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12VAC5-31-2300

Part VII
Designated Regional EMS Councils

12VAC5-31-2300. Purpose of designated regional EMS councils.

For the purposes of these regulations regional EMS councils shall be designated by the Board of Health, adhere to policy direction established by the Office of EMS and carry out the development and implementation of an efficient and effective statewide regional EMS system.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2310

12VAC5-31-2310. Provision of regional EMS council services within Virginia and compliance with these regulations.

An organization or person providing designated regional EMS council services within Virginia must comply with these regulations, the applicable regulations of other state agencies, the Code of Virginia and the United States Code. The Office of EMS will publish the Virginia Regional EMS Council Designation Manual, a document that describes and provides guidance on how to comply with these regulations.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2320

12VAC5-31-2320. Requirement for regional EMS council designation.

Any organization or person establishing, operating, maintaining, advertising or representing itself or any services as a designated regional EMS council must have a valid designation issued by the Board of Health.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2330

12VAC5-31-2330. Designation of a regional EMS council.

A. The Board of Health will designate a regional EMS council that satisfies the representation requirements in these regulations.

B. The designation of a regional EMS council will be based on:

1. The "Regional EMS Council Designation Manual" application process; . ]

a. Completed application. Submitted applications missing any information requested will be considered incomplete and will not be processed for designation;

b. Completed Regional EMS Council Self-Assessment Checklist; comply with all indicated standardsconsistent with these regulations ];

c. Current roster of the membership of the applicant organization's board of directors. The roster needs to show all members of the board of directors for the applicant, their addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and the constituency they represent;

d. Current approved bylaws. A copy of the most recently approved bylaws complete with adoption date;

e. Scope of servicesplan ]. A plan This ] shall include data and information that demonstrates the qualifications of the applicant to plan, initiate, expand or improve the regional EMS delivery system;

f. Budget. A proposed budget for the first year of designation must illustrate costs associated with the applicant's proposed operations and programs as a designated regional EMS council;

g. EMS involvement. Documentation demonstrating how the applicant organization interacts with EMS agencies and personnel;

h. Policies and guidelines. Up-to-date policies and guidelines covering all aspects of the applicant's regional EMS councils operations, must showrevision date of ] all changes made and be consistent with these regulations;

i. Directory of localities, hospitals and EMS agencies. A comprehensive directory of the localities, hospitals and EMS agencies the applicant organization will be serving, . ]

j. Locality support. Letters of support from the chief executive officers of the cities and counties within the applicant's proposed geographic service delivery area confirming support of the application. The letters must be dated within 120 days of the date of application and specify the three-year period for which the applicant seeks designation. ]

2. Hospital catchment areas for all hospitals within the applicant's proposed geographic service delivery area. Hospital catchment areas are the geographic area from which a hospital draws the majority of its patients.

3. The demonstrated capability to establish communitywide and regional programs.

4. An evaluation of prior performance as a designated regional EMS council.

C. The Office of EMS will evaluate the performance and effectiveness of a regional EMS council on a periodic basis.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2340

12VAC5-31-2340. Application process for designation.

A. An applicant for regional EMS council designation shall file a written application specified by the Office of EMS.

B. If the applicant is a company or corporation as defined in §12.1-1 of the Code of Virginia it must clearly disclose the identity of its owners, officers and directors.

C. An applicant must provide information on any previous record of performance in the provision of related EMS services or any other related licensure, registration, certification or endorsement within or outside Virginia.

D. Completed application packages must be received in the Office of EMS no later than October 1 to be considered for designation commencing July 1 of the following year.

E. The application and preliminary review process is to be completed prior to a site review visit.

F. The Office of EMS may use whatever means of investigation necessary to verify any or all information contained in the application.

G. If the applicant organization does not comply with the required standards for designation as a regional EMS council, the agent of the applicant organization will be notified of the deficiencies by the Office of EMS.

H. If the applicant organization complies with the required standards, the agent of the applicant organization will be notified and arrangements will be made for a site visit by a review team as designated by the Office of EMS.

I. The Office of EMS will conduct a site review of the applicant.

J. The applicant organization will receive the written report of the visiting team reviewing its findings and recommendations in accordance with the criteria.

K. If a deficiency is reported, the Office of EMS may order the designated regional EMS council to correct the deficiency by issuing a written correction order.

L. If a deficiency requires a revisit by a site review team, a fee commensurate with direct costs will be paid by the applicant.

M. The site review process will be completed prior to the Office of EMS forwarding a recommendation for designation or denial to the Board of Health.

N. The Office of EMS will then forward a recommendation for designation or denial to the Board of Health.

O. Acting upon the favorable recommendation of the site review team and the Office of EMS, the Board of Health may designate the applicant organization as a regional EMS council.

P. The Office of EMS may schedule unannounced site visits at its discretion.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2350

12VAC5-31-2350. Inspection.

