this section may be used to suspend, revoke, not issue or not renew the licenses of the custodian of a child who fails to comply with an order to submit to genetic testing to determine paternity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 354, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 384, &sect; 16, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2001, c. 407, &sect; 18, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2004, c. 124, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.16. Court-ordered payment plan - Probationary continuation of license.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When the obligor enters into a court-ordered payment plan to repay any past due support pursuant to Section 240.15 of this title and provides proof to the court that the obligor is complying with all other provisions of the order for support, the OAH may place the obligor on probation. Probation will allow the obligor to practice or continue to practice his or her profession, occupation or business or to operate a motor vehicle. Probation shall be conditioned upon full compliance with the order. If the OAH grants probation, the period shall not exceed three (3) years, and the terms of probation shall provide for automatic suspension of the license if the obligor does not fully comply with the order.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 354, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 2004, c. 124, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.17. Termination of suspension, revocation, nonissuance, or nonrenewal order.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. When the Department of Human Services determines that all support due is paid in full and the obligor has complied with all other provisions of the support order, it shall notify the Department of Human Services, Office of Administrative Hearings: Child Support, the &ldquo;OAH&rdquo;, and the OAH shall terminate the order of suspension or revocation of the license or the order of probation without the necessity of a hearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. An obligor who is in noncompliance with an order for support may request in writing that the obligor&rsquo;s licenses be reinstated. The Department shall conduct a review and request the OAH to reinstate the obligor&rsquo;s licenses and place on probation pursuant to Section 240.16 of this title if the obligor has:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Paid the current child support and the monthly arrearage payments each month for the current month and two months immediately preceding, or paid an amount equivalent to three months of child support and arrearage payments which satisfies the current child support and monthly arrearage payments for the current month and two months immediately preceding;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Disclosed all information regarding health insurance availability and obtained and maintained health insurance coverage required by an order for support;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Complied with all subpoenas and orders relating to paternity or child support proceedings;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Complied with all orders to submit to genetic testing to determine paternity; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Disclosed all employment and address information.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. An obligor whose written request for reinstatement has been denied by the Department may request a hearing before the OAH. If the OAH determines the requirements of subsection B of this section have been met, the OAH may reinstate the obligor&rsquo;s licenses. If the OAH reinstates the obligor&rsquo;s licenses, the OAH shall order probation pursuant to Section 240.16 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. If the obligor fails to comply with the order of probation after the obligor&rsquo;s licenses have been reinstated pursuant to subsection B or C of this section, the obligor&rsquo;s licenses may again be suspended, revoked, not issued or not renewed. The Department may refuse to request the OAH to reinstate the obligor&rsquo;s licenses unless the obligor makes additional payments in an amount determined by the Department to be sufficient to ensure future compliance and the obligor complies with other terms set by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Department shall send a copy of the order reinstating the licenses to the licensing board, the obligor and the custodian.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. Entry of an order to reinstate the obligor&rsquo;s licenses pursuant to this section does not limit the ability of the OAH to issue a new order of suspension or revocation of the license of the same obligor or to place the obligor on probation in the event of another delinquency or failure to comply with an order for support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 354, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 384, &sect; 17, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2004, c. 124, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.18. Repealed by Laws 2004, c. 124, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.19. Implementation of order of suspension, revocation or probation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Upon receipt of an administrative order issued by the OAH to suspend or revoke the license of an obligor, the licensing board shall implement the order by:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Determining if it has issued a license or has received an application for issuance or renewal of a license to the person whose name appears on the order;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Notifying the obligor of the suspension or revocation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Demanding the license, if required;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Entering the suspension or revocation on the appropriate records; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Reporting the suspension, revocation, or probation, as appropriate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. An order, issued by the OAH, directing the licensing board to suspend or revoke a license shall be processed and implemented by the licensing board without any additional review or hearing, and shall continue until the OAH, the district court, or the appellate court advises the licensing board by order that the suspension or revocation is terminated.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The licensing board shall have no jurisdiction to modify, remand, reverse, vacate, or stay the order of the Department for the suspension or revocation of a license.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. In the event of suspension or revocation of a license, any funds paid by the obligor to the licensing board for costs related to issuance, renewal, or maintenance of a license shall not be refunded to the obligor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The licensing board is exempt from liability to the obligor for activities conducted in compliance with this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 354, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1995. Amended by Laws 1996, c. 97, &sect; 19, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 2004, c. 124, &sect; 7, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.20. Fees to cover administrative costs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A licensing board may charge the obligor a fee to cover the administrative costs incurred by the licensing board pursuant to Sections 5 through 10 of this act. Fees collected pursuant to this section by a licensing board which has an agency revolving fund shall be deposited in the agency revolving fund for the use by the licensing board to pay the costs of administering Sections 5 through 10 of this act. Otherwise, such administrative costs shall be deposited in the General Revenue Fund of the state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 354, &sect; 9, eff. Nov. 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.21. Promulgation of rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services shall promulgate rules necessary for the implementation and administration of Sections 5 through 10 of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Each licensing board shall promulgate rules necessary for the implementation and administration of Sections 5 through 10 of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 354, &sect; 10, eff. Nov. 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.21A. Applications for professional or occupational licenses to contain applicant's name, address, and social security number.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All applications for professional or occupational licenses in this state shall contain the applicant's name, address, and social security number.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 38, eff. July 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.22. Financial institution data match reporting system.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services, in coordination with representatives of the financial industry in Oklahoma, shall develop and implement a financial institution data match reporting system. Such system shall be operated by the Department and shall use automated data exchanges to the maximum extent feasible to compare account information data held by financial institutions with the Child Support Enforcement Division's database of child obligors in noncompliance with an order of support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department is authorized to enter into any contracts or cooperative agreements necessary to carry out the provisions of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Release and maintenance of any information in a good faith attempt to comply with the provisions of this act shall not constitute a violation of any confidentiality or financial privacy law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Department shall adopt rules under the Administrative Procedures Act, Section 250 et seq. of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes, to implement the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 25, eff. July 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.22A. Financial institution data match reporting system - Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in Section 240.22 et seq. of this title:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Account" means a demand deposit account, checking or negotiable withdrawal order account, savings account, time deposit account, money-market mutual fund account or brokerage account;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Financial institution" means any federal or state bank or savings association, federal or state credit union, benefit association, insurance company, safe deposit company, money-market mutual fund or similar entity authorized to do business by the State of Oklahoma; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Noncompliance with an order for support" means that the obligor has failed to make child support payments required by a child support order in an amount equal to the child support payable for at least ninety (90) days.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 26, eff. July 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 407, &sect; 19, eff. July 1, 2001.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.22B. Information required from financial institutions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department shall make the first request to each financial institution to provide data in writing. Within thirty (30) days of such notification, each financial institution notified shall provide a list containing the name, record address, social security number, and other identifying data of each noncustodial parent who maintains an account at the institution and who is in noncompliance with an order for support. Each financial institution is further required to provide such information within thirty (30) days of the end of each calendar quarter thereafter, after receiving an updated list of obligors from the Department, without further notification from the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. To comply with the requirements of this act a financial institution may either:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Provide to the Department the list of all account holders for the Department to compare against its list of obligors in noncompliance with an order for support for the purpose of identifying which obligors maintain any account at the financial institution; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Obtain a list of obligors in noncompliance with an order for support from the Department and compare that data to the data maintained by the financial institution to identify which of the obligors maintains any account at the financial institution. The Department shall provide the list of obligors in noncompliance with an order for support in electronic media form and compatible format unless the financial institution requests the list to be in written format.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Each institution shall notify the Director of the Department of Human Services in writing within fifteen (15) days of the original request to provide the data and by December 15 of each calendar year if it chooses to change methods for the following calendar year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. A financial institution may provide the required data by submitting electronic media in a compatible format, delivering, mailing, or telefaxing a copy of the data or by other means authorized by the Director of the Department of Human Services, or their designee, that will result in timely reporting.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. With regard to account information on all account holders provided by a financial institution under paragraph 1 of subsection B of this section, the Department shall retain the reported information only until the account information is compared against the Department's database. All account information that does not pertain to an obligor listed in the Department's database shall be immediately destroyed and no retention or publication shall be made of that data by the Department. Financial institutions choosing the method described in paragraph 2 of subsection B of this section should immediately destroy all information provided by the Department after all matches are determined and forwarded to the Department. All account information that does pertain to an obligor listed in the Department's database shall be incorporated into the Department's database and access to that data will then be governed by this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. A financial institution that performs a data match pursuant to the provisions of this act and furnishes matching data, if any, to the Department may collect from the Department for providing such information in an amount to be established by agreement between the Department the actual cost incurred for performing the data match.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. A financial institution that provides information to the Department in good faith or takes any other action in good faith in an attempt to comply with the provisions of this act shall not be liable to any person for disclosing such information or for taking such action.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. The Department of Human Services shall examine the data made available pursuant to this act under the reporting system and make positive identification of cases in which child support is owed to the Department pursuant to the state child support program or to the person entitled to the support.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. Upon a positive identification, the Department may require the financial institution to submit additional information concerning the obligor, social security number, and other data to assure positive identification, and the name and location of the financial institution.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">J. If the Department determines a match between a child support obligor and an account in a financial institution, the Department may issue a subpoena seeking additional information or serve a notice of a levy on the obligor's assets in that financial institution.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">K. The Department shall adopt rules under the Administrative Procedures Act, Section 250 et seq. of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes, to implement the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 27, eff. July 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.22C. Financial institution data match reporting system - Unauthorized disclosure of information by state employee or agent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">No employee or agent of this state shall divulge any information referred to in this act, except in the manner herein prescribed to any public or private agency or individual. Information may be disclosed and shared by and between any employee of an administering agency and any other state or federal agency as necessary in the collection of child support. Unauthorized disclosure of any such information shall, upon conviction, be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) per offense. Such unauthorized release of information shall also be cause for administrative discipline of any employee who engages in such unauthorized release.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 28, eff. July 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.22D. Financial institution data match reporting system - Failure to comply with reporting requirements - Penalty.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any financial institution which is required to submit a report pursuant to the provisions of this act which fails, without reasonable cause, to comply with such reporting requirements after notification by certified mail return receipt requested, and such failure continues for more than thirty (30) business days after mailing of such notification of the failure to comply, without reasonable cause, or if said financial institution willfully renders false information in reply to such request, such financial institution shall be liable for a penalty of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 29, eff. July 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.22E. Financial institutions data match reporting system - Disclosure to depositors or account holders prohibited - Penalty - Liability - Unauthorized disclosure of financial records - Penalty.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Unless otherwise required by applicable law, a financial institution furnishing a report or providing information to the Department pursuant to this act shall not disclose to a depositor or an account holder that the name of such person has been received from or furnished to the Department; provided, however, that a financial institution may disclose to its depositors or account holders that under the financial data match reporting system the Department has the authority to request certain identifying information on certain depositors or account holders.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. If an institution willfully violates the provisions of this section, such financial institution shall pay to the Department the lesser of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or the amount on deposit or in the account of the person to whom such disclosure was made.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. A financial institution shall incur no obligation or liability to a depositor or account holder or any other person arising from the furnishing of a report or information pursuant to this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. A financial institution shall incur no obligation or liability to a depositor or account holder or any other person arising from the furnishing of information to the depositor or account holder that the Child Support Enforcement Division has issued a levy on the depositor&rsquo;s or account holder&rsquo;s assets in that financial institution if the financial institution advises the depositor or account holder of the levy after the financial institution has frozen all accounts of the depositor or account holder pursuant to Section 240.22G of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. A financial institution may charge an account levied on by the Department of Human Services a fee, as determined by the Department, of not less than Twenty Dollars ($20.00) nor more than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) which shall be deducted from such account prior to remitting any funds to the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. Any individual who knowingly makes an unauthorized disclosure of financial records pursuant to this act shall upon conviction thereof, be fined up to One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) and shall be subject to civil proceedings for such violation of privacy.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 30, eff. July 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 384, &sect; 19, eff. Nov. 1, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.22F. Financial institution data match reporting system - Development of compatible systems - Survey of time and expense.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department shall determine by survey the likely time and expense required for individual financial institutions in Oklahoma to reprogram their data processing systems, if necessary and if reasonably possible, to carry out electronic data matches. Based on the information obtained from the survey and in coordination with representatives of the financial industry in Oklahoma, the Department shall implement a reporting system that maximizes electronic data matches with those financial institutions that now have compatible systems, and that phases in electronic data matches with other financial institutions that are capable of developing compatible systems with the expenditure of reasonable time and expense.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 31, eff. July 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.22G. Financial institution data match reporting system - Levy of match accounts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Upon matching a delinquent obligor with a financial account, the Division shall automatically issue a levy for each match account unless after reviewing each data match, it is found that a levy would be inappropriate under the particular circumstances, and there is full and timely compliance with a court-ordered payment plan.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Such levy shall be valid for sixty (60) days. Upon receipt of any levy, the financial institution shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;immediately freeze all accounts of the obligor, up to the amount of the lien,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;hold funds in the accounts for twenty-one (21) days before remitting payment to the Division, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;notify the Division if an account has been closed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Except as provided in Section 240.22E of this title, the financial institution shall not disclose information to the depositor or account holder. Within three (3) working days after levy is sent to the financial institution, the Division shall send the levy to the obligor, with a notice that the obligor has ten (10) days to request an administrative review of the levy.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Twenty-one (21) days after receiving the levy, the financial institution shall remit funds, up to the amount of the lien, to the Division, unless the Division has notified the institution that the levy has been released in part or in full. The financial institution shall remit any additional deposit made to a levied account, up to the amount of the levy, for a period of sixty (60) days after receiving the levy.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 384, &sect; 20, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2001, c. 407, &sect; 20, eff. July 1, 2001.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.23. Orders over signature of Director.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Division has the authority to enter orders in the following actions over the signature of the Director and without the necessity of obtaining an additional signature of a district or administrative court judge:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. To subpoena any financial or other information needed to establish, modify, or enforce a support order and to impose penalties for failure to respond to a subpoena; provided, that the subpoena shall comply with the provisions of Section 2204 of Title 6 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. In cases in which there is a support arrearage, to secure assets by:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;intercepting or seizing periodic or lump-sum payments from:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;a state or local agency, including unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, and other benefits, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;judgments, settlements, and lotteries,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;attaching and seizing assets of the obligor held in financial institutions,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;attaching public and private retirement funds, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;imposing liens in accordance with Section 135 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. To increase the monthly payment of child support, for purposes of securing overdue support, in an amount not to exceed five percent (5%) of the total child support order. This increase may not be made more than once every twelve (12) months. This remedy is in addition to and not in lieu of any other remedy provided by law or by court order;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. If an income assignment is not ordered or in place by operation of law for collection of support monies, the Division is authorized to implement income withholding by sending a notice of income assignment for support to any payor of income to the obligor; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. To require both parents to appear for genetic testing in cases where paternity has not been established or admitted. The Division shall send notice to the putative father containing information on how to appear and admit paternity or object to the order for genetic testing. An objection to genetic testing shall require the putative father to complete an affidavit contesting paternity on a form prescribed by the Division. An order for genetic testing under this subsection may be docketed and enforced in the district court by indirect contempt.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. With respect to paragraphs 2 and 3 of subsection A of this section, at the time of the action, the Division shall send a notice to the obligor explaining the obligor's rights to object to the action and the procedure to have it modified or reversed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 402, &sect; 33, eff. July 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 384, &sect; 21, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2002, c. 314, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 2002; Laws 2007, c. 140, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-240.24. Delinquent or missing parent "Most Wanted" list.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services may release a delinquent or missing parent &ldquo;Most Wanted&rdquo; type list of individuals who are in arrears in their district or administrative court-ordered child support obligations or who are sought for the purpose of establishing a child support order. The list may include the individual&rsquo;s name, photograph, last known address, and amount of any child support arrearage.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The list may be published in any available media, form or format including, but not limited to, the internet.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. A disclosure made by the Department in a good faith effort to comply with this section may not be considered a violation of any confidentiality laws.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Department shall promulgate rules to implement the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 4, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56241. Participation in food stamp program Agreements Distribution - Reimbursement procedures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. It shall be the mandatory duty of the Department of Human Services to participate in the food stamp program under the Food Stamp Act of 1977, as amended. The cost of distributing food stamp benefits shall be paid by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. The Department may, at its option:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;operate the program of distributing food stamp benefits to families certified as eligible by the Department, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;contract with private or public entities for the distribution of food stamp benefits.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any program for distribution of food stamp benefits operated pursuant to the provisions of this subsection shall provide:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;adequate qualified personnel, suitable facilities, and adequate participant access to such benefits through a system of electronic benefits transfer,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;adequate qualified personnel and suitable facilities for storage and issuing of any required food stamp coupons for benefits,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;any bonding of personnel, and insurance required by the Commission for Human Services, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;that such exchange, distribution and accounting of food stamp benefits shall be in compliance with all federal and state regulations and rules applicable thereto.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Food stamp benefits may be obtained through one or more approved food stores, or through other means approved by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1972, c. 62, &sect; 1, operative July 1, 1972. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 177, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 13, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 87, &sect; 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1999, c. 17, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 5, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-241.1. Electronic benefit identification program - Implementation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services shall develop an electronic benefits identification program to expediently and accurately determine the eligibility of and the extent or limit of benefits of clients, and to serve providers and other persons providing consumer-related goods to recipients of food stamps and other assistance programs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. The electronic benefits identification program for recipients of food stamps and other assistance may be implemented on a staggered basis.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. To provide for the implementation of the electronic benefits identification program, and as determined necessary by the Department for such implementation in compliance with federal law, the time of issuance of benefits for recipients of food stamps and other assistance programs may be modified or adjusted to provide for issuance of benefits on a staggered basis, provided recipients shall be notified, in writing, at least three (3) months prior to any modification or adjustment of the time of issuance of benefits.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The electronic benefits identification program shall be implemented upon the awarding of a contract to a vendor selected by competitive bid to do business with the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 156, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. May 7, 1993. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 69, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 21, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-241.2. Repealed by Laws 2001, c. 407, &sect; 22, eff. July 1, 2001.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-241.3. Limitation of benefits - Amount and receipt of allotments.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Except as otherwise provided by law or waiver, all able-bodied recipients eighteen (18) years of age to fifty (50) years of age, who are not disabled or raising minor children, may receive food stamps for only three (3) months in each thirty-six-month period except in months in which such recipients are employed for at least twenty (20) or more hours per week. The Department of Human Services shall enforce the provisions of this section and any approved waivers or other provisions pursuant to law in effect for this state as of the effective date of this act in designated areas and populations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. A family applying for food stamps after the fifteenth (15th) day of each month shall be eligible to receive the total amount of their initial allotment and their regular first allotment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A household allotment of food stamps may be reduced by up to twenty-five percent (25%) if a family is sanctioned in another program established pursuant to the Statewide Temporary Assistance Responsibility System.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. An individual in a treatment center shall designate the treatment center as the recipient of such individual's food stamp allotment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Operating procedures for the food stamp programs in local offices may vary to reflect local differences.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The Department is authorized to use the amount of a household food stamp allotment to subsidize a job under a work supplementation or support program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Beginning October 1, 2013, the Department of Human Services shall not request a waiver to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program services to able-bodied adults without dependents.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 23, eff. July 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 178, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-241.4. Restrictions on debit and electronic benefit cards.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. No debit or electronic benefit transfer cards that contain state or federal funds from programs including, but not limited to, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) may be used in any transaction in:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Any liquor store;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any casino, gambling casino or gaming establishment;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Any retail establishment which provides adult-oriented entertainment in which performers disrobe or perform in an unclothed state for entertainment; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Any retail establishment whose principal business is that of selling cigarettes, cigar or tobacco products.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. For the purposes of this act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Liquor store" means any retail establishment that sells exclusively or primarily intoxicating liquor but does not include a grocery store that sells both intoxicating liquor and groceries;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Casino", "gambling casino" and "gaming establishment" do not include:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;a grocery store that sells groceries and that also offers, or is located within the same building or complex as an establishment that offers casino, gambling or gaming activities, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;any other establishment that offers casino, gambling or gaming activities incidental to the principal purpose of the business; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Electronic benefit transfer transaction" means the use of a credit or debit card service, automated teller machine, point-of-sale terminal or access to an online system for the withdrawal of funds or the processing of a payment for merchandise or service.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. By August 1, 2013, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services shall report on the status of an implementation plan pursuant to the provisions of this section. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall be provided with updates on the status of implementation on a quarterly basis until provisions of this section are fully implemented by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2013, c. 260, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-242. Distribution of federally donated agricultural commodities - Limitations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">There shall be no distribution of federally donated agricultural commodities under the commodity distribution program to individuals or households in a county participating in the food stamp program except during emergency situations or as authorized by federal law or the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1972, c. 62, &sect; 2, operative July 1, 1972.