Or. Admin. R. 309-019-0215 - Grievances and Appeals

(1) Any individual or parent or guardian receiving services may file a grievance with the provider, the individual's coordinated care plan, or the Division.
(2) The provider's grievance process shall:
(a) Notify each individual or guardian of the grievance procedures by reviewing a written copy of the policy upon entry;
(b) Assist individuals and parents or guardians to understand and complete the grievance process and notify them of the results and basis for the decision;
(c) Encourage and facilitate resolution of the grievance at the lowest possible level;
(d) Complete an investigation of any grievance within 30 calendar days;
(e) Implement a procedure for accepting, processing, and responding to grievances including specific timelines for each;
(f) Designate a program staff individual to receive and process the grievance;
(g) Document any action taken on a substantiated grievance within a timely manner; and
(h) Document receipt, investigation, and action taken in response to the grievance.
(4) The provider shall post a Grievance Process Notice in a common area stating the telephone numbers of:
(a) The Division;
(b) Disability Rights Oregon;
(c) Any applicable coordinated care organization; and
(d) The Governor's Advocacy Office.
(5) In circumstances where the matter of the grievance is likely to cause harm to the individual before the grievance procedures are completed, the individual or guardian of the individual may request an expedited review. The program administrator shall review and respond in writing to the grievance within 48 hours of receipt of the grievance. The written response shall include information about the appeal process.
(6) A grievant, witness, or staff member of a provider may not be subject to retaliation by a provider for making a report or being interviewed about a grievance or being a witness. Retaliation may include but is not limited to dismissal or harassment, reduction in services, wages, or benefits, or basing service or a performance review on the action.
(7) The grievant is immune from any civil or criminal liability with respect to the making or content of a grievance made in good faith.
(8) Individuals and their legal guardians may appeal entry, transfer, and grievance decisions as follows:
(a) If the individual or guardian is not satisfied with the decision, the individual or guardian may file an appeal in writing within ten working days of the date of the program administrator's response to the grievance or notification of denial for services. The appeal shall be submitted to the Division;
(b) If requested, program staff shall be available to assist the individual;
(c) The Division shall provide a written response within ten working days of the receipt of the appeal; and
(d) If the individual or guardian is not satisfied with the appeal decision, they may file a second appeal in writing within ten working days of the date of the written response to the Division Director.


Or. Admin. R. 309-019-0215
MHS 6-2013(Temp), f. 8-8-13, cert. ef. 8-9-13 thru 2-5-14; MHS 4-2014, f. & cert. ef. 2-3-14; MHS 11-2016(Temp), f. 6-29-16, cert. ef. 7-1-16 thru 12-27-16; MHS 18-2016, f. 11- 28-16, cert. ef. 11-30-16; MHS 26-2016(Temp), f. 12-27-16, cert. ef. 12-28-16 thru 6-23-17; MHS 6-2017, f. & cert. ef. 6/23/2017; MHS 10-2017(Temp), f. 9-15-17, cert. ef. 9-15-17 thru 3-13-18; MHS 4-2018, amend filed 02/27/2018, effective 3/1/2018

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 161.390, 413.042, 430.256 & 430.640

Statutes/Other Implemented: 430.254 - 430.640, 430.850 - 430.955, 743A.168, ORS 161.390 - 161.400, 179.505, 428.205 - 428.270, 430.010 & 430.205 - 430.210

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