An applicant agency and all places of operation shall be subject to inspection by the Office of EMS for compliance with these regulations. The inspection may include any or all of the following:

1. All fixed places of operations, including all offices and training facilities;

2. All applicable records maintained by the applicant agency; and

3. All vehicles and required equipment used by the applicant agency.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2360

12VAC5-31-2360. Designation approval.

A. The Office of EMS will review and make recommendations to the Board of Health determining whether an applicant is qualified for designation based upon the applicant meeting the requirements of these regulations.

B. The Board of Health will make the final determination on regional EMS designation.

C. The designated regional EMS council or applicant has the right to appeal any decision or order of theOffice of EMS except as may otherwise be prohibited, and provided such a decision or order was not the final decision of an appeal Board of Health regarding approval or denial of regional EMS designation in accordance with the Virginia Administrative Process Act (§2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia) ].

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2370

12VAC5-31-2370. Designation periods.

The designation is for a period of three years, effective July 1, after completion of the designation process.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2380

12VAC5-31-2380. Regional EMS councils requesting undesignation.

Regional EMS councils desiring to become undesignated by the Board of Health must provide the Office of EMS a minimum of 30 days written notice of intent. Upon review the Office of EMS will forward the request to the Board of Health with its recommendation. Only the Board of Health can grant or remove regional EMS council designation.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2390

12VAC5-31-2390. Powers and procedures of regulations not exclusive.

The Board of Health reserves the right to authorize any procedure for the enforcement of these regulations that is not inconsistent with the provisions set forth herein or the provisions of §§32.1-27 and 32.1-111.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2400

12VAC5-31-2400. Exceptions.

Exceptions to any provision of these regulations are specified as part of the regulation concerned. Any deviation not specified in these regulations is not allowed except by variance or exemption.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2410

12VAC5-31-2410. Variances.

A. TheOffice of EMS commissioner ] is authorized to grant variances for any part or all of these regulations in accordance with the procedures set forth herein. A variance permits temporary specified exceptions to these regulations. A designated regional EMS council may file a written request for a variance with the Office of EMS on specified forms.

1. The written variance request must be submitted for review and recommendations to the governing body of all localities in the service delivery area of the applicant or the designated regional EMS council prior to submission to the Office of EMS.

2. Issuance of a variance does not obligate localities to allow the conditions of such variance if they conflict with local ordinances or regulations.

B. Both the written request and the recommendation of the governing bodies must be submitted together to the Office of EMS.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2420

12VAC5-31-2420. Issuance of a variance.

A request for a variance may be approved and issued by theOffice of EMS commissioner ] provided all of the following conditions are met:

1. The information contained in the request is complete and correct;

2. The regional EMS council concerned is designated by the Board of Health;

3. The Office of EMS determines the need for such a variance is genuine, and extenuating circumstances exist;

4. The Office of EMS determines that issuance of such a variance would be in the public interest and would not present any risk to, or threaten or endanger the public health, safety or welfare;

5. The Office of EMS will consider the recommendation of the governing body provided all of the above conditions are met; and

6. The agent of the designated regional EMS council making the request will be notified in writing of the approval and issuance within 30 days of receipt of the request unless the request is awaiting approval or disapproval of a designation. In such case, notice will be given within 30 days of the issuance of the designation.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2430

12VAC5-31-2430. Content of variance.

A variance shall include but not be limited to the following information:

1. The name of the designated regional EMS council to which the variance applies;

2. The expiration date of the variance;

3. The provision of the regulations that is to be varied and the type of variations authorized; and

4. Any special conditions that may apply.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2440

12VAC5-31-2440. Conditions of variance.

A variance shall be issued and remain valid with the following conditions:

1. A variance will be valid for a period not to exceed one year unless and until terminated by theOffice of EMS commissioner ];

2. A variance is neither transferable nor renewable under any circumstances.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2450

12VAC5-31-2450. Termination of variance.

A. TheOffice of EMS commissioner ] may terminate a variance at any time based upon any of the following:

1. Violations of any of the conditions of the variance;

2. Falsification of any information;

3. Suspension or revocation of the designation; and

4. A determination by the Office of EMS that continuation of the variance would present a risk to or threaten or endanger the public health, safety or welfare.

B. The Office of EMS will notify the agent of the designated regional EMS council of the termination by certified mail to his last known address.

C. Termination of a variance will take effect immediately upon receipt of notification unless otherwise specified.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2460

12VAC5-31-2460. Denial of a variance.

A request for a variance will be denied by theOffice of EMS commissioner ] if any of the conditions of 12VAC5-31-2430 fail to be met.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2470

12VAC5-31-2470. Exemptions.

A. The Board of Health is authorized to grant exemptions from any part or all of these regulations in accordance with the procedures set forth herein. An exemption permits specified or total exceptions to these regulations for an indefinite period.

B. A designated regional EMS council may file a written request for an exemption with the Office of EMS on specified forms.