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-243. Food stamp fraud - Penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. No person shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Obtain;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Attempt to obtain;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Aid;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Abet;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Assist any person to obtain, by means of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;a false statement or representation,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;false impersonation,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;a fictitious transfer, conveyance or encumbrance of property or income,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;knowing and willful failure to report to the Department of Human Services:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;income,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;personal property,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;real property,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;household members, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(5)&nbsp;&nbsp;other eligibility factors,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">at the time of application or during a period of receipt of assistance, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;any other fraudulent device:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;food stamps or coupons, or any benefit or debit card or any other device authorizing participation in the food stamp program, to which such applicant for food stamps or coupons, or any benefit or debit card or any other device authorizing participation in the food stamp program is not entitled, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;a greater amount of food stamps or coupons, or a greater number of benefit or debit cards or any other device authorizing participation in the food stamp program than that amount or number which such applicant for food stamps or coupons, or any benefit or debit card or any other device authorizing participation in the food stamp program is justly entitled to;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Acquire, possess, use or transfer food stamps or coupons, or any benefit or debit card or any other device authorizing participation in the food stamp program that has been issued to another person, except as authorized by this act and the rules of the Department of Human Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Acquire or transfer food stamps or coupons, or any benefit or debit card or any other device authorizing participation in the food stamp program, except in exchange for food or food products for human consumption. For purposes of this paragraph, the phrase "food or food products for human consumption" shall not be construed as including alcoholic beverages, tobacco, beer, or imported foods; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Transfer any food stamps or coupons, or any benefit or debit card or any other device authorizing participation in the food stamp program, to a person who is not authorized by this act and rules of the Department of Human Services to acquire, possess, or use the transferred food stamps or coupons, or any benefit or debit card or any other device authorizing participation in the food stamp program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. Any person, firm or corporation who violates any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;misdemeanor, if the aggregate amount of food stamps or coupons, or the aggregate value of any benefit or debit card or any other device authorizing participation in the food stamp program obtained or transferred is Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or less, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a fine of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than three (3) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;felony, if the aggregate amount of food stamps or coupons, or the aggregate value of any benefit card or debit card or any other device authorizing participation in the food stamp program obtained or transferred is in excess of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a fine of not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for not more than two (2) years, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any store which allows purchases of prohibited items shall not be allowed to participate in the program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Any person, firm or corporation who knowingly traffics in food stamps or coupons of an aggregate value of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) or less, or any benefit or debit card or any other device authorizing participation in the food stamp program with an aggregate value of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) or less, shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than three (3) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Any person, firm or corporation who knowingly traffics in food stamps or coupons of an aggregate value exceeding One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), or any benefit or debit card or any other device authorizing participation in the food stamp program with an aggregate value exceeding One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a felony, punishable by a fine of not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for not more than two (2) years, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Any district attorney who enters into a deferred adjudication or who negotiates for a deferred sentence with a defendant charged with a violation of the provisions of this section shall present the defendant with a disqualification consent agreement as part of the deferred adjudication or sentence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. As used in this section, "to traffic or trafficking in food stamps" means:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. To illegally transport, transfer, sell, barter, trade, purchase, receive, possess, or in any manner acquire, or otherwise dispose of or obtain control of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;food stamps or coupons,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;any benefit or debit card,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;any other device authorizing participation in the food stamp program, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;any counterfeit or stolen:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;food stamps or coupons,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;benefit or debit card, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;other device purporting to authorize another, as consideration for anything of value; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. To make or obtain control of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;food stamps or coupons,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;any benefit or debit card, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;any other device authorizing participation in the food stamp program, with intent to illegally transport, transfer, sell, barter, trade, purchase, receive, possess, or in any manner acquire, or otherwise dispose of or obtain control of such food stamps, coupons, benefit or debit card or other device authorizing participation in the food stamp program, in any manner or circumstance not specifically authorized under the Food Stamp Act of 1977 or the rules of the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1972, c. 62, &sect; 3, operative July 1, 1972. Amended by Laws 1975, c. 88, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 25, 1975; Laws 1985, c. 58, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1993, c. 156, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 7, 1993; Laws 1996, c. 88, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 15, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 133, &sect; 500, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, &sect; 365, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2013, c. 223, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, &sect; 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, &sect; 500 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56244. Conflicting federal statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If any provision of this act shall be in conflict with any applicable federal statute, rule or regulation, the federal statute, rule or regulation shall prevail.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1972, c. 62, &sect; 4, operative July 1, 1972.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-245. Short title - Creation of committee - Purpose - Membership - Meetings - Expenses.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. This act shall be known and may be cited as the &ldquo;Oklahoma Food Security Act&rdquo;.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. There is hereby created the Oklahoma Food Security Committee to continue until December 31, 2012. The purpose of the Committee is to identify, implement and monitor ways to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Coordinate services among federal, state, faith-based and nonprofit organizations;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Extend existing programs and outreach efforts to serve more people;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Involve schools in identifying and improving students&rsquo; access to sufficient and nutritious food;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Connect eligible hungry people with existing programs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Support community food security initiatives in Oklahoma communities and encourage food production on the local level;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Encourage the use of home and community gardens for food production;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Support efforts to provide farmers&rsquo; markets with the technology for accepting food stamps;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Collect and compile detailed county and community data relating to food security issues;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Apply for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Senior Farmers&rsquo; Market Nutrition Programs in Oklahoma;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Support creative transportation methods for connecting at-risk populations with nutritious foods; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. Eliminate sales tax at farmers&rsquo; markets.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Committee shall be composed of seventeen (17) members as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Secretary of Health or a designee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Director of the Department of Human Services or a designee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The State Commissioner of Health or a designee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services or a designee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The Director of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority or a designee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction or a designee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. The Secretary of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry or a designee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. The Director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce or a designee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. One member appointed by the Governor from a list submitted by a nonprofit regional food bank organization representing central and western Oklahoma;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. One member appointed by the Governor from a list submitted by a nonprofit regional food bank organization representing eastern Oklahoma;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. One member appointed by the Governor from a list submitted by a statewide organization of child advocates;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. Two members appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate representing faith-based organizations involved in hunger programs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. One member appointed by the President Pro Tempore from a list submitted by a comprehensive antipoverty agency whose mission is to help families in need achieve self-sufficiency;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. One member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives from a list submitted by a statewide organization representing senior citizens;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. One member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives from a list submitted by a nonprofit educational organization that assists in developing sustainable food and farming systems; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. One member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives from a list submitted by a nonprofit organization committed to effective solutions and key policies which affect hunger and poverty.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The members of the Committee shall select a chair and vice-chair from among its membership. A quorum of the Committee shall be required for any final action of the Committee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Committee may meet as often as may be required in order to perform the duties imposed upon it.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The meetings of the Committee shall be subject to the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. Members of the Committee shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties by their respective agency pursuant to the provisions of the State Travel Reimbursement Act. Members appointed by the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall be reimbursed by the Department of Human Services pursuant to the provisions of the State Travel Reimbursement Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. Staff support for the Committee shall be provided by the Department of Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. The Committee shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate by December 31 of each year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2007, c. 95, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2007. Amended by Laws 2008, c. 414, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-245.1. Partnerships to generate funding.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Oklahoma Food Security Committee shall work with public and private partnerships to secure funding to increase the capacity of Oklahoma&rsquo;s food security initiatives.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2008, c. 414, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-251. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Family Savings Initiative Act".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1998, c. 429, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-252. Purpose.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The purpose of the Family Savings Initiative Act is to provide for the establishment of individual development accounts designed to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Provide individuals and families with limited means an opportunity to accumulate assets;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Facilitate and mobilize savings;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Promote home ownership, microenterprise development, education, saving for retirement, and automobile purchase; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Stabilize families and build communities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1998, c. 429, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-253. Legislative findings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Legislature hereby finds that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Americans of most economic classes are having increasing difficulty climbing the economic ladder. Fully half of all Americans have no, negligible or negative investable assets just as the price of entry to the economic mainstream, such as the cost of a house, starting a business, an adequate education, establishing a retirement account, or purchasing an automobile, is increasing;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Economic well-being does not come solely from income, spending, and consumption, but also requires savings, investment, and accumulation of assets, since assets can improve economic stability, connect people with a viable and hopeful future, stimulate development of human and other capital, enable people to focus and specialize, yield personal and social dividends, and enhance the welfare of offspring;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. There is an urgent need for new means for Americans to navigate the labor market and to provide incentives and means for employment, upgrading, mobility, and retention;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The household savings rate of the United States lags far behind other industrial nations, presenting a barrier to economic growth. The State of Oklahoma should develop policies, such as individual development accounts, that promote higher rates of personal savings and net private domestic investment;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. In the current fiscal environment, the State of Oklahoma should invest existing resources in high-yielding initiatives. There is reason to believe that the financial returns, including increased income, tax revenue, and decreased welfare cash assistance, of individual development accounts will far exceed the cost of investment;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Tens of thousands of Oklahomans continue to live in poverty and receive public assistance. Poverty is a loss of human resources, an assault on human dignity, and a drain on social and fiscal resources of this state. Traditional public assistance programs, concentrating on income and consumption, have rarely been successful in promoting and supporting the transition to economic self-sufficiency; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Income-based social policy should be complemented with asset-based social policy, because while income-based policies ensure that consumption needs, including food, child care, rent, clothing, and health care, are met, asset-based policies provide the means to achieve economic self-sufficiency and climb the economic ladder.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1998, c. 429, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-254. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in this act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Department" means the Department of Human Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Eligible educational institution" means the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;an institution described in 20 U.S.C., Section 1088(a)(1) or 1141(a), as such sections are in effect on November 1, 1998, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;an area vocational education school, as defined in 20 U.S.C., Section 2471(4), subparagraph (C) or (D), as such section is in effect on November 1, 1998;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Federal poverty level" means the poverty income guidelines published for a calendar year by the United States Department of Health and Human Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Fiduciary organization" means the organization that will serve as an intermediary between an individual account holder and a financial institution holding account funds. Fiduciary organizations may include:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;not-for-profit organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C., Section 501(c)(3),&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;state or local government agencies submitting an application jointly with another entity described in this paragraph,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;community development financial institutions as defined pursuant to federal law,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;for-profit financial institutions and community development corporations,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;credit unions, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;partnerships involving any of the above;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Financial institution" means an organization authorized to do business under state or federal laws relating to financial institutions, and includes but is not limited to a bank, trust company, savings bank, building and loan association, savings and loan company or association, or credit union;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. "Individual development account" or "IDA" means an account created pursuant to this act exclusively for the purpose of paying the expenses of an eligible individual or family for the purposes set forth in Section 7 of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. "Operating costs" includes, but is not limited to, administrative costs and costs of training IDA participants in economic and financial literacy and IDA uses;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. "Postsecondary educational expenses" means:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;tuition and fees required for the enrollment or attendance of an IDA account holder or immediate family member thereof who is a student at an eligible educational institution, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses of instruction for an IDA account holder or immediate family member thereof who is a student at an eligible educational institution;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. "Qualified acquisition costs" means the costs of acquiring, constructing, or reconstructing a residence to be occupied by an IDA account holder or an immediate family member thereof, including, but not limited to, any usual or reasonable settlement, financing, or other closing costs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. "Qualified business" means any business that does not contravene any law or public policy;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. "Qualified business capitalization expenses" means qualified expenditures for the capitalization of a qualified business pursuant to a qualified plan;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. "Qualified expenditures" means expenditures included in a qualified plan, including but not limited to capital, plant, equipment, working capital, and inventory expenses;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. "Qualified plan" means a plan for the operation of a business by an IDA account holder or an immediate family member thereof which:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;is approved by a financial institution, or by a nonprofit microenterprise program having demonstrated business expertise,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;includes a description of services or goods to be sold, a marketing plan, and projected financial statements,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;may require the eligible individual to obtain the assistance of an experienced entrepreneurial advisor, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;is approved by the Department of Human Services; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. "Qualified principal residence" means a principal residence within the meaning of Section 1034 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C., Section 1034, of an IDA account holder or an immediate family member thereof, the qualified acquisition costs of which do not exceed the average area purchase price applicable to such residence, determined in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3) of Section 143(e) of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C., Section 143(e)(2) and (3).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1998, c. 429, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-255. Contracts with fiduciary organizations - Evaluation criteria - Responsibilities - Grants.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services shall enter into contracts with one or more fiduciary organizations pursuant to the provisions of this section, in such a manner that every qualified resident of the state has access to at least one fiduciary organization for the purpose of opening an individual development account. An organization based in this state which desires to enter into such a contract shall submit a proposal to the Department for the right to be approved as a fiduciary organization. Such proposals shall be made upon forms prescribed by the Department and shall contain such information as the Department may require.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Organizations' proposals shall be evaluated and contracts awarded by the Department on the basis of such items as geographic diversity and an organization's:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Ability to market the project to potential account holders;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Ability to leverage additional matching and operating funds;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Ability to provide safe and secure investments for individual accounts;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Overall administrative capacity, including but not limited to the certifications or verifications required to assure compliance with eligibility requirements, authorized uses of the accounts, matching contributions by individuals or businesses, and penalties for unauthorized distributions;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Capacity to provide financial counseling and other related service to potential participants;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Links to other activities designed to increase the independence of individuals and families through home ownership, small business development, enhanced education and training, saving for retirement, and automobile purchase; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Operating costs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Responsibilities of a fiduciary organization shall include, but not be limited to, marketing participation, soliciting matching contributions, counseling project participants, conducting basic economic and financial literacy training and IDA use training for project participants, and conducting required verification and compliance activities. Neither a fiduciary organization nor an employee of or person associated with a fiduciary organization shall receive anything of value, other than compensation for services, for any act performed in connection with the establishment of an IDA or in furtherance of the provisions of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. For each contract entered into pursuant to the provisions of this section, the Department shall make a grant to the qualified fiduciary organization not later than April 1 of each year. The amount of any single grant made shall not exceed one-fourth of the amount of funds in the IDA Revolving Fund created in Section 10 of this act at the time the grant is made. The fiduciary organization shall use not less than eighty-five percent (85%) for matching funds and not more than fifteen percent (15%) for operating costs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1998, c. 429, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-256. Individual development account (IDA) - Matching funds.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. An individual who is a resident of this state may submit an application to open an individual development account to a fiduciary organization approved by the Department of Human Services pursuant to the provisions of Section 5 of this act. Such application shall be made upon a form prescribed by the Department. The fiduciary organization shall approve the application only if the individual has gross household income from all sources for the calendar year preceding the year in which the application is made which does not exceed two hundred percent (200%) of the federal poverty level.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. An individual opening an IDA shall be required to enter into an IDA agreement with the fiduciary organization. Not more than one individual from a single household may open an IDA.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The fiduciary organization shall be responsible for coordinating arrangements between the individual and a financial institution to open the individual's IDA.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Each fiduciary organization shall provide written notification to each of its eligible IDA account holders of the amount of matching funds provided by the Department pursuant to the provisions of subsection C of Section 5 of this act to which each such IDA account holder is entitled. Such notification shall be made at such intervals as the fiduciary organization deems appropriate, but shall be required to be made at least once each calendar year. The amount of such matching funds for each IDA account holder shall be as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. For an IDA account holder who had gross household income from all sources for the preceding calendar year less than or equal to one hundred percent (100%) of the federal poverty level, One Dollar ($1.00) for each dollar contributed to the IDA by the IDA account holder during the preceding calendar year. The amount of such matching funds shall not exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) per IDA account holder per year;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. For an IDA account holder who had gross household income from all sources for the preceding calendar year of more than one hundred percent (100%) of the federal poverty level but less than or equal to one hundred fifty percent (150%) of the federal poverty level, seventy-five cents ($0.75) for each dollar contributed to the IDA by the IDA account holder during the preceding calendar year. The amount of such matching funds shall not exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) per IDA account holder per year; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. For an IDA account holder who had gross household income from all sources for the preceding calendar year of more than one hundred fifty percent (150%) of the federal poverty level but less than or equal to two hundred percent (200%) of the federal poverty level, fifty cents ($0.50) for each dollar contributed to the IDA by the IDA account holder during the preceding calendar year. The amount of such matching funds shall not exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) per IDA account holder per year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If the amount provided by the Department pursuant to the provisions of subsection C of Section 5 of this act is insufficient to disburse the maximum amounts specified in this subsection, amounts of disbursements shall be reduced proportionally based upon available funds. If the amount provided by the Department pursuant to the provisions of subsection C of Section 5 of this act is in excess of the amount required to disburse the maximum amounts specified in this subsection, such excess funds shall be returned to the Department and deposited to the Individual Development Account Revolving Fund created pursuant to the provisions of Section 10 of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit or limit a fiduciary organization from providing matching funds from sources other than the Department to its IDA account holder on such terms and under such conditions as it deems appropriate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. If an IDA account holder has gross household income from all sources for a calendar year which exceeds two hundred percent (200%) of the federal poverty level, the IDA account holder shall not be eligible to receive funds pursuant to the provisions of subsection D of this section in the following year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1998, c. 429, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-257. Permitted uses of individual development accounts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Individual development accounts may be used for any of the following qualified purposes:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Qualified acquisition costs with respect to a qualified principal residence for a qualified home buyer, or the costs of major repairs or improvements to a qualified principal residence, if paid directly to the persons to whom the amounts are due;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Amounts paid directly to a business capitalization account which is established in a federally insured financial institution and is restricted to use solely for qualified business capitalization expenses consistent with a qualified plan;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Postsecondary educational expenses paid directly to an eligible educational institution;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Amounts paid directly to an individual retirement account or education IRA established pursuant to federal law in the name of the IDA account holder or an immediate family member thereof; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Qualified acquisition costs with respect to purchase of an automobile, or costs of repair of an automobile, if paid directly to a licensed automobile dealer or repair shop.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1998, c. 429, &sect; 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-258. Withdrawals under false pretenses or for other than approved purposes - Penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. If the fiduciary organization receives evidence that monies withdrawn from IDAs are withdrawn under false pretenses or are used for purposes other than for the approved purposes indicated at the time of the withdrawal, the fiduciary organization shall make arrangements with the financial institution to impose a penalty of ten percent (10%) of the amount of the monies withdrawn or loss of matches and may, at its discretion, close the account. If the fiduciary organization is unable to impose the penalty specified herein, it shall notify the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the amount of such penalty shall be added to the income tax liability of the IDA account holder. All penalties collected by fiduciary organizations or the Tax Commission shall be deposited to the Individual Development Account Revolving Fund created pursuant to the provisions of Section 10 of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The amount of any withdrawal for purposes other than those set forth in Section 7 of this act, or any withdrawal for purposes other than for the approved purposes indicated at the time of the withdrawal, shall be taxed as income during the year in which the withdrawal is made. The fiduciary organization shall notify the Tax Commission of any such withdrawals made.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The fiduciary organization shall establish a grievance committee and a procedure to hear, review, and decide in writing any grievance made by an IDA account holder who disputes a decision of the operating organization that a withdrawal is subject to penalty.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Each fiduciary organization shall establish such regulations as are necessary, including prohibiting eligibility for further matching funds, to ensure compliance with this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1998, c. 429, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-259. State agency responsible for implementation of act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services shall be responsible for implementation of this act and shall promulgate rules as necessary in accordance with the provisions of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1998, c. 429, &sect; 9, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-260. Individual Development Account (IDA) Revolving Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Department of Human Services to be designated the "Individual Development Account (IDA) Revolving Fund". The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of all monies appropriated or contributed thereto. All monies accruing to the credit of the fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the Department for grants awarded pursuant to the provisions of subsection C of Section 255 of this title. Expenditures from the fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for approval and payment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1998, c. 429, &sect; 10, eff. Nov. 1, 1998. Amended by Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 239.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56300. Oklahoma Medical Center Institutions included.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Medical Center shall include the University Hospital, the Children's Hospital of Oklahoma, the O'Donaghue Rehabilitation Institution, the Child Study Center, and any other institutions operated by a private entity under a joint operating agreement in which any of the state institutions listed in this section are leased to a private entity pursuant to the University Hospitals Authority Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 42, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 288, &sect; 9, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1997, c. 174, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. May 8, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-301. Renumbered as &sect; 1406 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56301.1. Renumbered as &sect; 1407 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-302. Renumbered as &sect; 1408 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-303. Renumbered as &sect; 1409 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-304. Renumbered as &sect; 1410 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-305. Renumbered as &sect; 1411 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-306. Renumbered as &sect; 1412 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-307. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-308. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-309. Renumbered as &sect; 1413 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-310. Renumbered as &sect; 1414 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-311. Renumbered as &sect; 1415 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-312. Renumbered as &sect; 1416 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-313. Renumbered as &sect; 1417 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-314. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 69, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1965.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-315. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-316. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-317. Repealed by Laws 1979, c. 15, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 30, 1979.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-318. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-319. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-320. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-321. Renumbered as &sect; 1418 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-322. Renumbered as &sect; 1419 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-323. Renumbered as &sect; 1420 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-324. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-325. Repealed by Laws 1981, c. 210, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-326. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-327. Renumbered as &sect; 1421 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56327.1. Purchase or lease of passenger motor vehicles.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services is authorized to acquire passenger motor vehicles by purchase or lease when the acquisition is deemed necessary by the Department to implement any program assigned to the Department. All said purchases or leases for said vehicles shall comply with the provisions of the Oklahoma Central Purchasing Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1984, c. 161, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 1, 1984.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56328. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Transfer to Commission for Rehabilitation Services - Retirement system - Merit system.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation of the State Board for Vocational Education, or of the State Board of Education, including all personnel thereof and all property and assets belonging to such Division, is hereby transferred to the Commission for Rehabilitation Services; and all powers, duties and responsibilities of the State Board for Vocational Education relating to vocational rehabilitation shall hereafter be exercised by the Commission for Rehabilitation Services. Employees of the Division who are members of the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma and who continue as employees of the Division after such transfer may retain their membership in such Teachers' Retirement System. The Governor may, by an Executive Order, place the Division and employees thereof under the Merit System of Personnel Administration.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 46, &sect; 1, operative July 1, 1968. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 364, &sect; 14, emerg. eff. June 11, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56329. Section of Services to the Blind - Transfer to Commission for Rehabilitation Services - Merit system - Functions of Section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Section of Services to the Blind of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, including all personnel thereof and all property and assets belonging to such Section, is hereby transferred to, and shall be a section of, the Commission for Rehabilitation Services; and all powers, duties and responsibilities of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education relating to services to the blind shall hereafter be exercised by the Commission for Rehabilitation Services. Employees of the Section who are members of the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma and who continue as employees of the Section after such transfer may retain their membership in such Teachers' Retirement System. The Governor may, by an Executive Order, place the Section and employees thereof under the Merit System of Personnel Administration.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Section of Services to the Blind shall provide, to blind and visually impaired persons, rehabilitation services, rehabilitation teaching services, optical aids, and special library services, including Braille and recorded books; administer the vending facility program maintained for blind and visually impaired persons, and the merchandising fund; plan and develop a comprehensive rehabilitation center and services for blind and visually impaired persons; and coordinate its services with other public agencies and private agencies providing services to the blind.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 46, &sect; 2, operative July 1, 1968. Amended by Laws 1993, c. 364, &sect; 15, emerg. eff. June 11, 1993; Laws 2001, c. 329, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. June 1, 2001.