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Proposed Administrative Rules Update

Thursday, July 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jamie Michael
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Last week, the WI Department of Health Services (DHS) issued two administrative rule scope statements related to public health to Gov. Scott Walker's office for approval. The scope statements signal the very beginning of a roughly two-year process to promulgate an administrative rule.

In this case, DHS is proposing to revise the following two administrative rules:

  • DHS 139 (RE: Public Health Nurse Credentials) - The objective of the proposed rulemaking is to revise the qualifications making persons eligible for employment as a public health nurse (scope statement attached).
  • DHS 140 (RE: Required services of local health departments) - The objective of the proposed rulemaking is to revise the required services of Levels I, II, and III local health departments(scope statement attached).

Again, the rulemaking process will take roughly two years, and WALHDAB will have numerous opportunities to weigh on the development of the rules, including during the time period DHS is writing the draft rules, as well as a string of public hearings. We can also take action -- if necessary -- when the proposed rules are submitted to the Legislature for approval at the end of the rulemaking process.

Having said that, this process should be viewed as an opportunity to work with DHS to modify these rules to best fit the role of public health in the 21st Century. WALHDAB's lobbyist has already met with the governor's office and officials from the secretary's office at DHS to express our desire to work closely with the agency during the rulemaking process and to provide our input at every step of the way. Both the governor's office and DHS welcomes (and wants) our input.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the WALHDAB office!

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