1. The written exemption request must be submitted for review and recommendations to the governing body of all localities in the service delivery area of the applicant or the designated regional EMS council prior to submission to the Office of EMS.

2. The written exemption request must be submitted to the Office of EMS a minimum of 30 days before the scheduled review by the governing bodies. At the time of submission, the applicant or designated regional EMS council must provide the Office of EMS with the date, time and location of the scheduled review by the governing bodies.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2480

12VAC5-31-2480. Public notice of request for exemption.

Upon receipt of a request for an exemption, the Office of EMS will cause notice of such request to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the area wherein the service delivery area of the applicant or designated regional EMS council making the request and in other major newspapers of general circulation in major regions of the Commonwealth. The cost of such public notices will be borne by the applicant or designated regional EMS council making the request.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2490

12VAC5-31-2490. Public hearing for exemption request.

If the Board of Health determines that there is substantial public interest in a request for an exemption, a public hearing may be held.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2500

12VAC5-31-2500. Issuance of an exemption.

A. A request for an exemption may be approved and an exemption issued provided all of the following conditions are met:

1. The information contained in the request is complete and correct;

2. The need for such an exemption is determined to be genuine; and

3. The issuance of an exemption would not present any risk to, threaten or endanger the public health, safety or welfare of citizens.

B. The Board of Health may accept the recommendation of the governing bodies provided all of the conditions in subsection A of this section are met.

C. The agent of the designated regional EMS council making the request will be notified in writing of the approval or denial of a request.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2510

12VAC5-31-2510. Content of exemption.

An exemption includes but is not limited to the following information:

1. The name of the applicant or designated regional EMS council to whom the exemption applies;

2. The provisions of the regulations that will be exempted; and

3. Any special conditions that may apply.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2520

12VAC5-31-2520. Conditions of exemption.

A. An exemption remains valid for an indefinite period of time unless and until terminated by the Board of Healthor the Office of EMS, or ] unless an expiration date is specified.

B. An exemption is neither transferable nor renewable.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2530

12VAC5-31-2530. Termination of exemption.

A. TheOffice of EMS Board of Health ] may terminate an exemption at any time based upon any of the following:

1. Violation of any of the conditions of the exemption;

2. Suspension or revocation of designation; and

3. A determination by the Office of EMS that continuation of the exemption would present risk to, or threaten or endanger the public health, safety or welfare.

B. The Office of EMS will notify the agent of the designated regional EMS council to whom the exemption was issued of the termination by certified mail to his last known address.

C. Termination of an exemption takes effect immediately upon receipt of notification unless otherwise specified.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2540

12VAC5-31-2540. Denial of an exemption.

A request for an exemption will be denied by theOffice of EMS Board of Health ] if any of the conditions of these regulations fail to be met.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2550

12VAC5-31-2550. Right to enforcement.

A. The Office of EMS may use the enforcement procedures provided in this article when dealing with any deficiency or violation of these regulations or any action or procedure that varies from the intent of these regulations.

B. The Office of EMS may determine that a deficiency or violation of these regulations or any action or procedure that varies from the intent of these regulations occurred.

C. The enforcement procedures provided in this article are not mutually exclusive. The Office of EMS may invoke as many procedures as the situation may require.

D. The commissioner empowers the Office of EMS to enforce the provisions of these regulations.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2560

12VAC5-31-2560. Enforcement actions.

An enforcement action must be delivered to the agent of the affected designated regional EMS council and must specify information concerning the violations, the actions required to correct the violations and the specific date by which correction must be made as follows:

1. Warning: a verbal notification of an action or situation potentially in violation of these regulations.

2. Citation: a written notification for violations of these regulations.

3. Suspension: a written notification of the deactivation and removal of authorization issued under a designation.

4. Civil penalty: The commissioner (or designee) may impose a civil penalty to an agency or entity that fails or refuses compliance with these regulations. Civil penalties may be assessed up to $1,000 per offense. Violations shall be a single, different occurrence for each calendar day the violation occurs and remains uncorrected.

a. Subsequent violations of the same type may be subject to a civil penalty of $500 per calendar day, per violation.

b. Civil penalties will not exceed a combined total of $10,000. ]

4. 5. ] Action of the commissioner: the commissioner may command a designated regional EMS council operating in violation of these regulations or state law pursuant to the commissioner's authority under §32.1-27 of the Code of Virginia and the Administrative Process Act (§2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia) to halt such operation or to comply with applicable law or regulation. A separate and distinct offense will be deemed to have been committed on each day during which any prohibited act continues after written notice to the offender.

5. 6. ] Criminal enforcement: the commissioner may elect to enforce any part of these regulations or any provision of Title 32.1 of the Code of Virginia by seeking to have criminal sanctions imposedas authorized by §32.1-27 of the Code of Virginia ].The violation of any of the provisions of these regulations constitutes a misdemeanor. ] A separate and distinct offense will be deemed to have been committed on each day during which any prohibited act continues after written notice by the commissioner to the offender.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2570

12VAC5-31-2570. Correction order.