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56330. Use of monies Federal funds Commission as sole state agency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Commission for Rehabilitation Services shall use such monies as may be necessary to operate and maintain the State Department of Rehabilitation Services, and to earn the maximum federal funds available to this state for vocational rehabilitation and services to the blind. The Commission shall be the sole agency of the State of Oklahoma to cooperate with, and to receive and administer grants and other funds from, the U.S. Department of Education, or any other federal agency, in programs for the vocational rehabilitation of disabled persons and for services to the blind.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 46, &sect; 3, operative July 1, 1968. Amended by Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 18, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988; Laws 1993, c. 364, &sect; 16, emerg. eff. June 11, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-331. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-332. Renumbered as &sect; 1422 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-333. Renumbered as &sect; 1423 of Title 10 by Laws 1982, c. 312, &sect; 48, emerg. eff. May 28, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-334. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56335. Outpatient services for former patients of Taft State Hospital.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services shall provide outpatient services within the county in which Taft State Hospital was located, for former patients of the Taft State Hospital and mentally ill persons residing in the area formerly served by the Taft State Hospital.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1970, c. 133, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. April 7, 1970. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 51, &sect; 118, emerg. eff. April 9, 1990.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-336. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-337. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-338. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-339. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-340. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-341. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-342. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56343. Basic medical services programs at schools for mentally retarded.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Commission for Human Services and the University Hospitals Authority shall enter into cooperative agreements between the University Hospitals Authority and the state schools for the mentally retarded in the development of basic medical services programs at the schools for the mentally retarded; provided, that the University Hospitals Authority shall not have the responsibility for implementing such programs or for providing medical services at the schools for the mentally retarded.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1973, c. 44, &sect; 8, operative July 1, 1973. Amended by Laws 1983, c. 283, &sect; 16, operative July 1, 1983; Laws 1988, c. 326, &sect; 24, emerg. eff. July 13, 1988; Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 24, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-344. Renumbered as &sect; 3222 of Title 63 by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 31, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-345. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-346. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56347. Guardian and conservator services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services is hereby authorized to contract for the services of guardians and conservators who will act on behalf of individuals that are recipients of services through the agency's programs including, but not limited to, the program for the mentally retarded and the adult protective services program. The Department is authorized to reimburse such guardians and conservators for any expenses determined to be reimburseable by the Department and incurred as a result of their services as guardian or conservator.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 291, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. July 23, 1985.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-401. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-402. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-403. Repealed by Laws 1986, c. 247, &sect; 34, emerg. eff. June 13, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-404. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-405. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-406. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-407. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-408. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-409. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-410. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56411. Deceased child or retarded person Funeral arrangements and expenses.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Except as otherwise provided by subsection B of this section, the Department of Human Services is authorized to make the necessary funeral arrangements and pay any reasonable burial expenses incurred upon the death of a child or a retarded person who is either in the custody of the Department or is a resident of an institution under the jurisdiction of the Department. When possible, the Department shall make such arrangements with any funeral home located in the same vicinity as the institution or in the same vicinity of the child's or retarded person's place of residence or home town.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department of Human Services is not authorized to make such funeral arrangements or make such burial payments if the deceased child or deceased retarded person has any relatives or next of kin who is financially able to make the funeral arrangements and make the burial payments.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1986, c. 9, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1986.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-412. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 32, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-412.1. Renumbered as &sect; 3221.1 of Title 63 by Laws 1994, c. 283, &sect; 21, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-413. Repealed by Laws 1995, c. 263, &sect; 9.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-501. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-504. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-504.1. Renumbered as &sect; 5030.1 of Title 63 by Laws 1996, c. 221, &sect; 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-505. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-506. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-507. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-508. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-509. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-510. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-511. Repealed by Laws 1997, c. 414, &sect; 30, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-515. Repealed by Laws 1984, c. 226, &sect; 16, eff. Oct. 1, 1985 and Laws 1985, c. 357, &sect; 5, operative Oct. 1, 1985.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-521. Renumbered as &sect; 3223 of Title 63 by Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 31, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-530.1. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Sections 7 through 13 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the "Oklahoma Adult Companion Home Certification Act".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 159, &sect; 6, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-530.2. Purpose and policy of act - Maintenance of minimum standards - Certificate required.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. It is the purpose and policy of the Oklahoma Adult Companion Home Certification Act to ensure maintenance of minimum standards for the care and protection of mentally retarded or developmentally disabled adults, and to encourage and assist adult companion homes in achieving maximum standards.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. In order to provide care for mentally retarded or developmentally disabled adults in adult companion homes, a certificate shall be obtained from the Department of Human Services. Such certificate shall be issued on the basis of meeting minimum standards which are essential for the health and welfare of any mentally retarded or developmentally disabled adult placed for care in such home.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 159, &sect; 7, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-530.3. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">For purposes of the provisions of the Oklahoma Adult Companion Home Certification Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Department" means the Department of Human Services; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Adult companion home" means any home or establishment, funded and certified by the Department of Human Services, which provides homelike residential accommodations and supportive assistance to three or fewer mentally retarded or developmentally disabled adults.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 159, &sect; 8, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-530.4. Application for certificate - Provisional certificate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Beginning January 1, 1994, no adult companion home shall be operated or maintained unless certified by the Department of Human Services. No new adult companion home may be established without the prior approval of the Department, which shall be granted only after the Department is satisfied that such adult companion home will meet known needs for the services proposed to be provided and that the adult companion home will meet minimum standards.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. An application for a certificate shall be made on forms prescribed by the Department. Before issuing a certificate, the Department shall investigate the activities and standards of care of the applicant and, if satisfied that the applicant meets the requirements as provided in the Oklahoma Adult Companion Home Certification Act, a certificate shall be issued. A provisional certificate may be issued to any applicant whose services are needed but which is temporarily unable to conform to all the rules of the Department. All certificates shall be in force for one (1) year from date of issuance unless sooner revoked as authorized by the Oklahoma Adult Companion Home Certification Act, and shall be reissued annually upon application. A provisional certificate may be in force for not more than one (1) year, unless an emergency exists that, in the discretion of the Department, necessitates an extension thereof.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 159, &sect; 9, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-530.5. Rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services shall promulgate rules prescribing minimum standards for adult companion homes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. In promulgating rules prescribing such standards the Department shall consult with the State Department of Health, the State Bureau of Investigation and the State Fire Marshal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 159, &sect; 10, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-530.6. Investigations, examinations, and inspections - Authority of state agencies - Confidentiality.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services shall have authority at any reasonable time to investigate and examine the conditions of any home which receives and cares for mentally retarded or developmentally disabled adults. The Department shall have authority at any time to require the home to provide information pertaining to mentally retarded or developmentally disabled adults in its care.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The State Department of Health may visit any home at the request of the Department to advise on matters affecting the health of mentally retarded or developmentally disabled adults and to inspect the sanitation of the buildings used for their care.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The State Bureau of Investigation and the State Fire Marshal shall visit any home at the request of the Department to advise on matters affecting the safety of mentally retarded or developmentally disabled adults and to inspect the condition of the buildings in which their care is provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Information obtained by the Department from any home regarding mentally retarded or developmentally disabled adults shall be deemed confidential, and shall be properly safeguarded, and shall not be accessible to anyone except as herein provided unless upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 159, &sect; 11, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-530.7. Revocation or refusal to renew certificate - Notice and hearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services may revoke or refuse to renew any certificate issued pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Adult Companion Home Certification Act if the home has violated any of the provisions of the Oklahoma Adult Companion Home Certification Act or the standards promulgated by the Department. No certificate shall be revoked or renewal refused unless the holder of such certificate shall have been given at least thirty (30) days' notice in writing of the grounds of such proposed revocation or refusal. If such revocation or refusal is protested to the Commission for Human Services, in writing, within thirty (30) days of receipt of said notice the Commission, or the Department, shall conduct a hearing at which an opportunity is given to the owner or operator of such home to present testimony and confront witnesses. Notice of such hearing shall be given to said owner or operator of such home by personal service or by delivery to the proper address by registered mail, at least two (2) weeks prior to the date thereof. If notice of the proposed revocation or refusal is not so protested, the certification may thereupon be revoked or renewal thereof refused.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 159, &sect; 12, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-530.8. Appeals - Injunctions - Violations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any certificate holder aggrieved by the decision of the Department of Human Services pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Adult Companion Home Certification Act, within ten (10) days after the revocation or refusal to issue or renew the certification, may take an appeal de novo to the district court of the county in which the home is maintained and operated by filing with the clerk of the court a verified petition. Notice of such appeal shall be served on the Director of the Department within five (5) days of the date of its filing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department, within ten (10) days of the service of such notice, shall file with the clerk of said court a transcript of the proceedings had before it. The district court shall thereupon be vested with jurisdiction to hear and determine the questions of law and fact involved, as in an appeal de novo. If the Department prevails, the judgment of the district court shall be that the decision of the Department be affirmed. If the owner or operator of a home prevails, the judgment of the court shall be that the revocation be set aside or the certification issued or renewed, as the case may be. Pending the hearing of the appeal, the action of the Department revoking or refusing renewal of the certification or the granting thereof shall be stayed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Any person or owner or operator of a home may be enjoined from maintaining and operating such home for violations of any provisions of the Oklahoma Adult Companion Home Certification Act by suit brought in the name of the state by the Attorney General of the State of Oklahoma or by a district attorney.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Any person or agent, representative, or officer of any home who violates any of the provisions of the Oklahoma Adult Companion Home Certification Act, upon conviction, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. Whenever any agent, representative, or officer of any home is convicted under authority of the Oklahoma Adult Companion Home Certification Act, such conviction shall be sufficient grounds for the revocation of the certificate to operate a home.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 159, &sect; 13, eff. July 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-601. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Sections 2 through 8 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the "Oklahoma Family Support Act".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 277, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-602. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in the Oklahoma Family Support Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Department" means the Department of Human Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Family" means a family member and his or her parent or legal guardian; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Family member" means a person less than eighteen (18) years of age with mental retardation or other developmental disability as defined in Section 1408 of Title 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 277, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-603. Legislative intent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Family Support Act is intended to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Keep families together;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Facilitate the return of children with developmental disabilities from out-of-home placements to their families' homes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Prevent or delay the out-of-home placement of children with severe developmental disabilities who reside in their families' homes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 277, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-604. Family Support Program - Eligibility criteria.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Director of the Department of Human Services shall, within the constraints of funding appropriated to the Department, maintain a Family Support Program for children with severe developmental disabilities who reside in their family homes in accordance with the following criteria:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The family member resides with the family;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The family resides in the State of Oklahoma;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The gross adjusted income of the family for the year immediately preceding the date of application for the assistance did not exceed Forty-five Thousand Dollars ($45,000.00);&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The family is headed by a biological parent, adoptive parent, or legal guardian of the eligible family member; provided, however, that if the eligible family member lives with an adoptive parent or parents who already receive adoption subsidy from any source on behalf of the applicant, the family cannot receive family support assistance authorized by this section; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The family or family member does not receive Medicaid Home and Community-based Waiver Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 277, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 1992. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 407, &sect; 19, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-605. Rules and regulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Director of the Department shall promulgate necessary rules to ensure the proper and efficient operation of the Family Support Program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 277, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-606. Assistance payments.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If an application for family support assistance pursuant to the Oklahoma Family Support Act is approved by the Department of Human Services and Developmental Disabilities Services Division:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A family support assistance payment shall be paid to the parent or legal guardian on behalf of a family member and shall be considered a benefit to the family member;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The family support assistance payment shall be used to meet the special needs of the family associated with the family member. Except as otherwise provided in the Oklahoma Family Support Act, this assistance payment is intended to complement, not to supplant, public assistance or other social service benefits based on economic need, available through governmental programs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The amount of the family support assistance payment shall be a maximum of Four Hundred Dollars ($400.00) per month. Increases to this amount shall be determined annually by legislative appropriation. In addition, the parent or legal guardian of a family member who is in an out-of-home placement at the time of application may receive a one-time, lump-sum advance payment of twice the monthly family support assistance amount for the purpose of meeting the special needs of the family to prepare for the placement or return of the family member to in-home care.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The parent or legal guardian who receives a family support assistance payment shall report, in writing, at least the following information to the Department:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;not less than annually, a statement and any supporting documentation requested by the Department that the family support assistance payment was used to meet the special needs of the family,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;immediately, if the parent or legal guardian requests termination of the family support assistance,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;immediately, upon the occurrence of any event listed in Section 7 of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 277, &sect; 6, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-607. Termination of assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The family support assistance shall terminate if any of the following occurs:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The family member dies;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The family no longer meets the eligibility criteria referenced in Section 4 of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The family member no longer meets the eligibility criteria referenced in Section 4 of this act; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. A report required by Section 6 of this act is not timely made or is determined to be false.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 277, &sect; 7, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-608. Hearing upon denial or termination.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If an application for a family support assistance is denied or a family support assistance payment is terminated by the Department, the parent or legal guardian of the affected family member may demand, in writing, a hearing by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 277, &sect; 8, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-625.1. Short title &ndash; Purpose - Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. This act shall be known and may be cited as the &ldquo;Independent Living Services Act&rdquo;.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Legislature hereby finds and declares that individuals with disabilities comprise a large percentage of Oklahoma&rsquo;s total population. Such individuals need assistance in living fuller and more independent lives. Individuals with disabilities receive assistance in independent living in the form of direct client services provided by the Department of Rehabilitation Services and in the form of independent living services as provided by centers for independent living pursuant to the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. However, as currently funded, such services are not sufficient to meet the independent living needs of individuals with disabilities. As a result, it is necessary to provide state funding to expand the services currently provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. For purposes of the Independent Living Services Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. &ldquo;Independent living center&rdquo; has the same definition as such term is defined by the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, or its implementing federal regulations; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. &ldquo;Independent living services&rdquo; has the same definition as such term is defined by the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, or its implementing federal regulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2000, c. 259, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-625.2. Statewide Independent Living Council &ndash; Contracts for services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. There is hereby created the Statewide Independent Living Council which shall be established pursuant to the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Public Law 93-112, codified at 29 U.S.C., Section 701 et seq., as amended.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The duties of the Council shall be those as set forth in the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Subject to the availability of state funds other than those appropriated to the Department of Rehabilitation Services for the purpose of providing independent living services to its clients, and in accordance with the State Plan for Independent Living, the Department of Rehabilitation Services, in joint effort with the Statewide Independent Living Council, may contract with independent living centers for the purpose of providing independent living services to individuals with disabilities and their families.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2000, c. 259, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-701. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Volunteer Service Credit Bank Program Act".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1994, c. 348, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-702. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in the Volunteer Service Credit Bank Program Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Recipient" means a person eligible to receive services whether as a full participant or beneficiary;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Full participant" means a person who is registered by a sponsoring organization to provide services and who receives service credits;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Beneficiary" means a person who acts solely as a recipient and who is made eligible through the transfer of service credits from a donor or sponsor;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Volunteer" means a person who is registered by a sponsoring organization to perform designated tasks for full participants and beneficiaries;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Donor" means a volunteer registered with a sponsoring organization whose earned service credits will be transferred to a recipient or beneficiary;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. "Sponsor" means an organization or agency which provides recruitment, referral, instructional facilities and support for the Program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. "Service credit" means the unit of exchange upon which the Program operates;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. "Eligible tasks" means those designated activities which, when performed by a volunteer for a recipient, will result in the earning and the use of service credits;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. "Matching process" means the administrative steps taken to bring an appropriate volunteer into contact with a recipient who has requested services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. "Umbrella Agency" means the Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division which will coordinate the statewide Volunteer Service Credit Bank Program, providing policy and procedures, technical assistance and computerization of records;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. "Volunteer coordinator" means a person responsible for coordinating a sponsor's program activities;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. "Respite care" means the temporary relief provided to a caregiver who has twenty-four-hour responsibility for a homebound person living either with the caregiver or separately; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. "Volunteer service credit bank" means the Program designed by the Division to provide service credits to qualified volunteers who provide in-home services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1994, c. 348, &sect; 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-703. Credit for providing volunteer in-home service.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Aging Services Division of the Department of Human Services shall establish a program to enable persons to volunteer their time and services to an in-home service or volunteer agency serving the homebound which is approved by the Division and receive credit for providing volunteer in-home service. The credit may then be drawn upon when a volunteer or beneficiary needs such in-home services. Types of services rendered are in-home services which enhance the capacity of the recipient to maintain self-sufficiency and/or improve the recipient's quality of life. No income test shall be used to determine eligibility for service.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Commission for Human Services shall promulgate rules necessary for the accomplishment of the purpose of the Volunteer Service Credit Bank Program Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1994, c. 348, &sect; 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-704. Rulemaking.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Commission shall promulgate rules regarding:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The sponsoring organizations, including but not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;eligibility requirements for certification of local sponsoring organizations,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;roles and responsibilities of the sponsoring organizations,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;provisions for the sponsoring organizations to establish program contribution procedures,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;provisions for liability insurance for the sponsor and volunteers, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;provisions for written policies and procedures regarding confidentiality and recordkeeping;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Volunteers, including but not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;types of volunteers and eligibility criteria for same, whether receiving service credits or donating credits to a beneficiary,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;procedures for making application to the Program,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;training requirements, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;a volunteer code of ethics; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Receiving service credits, including but not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;criteria for receipt of service credits,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the amount of credits to be awarded for different types of service, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;procedures for receiving service and drawing on the credit bank.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1994, c. 348, &sect; 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-705. Volunteer Service Credit Bank Program Advisory Council.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. There is hereby created a Volunteer Service Credit Bank Program Advisory Council appointed by the Director of the Department of Human Services. The Council shall be composed of fifteen (15) members selected for their activity in aging and volunteer programs in Oklahoma. Membership will include, but not be limited to, representation from the State Council on Aging and the Oklahoma Business and Aging Leadership Council, the State ACTION director, an American Association of Retired Persons representative, a health agency professional, a State Unit on Aging staff member, an Area Agency on Aging director and volunteer agency personnel. Other relevant volunteers and/or professionals will be invited to serve as appropriate. The members shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for expenses by the Department pursuant to the provisions of the State Travel Reimbursement Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Division shall provide professional and clerical staff to perform the designated duties of the Council.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Volunteer Service Credit Bank Program Advisory Council shall have the power and duty to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Serve as the advisory body to the Division for the development and improvement of services to homebound individuals;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Advise and consult with the Division on all matters relating to the Volunteer Service Credit Bank Program; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Evaluate and review the rules, practices and procedures regarding the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1994, c. 348, &sect; 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;561001. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Oklahoma Medicaid Program Integrity Act".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1989, c. 220, &sect; 1, operative July 1, 1989.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1002. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Integrity Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Authority" means the Oklahoma Health Care Authority;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Attorney General" means the Attorney General of this state, his employees or his authorized representatives;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Claim" means a communication, including written, electronic, or magnetic, which is utilized to identify a good, item, or service as reimbursable pursuant to the Oklahoma Medicaid Program, or which states income or expense and is or may be used to determine a rate of payment pursuant to the Oklahoma Medicaid Program; and any application for payment by any person from the Oklahoma Medicaid Program or its fiscal agents for each good or service purported by any person to have been provided by any person to any Medicaid recipient;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Fiscal agents" means any individual, firm, corporation, professional association, partnership, organization, or other legal entity which, through a contractual relationship with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and, thereby, the State of Oklahoma, receives, processes, and pays claims under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Kickback" means a return in any form by any individual, company, corporation, partnership, or association of a part of an expenditure made by a provider:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;to the same provider,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;to an entity controlled by the provider or,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;to an entity which the provider intends to benefit whenever such expenditure is reimbursed, or reimbursable, or claimed by a provider as being reimbursable by the Oklahoma Medicaid Program and when the sum or value returned is not credited to the benefit of the Oklahoma Medicaid Program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. "Medicaid recipient" means any individual in whose behalf any person claimed or received any payment or payments from the Oklahoma Medicaid Program or its fiscal agents, whether or not any such individual was eligible for benefits under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. "Oklahoma Medicaid Program" means the state program administered by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority pursuant to Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, which provides for payments for medical goods or services on behalf of indigent families with dependent children and of aged, blind, or disabled individuals whose income and resources are insufficient to meet the cost of necessary medical services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. "Person" means any Medicaid provider of goods or services or any employee of such provider, whether that provider is an individual, individual medical vendor, firm, corporation, professional association, partnership, organization, or other legal entity under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program, or any individual, individual medical vendor, firm, corporation, professional association, partnership, organization, other legal entity, or any employee of such who is not a provider under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program but who provides goods or services to a provider under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program for which the provider submits claims to the Oklahoma Medicaid Program or its fiscal agents;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. "Provider" means any person who has applied to participate or who participates in the Oklahoma Medicaid Program as a supplier of a good or a service;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0"> 10. "Records" means all medical, professional, or business records or documents relating to the treatment or care of any recipient, or to a good or a service provided to any such recipient, or to rates or amounts paid or claimed for such a good or a service including but not limited to records of non-Medicaid goods or services to verify rates or amounts; and any records required to be kept by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to be kept by any person; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0"> 11. "Sign" means to affix a signature directly or indirectly by means of handwriting, typewriter, signature stamp, computer impulse, or other means recognized by Oklahoma Law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1989, c. 220, &sect; 2, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 144, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 1, 1990; Laws 1995, c. 306, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1003. Medicaid fraud control unit - Creation - Status - Power and authority - Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Revolving Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. There is hereby created within the Office of the Attorney General, a Medicaid fraud control unit.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Medicaid fraud control unit shall be the state entity to which all cases of suspected Medicaid fraud shall be referred by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority or its fiscal agents for the purposes of investigation, civil action, criminal action or referral to the district attorney. Provided however, nothing contained in the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Integrity Act shall prohibit the Oklahoma Health Care Authority from investigating or additionally referring to other proper law enforcement agencies cases of suspected Medicaid fraud, nor the Attorney General from pursuing cases of suspected Medicaid fraud without a referral from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority if there is credible evidence of fraud. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall be authorized to require providers to display information about how to report providers suspected of fraudulent activity relating to the Oklahoma Medicaid Program. