Fla. Admin. Code Ann. R. 65G-14.003 - Agency Monitoring and Oversight

Current through Reg. 48, No. 66; April 5, 2022

(1) To enable the Agency to comply with section 393.0663(3), F.S., each Qualified Organization must report to the Agency any violation of ethical or professional conduct by Support Coordinators employed by that organization within seven (7) calendar days of discovering the violation, unless the violation threatens the health and safety of a client(s). Any violation that could cause a client's physical, mental, or emotional health to be significantly impaired must be reported to the Agency within 24 hours of discovering the violation. Violations shall be treated as discovered by a Qualified Organization as of the first day on which such violation is known or by exercising reasonable diligence should have been known to the Qualified Organization. Each Qualified Organization is responsible for reporting violations that occur from the time of hiring each Support Coordinator. For the purposes of this section, a "violation of ethical or professional conduct" shall include any of the following actions on the part of a Support Coordinator:
(a) Unprofessional interactions with a client, legal representative, service provider, or Agency staff member as evidenced by documented or observed instances of screaming, yelling, cursing, or physical altercations as well as engaging or attempting to engage in verifiable romantic or sexual behavior with a client;
(b) Arrest for a disqualifying criminal offense as described in sections 393.0655(5) and 435.04(2), F.S.;
(c) Verified finding of abuse, neglect, exploitation, or abandonment;
(d) Falsification of documentation;
(e) Accidental or incidental unauthorized disclosure of a client's confidential or private information;
(f) Reckless or intentional unauthorized disclosure of a client's confidential or private information;
(g) Failure to perform support coordination duties necessary to comply with legal notices regarding client services, such as updating cost plans based on service determinations;
(h) Failure to perform support coordination duties, as required by statutes and administrative rules, including the iBudget Handbook, which jeopardize or are likely to jeopardize the health, safety, or welfare of a client;
(i) Borrowing, attempting to borrow, or accepting funds from a client or, if applicable, client's legal representative or family;
(j) Diverting clients to specific providers and not facilitating provider choice;
(k) Not maintaining updated and accurate contact and demographic information for clients and legal representatives in iConnect;
(l) Material or repeated occurrences of Support Coordinators making errors inputting data in iConnect; and
(m) Any violation of the Qualified Organization's code of ethics.
(2) To report a violation(s), the Qualified Organization must send an e-mail message to the Regional Office in the Region where the violation(s) occurred. Any violation involving abuse, neglect, exploitation, or abandonment of a client must also be immediately reported to the Florida Abuse Hotline in compliance with sections 415.1034 and 39.201, F.S. The e-mail to the Agency must include the following information:
(a) Name of the Qualified Organization;
(b) Name and Medicaid provider identification number of the Support Coordinator(s) with reported ethical or legal violation;
(c) A detailed description of the violation(s), including the date of the violation(s); how and when the Qualified Organization discovered the violation(s); and, if applicable, client(s) impacted and how they are impacted or affected as well as any individual(s) who witnessed or were involved with the violation(s);
(d) Action(s) taken by the Qualified Organization against the Support Coordinator(s); and
(e) Any action(s) taken by the Qualified Organization intended to reduce the likelihood of recurrence of the violation.
(3) All Qualified Organizations must maintain an active and accurate roster within the Clearinghouse to ensure all Support Coordinators have active and eligible level II background screenings. All Support Coordinators must complete level II background screening upon hire and maintain an eligible status within the Clearinghouse in accordance with section 393.0655 and chapter 435, F.S.
(4) If any client or, if applicable, his or her legal representative has a concern or complaint that the Qualified Organization has failed to resolve using their complaint and grievance procedure, then the client or legal representative may submit the complaint or grievance to the State Ombudsman at https://apd.myflorida.com/contacts/.
(5) The Qualified Organization shall provide each client or, if applicable, his or her legal representative, with an Invitation to Take a Client Satisfaction Survey, APD Form 65G-14.003 A, effective July 1, 2021 and incorporated here by reference, during each client's annual support plan meeting in compliance with the iBudget Handbook. The Invitation to Take a Client Satisfaction Survey is available at ______.
(6) A Qualified Organization's failure to properly report a known violation described in this Rule constitutes a separate and additional violation.
(7) This Rule shall be reviewed, and if necessary, renewed through the rulemaking process five years from the effective date.


Fla. Admin. Code Ann. R. 65G-14.003

Rulemaking Authority 393.0663(5), 393.501(1) F.S. Law Implemented 393.0662, 393.0663(3), 393.063 F.S.

Adopted by Florida Register Volume 47, Number 031, February 16, 2021 effective 7/1/2021.

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