A. The Office of EMS may order the designated regional EMS council to correct a deficiency, cease any violations or comply with these regulations by issuing a written correction order as follows:

1. Correction orders may be issued in conjunction with any other enforcement action in response to individual violations or patterns of violations.

2. The Office of EMS will determine that a deficiency or violation exists before issuance of any correction order.

B. The Office of EMS will send a correction order to the agent of the designated regional EMS council by certified mail to his last known address. Notification will include, but not be limited to, a description of the deficiency or violation to be corrected, and the period within which the deficiency or situation must be corrected, which shall not be less than 30 days from receipt of such order, unless an emergency has been declared by the Office of EMS.

C. A correction order takes effect upon receipt and remains in effect until the deficiency is corrected or until the designation is suspended, revoked, or allowed to expire or until the order is overturned or reversed.

D. Should the designated regional EMS council be unable to comply with the correction order by the prescribed date, it may submit a request for modification of the correction order with the Office of EMS. The Office of EMS will approve or disapprove the request for modification of the correction order within 10 days of receipt.

E. The designated regional EMS council shall correct the deficiency or situation within the period stated in the order.

1. The Office of EMS will determine whether the correction is made by the prescribed date.

2. Should the designated regional EMS council fail to make the correction within the time period cited in the order, the Office of EMS may invoke any of the other enforcement procedures set forth in this part.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2580

12VAC5-31-2580. Suspension of a designation.

A. TheOffice of EMS commissioner ] may suspend a designation without a hearing, pending an investigation or revocation procedure if the agency, organization or any of its personnel are found to be operating in a manner that presents a risk to, threatens, or endangers the public health, safety or welfare ].

1. Reasonable cause for suspension must exist before such action is taken by the Office of EMS. The decision must be based upon a review of evidence available to the Office of EMS.

a. 1. ] TheOffice of EMS commissioner ] may suspend the designation for failure to adhere to the standards set forth in these regulations.

b. The Office of EMS may suspend the designation if the agency, organization or any of its personnel are found to be operating in a manner that presents a risk to, or threatens, or endangers the public health, safety or welfare. ]

c. 2. ] TheOffice of EMS commissioner ] may suspend the designation for violation of federal or state laws resulting in a civil monetary penalty.

d. 3. ] TheOffice of EMS commissioner ] may suspend the designation for conviction of criminal acts.

B. The Office of EMS will notify the agent of the designated regional EMS council of the suspension in person or by certified mail to his last known address.

C. A suspension takes effect immediately upon receipt of notification unless otherwise specified. A suspension remains in effect until theOffice of EMS commissioner ] further acts upon the designation or until the order is overturned on appeal as specified in the Administrative Process Act (§2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia).

D. The designated regional EMS council shall abide by any notice of suspension.

E. TheOffice of EMS commissioner ] may invoke any procedure set forth in this part to enforce the suspension.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2590

12VAC5-31-2590. Revocation of a designation.

A. The Board of Health may revoke the designation of a regional EMS council after a hearing or waiver thereof. Reasonable cause for revocation must exist before such action by the Board of Health. The Board of Health may revoke designation for the following:

a. 1. ] Failure to adhere to the standards set forth in these regulations;

b. 2. ] Violation of a correction order or for engaging in or aiding, abetting, causing, or permitting any act prohibited by these regulations;

c. 3. ] Violation of federal or state laws resulting in a civil monetary penalty; and

d. 4. ] Conviction of criminal acts.

B. The Office of EMS will notify the agent of the designated regional EMS council of the intent to revoke by certified mail to his last known address.

C. The designated regional EMS council will have the right to a hearing.

1. If the designated regional EMS council desires to exercise its right to a hearing, it must notify the Office of EMS in writing of his intent within 10 days of receipt of notification. In such cases, a hearing must be conducted and a decision rendered in accordance with the Administrative Process Act (§2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia).

2. Should the designated regional EMS council fail to file such notice, he will be deemed to have waived the right to a hearing. In such case, the Board of Health may revoke the designation.

D. A revocation takes effect immediately upon receipt of notification unless otherwise specified. A revocation order is permanent unless and until overturned on appeal.

E. The designated regional EMS council shall abide by any notice of revocation.

F. The Office of EMS may invoke any procedures set forth in this part to enforce the revocation.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2600

12VAC5-31-2600. Judicial review.

A. The procedures of the Administrative Process Act (§2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia) control all judicial reviews.

B. The designated regional EMS council or applicant has the right to appeal any decision or order of the Office of EMS except as may otherwise be prohibited, and provided such a decision or order was not the final decision of an appeal.

C. The designated regional EMS council or applicant shall abide by any decision or order of the Office of EMS, or he must cease and desist pending any appeal.

D. If the designated regional EMS council or applicant who sought the appeal is aggrieved by the final decision, that person may seek judicial review as provided in the Administrative Process Act (§2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia).