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall require that signs be posted in any and all locations where services provided by the Oklahoma Medicaid Program are delivered to Medicaid recipients. The sign shall make reference to the Attorney General&rsquo;s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit hotline and provide the current phone number for the hotline, and shall be placed in a conspicuous location within a provider&rsquo;s office. The sign shall contain notification that all reports to the hotline may be filed anonymously by persons suspecting fraudulent activity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. In carrying out these responsibilities, the Attorney General shall have all the powers necessary to comply with federal laws and regulations relative to the operation of a Medicaid fraud unit, the power to cross-designate assistant United States attorneys as assistant attorneys general, the power to investigate cases of patient abuse, the power to issue or cause to be issued subpoenas or other process in aid of investigations and prosecutions, the power to administer oaths and take sworn statements under penalty of perjury, the power to serve and execute in any county, search warrants which relate to investigations authorized by the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Integrity Act and shall have all the powers of a district attorney.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Subpoenas ad testificandum or duces tecum issued pursuant to the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Integrity Act may be served by the Attorney General, any peace officer, or any competent person over eighteen (18) years of age, and may require attendance or production at any place in this state. A refusal to obey such subpoena, or willful failure to appear, be sworn, testify, or produce records at the place and time specified shall constitute contempt and shall be enforced by the district court of the county where issued or the county where served, at the election of the Attorney General, as if it was a contempt on that court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Attorney General shall have authority to collect all fines, penalties, amounts of restitution, or interest accruing on any amount of restitution to be made and any penalties to be paid from and after default in the payment thereof levied pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Integrity Act, the Oklahoma Medicaid False Claims Act, or any other charge, cause of action, prelitigation settlement or other settlement which recovers money wrongfully paid by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority on a claim submitted to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. However, this subsection is not in any way intended to affect the contempt power of any court. Funds collected by the Attorney General pursuant to this section shall be deposited as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Restitution recovered and interest thereon shall be returned to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority for deposit to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Medicaid Program Fund created pursuant to Section 5020 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Costs of investigation, litigation, attorney fees, and other expenses shall be retained by the Office of the Attorney General and shall be deposited in the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Revolving Fund created pursuant to subsection E of this section; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Fines and penalties and other funds recovered and interest thereon shall be deposited in the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Revolving Fund; provided, the balance in the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Revolving Fund shall not exceed an amount equal to fifty percent (50%) of the current-year budget for operating costs of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Any funds exceeding that amount shall be deposited as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;seventy-five percent (75%) to the General Revenue Fund, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;twenty-five percent (25%) to the Attorney General's Evidence Fund created pursuant to Section 19 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Office of the Attorney General, to be designated the "Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Revolving Fund". The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of any monies designated to the fund by law. All monies accruing to the credit of said fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the Attorney General for activities related to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Expenditures from said fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for approval and payment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1989, c. 220, &sect; 3, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 144, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 1, 1990; Laws 1995, c. 306, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2011, c. 306, &sect; 1; Laws 2012, c. 244, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2012; Laws 2013, c. 15, &sect; 36, emerg. eff. April 8, 2013; Laws 2013, c. 106, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 240 repealed by Laws 2013, c. 15, &sect; 37, emerg. eff. April 8, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1004. Potential recipient's authorization to examine records - Provider's signed statement as to accuracy of reports, etc. - Maintenance of records - Access to records - Confidentiality of records and information - Disclosure - Liability.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. No potential Medicaid recipient shall be eligible for medical assistance unless such recipient has, in writing, authorized the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Attorney General to examine all records maintained as required by the Oklahoma Medicaid Program by the recipient, or of those receiving or having received Medicaid benefits through the recipient, whether the receipt of such benefits would be allowed by the Oklahoma Medicaid Program or not.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. Each application to participate as a provider in the Oklahoma Medicaid Program, each report stating income or expense upon which rates of payment are or may be based, and each invoice for payment for a good or a service provided to recipient, shall contain a statement that all matters stated therein are true and accurate, signed by the provider or his or her agent. Any person who signs this statement or causes another to sign this statement knowing the statement to be false shall be guilty of perjury. For purposes of this subsection, an individual who signs on behalf of a provider shall be presumed to have the authorization of the provider and to be acting at his or her direction.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. All providers subject to the Oklahoma Medicaid Program are required to maintain at their or its principal place of Medicaid business all such records at least for a period of six (6) years from the date of claimed provision of any goods or services to any Medicaid recipient.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Attorney General shall be allowed access to all records of persons and Medicaid recipients under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program which are held by a provider or the Oklahoma Health Care Authority for the purpose of investigating whether any person may have committed the crime of Medicaid fraud, or for use or potential use in any legal, administrative, or judicial proceeding. In carrying out the purposes of the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Integrity Act, the Attorney General may take possession of records held by a provider by subpoena, in which case copies of those records obtained by the Attorney General which are necessary for the provider to continue doing business shall be supplied to the provider, or the Attorney General may elect to require that the provider supply the Medicaid fraud control unit within the office of the Attorney General with copies of the records. Upon request, the Attorney General shall be granted access to records, including electronic data, held by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority for the purpose of investigating whether any person or entity may have committed the crime of Medicaid fraud.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Records obtained or created by the Authority or the Attorney General pursuant to the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Integrity Act shall be classified as confidential information and shall not be subject to the Oklahoma Open Records Act or to outside review or release by any individual except, if authorized by the Attorney General, in relation to legal, administrative, or judicial proceeding.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. No person holding such records may refuse to provide the Authority or the Attorney General with access to such records on the basis that release would violate any recipient's right of privacy, any recipient's privilege against disclosure or use, or any professional or other privilege or right. The disclosure of patient information as required by the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Integrity Act shall not subject any physician or other health services provider to liability for breach of any confidential relationship between a patient and a provider.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1989, c. 220, &sect; 4, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 144, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. May 1, 1990; Laws 1995, c. 306, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2012, c. 244, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;561005. Unlawful acts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully and knowingly:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Make or cause to be made a claim, knowing the claim to be false, in whole or in part, by commission or omission;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Make or cause to be made a statement or representation for use in obtaining or seeking to obtain authorization to provide a good or a service knowing the statement or representation to be false, in whole or in part, by commission or omission;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Make or cause to be made a statement or representation for use by another in obtaining a good or a service under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program, knowing the statement or representation to be false, in whole or in part, by commission or omission;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Make or cause to be made a statement or representation for use in qualifying as a provider of a good or a service under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program, knowing the statement or representation to be false, in whole or in part, by commission or omission;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Charge any recipient or person acting on behalf of a recipient, money or other consideration in addition to or in excess of rates of remuneration established under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Solicit or accept a benefit, pecuniary benefit, or kickback in connection with goods or services paid or claimed by a provider to be payable by the Oklahoma Medicaid Program; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Having submitted a claim for or received payment for a good or a service under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program, fail to maintain or destroy such records as required by law or the rules of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority for a period of at least six (6) years following the date on which payment was received.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. For the purposes of this section, a person shall be deemed to have made or caused to be made a claim, statement, or representation if the person:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Had the authority or responsibility to make the claim, statement, or representation, to supervise those who made the claim, statement, or representation, or to authorize the making of the claim, statement, or representation, whether by operation of law, business or professional practice, or office procedure; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Exercised such authority or responsibility or failed to exercise such authority or responsibility and as a direct or indirect result, the false statement was made.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The provisions of this section shall not be construed to prohibit any payment, business arrangement or payment practice not prohibited by 42 U.S.C., Section 1320a-7b(b) or any regulations promulgated pursuant thereto or to prohibit any payment, business arrangement or payment practice not prohibited by Section 1-742 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. For the purposes of this section, a person shall be deemed to have known that a claim, statement, or representation was false if the person knew, or by virtue of the person's position, authority or responsibility, had reason to know, of the falsity of the claim, statement or representation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Any employee of the State Department of Health, the Department of Human Services or the Oklahoma Health Care Authority who knowingly or willfully fails to promptly report a violation of the Oklahoma Medicaid Program, subject to the provisions of this section, to the chief administrative officer of such agency or the State Attorney General shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a misdemeanor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1989, c. 220, &sect; 5, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 144, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. May 1, 1990; Laws 1995, c. 306, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2000, c. 198, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 9, 2000; Laws 2000, c. 340, &sect; 9, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2000, c. 344, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 6, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1005.1. Definitions &ndash; Fraudulent receipt of assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. As used in this section:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. &ldquo;Administrative sanction&rdquo; means the court may enter an order making an individual who violates a provision of this section ineligible for assistance for a specified period of time. Such order shall be communicated to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Legal Division; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. &ldquo;Insure Oklahoma&rdquo; means the program administered by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority pursuant to Sections 1010.1 through 1010.13 of Title 56 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Any individual who:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Obtains or attempts to obtain, or aids, abets or assists any individual to obtain, by means of a false statement or representation, or by false impersonation, or by a fictitious transfer, conveyance or encumbrance of property or income, or by a knowing and willful failure to report to the Department of Human Services or the Oklahoma Health Care Authority income, personal property, real property, household members, or other material eligibility factors at the time of application or during the receipt of assistance, or by other fraudulent device, assistance to which an applicant is not entitled or assistance greater than that to which an applicant is justly entitled shall be guilty of a misdemeanor or a felony;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. By sale, barter, purchase, theft, acquisition, possession or use of any medical identification card or any other device authorizing participation in the Oklahoma Medicaid Program, knowingly obtains, aids, abets or assists any individual to obtain or attempt to obtain assistance to which an individual is not entitled shall be guilty of a misdemeanor or a felony; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Attempts to obtain Medicaid or Insure Oklahoma benefits by omitting income, personal property, household members, or other material eligibility factors shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by either a fine of three times the amount of assistance, or up to three (3) months in the county jail. In addition, the individual may also be punished by an administrative sanction regarding Medicaid benefits. The court shall have discretion in determining penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. If the acts in either paragraph 1 or 2 of subsection B of this section or both paragraphs 1 and 2 of subsection B of this section cause the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to determine that an individual or family is eligible for Medicaid or the Insure Oklahoma program and the aggregate amount of assistance paid on behalf of the individual or individuals is less than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), the penalty, upon conviction, shall be a misdemeanor punishable by fine or imprisonment, or both a fine and imprisonment for three (3) months or an administrative sanction regarding Medicaid benefits in the discretion of the court. If the acts in paragraph 1 or 2 of subsection B of this section or both paragraphs 1 and 2 of subsection B of this section cause the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to determine an individual or family eligible for Medicaid or the Insure Oklahoma program and the aggregate amount of assistance paid on behalf of the individual or individuals is equal to or greater than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), the penalty, upon conviction, shall be a felony punishable by fine or imprisonment or both a fine and imprisonment for not more than five (5) years or an administrative sanction regarding Medicaid benefits in the discretion of the court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 134, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1006. Medicaid fraud - Penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any person found to have committed any violation of paragraphs 1 through 6 of subsection A of Section 1005 of this title shall be deemed guilty of Medicaid fraud.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. Any person committing Medicaid fraud where the aggregate amount of payments illegally claimed or received is Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) or more shall be guilty of a felony, and upon conviction thereof shall pay a fine of not more than three times the amount of payments illegally claimed or received or Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) whichever is greater, or be imprisoned for not more than three (3) years, or both such fine and imprisonment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any person committing Medicaid fraud where the aggregate amount of payments illegally claimed or received is less than Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall pay a fine of not more than three times the amount of payments illegally claimed or received or One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) whichever is greater, or imprisoned for not more than one (1) year, or both such fine and imprisonment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person who violates paragraph 7 of subsection A of Section 1005 of this title shall be guilty of a felony.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1989, c. 220, &sect; 6, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 144, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. May 1, 1990; Laws 1997, c. 133, &sect; 501, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, &sect; 366, eff. July 1, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, &sect; 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, &sect; 501 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;561007. Additional penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any person who receives payment for furnishing goods or services under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program, which the person is not entitled to receive by reason of offenses under paragraphs 1 through 6 of subsection A of Section 1005 of this title, shall, in addition to any other penalties provided by law, be liable for:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Full restitution to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority of all funds or payments received in violation of the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Integrity Act which shall be returned to the Authority for deposit to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Medicaid Program Fund, created in Section 6 of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Payment of interest on the amount of the excess payment at the maximum legal rate in effect on the date the payment was made to the person for the period from the date upon which payment was made to the date upon which the repayment is made to the Authority. All such payments shall be deposited in the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Medicaid Program Fund, created in Section 6 of this act; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The cost of investigation, litigation, and attorney fees, which shall be deposited to the General Revenue Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. In addition to the penalties imposed by paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of subsection A of this section, any person who receives payment for furnishing goods or services under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program, which the person is not entitled to receive by reason of violation of paragraphs 1 through 6 of subsection A of Section 1005 of this title, shall be liable for one of the following penalties:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;a civil penalty of two (2) times the amount of restitution and interest thereon from date of judgment, which shall be deposited to the General Revenue Fund, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;a civil penalty in the sum of Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) and interest thereon from date of judgment for each false or fraudulent claim, statement, or representation submitted for providing goods or services, which shall be deposited to the General Revenue Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A criminal action need not be brought against the person before civil liability attaches under this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. In addition to the sanctions provided by the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Integrity Act, the Authority may, upon the conviction of or the entry of an administrative, civil or criminal judgment against any person wherein Medicaid fraud on the person's part is involved, suspend the provider agreement between the Authority and the person and stop reimbursement to the person for goods or services claimed for a period of up to five (5) years from the date of final adjudication of the matter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1989, c. 220, &sect; 7, operative July 1, 1989. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 144, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. May 1, 1990; Laws 1995, c. 306, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;561008. Annual report on Medicaid fraud.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Attorney General shall submit an annual report, due by July 1 of each year, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Governor and the Secretary of State detailing the number of Medicaid fraud cases investigated and litigated and the amount of monies collected in the previous fiscal year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1989, c. 220, &sect; 8, operative July 1, 1989.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1009.1. Short title - Legislative findings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Sections 1 and 2 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the &ldquo;All Kids Act&rdquo;.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Legislature finds that, for the economic and social benefit of all residents of the State of Oklahoma, it is important to enable all children of this state to access affordable health insurance that offers comprehensive coverage and emphasizes preventative health care. Numerous studies, including the Institute of Medicine&rsquo;s report, Health Insurance Matters, demonstrate that lack of insurance negatively affects health status. The Legislature further finds that access to health care is a key component for children&rsquo;s healthy development and successful education. The effects of lack of insurance also negatively impact those who are insured because the cost of paying for care for the uninsured is shifted to those who have insurance in the form of higher health insurance premiums. A Families USA 2005 report indicates that by 2010, family premiums in Oklahoma will increase by Two Thousand Eleven Dollars ($2,011.00) due to cost-shifting from the uninsured. It is, therefore, the intent of the All Kids Act to provide access to affordable health insurance to all children in Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2007, c. 318, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 4, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1009.2. Medical coverage for children 18 and under - Eligibility - Privately sponsored insurance - Partial coverage - Cost-sharing - Rules - Waivers - Funding.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. On or before January 1, 2011, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall establish and maintain a program with a voucher and/or other subsidy to provide medical coverage assistance to children, eighteen (18) years of age or younger, whose family incomes are between one hundred eighty-five percent (185%) and three hundred percent (300%) of the federal poverty level.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. To be eligible for the program, the child must:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Be a lawful resident of the State of Oklahoma;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Be ineligible for medical assistance under the state Medicaid program; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Have been without health insurance coverage for a period set forth by the Authority, but not less than six (6) months during the first month of operation of the program, except in the following situations:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;loss of employment by a parent which made available affordable dependent health insurance coverage, until such time as affordable employer-sponsored dependent health insurance coverage is again available for the child as set forth by the Authority,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;affordable private or employer-sponsored health insurance is unavailable to the responsible relative of a newborn, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;loss of medical benefits under the state Medicaid program within one year of applying for coverage under the All Kids Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Authority shall provide assistance to families in gaining health care benefits for children in the program by offering a voucher and/or other subsidy toward the cost of privately sponsored health insurance, including, but not limited to, employer-sponsored health insurance provided through the state&rsquo;s premium assistance program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. If privately sponsored health insurance is not available, the Authority may allow applicants to purchase access to the state-administered health care benefit under the premium assistance program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Authority is authorized to offer partial coverage to children who are enrolled in a high-deductible private health insurance plan or to offer a limited package of benefits to children in families who have private or employer-sponsored health insurance coverage which does not cover certain benefits, including, but not limited to, dental or vision benefits.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The families of children who are enrolled in this program shall be subject to the following cost-sharing requirements:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Cost-sharing provisions stated in privately sponsored health insurance plans for children enrolled in such plans; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Cost-sharing methods and levels to be set forth by the Authority for individuals participating in the state-administered premium assistance program. Such cost-sharing shall be on a sliding scale based on family income and may be periodically modified by the Authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Notwithstanding paragraphs 1 and 2 of this subsection, there shall be no co-payment required for well-baby or well-child health care for children enrolled in the program, including, but not limited to, age-appropriate immunizations as required under state or federal law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. The Authority shall promulgate rules to determine eligibility and enrollment of children in the program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. The Authority shall submit to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services an application for any waivers or any state plan amendments required to amend the state Medicaid plan to enact the provisions of the All Kids Act. Subject to federal approval, the program shall utilize a voucher and/or related subsidy system for participating families.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. Funding for this act shall be provided from the unused funds from the Oklahoma Employer/Employee Partnership for Insurance Coverage pursuant to Section 1010.1 of Title 56 of the Oklahoma Statutes, not to exceed Eight Million Dollars ($8,000,000.00).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2007, c. 318, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 4, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1010.1. Oklahoma Medicaid Program Reform Act of 2003 - Coverage of certain children - Application for waivers - Revolving fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Section 1010.1 et seq. of this title shall be known and may be cited as the &ldquo;Oklahoma Medicaid Program Reform Act of 2003&rdquo;.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Recognizing that many Oklahomans do not have health care benefits or health care coverage, that many small businesses cannot afford to provide health care benefits to their employees, and that, under federal law, barriers exist to providing Medicaid benefits to the uninsured, the Oklahoma Legislature hereby establishes provisions to lower the number of uninsured, assist businesses in their ability to afford health care benefits and coverage for their employees, and eliminate barriers to providing health coverage to eligible enrollees under federal law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Unless otherwise provided by law, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall provide coverage under the state Medicaid program to children under the age of eighteen (18) years whose family incomes do not exceed one hundred eighty-five percent (185%) of the federal poverty level.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. 1. The Authority is directed to apply for a waiver or waivers to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) that will accomplish the purposes outlined in subsection B of this section. The Authority is further directed to negotiate with CMS to include in the waiver authority provisions to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;increase access to health care for Oklahomans,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;reform the Oklahoma Medicaid Program to promote personal responsibility for health care services and appropriate utilization of health care benefits through the use of public-private cost sharing,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;enable small employers, and/or employed, uninsured adults with or without children to purchase employer-sponsored, state-approved private, or state-sponsored health care coverage through a state premium assistance payment plan. If by January 1, 2012, the Employer/Employee Partnership for Insurance Coverage Premium Assistance Program is not consuming more than seventy-five percent (75%) of its dedicated source of funding, then the program will be expanded to include parents of children eligible for Medicaid, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;develop flexible health care benefit packages based upon patient need and cost.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Authority may phase in any waiver or waivers it receives based upon available funding.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Authority is authorized to develop and implement a premium assistance plan to assist small businesses and/or their eligible employees to purchase employer-sponsored insurance or &ldquo;buy-in&rdquo; to a state-sponsored benefit plan.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">4.&nbsp;&nbsp;a.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Authority is authorized to seek from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services any waivers or amendments to existing waivers necessary to accomplish an expansion of the premium assistance program to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;include for-profit employers with two hundred fifty employees or less up to any level supported by existing funding resources, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;include not-for-profit employers with five hundred employees or less up to any level supported by existing funding resources.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;Foster parents employed by employers with greater than two hundred fifty employees shall be exempt from the qualifying employer requirement provided for in this paragraph and shall be eligible to qualify for the premium assistance program provided for in this section if supported by existing funding.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. For purposes of this paragraph, &ldquo;for-profit employer&rdquo; shall mean an entity which is not exempt from taxation pursuant to the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and &ldquo;not-for-profit employer&rdquo; shall mean an entity which is exempt from taxation pursuant to the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The Authority is authorized to seek from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services any waivers or amendments to existing waivers necessary to accomplish an extension of the premium assistance program to include qualified employees whose family income does not exceed two hundred fifty percent (250%) of the federal poverty level, subject to the limit of federal financial participation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. The Authority is authorized to create as part of the premium assistance program an option to purchase a high-deductible health insurance plan that is compatible with a health savings account.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. 1. There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund to be designated the &ldquo;Health Employee and Economy Improvement Act (HEEIA) Revolving Fund&rdquo;.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;all monies received by the Authority pursuant to this section and otherwise specified or authorized by law,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;monies received by the Authority due to federal financial participation pursuant to Title XIX of the Social Security Act, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;interest attributable to investment of money in the fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. All monies accruing to the credit of the fund are hereby appropriated and shall be budgeted and expended by the Authority to implement a premium assistance plan, unless otherwise provided by law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. 1. The Authority shall establish a procedure for verifying an applicant&rsquo;s individual income by utilizing available Oklahoma Tax Commission records, new hire report data collected by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, and child support payment data collected by the Department of Human Services in accordance with federal and state law. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Oklahoma Tax Commission, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, and Department of Human Services shall cooperate in accordance with federal and state law with the Authority to establish procedures for the secure electronic transmission of an applicant's individual income data to the Authority. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 336, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1993. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 421, &sect; 1; Laws 1999, c. 288, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Laws 1999, c. 323, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 8, 1999; Laws 2000, c. 251, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2003, c. 464, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2004, c. 136, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2004; Laws 2006, c. 315, &sect; 15, emerg. eff. June 9, 2006; Laws 2007, c. 230, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2007; Laws 2008, c. 3, &sect; 27, emerg. eff. Feb. 28, 2008; Laws 2008, c. 158, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2008; Laws 2008, c. 412, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2008; Laws 2009, c. 128, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2009; Laws 2010, c. 309, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2010.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 2007, c. 318, &sect; 3 repealed by Laws 2008, c. 3, &sect; 28, emerg. eff. Feb. 28, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1010.2. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. As used in the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Reform Act of 2003:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Authority" means the Oklahoma Health Care Authority;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Board" means the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Administrator" means the chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Eligible person" means any person who meets the minimum requirements established by:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;rules promulgated by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board pursuant to the requirements of Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C., Section 1396 et seq.,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;a waiver under the provisions of this act, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;any state law authorizing the purchase of small employer buy-in coverage;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Member" means an eligible person who enrolls in the Oklahoma Medicaid Healthcare Options System;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. "Nonparticipating provider" means a person who provides hospital or medical care pursuant to the Oklahoma Medicaid Program but does not have a managed care health services contract or subcontract within the Oklahoma Medicaid Healthcare Options System;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. "Prepaid capitated" means a mode of payment by which a health care provider directly delivers health care services for the duration of a contract to a maximum specified number of members based on a fixed rate per member, regardless of the actual number of members who receive care from the provider or the amount of health care services provided to any member;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. "Participating provider" means any person or organization who contracts with the Authority for the delivery of hospitalization, eye care, dental care, medical care and other medically related services to members or any subcontractor of such provider delivering services pursuant to the Oklahoma Medicaid Healthcare Options System; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. "System" means the Oklahoma Medicaid Healthcare Options System established by the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Reform Act of 2003.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 336, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 1993. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 204, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2003, c. 464, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 2003.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1010.3. Oklahoma Medicaid Healthcare Options System - Establishment - Administration - Transition of Medicaid delivery system to managed care system.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. There is hereby established the Oklahoma Medicaid Healthcare Options System. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall be responsible for converting the present system of delivery of the Oklahoma Medicaid Program to a managed care system.