20 CSR 2230-2.041 - Public Complaint Handling and Disposition Procedure

PURPOSE: This rule establishes a procedure for the receipt, handling and disposition of public complaints by the board, pursuant to the mandate of section 4.16(6) of the Omnibus State Reorganization Act of 1974, Appendix B, RSMo.

(1) The State Board of Podiatric Medicine shall receive and process each complaint made against any licensee, permit holder, registrant or applicant of the board, or unlicensed individual or entity, which complaint alleges certain acts or practices which may constitute one (1) or more violations of the provisions of Chapter 330, RSMo. Any member of the public or the profession or any federal, state or local official, may make and file a complaint with the board. Complaints shall be received from sources outside Missouri and processed in the same manner as those originating within Missouri. No member of the State Board of Podiatric Medicine shall file a complaint with this board while holding that office, unless that member is excused from further board deliberations or activity concerning the matters alleged within that complaint. The executive director or any staff member of the board may file a complaint pursuant to this rule in the same manner as any member of the public.
(2) Complaints should be mailed or delivered to the following address: State Board of podiatric Medicine, 3605 Missouri Boulevard, PO Box 423, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0423. However, actual receipt of the complaint by the board at its administrative offices in any manner shall be sufficient. Complaints shall be made based upon personal knowledge or upon information and belief, reciting information received from other sources.
(3) All complaints shall be made in writing. Complaints shall be made on forms provided by the board and available upon request. Oral or telephone communications will not be considered or processed as complaints, but the person making the communications will be provided with a complaint form and requested to complete and return the form to the board in written form. Any member of the administrative staff of the board may make and file a complaint based upon information and belief, in reliance upon oral, telephone or written communications received by the board, unless that staff member believes those communications to be false.
(4) Each complaint received under this rule shall be logged in a book and/or database maintained by the board for that purpose. Complaints shall be logged in consecutive order as received. The log book and/or database shall contain a record of each complainant's name and address; the name and address of the subject(s) of the complaint; the date each complaint is received by the board; a brief statement of the acts complained of, including the name of any person injured or victimized by the alleged acts or practices; a notation whether the complaint resulted in its dismissal by the board or informal charges being filed with the Administrative Hearing Commission; and the ultimate disposition of the complaint. The log book and/or database shall be a closed record of the board.
(5) Each complaint received under this rule shall be acknowledged in writing. The acknowledgment shall state that the complaint is being referred to the board for consideration at its next regularly scheduled meeting. The complainant shall be informed as to whether the complaint is being investigated and later as to whether the complaint has been dismissed by the board, or is being referred to legal counsel for filing with the Administrative Hearing Commission. The complainant shall be notified of the ultimate disposition of the complaint, excluding judicial appeals, and shall be provided with copies of the decisions (if any) of the Administrative Hearing Commission and the board at that time; provided, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to complaints filed by staff members of the board based on information and belief, acting in reliance on third-party information received by the board.
(6) Both the complaint and any information obtained as a result of the investigation shall be considered a closed record and shall not be available for inspection by the general public. However, upon written request to the board, a copy of the complaint and any attachments to the complaint may be provided to any licensee who is the subject of that complaint or his/her counsel.
(7) This rule shall not be deemed to limit the board's authority to file a complaint with the Administrative Hearing Commission charging a licensee or temporary license holder of the board with any actionable conduct or violation, whether or not that complaint exceeds the scope of the acts charged in a preliminary public complaint filed with the board, and whether or not any public complaint has been filed with the board.
(8) The board interprets this rule, which is required by law, to exist for the benefit of those members of the public who submit complaints to the board, and for those persons or entities within the legislative and executive branches of government having supervisory or other responsibilities or control over the professional licensing boards. This rule is not deemed to protect or inure to the benefit of those licensees or temporary license holders or other persons against whom the board has instituted or may institute administrative or judicial proceedings concerning possible violations of the provisions of Chapter 330, RSMo.


20 CSR 2230-2.041
AUTHORITY: section 330.140, RSMo 2000 and 620.010.15(6), RSMo Supp. 2004.* This rule originally filed as 4 CSR 230-2.041. Original rule filed Feb. 9, 1982, effective May 13, 1982. Amended: Filed Oct. 30, 1997, effective April 30, 1998. Amended: Filed Sept. 1, 2004, effective March 30, 2005. Moved to 20 CSR 2230-2.041, effective Aug. 28, 2006.

*Original authority: 330.140, RSMo 1945, amended 1981, 1993, 1995, 1998 and 620.010, RSMo 1973, amended 1981, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001.

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