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2610

12VAC5-31-2610. Submission of complaints.

A. The Office of EMS will investigate complaints related to designation, operation and the delivery of services by regional EMS councils.

B. Any person may submit a complaint. A complaint is submitted in writing to the Office of EMS, signed by the complainant and includes the following information:

1. The name and address of the complainant;

2. The name of the designated regional EMS council or person involved; and

3. A detailed description of the complaint, including the date, location and conditions and the practice or act that exists or has occurred.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2620

12VAC5-31-2620. Investigation process.

A. The Office of EMS may investigate complaints received about conditions, practices, or acts that may violate any provision of either Article 2.1 (§32.1-111.1 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of Title 32.1 of the Code of Virginia or provision of these regulations.

B. If the Office of EMS determines that the conditions, practices, or acts cited by the complainant are not in violation of applicable sections of the Code of Virginia or these regulations; then the Office of EMS will investigate no further.

C. If the Office of EMS determines that the conditions, practices, or acts cited by the complainant may be in violation of applicable sections of the Code of Virginia or these regulations, the Office of EMS will investigate the complaint fully in order to determine if a violation took place.

D. The Office of EMS may investigate or continue to investigate and may take appropriate action on a complaint even if the original complainant withdraws his complaint or otherwise indicates a desire not to cause it to be investigated to completion.

E. The Office of EMS may initiate a formal investigation or action based on an anonymous or unwritten complaint.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2630

12VAC5-31-2630. Action by the Office of EMS.

A. If the Office of EMS determines that a violation has occurred, it may apply all provisions of these regulations that it deems necessary and appropriate.

B. At the completion of an investigation and following any appeals, the Office of EMS will notify the complainant.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2640

12VAC5-31-2640.Designated regional EMS council name. (Reserved.) ]

An organization may not apply to conduct business under a name that is the same as, or misleadingly similar to the name of an organization designated by the Board of Health as a designated regional EMS council. ]

Historical Notes

Reserved, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2650

12VAC5-31-2650. Composition of designated regional EMS councils.

A designated regional EMS council shall include, if available, representatives of the participating local governments, fire protection agencies, law-enforcement agencies, emergency medical services agencies, hospitals, licensed practicing physicians, emergency care nurses, mental health professionals, emergency medical technicians and other appropriate allied health professionals.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2660

12VAC5-31-2660. Governing body of a designated regional EMS council.

A. A regional EMS council shall be organizationally independent of any other entity.

B. A regional EMS council shall be governed by a board.

C. Articles of incorporation and bylaws shall be in force that specify:

1. Designated regional EMS council representation;

2. Method of designated regional EMS council appointments and/or elections;

3. Governing board representation;

4. Method of governing board appointments and/or elections;

5. Tenure of representatives;

6. Officers, their roles, responsibilities and terms of office;

7. Quorum requirements;

8. Meeting attendance requirements and enforcement policies;

9. Indemnification of officers and directors; and

10. Dissolution of assets.

D. There shall be a minimum of five members with full voting privileges comprising a governing board.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2670

12VAC5-31-2670. Regional EMS plan.

A designated regional EMS council, in cooperation with the Governor's EMS Advisory Board, shall develop, maintain, and distribute a comprehensive regional EMS plan for coordinating and improving the delivery of EMS in the regional service area, in accordance with §§32.1-111.3 and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

1. The plan shall be submitted for approval by the Office of EMS within one year of designation.

2. The approved plan shall be distributed to the Office of EMS, all localities, EMS agencies, hospitals and EMS physicians within its service delivery area.

3. The plan shall be reviewed and revised, if necessary, every three years and redistributed to the Office of EMS, all localities, EMS agencies, hospitals and EMS physicians within its service delivery area.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2680

12VAC5-31-2680. Regional trauma triage plan.

A designated regional EMS council, in corporation with the Governor's EMS Advisory Board, shall develop, maintain, and distribute a regional trauma triage plan in accordance with §§32.1-111.3 and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

1. The plan shall be submitted for approval by the Office of EMS within one year of designation.

2. The approved plan shall be distributed to the Office of EMS, all localities, EMS agencies, hospitals and EMS physicians within its service delivery area.

3. The plan shall be reviewed and revised, if necessary, every three years and submitted for approval by the Office of EMS.

4. The approved revisions shall be distributed to the Office of EMS, all localities, EMS agencies, hospitals and EMS physicians within its service delivery area.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2690

12VAC5-31-2690.Regional training plan. (Reserved.)

A designated regional EMS council shall develop, maintain, and distribute a regional training plan.

1. The plan shall be submitted for approval by the Office of EMS within one year of designation.

2. The approved plan shall be distributed to the Office of EMS, all localities, EMS agencies, accredited EMS training institutions, hospitals and EMS physicians within its service delivery area.

3. The plan shall be reviewed and revised annually, as required by the Office of EMS.

4. The approved revisions shall be distributed to the Office of EMS, all localities, EMS agencies, accredited EMS training institutions, hospitals and EMS physicians within its service delivery area.