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The System shall be administered by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and shall consist of a statewide system of managed care contracts with participating providers for the provision of hospitalization, eye care, dental care and medical care coverage to members and the administration, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of such contracts. The contracts for the managed care health plans shall be awarded on a competitive bid basis.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The System shall use both full and partial capitation models to service the medical needs of eligible persons. The highest priority shall be given to the development of prepaid capitated health plans provided, that prepaid capitated health plans shall be the only managed care model offered in the high density population areas of Oklahoma City and Tulsa.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Oklahoma Medicaid Healthcare Options System shall initiate a process to provide for the orderly transition of the operation of the Oklahoma Medicaid Program to a managed care program within the System.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Except as hereinafter provided, the System shall develop managed care plans for all persons eligible for Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C., Section 1396 et seq., as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. On or before January 1, 1996, managed care plans shall be developed for a minimum of fifty percent (50%) of the participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and participants categorized as noninstitutionalized medically needy. On or before July 1, 1997, all participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and participants categorized as noninstitutionalized medically needy shall be enrolled in a managed care plan;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. On or before July 1, 1999, managed care plans shall be developed for all participants categorized as aged, blind or disabled;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. On or before July 1, 2001, managed care plans shall be developed for all participants who are institutionalized; provided, however, this requirement shall not apply to individuals who are developmentally disabled; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. On or before July 1, 2000, a proposal for a Medicaid waiver to implement a managed care pilot program for participants with long-term care needs shall be developed and presented to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee established in Section 1010.7 of this title. The pilot program shall provide a continuum of services for participants including, but not limited to, case management, supportive assistance in residential settings, homemaker services, home-delivered meals, adult day care, respite care, skilled nursing care, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and institutionalized long-term care. Payment for these services shall be on a capitated basis. The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee shall review the waiver application for the pilot program on or before December 1, 2000. In no instance shall the waiver application be presented to the Health Care Financing Administration prior to the review by the Committee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall apply for any federal Medicaid waivers necessary to implement the System. The application made pursuant to this subsection shall be designed to qualify for federal funding primarily on a prepaid capitated basis. Such funds may only be used for eye care, dental care, medical care and related services for eligible persons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Except as specifically required by federal law, the System shall only be responsible for providing care on or after the date that a person has been determined eligible for the System, and shall only be responsible for reimbursing the cost of care rendered on or after the date that the person was determined eligible for the System.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 336, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 1993. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 282, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 204, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1996, c. 321, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 12, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 377, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 10, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 338, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 348, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2000, c. 383, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 7, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1010.4. Implementation of System - Coordination of benefits - Unnecessary or unreasonable utilization - Contracts - Rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall take all steps necessary to implement the Oklahoma Medicaid Healthcare Options System as required by the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Reform Act of 2003.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The implementation of the System shall include, but not be limited to, the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Development of operations plans for the System which include reasonable access to hospitalization, eye care, dental care, medical care and other medically related services for members including, but not limited to, access to twenty-four-hour emergency care;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Contract administration and oversight of participating providers;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Technical assistance services to participating providers and potential providers;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Development of a complete plan of accounts and controls for the System including, but not limited to, provisions designed to ensure necessary and reasonable usage of covered health and medical services provided through the System;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Establishment of peer review and utilization study functions for all participating providers;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Technical assistance for the formation of medical care consortiums to provide covered health and medical services under the System. Development of service plans and consortiums may be on the basis of medical referral patterns;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Development and management of a provider payment system;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Establishment and management of a comprehensive plan for ensuring the quality of care delivered by the System;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Establishment and management of a comprehensive plan to prevent fraud against the System by members, eligible persons and participating providers;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Coordination of benefits provided under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Reform Act of 2003 to any member;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. Development of a health education and information program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. Development and management of a participant enrollment system;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. Establishment and maintenance of a claims resolution procedure to ensure that a submitted claim is resolved within forty-five (45) days of the date the claim is correctly submitted;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. Establishment of standards for the coordination of medical care and patient transfers;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. Provision for the transition of patients between participating providers and nonparticipating providers;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. Provision for the transfer of members and persons who have been determined eligible from hospitals which do not have contracts to care for such persons;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">17. Specification of enrollment procedures including, but not limited to, notice to providers of enrollment. Such procedures may provide for varying time limits for enrollment in different situations;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">18. Establishment of uniform forms and procedures to be used by all participating providers;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">19. Methods of identification of members to be used for determining and reporting eligibility of members;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">20. Establishment of a comprehensive eye care and dental care system which:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;includes practitioners as participating providers,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;provides for quality care and reasonable and equal access to such practitioners, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;provides for the development of service plans, referral plans and consortiums which result in referral practices that reflect timely, convenient and cost-effective access to such care for members in both rural and urban areas;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">21.&nbsp;&nbsp;a.&nbsp;&nbsp;Development of a program for Medicaid eligibility and services for individuals who are in need of breast or cervical cancer treatment and who:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;have family incomes that are below one hundred eighty-five percent (185%) of the federal poverty level,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;have not attained the age of sixty-five (65) years,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;have no or have inadequate health insurance or health benefit coverage for treatment of breast and cervical cancer, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;meet the requirements for treatment and have been screened for breast or cervical cancer.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;The program shall include presumptive eligibility and shall provide for treatment throughout the period of time required for treatment of the individual&rsquo;s breast or cervical cancer,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;On or before July 1, 2002, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall coordinate with the State Commissioner of Health to develop procedures to implement the program, contingent upon funds becoming available; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">22. Establishment of co-payments, premiums and enrollment fees, and the establishment of policy for those members who do not pay co-payments, premiums or enrollment fees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Except for reinsurance obtained by providers, the Authority shall coordinate benefits provided under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Reform Act of 2003 to any eligible person who is covered by workers' compensation, disability insurance, a hospital and medical service corporation, a health care services organization or other health or medical or disability insurance plan, or who receives payments for accident-related injuries, so that any costs for hospitalization and medical care paid by the System are recovered first from any other available third party payors. The System shall be the payor of last resort for eligible persons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Prior to the development of the plan of accounts and controls required by this section and periodically thereafter, the Authority shall compare the scope, utilization rates, utilization control methods and unit prices of major health and medical services provided in this state with health care services in other states to identify any unnecessary or unreasonable utilization within the System. The Authority shall periodically assess the cost effectiveness and health implications of alternate approaches to the provision of covered health and medical services through the System in order to reduce unnecessary or unreasonable utilization.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Authority may contract distinct administrative functions to one or more persons or organizations who may be participating providers within the System.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. Contracts for managed health care plans, authorized pursuant to paragraph 2 of subsection A of Section 1010.3 of this title and necessary to implement the System, and other contracts entered into prior to July 1, 1996, shall not be subject to the provisions of the Oklahoma Central Purchasing Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board shall promulgate rules:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Establishing appropriate competitive bidding criteria and procedures for contracts awarded pursuant to the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Reform Act of 2003;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Which provide for the withholding or forfeiture of payments to be made to a participating provider by the Oklahoma Medicaid Healthcare Options System for the failure of the participating provider to comply with a provision of the participating provider's contract with the System or with the provisions of promulgated rules or law; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Necessary to carry out the provisions of the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Reform Act of 2003. Such rules shall consider the differences between rural and urban conditions on the delivery of hospitalization services, eye care, dental care and medical care.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 336, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 1993. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 204, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1996, c. 326, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 1996; Laws 2001, c. 411, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2001; Laws 2003, c. 464, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 2003.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1010.5. Contracts with participating providers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As a condition of the contract with any proposed or potential participating provider pursuant to the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Reform Act of 2003, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall require such contract terms as are necessary, in its judgment, to ensure adequate performance by a participating provider of the provisions of each contract executed pursuant to the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Reform Act of 2003. Required contract provisions shall include, but are not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The maintenance of deposits, performance bonds, financial reserves or other financial providers which have posted other security, equal to or greater than that required by the System, with a state agency for the performance of managed care contracts if funds would be available from such security for the System upon default by the participating provider;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A requirement that whenever the state appropriates funds for specific purposes, including, but not limited to, increases in reimbursement rates, a participating provider and any subcontractor shall apportion such funds pursuant to legislative directive;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Requirements that all records relating to contract compliance shall be available for inspection by the Authority or are submitted in accordance with rules promulgated by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board and that such records be maintained by the participating provider for five (5) years. Such records shall also be made available by a participating provider on request of the secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, or its successor agency;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Authorization for the Authority to directly assume the operations of a participating provider under circumstances specified in the contract. Operations of the participating provider shall be assumed only as long as it is necessary to ensure delivery of uninterrupted care to members enrolled with the participating provider and accomplish the orderly transition of those members to other providers participating in the System, or until the participating provider reorganizes or otherwise corrects the contract performance failure. The operations of a participating provider shall not be assumed unless, prior to that action, notice is delivered to the provider and an opportunity for a hearing is provided; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. A requirement that, if the Authority finds that the public health, safety or welfare requires emergency action, it may assume the operations of the participating provider on notice to the participating provider and pending an administrative hearing which it shall promptly institute. Notice, hearings and actions pursuant to this subsection shall be in accordance with Article II of the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 336, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 1993. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 204, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2001, c. 422, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2003, c. 464, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 2003.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1010.6. Repealed by Laws 2003, c. 8, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 2003.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1010.7. Repealed by Laws 2000, c. 251, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1010.7A. Repealed by Laws 2007, c. 93, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1010.8. Medicaid Contingency Revolving Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to be designated the "Medicaid Contingency Revolving Fund". The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of all taxes levied, pursuant to subsection A of Section 624 of Title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes, on premiums paid by entities subject to such premium tax on behalf of Medicaid recipients. All monies accruing to the credit of the fund are hereby appropriated and shall be budgeted and expended by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to maintain current eligibility levels under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C., Section 1396 et seq.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 331, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1010.10. Repealed by Laws 2001, c. 277, &sect; 12, eff. July 1, 2001.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1010.12. Prescriptions for non-sedating antihistamines - Exemption from prior authorization procedures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Subject to the provisions of subsection B of Section 204 of Title 56 of the Oklahoma Statutes, effective September 1, 1998, children age eighteen (18) or younger may be prescribed non-sedating antihistamines under the state Medicaid plan without prior authorization by the Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board. Adults age nineteen (19) or older shall continue to be subject to the prior authorization procedures of the Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board for non-sedating antihistamines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1998, c. 392, &sect; 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1010.13. Representatives of incompetent Medicaid beneficiaries.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A Medicaid beneficiary, including, but not limited to, a beneficiary currently enrolled in a fully or partially capitated managed care delivery model pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Medicaid Healthcare Options System, who is not medically or legally competent may have another person act on the beneficiary&rsquo;s behalf for purposes of enrollment or reenrollment into any of the managed care delivery models. A person so authorized shall be a member of one of the following classes of persons:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. An authorized representative pursuant to the provisions of 20 U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Section 404.2021;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The beneficiary&rsquo;s spouse;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The guardian of the person appointed pursuant to the Oklahoma Guardianship and Conservatorship Act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The attorney-in-fact for health care decisions acting pursuant to the provisions of the Uniform Durable Power of Attorney Act or the health care proxy acting pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Rights of the Terminally Ill or Persistently Unconscious Act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. A child of the beneficiary who is at least eighteen (18) years of age;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. A parent of the beneficiary; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. A brother or sister of the beneficiary who is at least eighteen (18) years of age.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1999, c. 416, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1999. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 2, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. March 17, 2003.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1010.21. Short title &ndash; Purpose - Definition.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. This act shall be known and may be cited as the &ldquo;Oklahoma Pharmacy Connection Program&rdquo;.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Initial implementation of the program shall target senior citizens and shall utilize the existing toll-free Senior Info-Line telephone number for senior citizen services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The purpose of the Oklahoma Pharmacy Connection Program shall be to improve access to prescription drugs for citizens who have no or inadequate health insurance or other resources for the purchase of medically necessary prescription drugs by:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Providing a clearinghouse to assist citizens of this state to access manufacturer-sponsored prescription drug assistance programs for which they are or may be eligible;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Disseminating information about and advertising the program that will assist citizens with purchasing prescription drugs at a lower cost;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Assisting citizens with accessing pharmaceutical discount or insurance programs that may be of benefit to them;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Serving as a resource for pharmaceutical benefit issues; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Implementing additional strategies to assist citizens to access prescription drugs as appropriate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. For the purposes of the Oklahoma Pharmacy Connection Program, "manufacturer-sponsored prescription drug assistance program" means a program offered by a pharmaceutical company through which the company provides a drug or drugs to eligible persons at no charge or at a substantially reduced cost. The term does not include the provision of a drug as part of a clinical trial.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2002, c. 337, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 30, 2002.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1010.22. Establishment of program &ndash; Services to be offered &ndash; Target population.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services shall establish a program through which health care providers and members of the public can obtain information about manufacturer-sponsored prescription drug assistance programs and shall provide such information to pharmacies, physicians and other appropriate health care providers, and to the general public. The Department shall ensure that the program has staff available who can, at a minimum:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Determine whether a pharmaceutical program is offered for the drug or drugs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Determine whether a person is eligible for assistance through a pharmaceutical program; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Assist a person to make application to and enroll in a pharmaceutical assistance program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Initial implementation of the program shall target senior citizens and shall utilize the existing toll-free Senior Info-Line telephone number for senior citizen services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Department shall implement additional strategies, subject to available resources and the recommendations of the Oklahoma Pharmacy Connection Council, to improve access to prescription drugs for citizens who have no or inadequate health insurance or other resources for the purchase of medically necessary prescription drugs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Department may apply for and accept grants or gifts and may enter into contracts with other state agencies or private organizations to assist with the implementation of the Oklahoma Pharmacy Connection Program including, but not limited to, contracts, gifts or grants from pharmaceutical manufacturers to assist with the direct costs of the program, and take such other action as necessary and appropriate to accomplish the purposes of and implement the provisions of the Oklahoma Pharmacy Connection Program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Department of Human Services shall notify pharmaceutical companies doing business in Oklahoma of the Oklahoma Pharmacy Connection Program. Any pharmaceutical company that does business in this state and that offers a pharmaceutical assistance program shall notify the Department of Human Services of the existence of the program, the drugs covered by the program, and all information necessary to apply for assistance under the program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2002, c. 337, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 30, 2002.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1010.23. Oklahoma Pharmacy Connection Council &ndash; Members - Duties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. There is hereby created the Oklahoma Pharmacy Connection Council, which shall be composed of twenty (20) members as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. From the following state agencies:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Director of the Department of Human Services, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Administrator of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Commissioner of the State Department of Health, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Commissioner of the Insurance Department, or designee,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Director of the Office of Disability Concerns, or designee, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">g.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Director of the State Department of Rehabilitation Services, or designee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Two members who shall each represent one of the following state councils, appointed by the governing body of the respective councils:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;Oklahoma Council on Aging, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Two members who shall each represent one of the following colleges within the University of Oklahoma, appointed by the deans of the respective colleges:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;College of Pharmacy, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;College of Public Health;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Six members, appointed by the governing body of the respective organizations, who shall each represent one of the following statewide organizations or associations composed of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;primary care physicians,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;agencies on aging,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;pharmacists,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;allopathic physicians,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;osteopathic physicians, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;volunteer health clinics; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Three members, appointed by the governing body of the respective organizations, who shall each represent one of the following national organizations, associations or alliance or state chapter of a national organization, association or alliance representing:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;pharmaceutical researchers and manufacturers,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;mentally ill persons, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;retired persons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. The Director of the Department of Human Services shall convene the first meeting of the Oklahoma Pharmacy Connection Council on or before December 1, 2002. The Council shall meet at least quarterly, and may meet more often.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Director of the Department of Human Services, or designee, and the representative of the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association shall serve as cochairs of the Council.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The members of the Council shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed in accordance with the provisions of the State Travel Reimbursement Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The Department of Human Services shall provide staff support and assistance to the Council. All agencies of the state shall provide the Council with information and assistance upon the request of the Council.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Oklahoma Pharmacy Connection Council shall assist the Department of Human Services and make recommendations regarding the implementation of the Oklahoma Pharmacy Connection Program including, but not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The feasibility of implementing a computer software program that would link eligible persons with appropriate manufacturer-sponsored prescription drug assistance programs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A review and assessment of pharmaceutical discount or insurance programs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Monitoring and evaluation of the program including, but not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the number of individuals served,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;length and types of service provided,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;any other measurable data to assess the effectiveness of the program, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;recommendations for improving the program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Additional strategies to improve access to prescription drugs for citizens who have no or inadequate health insurance or other resources for the purchase of prescription drugs; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Coordination with other public and private entities in efforts to assist eligible citizens to obtain needed prescription drugs. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. On or before December 1 of each year, the Council shall make a report to the Governor, the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate, and the chairpersons of the appropriate legislative committees as to the progress towards implementation of the program, its effectiveness, and any recommendations for further implementation. A copy of the report shall be posted on the website of the Aging Services Division of the Department of Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2002, c. 337, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. May 30, 2002. Amended by Laws 2007, c. 98, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1011.1. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Sections 1 through 10 of this act shall be known and cited as the &ldquo;Oklahoma Medicaid Reform Act of 2006&rdquo;.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 315, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 9, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1011.2. Program to improve service delivery system - Waivers of federal laws - Implementation of phase one of act - Independent evaluation - Purpose.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority is authorized to seek waivers and/or other federal authorizations to create a statewide program to provide for a more efficient and effective service delivery system that enhances quality of care and client outcomes in the Oklahoma Medicaid Program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall develop and submit for approval, applications for waivers of applicable federal laws and regulations as necessary to implement the provisions of the Oklahoma Medicaid Reform Act of 2006. Copies of all waivers submitted to and approved by the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under this section shall be provided to the Legislature within ten (10) days of their approval. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall submit a plan containing a recommended timeline for implementation of any waivers and budgetary projections of the effect of the Oklahoma Medicaid Reform Act of 2006. This implementation plan shall be submitted to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. For the purposes of this subsection:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;rural&rdquo; means outside the corporate limits of any municipal corporation and includes open country, unincorporated communities, and any municipality having a population of ten thousand (10,000) or less according to the latest Federal Decennial Census, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;urban&rdquo; means any area which is not rural.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. By July 1, 2010, phase one of this act shall be implemented within an area of the state with rural and urban characteristics. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall contract for an independent evaluation and report findings of this phase of the act to the Governor and the Legislature. After an independent evaluation and report to the Governor and Legislature, if it is determined that the evaluation establishes improved access to health care, improved health care outcomes, and improved cost efficiencies, it is the intent of the Legislature that components of the act be phased in statewide.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Upon this evaluation and determination of improvement by the Governor and Legislature, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall negotiate a plan for statewide expansion of the act from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority may contract with a pay-for-performance program provider. The purpose of the program is to test a program&rsquo;s value proposition that offers financial incentives to both the health care provider and the patient for incorporating evidence-based medicine guidelines and information therapy prescriptions in the rendering and utilizing of health care. This program may offer the health care provider the flexibility to use the health care provider&rsquo;s clinical judgment to adhere to or deviate from the program&rsquo;s guidelines and still receive a financial incentive as long as the health care provider prescribes information therapy to the patient. The program shall offer a financial reward to the patient for responding to the information therapy prescription by demonstrating the patient&rsquo;s understanding of the patient&rsquo;s health condition, by demonstrating adherence to recommended care, and by judging the quality of care given to the patient against these guidelines. The program shall be offered and administered through an Internet application. This demonstration project shall collect and analyze data over a period of two (2) years or other reasonable time frame in order to determine its effectiveness.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The purpose of the Oklahoma Medicaid Reform Act of 2006 is to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Stabilize Medicaid expenditures in the act areas compared to Medicaid expenditures in the test areas for the three (3) years preceding implementation of the act, while ensuring:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;consumer education and choice,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;access to medically necessary services,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;coordination of preventative, acute, and long-term care services, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;reductions in unnecessary service utilization;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Provide an opportunity to evaluate the progress of statewide implementation of the Oklahoma Medicaid Reform Act of 2006 as a replacement for the current Medicaid system; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Introduce competition as a factor that lowers the cost of the act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 315, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 9, 2006. Amended by Laws 2008, c. 412, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1011.3. Powers, duties and responsibilities of Health Care Authority &ndash; Program opt-out option.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall have the following powers, duties, and responsibilities with respect to the development of the program established in Section 1011.2 of this title:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The consumer education component shall include the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;to develop a choice counseling system to ensure that the choice counseling process and related material are designed to provide consumers an understanding of both public and private health insurance options provided by this act including incentives through face-to-face interaction, by telephone, and in writing, and through other forms of relevant media,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;to develop a system to ensure that there is record of recipient acknowledgment that choice counseling has been provided, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;to develop a choice counseling system that promotes health literacy and includes an educational component that is intended to promote proper utilization of the health care system;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The consumer choice component shall include a comprehensive feasibility study to allow individuals more choices in their health care coverage including, but not limited to, employer-sponsored insurance options, and may include the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;to develop a system to enable Medicaid consumers to opt out of their current Medicaid program and purchase health care coverage through their employer-sponsored health insurance plan or access commercial health insurance policies for their eligible family members,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;to develop an actuarially sound average cost per Medicaid consumer to provide medically necessary services. This value shall be used for a voucher system to subsidize Medicaid consumers&rsquo; premium costs for their employer-sponsored or commercial health insurance option,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;to develop a process for Medicaid consumers to select commercial health insurance options, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority may develop a plan to implement a personal health account system as an enhanced benefit. Monies deposited into a personal health account shall only be used by the recipient to defray health-care-related costs including, but not limited to, copayments, noncovered benefits, and wellness initiatives. The Health Care Authority shall promulgate rules guiding personal health account transactions;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. To provide a grievance-resolution process for Medicaid consumers enrolled in a health plan. This process shall include a mechanism for an expedited review of a grievance if the life of a Medicaid recipient is in imminent and emergent jeopardy; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. To provide a grievance-resolution process for health care providers employed by or contracted with a health plan to settle disputes among the provider and the health plan or the provider and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Medicaid consumers electing to opt out of the current program shall be subject to cost-sharing requirements, preexisting-condition clauses and the possibility of different benefits of their employer-sponsored insurance or selected commercial health care provider. The consumer shall also be responsible to pay for any cost differential between the state subsidy and their premium cost should their premium cost be higher. If the cost is lower than the state subsidy, then the difference may be placed into a personal health account.