TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER h: LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS
PART 600 CERTIFIED LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT CODE
SECTION 600.210 CERTIFICATION


 

Section 600.210  Certification

 

a)         A Provisionally Certified local health department may apply for Certification.

 

1)         Such application shall be submitted to the Department on forms or in a format provided or prescribed by the Department and shall include a community health needs assessment and a community health plan in accordance with Subpart D of this Part.  The application shall be signed by an authorized representative.

 

2)         Upon receipt of a complete application, the Department shall have 60 days to review the application to determine if the applicant meets the personnel requirements set forth in Subpart C of this Part and the practice standards set forth in Subpart D of this Part.

 

A)        If the Department determines that the applicant is in substantial compliance with Subparts C and D of this Part, Certification shall be granted by the Department.

 

B)        If the Department determines that the applicant is not in substantial compliance with Subparts C and D of this Part, Certification shall be denied and the local health department shall be notified in writing of the denial of Certification. Such notification shall specify the reasons for denial of Certification and shall describe the right of the applicant to request a hearing to appeal the denial of Certification, pursuant to Section 600.510.

 

b)         Certification granted to local health departments that apply pursuant to this Section shall expire five years following the date of Certification.

 

1)         All certifications set to expire in 2004 will be extended to the same date in 2005.   These extensions will be granted automatically without the need for a waiver request.  A petition to maintain the 2004 recertification schedule, however, may be submitted to the Department.  The petition shall include the name of the local health department, a request to maintain the original recertification renewal date, and the signature of the public health administrator.

 

                  2)         For the period between 2005 and 2007, the Department will implement a staggered certification renewal schedule in which approximately one third of local health departments will be reviewed annually.  This review schedule will be developed by the Department in consultation with the local health departments.  Thereafter, the certification reviews will occur every five years on this staggered schedule.

 

c)         A Certified local health department may apply for renewal of Certification.

 

1)         Such an application shall be made at least 60 days prior to the expiration of the Certification period.  An application shall be submitted to the Department on forms or in a format provided or prescribed by the Department and shall include a community health needs assessment and a community health plan in accordance with Subpart D of this Part.  The application shall be signed by an authorized representative.

 

2)         Upon completion of a complete application, the Department shall have 60 days to review the application to determine if the applicant is in substantial compliance with the personnel requirements set forth in Subpart C of this Part and the practice standards set forth in Subpart D of this Part.

 

A)        If the Department determines that the applicant is in substantial compliance with Subparts C and D of this Part, Certification shall be renewed by the Department for a five-year period.

 

B)        If the Department determines that the applicant is not in substantial compliance with Subparts C and D of this Part, renewal of Certification shall be denied and the local health department shall be notified in writing of the denial of Certification.  Such notification shall specify the reasons for denial of Certification and shall describe the right of the applicant to request a hearing to appeal the denial of Certification renewal, pursuant to Section 600.510.

 

d)         A Certified local health department that at any time during the period for which the local health department has been granted Certification does not meet all applicable requirements for such Certification due to conditions or circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the local health department may make a written request to the Department for a waiver of the requirements set forth in Subparts C and D of this Part.  A waiver will not be required for certification extensions issued under subsection (b) of this Section.

 

1)         Conditions or circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the local health department shall include but not be limited to:

 

A)        Unanticipated or unavoidable lack of qualified personnel necessary to fulfill applicable requirements; or

 

B)        Disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and other unusual circumstances which may threaten the health and safety of residents and which require re-assignment of personnel to protect the health and safety of residents within the local health department's jurisdiction.

 

2)         The Department shall grant a waiver if it determines that the local health department meets the conditions or circumstances specified in subsection (d)(1)(A) and (B) of this Section.  The Department shall notify the local health department of its decision within 10 working days after the receipt of the request.

 

A)        A waiver shall be granted for a six-month period or until the conditions or circumstances referred to in subsections (d)(1)(A) and (B) of this Section are remedied, whichever is shorter.

 

B)        The Department may extend a waiver for two additional six-month periods.  All requests for extension of waiver shall be received by the Department at least 15 working days prior to the expiration of the waiver period.

 

i)          The first extension of the waiver shall be made if the Department determines, on the basis of a written explanation from the local health department, that reasonable progress has been made and the local health department can be expected to be in substantial compliance with applicable requirements of Certification on or before the conclusion of the first extended waiver period.

 

ii)         The second extension of waiver shall be made if the Department determines, on the basis of a written explanation from the local health department, that reasonable progress has been made and the local health department can be expected to be in substantial compliance with applicable requirements of Certification on or before the conclusion of the second extended waiver period.  The explanation shall include documentation of the applicable Certification requirements that are not being met, with the expected dates for completion and the reasons why the local health department was unable to achieve substantial compliance within the first extension period.

 

3)         The Department shall review the local health department for substantial compliance with Certification requirements upon the expiration of the waiver period or upon request of the local health department.  The Department's review shall include only those certification requirements that are the basis for the waiver.

 

A)        If the Department, based upon its review, determines that the local health department meets the requirements set forth in Subparts C and D of this Part, the local health department shall be considered in substantial compliance with the requirements of Certification, and no further action shall be taken by the Department.

 

B)        If the Department, based upon its review, determines that the local health department does not meet the requirements set forth in Subparts C and D of this Part and the waiver has expired, the Department shall notify the local health department of its option to request an extension of waiver under this Section.

 

C)        If the Department, based upon its review, determines that the local health department does not meet the requirements set forth in Subparts C and D of this Part and the local health department's request was submitted prior to the expiration of the waiver period, the waiver shall continue until the end of the six-month period.

 

e)         The Department may conduct an on-site review of the local health department and such documents necessary to determine substantial compliance with this Section.

 

(Source:  Amended at 28 Ill. Reg. 8762, effective June 3, 2004)