12VAC5-31-2700. Regional mass casualty incident plan.

A designated regional EMS council shall develop, maintain, and distribute a regional mass casualty incident plan.

1. The plan shall be submitted for approval by the Office of EMS within one year of designation.

2. The approved plan shall be distributed to the Office of EMS, all localities, EMS agencies, hospitals and EMS physicians within its service delivery area.

3. The plan shall be reviewed and revised, if necessary, every three years and submitted for approval by the Office of EMS.

4. The approved revisions shall be distributed to the Office of EMS, all localities, EMS agencies, hospitals and EMS physicians within its service delivery area.

12VAC5-31-2710. Regional medical protocols.

A designated regional EMS council shall develop, maintain, and distribute regional medical protocols that include medication kit restocking procedures.

1. The protocols shall be distributed to the Office of EMS, all localities, EMS agencies, hospitals and EMS physicians within its service delivery area within one year of designation.

2. The protocols shall be reviewed and revised, if necessary, every three years and redistributed to the Office of EMS, all localities, EMS agencies, hospitals and EMS physicians within its service delivery area.

12VAC5-31-2720. Regional hospital diversion plan.

A designated regional EMS council shall develop, maintain, and distribute a regional hospital diversion plan.

1. The plan shall be distributed to the Office of EMS, all localities, EMS agencies, hospitals and EMS physicians within its service delivery area within one year of designation.

2. The plan shall be reviewed and revised, if necessary, every three years and redistributed to the Office of EMS, all localities, EMS agencies, hospitals and EMS physicians within its service delivery area.

12VAC5-31-2730. Regional medical direction committee.

A designated regional EMS council shall establish a regional medical direction committee consisting of EMS physicians within its service delivery area.

1. The regional medical direction committee shall be established within one year of designation.

2. A regional medical direction committee shall:

a. Develop and implement a process for endorsement of EMS physicians,

b. Develop regional medical protocols and make them available for implementation,

c. Develop and implement a process for the provision of concurrent medical direction,

d. Develop recommendations for initial qualifications of prehospital personnel involved in patient care, and

e. Develop and implement a quality performance improvement program for continuous system and patient care outcome and improvement.

12VAC5-31-2740. Regional medical director.

A designated regional EMS council shall designate, based on Office of EMS guidelines, a regional medical director for its service delivery area within one year of designation.

12VAC5-31-2750. ALS coordinator endorsement.

A. A designated regional EMS council shall develop and implement an ALS Coordinator applicant endorsement process.

B. The regional ALS endorsement process shall have written guidelines and procedures, approved by the Office of EMS, that meet the requirements stated in 12VAC5-31-1700 A.

Historical Notes

Reserved, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2700

12VAC5-31-2760 12VAC5-31-2700 ]. Financial assistance for emergency medical services.

A. A designated regional EMS council shall participate in the Virginia financial assistance for emergency medical services program and assist eligible EMS agencies and organizations needing funding within the service area.

B. The designated regional EMS council participation in the Virginia financial assistance for emergency medical services program process shall have written guidelines and procedures, approved by the Office of EMS, that meet the requirements stated in 12VAC5-31-2810 through 12VAC5-31-2900.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2710

 [ 12VAC5-31-2770 12VAC5-31-2710 ]. Base funding of designated regional EMS councils.

A. Required services provided by a designated regional EMS council may be funded by the state.

B. A designated regional EMS council may receive annual base funding by the state to assist with infrastructure development and maintenance in providing required regional services.

C. A designated regional EMS council shall submit documentation, as required, demonstrating a 25% match for base funding to the Office of EMS. Moneys received directly or indirectly from the Commonwealth shall not be used as matching funds.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2720

 [ 12VAC5-31-2780 12VAC5-31-2720 ]. Matching funds.

For the purposes of these regulations, approved matching funds are monetaryand/or in-kind services as approved by the Office of EMS ] and only apply to base funding.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2730

 [ 12VAC5-31-2790 12VAC5-31-2730 ]. Performance-based contract for service standards ].

A. The Office of EMS may enter into performance-based contractsthat establish standards ] for the delivery of specific identified services and projects with designated regional EMS councils.These services and projects shall include, but not be limited to, performance standards for:

1. Regional medical direction;

2. Regional EMS plan;

3. Trauma triage plan;

4. EMS performance improvement program;

5. Regional trauma performance improvement program;

6. Technical assistance and review for Rescue Squad Assistance Fund grant applications;

7. Regional infrastructure; and

8. Criteria for matching funds. ]

B. The contracts will be based upon the specific needs of the regional service delivery area and the requirements of the Office of EMSas described in §32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia ].

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2740

 [ 12VAC5-31-2800 12VAC5-31-2740 ]. Accountability for public funds.

A. A designated regional EMS council shall maintain a current operating statement, reflecting revenue and expenditures, available for review.