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, coverage, cost sharing, and any other component of employer-sponsored health insurance shall be governed by applicable state and federal laws.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall develop a system to ensure that the implementation of the provisions of this act do not negatively affect the ability of American Indian or Alaska Native beneficiaries to access services at Indian Health Service facilities, tribally operated health facilities and Urban Indian Health Programs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall develop a system to ensure that the implementation of the provisions of this act do not negatively affect the reimbursement structure between the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Indian Health Service facilities, tribally operated health facilities and urban health programs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall develop mechanisms through intergovernmental transfers which will allow tribally operated facilities that elect to provide services to beneficiaries other than American Indian or Alaska Native beneficiaries to receive reimbursement for such services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 315, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. June 9, 2006. Amended by Laws 2008, c. 412, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1011.4. Database of clinical utilization information - Needs analysis - Electronic prescribing pilot program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall conduct a needs analysis to design a database of clinical utilization information or electronic medical records for Medicaid providers. This system shall be web-based and allow providers to review on a real-time basis the utilization of Medicaid services including, but not limited to, office visits, inpatient and outpatient hospitalizations, laboratory and pathology services, radiological and other imaging services, dental care, and patterns of dispensing prescription drugs in order to coordinate care and identify potential fraud and abuse. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall evaluate and report findings to the Governor and the Legislature by January 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall design and implement an electronic prescribing pilot program. The pilot program may include, but is not limited to, providing hardware, software, and connectivity for a limited number of prescribers. The prescribers who participate may be given vouchers for hardware, software, and connectivity, or the Oklahoma Health Care Authority may use direct vendor contracts. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Within the messaging capabilities of the electronic prescribing system alert prescribers when patients are prescribed multiple drugs that may be duplicative, contraindicated, or have other potential problems related either to other medications or health status of the patient;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Track spending trends for prescription drugs and deviation from best-practice guidelines and notify prescribers who consistently fall outside those guidelines, comparing those prescribers who are using the electronic prescribing system to those who are not in order to determine whether the pilot program should be expanded; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. In conjunction with disease management programs or other targeted interventions, alert prescribers to patients who fail to refill ongoing or maintenance medication prescriptions in a timely fashion.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. A report of this pilot program shall be submitted to the Governor and the Legislature no later than eighteen (18) months after the start of the program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 315, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. June 9, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1011.5. Nursing facility incentive reimbursement rate plan.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority in cooperation with the State Department of Health, a statewide organization of the elderly, representatives of the Health and Human Services Interagency Task Force on long-term care, and representatives of both statewide associations of nursing facility operators shall develop an incentive reimbursement rate plan for nursing facilities that shall include, but may not be limited to, the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Quality of life indicators that relate to total management initiatives;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Quality of care indicators; &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Family and resident satisfaction survey results;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. State Department of Health survey results;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Employee satisfaction survey results;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. CNA training and education requirements;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Patient acuity level;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Direct care expenditures pursuant to subparagraph e of paragraph 2 of subsection I of Section 1-1925.2 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Other incentives which include, without limitation, participation in quality initiative activities performed and/or recommended by the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality in capital improvements, in-service education of direct staff, and procurement of reasonable amounts of liability insurance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall negotiate with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to include the authority to base provider reimbursement rates for nursing facilities on the criteria specified in subsection A of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall make refinements to the incentive reimbursement rate plan to ensure transparency and integrity. These refinements shall include, but may not be limited to, the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Establishing minimum standard for incentive payments, through higher percentiles using evidence-based criteria or introduction of absolute standards above the current benchmark;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Using state survey results as a threshold metric for determining if facilities should receive incentive payment and suspend facilities falling below the threshold;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Taking steps to strengthen data collection process; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Establishing an advisory group with consumer, provider and state agency representation to provide feedback on program performance and recommendations for improvements.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall provide an annual report of the incentive reimbursement rate plan to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate by December 31 of each year. The report shall include, but not be limited to, an analysis of the previous fiscal year including incentive payments, ratings, and notable trends. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 315, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. June 9, 2006. Amended by Laws 2010, c. 310, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2010.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1011.6. Disease management program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall develop a formal program for disease management to improve the quality of care and reduce the cost of care. The Authority is authorized to contract for the development of the program if contracting is more cost effective to the state than developing the program internally. The disease management program may utilize pharmacy services including, but not limited to, Medication Management Therapy. The program may include, but not be limited to, asthma, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, renal disease and/or congestive heart failure.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The disease management program shall consist of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Claims data analysis;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Population selection and targeting;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Intervention through educational tools for patients and providers and treatment guidelines for physicians;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Quality measurements of program structure, performance indicators, and outcome measures; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Reporting of outcome measure data.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall evaluate and report findings to the Governor and the Legislature no later than eighteen (18) months after the start of the program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 315, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. June 9, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1011.7. Plan to implement alternatives for long-term care.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall develop and administer a plan for the implementation of alternatives for long-term care. The plan shall include, but not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The continued development and funding of community-based options throughout the State of Oklahoma;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The establishment of a cash and counseling program that focuses on increasing personal responsibility, efficiency in utilization, and consumer satisfaction. The program shall include:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;provisions ensuring that existing benefits shall not be terminated or decreased as a result of the development of the cash and counseling program,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;provisions ensuring that consumers receive a monthly budget based on the needs of that individual,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;authority for consumers to use the budget to obtain personal care services and make home modifications to suit the needs of the individual, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;counselors available to work with consumers to develop and revise individual budgets;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The establishment of a program providing for state incentives to Oklahoma citizens for long-term care planning; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Stronger private/public partnerships at the community level in order to address unmet patient needs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 315, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 9, 2006. Amended by Laws 2010, c. 303, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2010.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1011.8. Program to encourage use of primary care services in lieu of emergency room services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall continue to develop and administer a program that will encourage the timely and appropriate use of primary care services in lieu of emergency room utilization. The program shall include, but not be limited to, the implementation of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Educational strategies;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Technology-based monitoring; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Co-payment structures as provided for in Section 3 of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority may develop a pilot program utilizing state-licensed health care professionals to perform educational interventions with consumers who highly utilize emergency room services or to perform other services to reduce unnecessary emergency room visits.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall develop and implement a telephone information health line pilot program under which physicians are available by telephone twenty-four (24) hours a day to answer medical questions and provide health information for the Medicaid population. If the Health Care Authority determines that the pilot program reduces unnecessary emergency room visits and the pilot program demonstrates a net cost-savings, the Health Care Authority shall expand the program into a statewide initiative.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall evaluate and report findings to the Governor and the Legislature by January 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 315, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. June 9, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1011.9. Establishment of method to reduce payment error rate - Reporting of errors.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall establish a method to deter abuse and reduce errors in Medicaid billing, payment, and eligibility through the use of technology and accountability measures for the Authority, providers, and consumers. The Authority shall achieve a payment error rate measurement of no greater than five percent (5%) by fiscal year 2009. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall evaluate and report findings to the Governor and the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. For the purposes of this section, &ldquo;error rate&rdquo; means errors based on clearly defined objective documentation standards that are readily available to providers. Training to meet the standards shall be provided on at least an annual basis by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. If errors are suspected to be the result of fraudulent acts, the errors shall be reported and investigated by the Oklahoma Attorney General.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Recoupment of overpayments due to identified errors determined not to be fraudulent and shall occur only after the provider has had the opportunity to exercise the right to an appeal that shall include a hearing conducted by an administrative law judge appointed by the Oklahoma Attorney General. The provider shall have the right to participate in the hearing and to be represented by legal counsel.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall evaluate and report findings concerning the limited use of the extrapolation method to the Governor and the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 315, &sect; 9, emerg. eff. June 9, 2006. Amended by Laws 2010, c. 375, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2010.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1011.10. Health care benefit waiver for full-time state university or college students.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall apply for any necessary waiver to extend health care benefits to persons up to the age of twenty-three (23) years if the person is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited university or college in the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 315, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. June 9, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Editorially renumbered from &sect; 1011.10 of Title 63 to provide consistency in numbering.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1011.11. Durable medical equipment retrieval program &ndash; Rules - Definition.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall develop and implement, as funds become available, a durable medical equipment retrieval program that will allow the Authority to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Retrieve durable medical equipment, purchased with Medicaid funds, from the Medicaid consumers who no longer utilize the equipment; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Donate such equipment to community-based programs that will distribute the equipment to individuals who are disabled or elderly.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board shall promulgate rules and establish procedures necessary to implement the program established in this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. For the purpose of this section, &ldquo;durable medical equipment&rdquo; means equipment that is primarily and customarily used to serve a medical purpose, can withstand repeated use and is appropriate for use in the home.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2007, c. 270, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. June 4, 2007. Amended by Laws 2010, c. 309, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2010.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1015.1. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This act shall be known and may be cited as the &ldquo;Consumer Protection for Wheeled Mobility Act&rdquo;.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2008, c. 410, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1015.2. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in the Consumer Protection for Wheeled Mobility Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. &ldquo;Assistive technology practitioner&rdquo; or &ldquo;ATP&rdquo; means a for-service provider who is involved in analysis of the needs and training of a consumer in the use of a particular assistive technology device;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. &ldquo;Assistive technology supplier&rdquo; or &ldquo;ATS&rdquo; means a service provider involved in the sale and service of rehabilitation equipment or commercially available assistive technology products and devices;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. &ldquo;RESNA&rdquo; means the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. &ldquo;Specialty evaluation&rdquo; means the determination and documentation of the consumer&rsquo;s pathology, history and prognosis, and the physiological, functional, and environmental factors that impact the selection of an appropriate wheeled mobility system.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2008, c. 410, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1015.3. Requirements for Medicaid claims on wheeled mobility purchases.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Contingent upon the availability of funding, for Medicaid claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2009, on all purchased wheeled mobility, the patient shall either have:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A specialty evaluation that was performed by a licensed or certified medical professional, such as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or physician who has specific training and experience in rehabilitation wheelchair evaluations, and that documents the medical necessity for the wheelchair and its special features; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The wheelchair provided by a supplier that employs a RESNA-certified assistive technology supplier or assistive technology practitioner who specializes in wheelchairs and who has direct, in-person involvement in the wheelchair selection for the patient; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Met the requirements for medical necessity as determined and approved by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall promulgate rules to implement the Consumer Protection Act for Wheeled Mobility in accordance with the Consumer Protection Act for Wheeled Mobility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2008, c. 410, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1016. Study of coverage for prosthetic and orthotic devices for Medicaid-eligible individuals.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall study and recommend coverage for prosthetic devices and orthotic devices for Medicaid-eligible individuals. The study shall include the review of payment rates necessary to provide the benefit. The study shall be filed with the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate no later than December 31, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. As used in this section:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. &ldquo;Prosthetic device&rdquo; means an artificial limb device or appliance designed to replace in whole or in part an arm or a leg; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Orthotic device" means a support or brace used to assist weak or ineffective joints or muscles.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 334, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1017.1. Oklahoma Choices for Long-Term Care Act - Purpose.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Sections 1 through 5 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the &ldquo;Oklahoma Choices for Long-Term Care Act&rdquo;.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The purpose of the Oklahoma Choices for Long-Term Care Act is to make long-term services and supports for citizens easily accessible, cost-effective and of high quality and to provide a comprehensive and systematic approach to addressing these needs. The Oklahoma Choices for Long-Term Care Act shall provide older Oklahomans and adults with physical disabilities the opportunity to choose where they live and receive their services, and provide efficient administration of the ADvantage Waiver Program.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 297, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1017.2. Legislative findings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Legislature finds that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Oklahoma has a successful home- and community-based services program known as the ADvantage Waiver Program for the frail, elderly and adults with physical disabilities age twenty-one (21) and over who do not have mental retardation nor a cognitive impairment. The ADvantage Waiver Program provides the following services: case management, transitional case management, personal care, advanced supportive/restorative, skilled nursing - home health setting, RN assessment evaluation, occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, speech/language therapy, adult day health, personal care in adult day health, therapy in adult day health, home-delivered meals, NF extended respite, in-home respite, in-home extended respite, environmental modifications, hospice, consumer-directed personal care assistant services and supports, assisted living, and specialized medical equipment and supplies;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Many Oklahomans who could safely stay at home with cost-effective home- and community-based services go into nursing facilities the day assistance is needed because their eligibility for nursing facility supports is &ldquo;presumed&rdquo; by the nursing facility, while eligibility for home and community supports can take weeks or months. If their circumstances are such that they need immediate or urgent care, they lose their choice to live and receive their services at home. Once they are in a nursing facility, they may lose their home or the supports they need to stay at home; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The cost of serving Oklahomans who are in nursing facilities when they could be living and receiving services at home is significantly higher than the cost of serving them with home- and community-based services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 297, &sect; 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1017.3. Eligibility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">To be eligible for the ADvantage Waiver Program, a person shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Qualify financially for Medicaid;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Be sixty-five (65) years of age or older or be a physically disabled adult as determined by the Social Security Administration, age twenty-one (21) years or older without mental retardation or cognitive impairment;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Be determined to meet the nursing facility institutional level of care by the Aging Services Division of the Department of Human Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Reside in his or her own home or a family member&rsquo;s home; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Have needs that can be safely met with waiver services and family or community supports.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 297, &sect; 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1017.4. Enrollment system.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority is directed to create a system of enrollment, Medicaid eligibility, and certification for home- and community-based services provided by the ADvantage Waiver Program that provides for presumptive Medicaid eligibility and certification that is the same as that which exists for nursing facilities as provided for in administrative rules promulgated by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board. The system shall facilitate the provision of home- and community-based services to persons at risk of placement in a nursing facility but who elect to be served in a home- and community-based setting in lieu of nursing facility services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Department of Human Services is directed to make such changes in its regulations, policies and procedures as are necessary to implement the enrollment, Medicaid eligibility, and certification requirements established pursuant to subsection A of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall develop and submit for approval no later than November 1, 2011, applications for waivers or amendments to waivers of applicable federal laws and regulations as necessary to implement the provisions of the Oklahoma Choices for Long-Term Care Act. Copies of all waivers submitted to the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shall be provided to the Governor, the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate within ten (10) days of their submissions. Waivers and amendments to waivers approved by the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as provided in this section shall be provided to the Governor, the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate within ten (10) days of their approval. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall implement any waivers and amendments to waivers approved by the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services no later than January 1, 2012, or within sixty (60) days of their approval. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall report the savings as the result of the Oklahoma Choices for Long-Term Care Act each year in its annual report.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 297, &sect; 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1017.5. Request for Proposal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. On or before January 1, 2012, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall initiate a Request for Proposal (RFP) which shall outline specific expectations and requirements of suppliers to competitively bid on administrative agent services for the ADvantage Waiver Program. The RFP shall comply with all requirements of The Oklahoma Central Purchasing Act related to state procurement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The RFP shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">l. Require outsourcing of administrative agent services for a period of one (1) year;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Outline minimum requirements;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Direct the Oklahoma Central Purchasing Office to award a contract for administrative agent services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Have a submission deadline of April 1, 2012;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Provide that the administrative agent contract award be announced on May 15, 2012; and &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Provide that the administrative agent contract awarded begin July 1, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The State of Oklahoma shall not discriminate against suppliers from states or nations outside Oklahoma and shall reciprocate the bidding preference given by other states or nations to suppliers domiciled in their jurisdictions for acquisitions pursuant to The Oklahoma Central Purchasing Act. The state shall give preference to a resident bidder over other state or foreign bidders if goods or services provided in this state are equal in price, fitness, availability or quality.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Suppliers shall be required to have comprehensive experience in the administration of a Medicaid home- and community-based service delivery system for elders in frail health and adults with disabilities. The administrative agent contract shall be awarded to one supplier based on qualification, merit and cost competiveness and evaluation criteria that include:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Qualifications and experience in providing similar services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Knowledge and technical competence;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Management, key personnel and other professional certifications;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Timeliness and responsiveness of services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Detailed budget/costs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Proposal for management and administration with detailed description of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;administrative structures that shall be in place prior to contract implementation to support the scope of services,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;processes and procedures for daily operations,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;expected outcomes along with the performance measures used to measure the effectiveness of each function,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;description of data collection methods and reporting mechanisms,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;methods used to collaborate and communicate with members, service providers, local and state health and human service agencies, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;detailed description and supporting documentation of how each waiver assurance will be met.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. State employees currently performing such function shall be allowed to compete by submitting a bid to perform the administrative agency functions required in the day-to-day operations of the ADvantage Waiver Program; provided, however, that any and all such bids shall be submitted to and certified by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, who shall for purposes of this section constitute the &ldquo;agency&rdquo; as such term is defined in the Oklahoma Privatization of State Functions Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board shall promulgate rules and establish procedures necessary to implement the request for proposals and for the administration of the ADvantage Waiver Program pursuant to this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 297, &sect; 5, eff. Sept. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1020. Community-based program of services - Administration - Gifts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Director of the Department of Human Services shall, within the constraints of funding appropriated to the Department, establish and maintain a community-based program of services that includes, but is not limited to, establishment of foster care and supported living arrangements for persons affected by Prader-Willi syndrome. The purpose of this section of law shall be to improve the quality of life of persons with developmental disabilities and to integrate such persons into the mainstream of society by ensuring availability of community services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The programs established pursuant to this section shall be administered by the Developmental Disabilities Service Division. The Commission for Human Services shall promulgate rules for the operation of community-based programs for persons with developmental disabilities including, but not limited to, rules regarding the delivery of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Health-related services. As used in this section, health-related services means services provided by community services providers or community services workers to persons with developmental disabilities, and includes, but is not limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;personal hygiene,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;transferring,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;range of motion,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;supervision or assistance with activities of daily living,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;basic nursing care, such as taking the person&rsquo;s temperature, pulse or respiration, positioning, incontinent care, and identification of signs and symptoms of disease. Certain tasks that may be performed as basic nursing care by community services workers require appropriate training provided or approved by the Department, written agreement by the service recipient&rsquo;s personal support team, and the primary care physician&rsquo;s acknowledgment and specific order related to the task. Under such circumstances, basic nursing care may include, but need not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;nutrition, including meals by gastrostomy tube or jejeunostomy tube,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;blood glucose monitoring,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;ostomy bag care,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;oral suctioning, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(5)&nbsp;&nbsp;administration of oral metered dose inhalers and nebulizers; &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Supportive assistance, which means the service rendered to persons with developmental disabilities that is sufficient to enable such person to meet an adequate level of daily living. Supportive assistance includes, but is not limited to, training and supervision of persons with developmental disabilities, assistance in housekeeping, assistance in the preparation of meals, and assistance in activities of daily living as necessary for the health and comfort of persons with developmental disabilities; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Safe storage and administration of medications, first aid treatments and nutrition by oral, rectal, vaginal, otic, ophthalmic, nasal, skin, topical, transdermal and gastrostomy tube routes by community service workers who have successfully completed competency-based training approved by the Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Department shall undertake to identify and utilize any and all federal funding which may be available for such services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Department is authorized to accept any gift of real or personal property made for the use or benefit of any program or services established pursuant to this section. Such gift may only be utilized for the purpose or purposes for which it is given.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1994, c. 133, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 2, 1994. Amended by Laws 2005, c. 38, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1021. Repealed by Laws 2005, c. 108, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1025.1. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">For the purposes of this chapter:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Bureau" means the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Commission" means the Commission for Human Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Community services provider" means a community-based program, corporation, or individual who contracts with, or is licensed or funded by, the Department of Human Services to provide residential or vocational services to persons with mental retardation or developmental disabilities, or contracts with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to provide services to individuals with mental retardation through a Home and Community-Based Waiver, except a private ICF/MR;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Community services worker" means any person employed by or under contract with a community services provider who provides, for compensation or as a volunteer, health-related services, training, or supportive assistance to persons with developmental disabilities, and who is not a licensed health professional or any person who contracts with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to provide specialized foster care, habilitation training specialist services, or homemaker services to persons with developmental disabilities;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Department" means the Department of Human Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. "Developmental disability" means a severe, chronic disability of a person which:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments, such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, or autism,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;is manifested before the person attains twenty-two (22) years of age,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;is likely to continue indefinitely,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;self-care,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;receptive and expressive language,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;learning,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;mobility,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(5)&nbsp;&nbsp;self-direction,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(6)&nbsp;&nbsp;capacity for independent living, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(7)&nbsp;&nbsp;economic self-sufficiency, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;reflects the person's need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic care, treatment, or other services which are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. "Health-related services" means those services provided by community services providers or community services workers to persons with developmental disabilities that include, but are not limited to, personal hygiene, transferring, range of motion, supervision or assistance in activities of daily living, basic nursing care such as taking temperature, pulse or respiration, positioning, incontinent care, and identification of signs and symptoms of disease. Certain tasks that may be performed as basic nursing care by community services workers require appropriate training provided or approved by the Department, written agreement by the service recipient&rsquo;s personal support team, and the primary care physician&rsquo;s acknowledgement and specific order related to the task. Under such circumstances, basic nursing care may include, but need not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;nutrition, including meals by gastrostomy tube or jejeunostomy tube,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;blood glucose monitoring,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;ostomy bag care,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;oral suctioning, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;administration of oral metered dose inhalers and nebulizers;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. "Supportive assistance" means the service rendered to persons with developmental disabilities which is sufficient to enable such person to meet an adequate level of daily living. Supportive assistance includes, but is not limited to, training, supervision, assistance in housekeeping, assistance in the preparation of meals, and assistance in activities of daily living as necessary for the health and comfort of persons with developmental disabilities;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. &ldquo;Maltreatment&rdquo; means abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, financial neglect, exploitation or sexual exploitation of vulnerable adults as defined in Section 10-103 of Title 43A of the Oklahoma Statutes or abuse, neglect, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of children as defined in Section 1-1-105 of Title 10A of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. &ldquo;Personal care&rdquo; means a level of assistance provided in the home of an individual to meet the individual&rsquo;s activities of daily living needs such as bathing, grooming, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, and care plan-directed errands;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. &ldquo;Medicaid personal care services provider&rdquo; means a program, corporation or individual who provides services under the state Medicaid program personal care program or Advantage Waiver to individuals who are elderly or who have a physical disability;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. &ldquo;Medicaid personal care assistant&rdquo; means a person who provides Medicaid services funded under the state Medicaid program personal care program, who is not a certified nurse aide or a licensed professional;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. &ldquo;Specialized foster care&rdquo; means the home- and community-based service as defined in the 1915(c) waiver approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. &ldquo;Habilitation training specialist services&rdquo; means the home- and community-based service as defined in the 1915 (c) waiver approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. &ldquo;Homemaker services&rdquo; means the home- and community-based service as defined in the 1915(c) waiver approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 407, &sect; 11, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 2002, c. 378, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2002; Laws 2005, c. 38, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2005; Laws 2008, c. 71, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2008; Laws 2009, c. 234, &sect; 144, emerg. eff. May 21, 2009.