On April 7, 2011, Governor Brewer signed SB1248 (Laws 2011, Chapter 43), which requires the Department to revise rules to eliminate the dual licensing requirements for hospitals that provide organized psychiatric services. Currently, a hospital providing organized psychiatric services is required to be licensed as a hospital under Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.) Title 9, Chapter 10, Article 2, and as a behavioral health service agency under 9 A.A.C. 20. The Department has until July 1, 2012 to complete this rulemaking.
The Department has completed a Notice of Exempt Rulemaking for the rules in 9 A.A.C. 10, Article 2 to incorporate requirements for psychiatric services provided by a hospital in an organized unit and has filed the Notice with the Office of the Secretary of State, with an effective date of June 30, 2012. The Department anticipates that the Notice will be published in the Arizona Administrative Register on July 20, 2012.
The Department also completed a Notice of Exempt Rulemaking to remove requirements for hospitals from the behavioral health service agency licensing rules in 9 A.A.C. 20 and to implement SB1240 (Laws 2011, Chapter 231, § 3), which requires the Department to "include behavior analysts in the list of behavioral health professionals." The Department has also filed this Notice with the Office of the Secretary of State, with an effective date of June 30, 2012. This Notice should also be published in the Arizona Administrative Register on July 20, 2012.
More information about the rulemakings may be obtained by contacting Thomas Salow, Manager, Office of Administrative Counsel and Rules, or by fax at 602-364-1150.
Notices of Exempt Rulemaking
- Rules in 9 A.A.C. 10 for Hospital Organized Psychiatric Services
- Rules in 9 A.A.C. 20 Removing Requirements for Hospitals and Adding Behavior Analysts
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