B. A designated regional EMS council shall have a current income and expenditure statement available at all governing board meetings.

C. A designated regional EMS council shall have an independent annual audit of financial records with management letters.

D. A designated regional EMS councilshall may ] have an independent audit of financial records conducted by a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) upon change of an executive director.

E. A designated regional EMS council shall retain all books, records, and other documents relative to public funds forfive six ] years after the close of the fiscal year the funds were received. The Office of EMS, its authorized agents, and/or state auditors shall have full access to and the right to examine any materials related to public funds during said period.

F. A designated regional EMS council shall follow generally accepted accounting principles for financial management.

G. A designated regional EMS council's governing board shall approve its annual fiscal year (July 1- through ] June 30) budget by July 15 of each year.

H. A designated regional EMS council shall comply with all appropriate federal and state tax-related reporting.

I. A designated regional EMS council shall follow generally accepted fund raising practices in the charitable field.

J. A designated regional EMS council shall have written policies that indicate by position, signatories of executed financial and contractual instruments.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2750

 [ 12VAC5-31-2750. (Reserved.)

Historical Notes

Reserved, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2760

12VAC5-31-2760. (Reserved.)

Historical Notes

Reserved, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2770

12VAC5-31-2770. (Reserved.)

Historical Notes

Reserved, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2780

12VAC5-31-2780. (Reserved.)

Historical Notes

Reserved, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2790

12VAC5-31-2790. (Reserved.)

Historical Notes

Reserved, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2800

12VAC5-31-2800. (Reserved.) ]

Historical Notes

Reserved, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2810

Part VIII
Financial Assistance For Emergency Medical Services

12VAC5-31-2810. The Financial Assistance and Review Committee (FARC).

A. Financial Assistance and Review Committee appointments.

1. Appointments shall be made for terms of three years or the unexpired portions thereof in a manner to preserve, insofar as possible, the representation of the emergency medical services councils. No member may serve more than two successive terms. The chairman shall be elected from the membership of the FARC for a term of one year and shall be eligible for reelection.

2. The EMS Advisory Board may revoke appointment for failure to adhere to the standards set forth in these regulations, and the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (§2.2-3100 et seq. of the Code of Virginia).

3. Members serving on the FARC( ] onthe effective date of these regulations) January 1, 2008, ] shall complete their current terms of office.

4. Midterm vacancies shall be filled by nominations submitted from affected designated regional EMS council.

B. Geographical representation.

1. Designated regional EMS councils shall be eligible to submit nominations to the EMS Advisory Board for representation on the FARC.

2. The eligible designated regional EMS council shall nominate one to three candidates to fill a vacancy on the FARC. The EMS Advisory Board shall make appointments from the nominations submitted by the designated regional EMS council. Consideration for filling vacancies shall include length of nonrepresentation on FARC in an effort to provide reasonable geographic distribution.

3. A designated regional EMS council whose representative has completed two successive terms on FARC shall not be eligible to submit a nomination for one full term (three years).

C. Meetings and attendance.

1. The FARC shall meet at least four times annually at the call of the chairman or the commissioner.

2. Attendance at FARC Grant Review meetings is mandatory for all members.

3. A quorum for a meeting of the FARC shall consist of not fewer than four members.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2820

12VAC5-31-2820. RSAF General Grant Program administration.

A. The FARC will administer the RSAF (Rescue Squad Assistance Fund) General Grant Program and the funding of RSAF General Grant awards using the Office of EMS approved pricing, applicant eligibility, award criteria, and priorities as approved by the EMS Advisory Board.

B. The Office of EMS shall approve and maintain a list that represents an average price of EMS vehicles, EMS equipment, communications equipment, and EMS education programs frequently requested under the RSAF General Grant Program. This list will be based on current market pricing and is not all-inclusive. RSAF General Grant awards for items maintained on this list shall not exceed the approved amount.

C. Funding priorities for RSAF General Grants shall be identified in the Virginia Statewide EMS Plan as stipulated in §32.1-111.3 of the Code of Virginia or special initiatives as approved by the EMS Advisory Board.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2830

12VAC5-31-2830. Award of RSAF General Grants.

A. The requirements of this section shall apply to the disbursement of funds.

B. A nonprofit licensed EMS agency or other Virginia emergency medical service organization operating on a nonprofit basis exclusively for the benefit of the general public pursuant to §32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia is eligible for an RSAF General Grant.

An applicant must be in compliance with these regulations.

C. Programs, services, and equipment funded by the RSAF must comply with the plans, policies, procedures, and guidelines adopted by the State EMS Advisory Board. Awards are based upon one or more of the following criteria:

1. Establishment of a new EMS agency, program, or service where needed to improve emergency medical services offered in an area;

2. Expansion or improvement of an existing EMS agency, program, or service;

3. Replacement of equipment or procurement of new equipment. EMS vehicles purchased with funding from the RSAF shall meet the current state and/or federal standards for the type of vehicle purchased; or

4. Establishment, expansion or improvement of EMS training programs.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2840

12VAC5-31-2840. Grant award cycle.