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1025.2. Criminal history records searches on community services worker applicants, Medicaid personal care assistants and contractors.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. Except as otherwise provided by subsection C of this section, before any community services provider or Medicaid personal care services provider makes an offer to employ or to contract with a community services worker applicant or a Medicaid personal care assistant applicant to provide health-related services, training, or supportive assistance to a person with a developmental disability, or personal care services to a person who receives the services of the state Medicaid personal care program, the community services provider or Medicaid personal care services provider shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;provide, prior to a check with the Department of Human Services, for a criminal history records search to be made on the community services worker applicant or Medicaid personal care assistant or contractor pursuant to the provisions of this section, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;check with the Department of Human Services to determine if the name of the applicant seeking employment or contract has been entered on the community services worker registry created pursuant to Section 1025.3 of this title. Prior to a decision by the Department to enter the name of a community services worker or a Medicaid personal care assistant on such registry, the Department shall allow for notice and opportunity for due process for such community services worker or Medicaid personal care assistant against whom a final investigative finding by the Department of Human Services of maltreatment of an individual has been made. If the name of the applicant seeking employment or a contract with the community services provider or Medicaid personal care assistant is listed on the registry as having a finding by an Administrative Law Judge pursuant to the requirements of Section 1025.3 of this title, and the Department has allowed for notice and opportunity for due process for such applicant, the provider shall not hire the applicant.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If the Department of Human Services contracts directly with a Medicaid personal care assistant, the Department shall follow the screening procedures required by this section for Medicaid personal care services providers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. If the Oklahoma Health Care Authority contracts directly with a specialized foster care provider or habilitation training specialist services provider or a homemaker services provider, the Department shall follow the screening procedures required by this section for community services providers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Community services providers and Medicaid personal care services providers are authorized to obtain records of any criminal conviction, guilty plea, or plea of nolo contendere maintained by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation which the employer is required or authorized to request pursuant to the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. A Medicaid personal care services provider shall request the Bureau to conduct a criminal history records search on Medicaid personal care assistants pursuant to the provisions of Section 1-1950.1 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. The community services provider shall request the Bureau to conduct a criminal history records search on a community services worker desiring employment or a contract with the provider and shall provide to the Bureau any relevant information required by the Bureau to conduct the search. The community services provider shall pay a reasonable fee to the Bureau for each criminal history records search that is conducted pursuant to such a request. Such fee shall be determined by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. The requirement of a criminal history records search shall not apply to an offer of employment made to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;any person who is the holder of a current license or certificate issued pursuant to the laws of this state authorizing such person to practice the healing arts,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;a registered nurse or practical nurse licensed pursuant to the Oklahoma Nursing Practice Act,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;a physical therapist registered pursuant to the Physical Therapy Practice Act,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;a physical therapist assistant licensed pursuant to the Physical Therapy Practice Act,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;a social worker licensed pursuant to the provisions of the Social Worker's Licensing Act,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;a speech pathologist or audiologist licensed pursuant to the Speech Pathology and Audiology Licensing Act,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">g.&nbsp;&nbsp;a dietitian licensed pursuant to the provisions of the Licensed Dietitian Act,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">h.&nbsp;&nbsp;an occupational therapist licensed pursuant to the Occupational Therapy Practice Act, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">i.&nbsp;&nbsp;a respiratory care practitioner licensed pursuant to the Respiratory Care Practice Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. At the request of the community services provider, the Bureau shall conduct a criminal history records search on any applicant desiring employment or a contract pursuant to subsection A of this section or any worker employed by the community services provider, including any of the workers specified in paragraph 6 of subsection A of this section, at any time during the period of employment of such worker with the provider.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. A community services provider may make an offer of temporary employment to a community services worker pending the results of such criminal history records search and the registry review on the applicant. The community services provider in such instance shall provide to the Bureau the name and relevant information relating to the applicant within seventy-two (72) hours after the date the applicant accepts temporary employment. Temporary employment shall not extend longer than the time necessary to receive the results of the criminal history records search and registry review, not to exceed thirty (30) days. The community services provider shall not hire or contract with an applicant as a community services worker on a permanent basis until the results of the criminal history records search and the registry review are received.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Within five (5) days of receipt of a request to conduct a criminal history records search, the Bureau shall complete the criminal history records search and report the results of the search to the requesting community services provider.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Every community services provider and Medicaid personal care services provider shall inform each applicant for employment, or each prospective contract worker, as applicable, that the community services provider or Medicaid personal care services provider is required to obtain a criminal history records search and a registry review before making an offer of permanent employment or a contract with the community services worker or Medicaid personal care assistant or applicant described in subsection A of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. 1. If the results of any criminal history records search from any jurisdiction reveals that the subject worker or applicant has been convicted, or pled guilty or nolo contendere to a felony or to a misdemeanor assault and battery, the employer shall not hire or contract with the applicant, but shall immediately terminate the community services worker's employment, contract, or volunteer arrangement, subject to the provisions of paragraph 2 of this subsection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The community services provider may request, in writing, a waiver of the provisions of paragraph 1 of this subsection from the Director of the Department of Human Services, or a designee of the Director. The Director or a designee of the Director may waive the provisions based upon standards promulgated by the Commission for Human Services after concurrence by the Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority as the State Medicaid Agency. No waiver shall be granted for offenses resulting in a felony conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere to a felony that occurred less than five (5) calendar years prior to the date of request. In no case shall a waiver be granted for employment of a community services worker who has been convicted of, or pled guilty or nolo contendere to, a felony count of aggravated assault and battery, homicide, murder, attempted murder, rape, incest, sodomy, or abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of any person entrusted to the worker's care.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. All criminal history records received by the community services provider or Medicaid personal care services provider are for the exclusive use of the Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the community services provider or Medicaid personal care services provider that requested the information. Except as otherwise provided by this chapter or upon court order or with the written consent of the person being investigated, the criminal history records shall not be released or otherwise disclosed to any other person or agency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. Any person releasing or disclosing any information in violation of this section, upon conviction thereof, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. As part of any inspections required by law, the Department of Human Services shall review the employment files of the community services provider or Medicaid personal care services provider required to conduct a criminal history records search to ensure such provider is in compliance with the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">J. The Department of Human Services shall disclose all registry information, all criminal records gathered and any inspections conducted as a result of this section to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority upon the request of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 407, &sect; 12, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 1999, c. 214, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1999; Laws 2002, c. 378, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 2, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. March 17, 2003; Laws 2008, c. 71, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1025.3. Community services worker registry.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Commission for Human Services shall promulgate rules to establish and maintain a community services worker registry. Such rules may include, but need not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A procedure for notation in such registry of a final Department of Human Services investigative finding or a finding by an Administrative Law Judge of maltreatment of an individual by a community services worker or a Medicaid personal care assistant;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A procedure for notice and due process for a community services worker, or a Medicaid personal care assistant, or applicant before the entering of such person's name in the registry as having a final Department of Human Services investigative finding or Administrative Law Judge finding of maltreatment of an individual;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Disclosure requirements for information in the registry; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Procedures for granting a waiver of the provisions of paragraph 1 of subsection F of Section 1025.2 of this title by the Director of Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The community services worker registry shall include, but not be limited to, the following information on each community services worker and each Medicaid personal care assistant:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The individual's full name;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Information necessary to identify each individual;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The date the individual's name was placed in the registry; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Information on any final Department of Human Services investigative finding or Administrative Law Judge finding of maltreatment concerning the worker.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. A community services worker, a Medicaid personal care assistant, or applicant who is adversely affected by an Administrative Law Judge finding of maltreatment of an individual may seek judicial review pursuant to Article II of the Administrative Procedures Act. The finding of the Administrative Law Judge may be appealed to the district court of the county in which the community services worker, Medicaid personal care assistant, or applicant resides within thirty (30) days of the date of the decision. A copy of the petition shall be served by mail upon the general counsel of the Department of Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 407, &sect; 13, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 393, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 4, 2001; Laws 2002, c. 378, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2002; Laws 2008, c. 71, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1025.4. Violations and penalties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any violation of the provisions of Sections 11 through 13 of this act shall be a misdemeanor and, upon conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere, shall be punishable by a fine of not less than Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00), but not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00). In addition to the fine, such violator may be imprisoned in the county jail for not more than thirty (30) days. Each day that such violation continues shall be considered to be a separate violation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 407, &sect; 14, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1030.1. Petition.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services may, upon its own initiative or at the request of an owner, operator or resident of any agency providing residential services to people with mental retardation, or at the request of a resident's guardian or relative, petition the court to appoint a receiver to take possession of and operate an agency providing residential services, except a facility subject to the provisions of the Nursing Home Care Act. When requested to file a petition, the Department of Human Services shall determine if proper cause exists, and shall take whatever steps are necessary to protect the health, welfare and safety of residents including, if necessary, petitioning the court to place the agency under the control of a receiver to ensure that the residents receive adequate care.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Upon the filing of a petition by the Department of Human Services, subject to other provisions of this article, a court may appoint a receiver to take possession of and operate an agency licensed by or contracting with the Department of Human Services or the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to provide community residential supports to individuals with mental retardation or other developmental disabilities when there is actual, imminent or substantial risk of serious physical or mental harm or death to residents, and no other remedies at law are adequate to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Conditions and factors which may result in mental or physical harm or death, or risk of harm or death, as described in subsection B of this section include, but are not limited to, instances when any of the following occur:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The residential agency has violated, or has demonstrated a pattern and practice of repeated violations of, state or federal law, rule or regulation which affect health and safety;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The residential agency is in the process of terminating services or intends to cease operations, and arrangements for relocating residents are dangerously inadequate; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The residential agency is insolvent as defined in subsection C of Section 16 of this act, and a receivership is necessary to protect the health and safety of the residents.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Petitions filed pursuant to this section shall include the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A description of the specific conditions, conduct, or occurrences existing at the agency which have resulted in serious physical or mental harm or death or which present a substantial risk of serious physical or mental harm or death to residents;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A statement explaining why other remedies of law are inadequate;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The number of individuals receiving residential services from the agency who have been seriously harmed or died, or are at substantial risk of such harm or death;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. A statement that the facts have been brought to the attention of the owner or administrator and that conditions have not been remedied within a reasonable period of time or that the conditions, though remedied periodically, habitually exist at the agency as a pattern or practice;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The name and address of the persons holding a contract for the agency or serving as the duly authorized agent of the contract and the address of a designated representative for the Director of the Department of Human Services and the Administrator of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. A listing of any other reasons that may apply as set forth in this subsection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. No party, attorney, or person interested in an action shall be appointed a receiver pursuant to this section. To assist the court in identifying persons qualified to be named as receivers, the Director of the Department of Human Services or the Director's designee shall maintain a list of the names of such persons that the court may consider.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The court may award to a residential agency appropriate costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney fees, if the court determines that a petitioner has initiated a proceeding in bad faith or merely for the purpose of harassing or embarrassing the residential agency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 407, &sect; 15, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1030.2. Notice and hearing - Appointment of receiver - Reimbursement of receiver - Liability for debts - Competitive bidding not required.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The court shall hold a hearing within five (5) days of the filing of the petition. The petition and notice of the hearing shall be served by the petitioner on the owner, administrator or designated agent of the agency, and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. The petition and notice shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the agency not later than three (3) days before the time specified for the hearing, unless a different time limit is fixed by order of the court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The court may appoint a receiver ex parte pending the hearing if the Department of Human Services provides testimony, under oath, that there has been a loss of life or a life-endangering situation exists for which an adequate remedy at law does not exist. Following the hearing on the petition, and upon a determination that the appointment of a receiver is warranted, the court may then appoint a different receiver or extend the term of the ex parte receiver.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. When the operating revenue of a residential agency in receivership is insufficient to meet its operating expenses, including the cost of bringing the agency and residences into compliance with state or federal laws or rules or regulations or provisions of the agency's contract, or to protect the health and safety of the residents, the operator shall be deemed insolvent. The Department of Human Services may reimburse the receiver for those expenses from funds available for such uses and expenses.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The receiver, the Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority are not liable for debts incurred by the owner or operator of an agency providing community residential services for which a receiver has been appointed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, contracts that are necessary to carry out the powers and duties of the receiver need not be competitively bid.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 407, &sect; 16, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1030.3. Compensation of receiver.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Department of Human Services shall have a lien against the owner of the agency for any such reimbursements made during the receivership under the same terms, procedures, and conditions as provided for long-term care facilities pursuant to Section 1-1914.2 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The court shall set the compensation of the receiver in accordance with other receiverships generally.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 407, &sect; 17, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-1030.4. Oath and bond - Powers and duties of receiver - Court approval of certain expenditures required - Termination of receivership - Technical assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Before a receiver is appointed, a nominee shall be sworn to faithfully perform the duties of a receiver. At the initial hearing, the receiver shall seek and obtain court approval of one or more sureties and shall execute a bond in such amount as the court shall direct.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. In establishing a receivership, the court shall set forth the powers and duties of the receiver. The court shall authorize the receiver to do all that is prudent and necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of all persons served by the agency and to efficiently administer residential services within the requirements of state and federal law, relevant policy, and the agency's contracts with the Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. These powers and duties shall include those generally ascribed to receivers and may also include the powers and duties of trustees under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, as amended. In addition to the powers specified by this section, the court shall authorize the receiver to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Honor all leases, mortgages and secured transactions governing all buildings, goods and fixtures of which the receiver has taken possession and continues to use, but, in the case of a rental agreement, only to the extent of payments that are for the use of the property during the period of the receivership, or, in the case of a purchase agreement, only to the extent of payments that are received during the period of the receivership;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If transfer of residents is necessary, provide for the orderly transfer of residents by doing the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;cooperate with all appropriate state and local agencies in carrying out the transfer of residents to alternative community placements,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;arrange for the transportation of residents' belongings and records,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;help to locate alternative placements and develop discharge plans,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;prepare residents for the trauma of discharge, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;permit residents or guardians to participate in transfer or discharge planning except when an emergency exists and immediate transfer is necessary;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Make periodic reports on the status of the residential program to the appropriate state agency, parents, guardians, and residents;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Compromise demands or claims with prior notice to the Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, subject to approval by the court; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Subject to the supervision and control of the court, bring and defend actions in the receiver's name, in the official capacity as receiver, and take and keep possession of property.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The court shall require the receiver to obtain court approval prior to making any single expenditure of more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) to correct deficiencies in the structure or furnishings of residences supported by an agency. The court shall require regular and detailed reports including a final report. The receivership shall be reviewed at least every sixty (60) days.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Upon motion by the receiver, the Department of Human Services or other interested party, a receivership established pursuant to this section may be terminated by the court, and the receiver discharged, following notification of the appropriate parties and interested persons and a hearing, if the court determines the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The residential agency and owners have ceased operations and the former residents have been relocated to an appropriate service setting; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Circumstances no longer exist at the agency that present a substantial risk of physical or mental harm or death to residents, and there is no deficiency in the agency that is likely to create such risk of harm or death.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Upon motion of the receiver, the Department of Human Services or other interested party, the court may, during the hearing to consider termination of the receivership and discharge of the receiver, approve the return of control of the agency, corporation, or assets to the original owner or approve the sale of the same to a new owner. The Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, all other interested parties, and other persons with a known interest in the proceedings shall receive written notice from the receiver of such hearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall provide technical assistance to any receiver appointed pursuant to this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 407, &sect; 18, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-2001. Repealed by Laws 2004, c. 378, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. June 3, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-2002. Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. For the purpose of providing quality care enhancements, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority is authorized to and shall assess a Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee pursuant to this section upon each nursing facility licensed in this state. Facilities operated by the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs shall be exempt from this fee. Quality of care enhancements include, but are not limited to, the purposes specified in this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. As a basis for determining the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee assessed upon each licensed nursing facility, the Authority shall calculate a uniform per-patient day rate. The rate shall be calculated by dividing six percent (6%) of the total annual patient gross receipts of all licensed nursing facilities in this state by the total number of patient days for all licensed nursing facilities in this state. The result shall be the per-patient day rate. Beginning July 15, 2004, the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee shall not be increased unless specifically authorized by the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Pursuant to any approved Medicaid waiver and pursuant to subsection N of this section, the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee shall not exceed the amount or rate allowed by federal law for nursing home licensed bed days.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee owed by a licensed nursing facility shall be calculated by the Authority by adding the daily patient census of a licensed nursing facility, as reported by the facility for each day of the month, and by multiplying the ensuing figure by the per-patient day rate determined pursuant to the provisions of subsection B of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Each licensed nursing facility which is assessed the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee shall be required to file a report on a monthly basis with the Authority detailing the daily patient census and patient gross receipts at such time and in such manner as required by the Authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. 1. The Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee for a licensed nursing facility for the period beginning October 1, 2000, shall be determined using the daily patient census and annual patient gross receipts figures reported to the Authority for the calendar year 1999 upon forms supplied by the Authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Annually the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee shall be determined by:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;using the daily patient census and patient gross receipts reports received by the Authority for the most recent available twelve (12) months, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;annualizing those figures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Each year thereafter, the annualization of the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee specified in this paragraph shall be subject to the limitation in subsection B of this section unless the provision of subsection C of this section is met.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. The payment of the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee by licensed nursing facilities shall be an allowable cost for Medicaid reimbursement purposes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. 1. There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund to be designated the "Nursing Facility Quality of Care Fund".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;all monies received by the Authority pursuant to this section and otherwise specified or authorized by law,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;monies received by the Authority due to federal financial participation pursuant to Title XIX of the Social Security Act, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;interest attributable to investment of money in the fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. All monies accruing to the credit of the fund are hereby appropriated and shall be budgeted and expended by the Authority for:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;reimbursement of the additional costs paid to Medicaid-certified nursing facilities for purposes specified by Sections 1-1925.2, 5022.1 and 5022.2 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;reimbursement of the Medicaid rate increases for intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded (ICFs/MR),&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;nonemergency transportation services for Medicaid-eligible nursing home clients,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;eyeglass and denture services for Medicaid-eligible nursing home clients,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;ten additional ombudsmen employed by the Department of Human Services,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;ten additional nursing facility inspectors employed by the State Department of Health,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">g.&nbsp;&nbsp;pharmacy and other Medicaid services to qualified Medicare beneficiaries whose incomes are at or below one hundred percent (100%) of the federal poverty level; provided however, pharmacy benefits authorized for such qualified Medicare beneficiaries shall be suspended if the federal government subsequently extends pharmacy benefits to this population,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">h.&nbsp;&nbsp;costs incurred by the Authority in the administration of the provisions of this section and any programs created pursuant to this section,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">i.&nbsp;&nbsp;durable medical equipment and supplies services for Medicaid-eligible elderly adults, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">j.&nbsp;&nbsp;personal needs allowance increases for residents of nursing homes and Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (ICFs/MR) from Thirty Dollars ($30.00) to Fifty Dollars ($50.00) per month per resident.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Expenditures from the fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for approval and payment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The fund and the programs specified in this section funded by revenues collected from the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee pursuant to this section are exempt from budgetary cuts, reductions, or eliminations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. The Medicaid rate increases for intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded (ICFs/MR) shall not exceed the net Medicaid rate increase for nursing facilities including, but not limited to, the Medicaid rate increase for which Medicaid-certified nursing facilities are eligible due to the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee less the portion of that increase attributable to treating the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee as an allowable cost.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. The reimbursement rate for nursing facilities shall be made in accordance with Oklahoma's Medicaid reimbursement rate methodology and the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. No nursing facility shall be guaranteed, expressly or otherwise, that any additional costs reimbursed to the facility will equal or exceed the amount of the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee paid by the nursing facility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. 1. In the event that federal financial participation pursuant to Title XIX of the Social Security Act is not available to the Oklahoma Medicaid program, for purposes of matching expenditures from the Nursing Facility Quality of Care Fund at the approved federal medical assistance percentage for the applicable fiscal year, the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee shall be null and void as of the date of the nonavailability of such federal funding, through and during any period of nonavailability.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. In the event of an invalidation of this section by any court of last resort under circumstances not covered in subsection J of this section, the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee shall be null and void as of the effective date of that invalidation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. In the event that the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee is determined to be null and void for any of the reasons enumerated in this subsection, any Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee assessed and collected for any periods after such invalidation shall be returned in full within sixty (60) days by the Authority to the nursing facility from which it was collected.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">J. 1. If any provision of this section or the application thereof shall be adjudged to be invalid by any court of last resort, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the provisions of the section, but shall be confined in its operation to the provision thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment was rendered. The applicability of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. This subsection shall not apply to any judgment that affects the rate of the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee, its applicability to all licensed nursing homes in the state, the usage of the fee for the purposes prescribed in this section, and/or the ability of the Authority to obtain full federal participation to match its expenditures of the proceeds of the fee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">K. The Authority shall promulgate rules for the implementation and enforcement of the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee established by this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">L. The Authority shall provide for administrative penalties in the event nursing facilities fail to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Submit the Quality of Care Fee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Submit the fee in a timely manner;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Submit reports as required by this section; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Submit reports timely.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">M. As used in this section:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Nursing facility" means any home, establishment or institution, or any portion thereof, licensed by the State Department of Health as defined in Section 1-1902 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Medicaid" means the medical assistance program established in Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act and administered in this state by the Authority;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Patient gross revenues" means gross revenues received in compensation for services provided to residents of nursing facilities including, but not limited to, client participation. The term "patient gross revenues" shall not include amounts received by nursing facilities as charitable contributions; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Additional costs paid to Medicaid-certified nursing facilities under Oklahoma's Medicaid reimbursement methodology" means both state and federal Medicaid expenditures including, but not limited to, funds in excess of the aggregate amounts that would otherwise have been paid to Medicaid-certified nursing facilities under the Medicaid reimbursement methodology which have been updated for inflationary, economic, and regulatory trends and which are in effect immediately prior to the inception of the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">N. 1. As per any approved federal Medicaid waiver, the assessment rate subject to the provision of subsection C of this section is to remain the same as those rates that were in effect prior to January 1, 2012, for all state-licensed continuum of care facilities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any facilities that made application to the State Department of Health to become a licensed continuum of care facility no later than January 1, 2012, shall be assessed at the same rate as those facilities assessed pursuant to paragraph 1 of this subsection; provided, that any facility making said application shall receive the license on or before September 1, 2012. Any facility that fails to receive such license from the State Department of Health by September 1, 2012, shall be assessed at the rate established by subsection C of this section subsequent to September 1, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">O. If any provision of this section, or the application thereof, is determined by any controlling federal agency, or any court of last resort to prevent the state from obtaining federal financial participation in the state's Medicaid program, such provision shall be deemed null and void as of the date of the nonavailability of such federal funding and through and during any period of nonavailability. All other provisions of the bill shall remain valid and enforceable.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2000, c. 340, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 2000. Amended by Laws 2000, c. 418, &sect; 31, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2001, c. 379, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. June 4, 2001; Laws 2001, c. 428, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. June 5, 2001; Laws 2002, c. 22, &sect; 17, emerg. eff. March 8, 2002; Laws 2004, c. 378, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 3, 2004; Laws 2012, c. 122, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2012; Laws 2013, c. 15, &sect; 38, emerg. eff. April 8, 2013; Laws 2013, c. 183, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 29, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 2001, c. 331, &sect; 1 repealed by Laws 2002, c. 22, &sect; 34, emerg. eff. March 8, 2002. Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 241 repealed by Laws 2013, c. 15, &sect; 39, emerg. eff. April 8, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-2003. Repealed by Laws 2004, c. 378, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. June 3, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-2004. Home-Based Support Quality Assurance Assessment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. As used in this section:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Additional costs reimbursed to the contracted community-based service provider" means both state and federal Medicaid expenditures in excess of the aggregate amounts that would otherwise have been paid to a contracted community-based service provider including, but not limited to, costs related to an audit required by the Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, or the State Auditor and Inspector;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Contracted community-based service provider" means any entity contracted by the Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, or any private person providing the support, or promotion of support, for a service recipient to remain in such person's home or residence and shall include, but not be limited to, entities and persons providing personal support, professional support, case management, transportation services, and services through a Home and Community-Based Waiver or Advantage Waiver as defined by Title XIX of the Social Security Act, Section 1915 (C);&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Gross receipts" means annual gross revenues received in compensation for services rendered by a contracted community-based service provider, but shall not include any amount received by a contracted service provider as a charitable contribution or any amount received by a provider as compensation for services rendered that is not reimbursed; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Medicaid" means the medical assistance program established in Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act and administered in the state by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Information required to calculate the Home-Based Support Quality Assurance Assessment provided in Section 4002 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes for a contracted community-based service provider shall be reported to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority using forms supplied by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The payment of the Home-Based Quality Assurance Assessment by contracted community-based service providers shall be an allowable cost for Medicaid reimbursement purposes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. 1. There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to be designated the "Home-Based Quality Assurance Fund".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;all monies received by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority pursuant to Section 4002 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes and otherwise specified or authorized by law,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;monies received by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority due to federal financial participation pursuant to Title XIX of the Social Security Act, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;interest attributable to investment of money in the Home-Based Quality Assurance Fund.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. All monies accruing to the credit of the fund are appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority for Medicaid services provided by contracted community-based service providers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Expenditures from the fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for approval and payment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The Home-Based Quality Assurance Fund and the programs specified in this section that are funded by revenues collected from the Home-Based Quality Assurance Assessment pursuant to this section are exempt from budgetary cuts, reductions, or eliminations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. The reimbursement rate for contracted community-based service providers shall be made in accordance with Oklahoma's Medicaid reimbursement rate methodology and the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. No contracted community-based service provider shall be guaranteed, expressly or otherwise, that any additional costs reimbursed to the contracted community-based service provider shall equal or exceed the amount of the Home-Based Quality Assurance Assessment paid by the contracted community-based service provider.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. 1. If federal financial participation pursuant to Title XIX of the Social Security Act is not available to the Oklahoma Medicaid program, for purposes of matching expenditures from the Home-Based Quality Assurance Fund at the approved federal medical assistance percentage for the applicable fiscal year, the Home-Based Quality Assurance Assessment shall be null and void as of the date of the nonavailability of such federal funding, through and during any period of nonavailability.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If this section is invalidated by any court of last resort under circumstances not covered in subsection F of this section, the Home-Based Quality Assurance Assessment shall be void as of the effective date of that invalidation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. If the Home-Based Quality Assurance Assessment is determined to be void for any of the reasons enumerated in this section, any Home-Based Quality Assurance Assessment assessed and collected for any periods after such invalidation shall be returned in full within sixty (60) days by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to the contracted community-based service provider from which it was collected.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. If any provision of this section, or the application thereof, is determined by any court of last resort to prevent the state from obtaining federal financial participation in the state Medicaid program, such provision shall be deemed void as of the date of the nonavailability of such federal funding and through and during any period of nonavailability.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. 1. If any provision of this section or the application thereof shall be adjudged to be invalid by any court of last resort, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remaining provisions of the section, but shall be confined in its operation to the provision thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment was rendered. The applicability of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. This subsection shall not apply to any judgment that affects the rate of the Home-Based Quality Assurance Assessment, its applicability to all contracted community-based service providers in the state, the usage of the fee for the purposes prescribed in this section, or the ability of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to obtain full federal participation to match its expenditures of the proceeds of the assessment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Promulgate rules for the implementation and enforcement of the Home-Based Quality Assurance Assessment established by this section; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Provide for administrative penalties in the event a contracted community-based service provider fails to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;submit the Home-Based Quality Assurance Assessment,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;submit the Home-Based Quality Assurance Assessment in a timely manner, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;submit reports as required by this section or by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2010, c. 133, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2010. Amended by Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 242.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-3001. Short title - Purpose - Joint implementation by state agencies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Sections 1 through 3 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the "Coordination of Services for Older Oklahomans Act".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The purpose of the Coordination of Services for Older Oklahomans Act is to establish a coordinated system for the delivery of information, referral and follow-up services to older Oklahomans through a process of joint public and private agency planning and collaboration.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The system is to be implemented through interagency agreements and will utilize a shared, computerized data base in order to reduce duplication and improve efficiency in the delivery of such services. The data base is to be jointly developed, implemented and utilized by the public agencies responsible for information, referral and follow-up services to older Oklahomans and private agencies that provide such services pursuant to a contract with a state agency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1996, c. 123, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 23, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-3002. Designation of participating agencies - Respective responsibilities - Report.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The following agencies are directed to jointly design and implement a coordinated system of information, referral and follow-up services for older Oklahomans:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Aging Services Division of the Department of Human Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The State Department of Health;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. The Office of Management and Enterprise Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. The Aging Services Division of the Department of Human Services shall be the lead agency for the design and implementation of the system required by the Coordination of Services for Older Oklahomans Act and shall be responsible for convening meetings and providing meeting space, administrative, staff and other necessary support services. The Division shall convene the first meeting of the agencies on or before July 1, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The remaining agencies listed in subsection A of this section shall be responsible for providing information, staff and other assistance as necessary to design and implement the system required by the Coordination of Services for Older Oklahomans Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Aging Services Division shall invite representatives of the Area Agencies on Aging, Eldercare, managed health care organizations and other appropriate public and private entities to participate in the design of the system required by the Coordination of Services for Older Oklahomans Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The Office of Management and Enterprise Services shall provide technical assistance and support necessary for the development of the shared, computerized data base required by the Coordination of Services for Older Oklahomans Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. On or before December 1 of each year, the agencies listed in subsection A of this section shall jointly submit a report to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the chairs of the appropriate legislative committees. The report shall include, but not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A statement on the progress in the design and implementation of the system required by the Coordination of Services for Older Oklahomans Act; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Identification of any statutory changes and funding necessary to implement the system.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1996, c. 123, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. April 23, 1996. Amended by Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 243.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-3002.1. Aging and Disability Resource Consortium initiative.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Aging Services Division of the Department of Human Services is encouraged and authorized to work collaboratively with other national, state and local agencies and community groups to establish, develop, and implement a single-point-of-entry concept for aging and disability groups in Oklahoma referred to as an Aging and Disability Resource Consortium (ADRC) initiative.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Aging Services Division is designated as the lead agency in the establishment of an ADRC initiative in Oklahoma. The Aging Services Division shall collaborate and coordinate with the disability and aging network to ensure appropriate inclusion in the ADRC initiative. The Aging Services Division is authorized to pursue national, state or local grants to comply with national, state or local rules or regulations to effect this enabling legislation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The ADRC initiative shall streamline access to long-term support services and assist disabled and elderly Oklahomans to make informed decisions about their service and support options. The ADRC initiative shall coordinate existing systems of information, assistance and access for the elderly and disabled, and shall form state and local partnerships that provide information and assistance to individuals or professionals needing either public or private resources for themselves or their clients, especially when planning for long-term support service needs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2009, c. 67, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-3002.5. Oklahoma Options Counseling for Long-term Care Program Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Oklahoma Options Counseling for Long-term Care Program Act".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 144, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-3002.6. Legislative findings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Legislature finds that access to information regarding all components of a long-term care support system is necessary to empower the elderly and persons with disabilities in planning, evaluating, and making decisions to meet their individual long-term care support needs appropriately. This access to information shall be provided through the Options Counseling for Long-term Care Program provided by the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium and its partner community organizations. The Options Counseling for Long-term Care Program shall be designed to allow for an integrated system that facilitates navigation of the variety of private and public resources available; minimizes service fragmentation; reduces duplication of administrative paperwork procedures; enhances individual choice; supports informed decision making; and increases the cost-effectiveness of long-term care services and support systems.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 144, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-3002.7. Definitions - Options Counseling for Long-term Care Program - Consultation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. As used in the Oklahoma Options Counseling for Long-term Care Program Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. &ldquo;Long-term care facility&rdquo; means a nursing facility or assisted living facility;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. &ldquo;Options counseling for long-term care&rdquo; means the process of providing services pursuant to the Oklahoma Options Counseling for Long-term Care Program within the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium (ADRC); and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. &ldquo;Representative&rdquo; means a family member, attorney, hospital social worker, or any other person chosen by an individual to act on behalf of the individual:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;seeking a long-term care consultation, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls5"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;admitted to a long-term care program or facility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Options Counseling for Long-term Care Program is hereby created within the Department of Human Services Aging Services Division and administered within the Aging Services Division Aging and Disability Resource Consortium.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Subject to available funding, the Options Counseling for Long-term Care Program, through its partner community agencies, shall provide individuals or their representatives, or both, with long-term care options consultation by phone or in person, which shall include at a minimum the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A basic review of an individual&rsquo;s need for information;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A review of appropriate long-term care options and costs, if available;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. A review of providers who accept either public or private payment or both public and private payment for long-term care services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. A summary of factors to consider when choosing among the available programs, services, and benefits; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. A summary of opportunities and methods for maximizing the independence and self-reliance of the individual, including support services provided by the family and friends of the individual.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Options counseling for long-term care under this section may be provided at any time, whether before or after the individual who is the subject of a long-term care consultation has been admitted to a long-term facility. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Nothing in the Oklahoma Options Counseling for Long-term Care Program Act shall be used to implement any provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 144, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-3003. Contents of coordinated system - Implementation deadlines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The design of a coordinated system of information, referral and follow-up services for older Oklahomans shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Be based upon the coordination of existing state and local programs that provide information, referral and follow-up services for older Oklahomans;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Conform with the requirements of the 1915c Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver, commonly known as the "Advantage Program", and, to the extent possible and feasible, shall incorporate the forms and procedures developed for the implementation of the Waiver;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Include, but not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;delineation of agency responsibilities, and the methods of coordinating the delivery of services,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;identification of programs and procedures necessary for implementation, and adoption of such procedures by the responsible agencies,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;the adoption of common service procedures across program and agency lines,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;the use of common referral and other forms,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;the development of a shared, computerized data base to identify client information necessary to reduce duplication of effort and improve service delivery, including, but not limited to, a common intake data set,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;procedures for sharing of confidential information in accordance with state and federal laws, which shall include, but not be limited to, methods for restricting access to confidential information and for sharing confidential information between public and private agencies and individuals in accordance with the policies and procedures set forth in interagency agreements pursuant to the Coordination of Services for Older Oklahomans Act,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">g.&nbsp;&nbsp;joint training of personnel responsible for implementation of the system and delivery of services,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">h.&nbsp;&nbsp;methods for resolving disputes by mediation or other means,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">i.&nbsp;&nbsp;a funding and implementation plan, which may include phased-in implementation, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">j.&nbsp;&nbsp;procedures for monitoring and improving services and data collection, and continued coordination of services and data.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. Preliminary recommendations for the data base and coordinated system shall be completed on or before October 1, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. On or before January 1, 1997, the agencies subject to the provisions of the Coordination of Services for Older Oklahomans Act shall enter into interagency agreements to implement the coordinated system.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The data base and coordinated system of information, referral and follow-up shall be fully implemented on or before January 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1996, c. 123, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. April 23, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-3021. 2-1-1 Oklahoma Coordinating Council - Duties and responsibilities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Beginning on January 1, 2011, the Oklahoma 2-1-1 Advisory Collaborative shall be renamed the 2-1-1 Oklahoma Coordinating Council.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Oklahoma 2-1-1 Coordinating Council shall have the following duties and responsibilities:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Develop and maintain a statewide coordinated approach for the promotion of a 2-1-1 system;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Develop and maintain an integrated statewide 2-1-1 service that avoids overlap of 2-1-1 call centers in the state;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Develop and maintain certification standards for providers that operate as a 2-1-1 call center in the state;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Assure that each 2-1-1 call center is accountable and maintains compliance with Corporation Commission standards;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Develop and maintain a process for 2-1-1 call center accountability and compliance with state and national standards for any contractual obligations;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Provide leadership and coordination for 2-1-1 call centers as it relates to large-scale emergencies and homeland security needs;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Develop and implement a statewide, outcome-driven strategic plan for 2-1-1 Oklahoma;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Advocate for funding to support and sustain 2-1-1 system delivery;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Coordinate with national, state, and local partners in the provision of 2-1-1 services; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Using an established formula, provide recommendations to the administering entity responsible for the allocation of funds appropriated for 2-1-1 Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The members of the Oklahoma 2-1-1 Advisory Collaborative shall develop by-laws for the 2-1-1 Oklahoma Coordinating Council on or before December 31, 2010. Such by-laws shall specify a process for selecting membership on the 2-1-1 Oklahoma Coordinating Council, terms of office, and procedures for replacing members.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2004, c. 411, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 3, 2004. Amended by Laws 2010, c. 144, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2010.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-3050. Repealed by Laws 2011, c. 315, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-3051. Discontinuance of state-administered resource centers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Department of Human Services shall develop a plan which contains targeted dates to change or discontinue the operation of state-administered resource centers. In developing the plan, the Department shall consult with the families and guardians of the residents as well as affected employees of the resource centers, and shall take into consideration the recommendations and concerns of the families and guardians of the residents and affected employees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The plan shall be submitted no later than January 1, 2012. The plan shall be subject to disapproval by the Legislature on or before March 1, 2012. The plan shall not be implemented until after March 1, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 315, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-3100. Aging Services Division - Duties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. The Aging Services Division of the Department of Human Services shall, in accordance with the provisions of this section and in consultation with area agencies on aging, establish a program to provide leadership for improving the quality and quantity of legal and advocacy assistance as a means of ensuring a comprehensive elder rights system for Oklahoma&rsquo;s vulnerable elderly.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. In carrying out the program established in paragraph 1 of this subsection, the Aging Services Division shall coordinate and provide assistance to area agencies on aging and other entities in Oklahoma that assist older individuals in:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;understanding the rights of the older individual,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;exercising choice,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;benefiting from services and opportunities authorized by law,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;maintaining the rights of the older individual and, in particular, of the older individual with reduced capacity, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;resolving disputes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. In carrying out the provisions of this section, the Aging Services Division shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Establish an Office of Elder Rights and Legal Assistance Services Development as the focal point for leadership on elder rights policy review, analysis, and advocacy at the state level, including, but not limited to, such elder rights issues as guardianship, age discrimination, pension and health benefits, insurance, consumer protection, surrogate decision-making, protective services, public benefits, and dispute resolution;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Designate a person to administer the program, who shall be known as the State Legal Services Developer and who shall serve on a full-time basis, and other personnel, sufficient to ensure:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;leadership in securing and maintaining legal rights for the older individual,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;capacity for coordinating the provision of legal assistance,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;capacity to provide technical assistance, training and other supportive functions to area agencies on aging, legal assistance providers, ombudsmen, and other persons as appropriate,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;capacity to promote financial management services for older individuals at risk of guardianship,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;capacity to analyze, comment on, monitor, develop, and promote federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations, and other governmental policies and actions that pertain to the issues listed in paragraph 1 of this subsection, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;capacity to provide such information as necessary to public and private agencies, legislators, and other persons regarding the issues listed in paragraph 1 of this subsection;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Develop, in conjunction with area agencies on aging and legal assistance providers, statewide standards for the delivery of legal assistance to older individuals;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Provide technical assistance to area agencies on aging and legal assistance providers to enhance and monitor the quality and quantity of legal assistance to older individuals, including technical assistance in developing plans for targeting services to reach the older individual with greatest economic need and the older individual with greatest social need, with particular attention to low-income minority individuals;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Provide consultation to area aging agencies to ensure coordination of their activities with:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the legal assistance initiatives provided under the Older Americans Act,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;services provided by the Legal Services Corporation, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;services provided under other state or federal programs, administered at the state and local level, that address the legal assistance needs of older individuals;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Provide for the education and training of professionals, volunteers, and older individuals concerning elder rights, the requirements and benefits of specific laws, and methods for enhancing the coordination of services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Promote and provide, as appropriate, education and training for individuals who are or who might become guardians or representative payees of older individuals, including information on:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the powers and duties of guardians or representative payees, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;alternatives to guardianship;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Promote the development of, and provide technical assistance concerning:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;pro bono legal assistance programs,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;state and local bar committees on aging,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;legal hot lines,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;alternative dispute resolution,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;programs and curricula, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;other issues related to the rights and benefits of older individuals;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">in law schools and other institutions of higher education, and promote other methods to expand access by older individuals to legal assistance and advocacy and vulnerable elder rights protection activities;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Provide for periodic assessment of the status of elder rights in Oklahoma, including analysis of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;the unmet need for assistance in resolving legal problems and benefits-related problems,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;methods for expanding advocacy services,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;the status of substitute decision-making systems and services, including, but not limited to, systems and services regarding guardianship, representative payeeship, and advance directives,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;access to courts and the justice system, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">(5)&nbsp;&nbsp;the implementation of civil rights and age discrimination laws in Oklahoma, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;problems and unmet needs identified in programs established under the Older Americans Act; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. For the purpose of identifying vulnerable elder rights protection activities provided by the entities under this act and coordinating such activities with programs established under the Older Americans Act, develop working agreements with:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;state entities, including the state consumer protection agency, the court system, the Attorney General, the state agency responsible for equal employment opportunity initiatives, and other state agencies, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;federal entities, including the Social Security Administration, the Health Care Financing Administration, the Department of Veterans&rsquo; Affairs, and other federal agencies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. As used in this section, the term &ldquo;representative payee&rdquo; means the person who enters into a contractual relationship with the United States Social Security Administration to receive a social security recipient&rsquo;s check and to disburse funds to meet the needs of the recipient.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2001, c. 101, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2001.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-3121. Compassionate Care Task Force.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. There is hereby created until July 1, 2010, the &ldquo;Compassionate Care Task Force&rdquo;. The Compassionate Care Task Force shall be composed of the following members:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Attorney General, or a designee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Commissioner of the State Department of Health, or a designee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Director of the Department of Human Services, or a designee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, or a designee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, as created under the direction of the Secretary of Health and Human Services in July 2000, or a designee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Two bipartisan members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Two bipartisan members of the Oklahoma State Senate appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. One member of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. One member of the Tulsa City-County Health Department.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. Members shall serve at the pleasure of their appointing authorities. A vacancy on the Task Force shall be filled by the original appointing authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A majority of the members of the Task Force shall constitute a quorum. A majority of the members present at a meeting may act for the Task Force.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The chair shall be appointed by the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives on or before August 1, 2008. The vice-chair shall be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate on or before August 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The chair shall convene the first meeting of the Task Force on or before September 1, 2008. The Task Force shall meet as often as necessary.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Task Force members employed by the state shall be reimbursed for travel expenses related to their service on the Task Force by their respective agencies pursuant to the provisions of the State Travel Reimbursement Act. Legislative members of the Task Force shall be reimbursed for their necessary travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties in accordance with Section 456 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Staff of the State Department of Health shall serve as primary staff for the Task Force. The Task Force may use the expertise and services of the staffs of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Oklahoma State Senate and may, if necessary, seek the advice and services of experts in the field as well as other necessary professional and clerical staff.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. All departments, officers, agencies and employees of this state shall cooperate with the Task Force in fulfilling its duties and responsibilities including, but not limited to, providing any information, records, or reports requested by the Task Force.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The meetings of the Task Force shall be subject to the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The Compassionate Care Task Force shall determine and make recommendations regarding:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The role of charitable, voluntary, and faith-based organizations in the Oklahoma health care system;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The role of charitable, voluntary, and faith-based organizations in community-based health education, advocacy and direct care for the uninsured;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The role of charitable, voluntary, and faith-based organizations in improving access to health care and ensuring affordable and stable health care coverage;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The level of collaboration between charitable, voluntary, and faith-based organizations and public health agencies in the state;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The utilization of health-related services currently being provided by charitable, voluntary, and faith-based organizations in the state; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. The role of charitable, voluntary, and faith-based organizations and the pandemic influenza preparedness plan for Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. The Compassionate Care Task Force shall provide a progress report in electronic form to the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate and the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives on or before March 1 of each year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2008, c. 153, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;56-4000. Oklahoma College Savings Plan exemption.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">An Oklahoma College Savings Plan account shall be exempt for purposes of determining eligibility for public assistance, provided that the federal rules for these programs permit such an exemption.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2008, c. 118, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html>

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