A. The grant period shall be for a period of 12 months from the date of award and there shall be two review cycles per year;

B. Deadline for submission of applications shall be March 15 and September 15 of each year. Applications must be received in the Office of EMS by 5 p.m. of the date of the deadline. In the event the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, state or federal holiday, the application must be received by 5 p.m. in the Office of EMS the next business day.

C. Dates of award shall be July 1 and January 1 of each year.

D. Other dates in the award process shall be established by the Office of EMS.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2850

12VAC5-31-2850. Emergency awards.

A. The commissioner empowers the Office of EMS the ability to implement Emergency Grant Awards. The Office of EMS will advise the EMS Advisory Board and FARC of emergency grants awarded and the purpose(s) of disbursement of these funds.

B. Applications shall be made to the Office of EMS on an approved application form at any time.

C. The Emergency Grant Award will be made or rejected by the Office of EMS within 10 business days after receiving an application on an approved form.

D. Award of funds shall be based upon the demonstrated needs arising from a natural or man-made disaster as defined in §44-146.16 of the Code of Virginia.

E. Award of funds shall be based upon incidents or circumstances involving the loss or potential loss of critical equipment or services.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2860

12VAC5-31-2860. EMS System Initiative Awards.

EMS System Initiative Awards are based on priorities and needs identified by the Advisory Board in concert with the office to meet EMS system objectives as stipulated in §32.1-111.3 of the Code of Virginia.

1. The Office of EMS or FARC, in consultation with EMS Advisory Board, may implement EMS System Initiative Awards at any time. Examples of such awards would include medically advanced equipment with broad application (automated external defibrillation) and information technology to enhance communications and data (computers).

2. Applications must be made to the Office of EMS on an approved application form.

3. The EMS System Initiative Award will be made or rejected by the Office of EMS within 30 business days after receiving an application on an approved form.

4. EMS System Initiative Awards shall be based upon the demonstrated needs from the following criteria:

a. Establishment of a new EMS agency, program, or service where needed to improve emergency medical services offered in an area;

b. Expansion or improvement of an existing EMS agency, program, or service;

c. Replacement of equipment or procurement of new equipment. EMS vehicles purchased with funding from the RSAF shall meet the current state and/or federal standards for the type of vehicle purchased;

d. Establishment, expansion or improvement of EMS training programs.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2870

12VAC5-31-2870. Responsibilities of the grantee.

A. Grantee shall not discriminate in the provisions of its services or in the conduct of its business affairs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, or disability.

B. Grantee must comply with these regulations. The grantee shall be responsible for ensuring that item(s) purchased in whole or in part with the use of the state moneys comply with these regulations.

C. Grantee shall be responsible for the preparation and maintenance of proper accounting records that shall be maintained for a period of not less than five years from the end of the grant period.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2880

12VAC5-31-2880. Application for award.

A. Applications must be made to the Office of EMS.

B. The Office of EMS will review applications for compliance with the EMS regulations and RSAF policies and procedures. The FARC reviews and grades applications and makes recommendations on funding.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2890

 [ 12VAC5-31-2890. (Reserved.) ]

Historical Notes

Reserved, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2900

12VAC5-31-2900. Awards.

A. The Office of EMS shall make awards as approved by the commissioner.

B. Grantees will be notified of their award by mail.

C. Funds may be disbursed to the grantee at any time within the grant period.1. ] Agreement to the award and any attached conditions shall be secured prior to any disbursements.

2. Disbursements will be made on a reimbursement basis. Following proof of expenditure for item(s) approved in the award, the authorized agent must submit required documentation (original invoice and signed contract) to the Office of EMS. The Office of EMS will verify submitted documentation and upon approval, authorize the disbursement of the appropriate funds. ]

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2910

12VAC5-31-2910. Amount of grant award.

A. The amount of RSAF General Grant award granted an applicant will not exceed 50% of the cost of the item(s) except in documented and approved cases of hardship. The amount of an RSAF General Grant award shall be based upon the amount requested for the item(s) and state approved pricing determined by the Office of EMS. The amount awarded will not exceed the amount requested by the applicant.

B. Additional funding may be recommended for those unique situations where the applicant has demonstrated the lack of reasonable capability to generate a 50% match (hardship). The additional funding above a 50% match will be determined by the FARC.

1. Awards identified on the notice of award as being "hardship" (above a 50% match level) require the grantee to purchase from available state contracts.

Awardees, able to demonstrate the ability to purchase at a cost equal to or less than the state contract price, may purchase outside the state contract with prior approval.

2. The FARC shall recommend the percentage of an RSAF General Grant award based upon the review of the application.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2920

12VAC5-31-2920. Use of funds.

A. Awards will be made in accordance with §32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

B. Funds must be used only for the specific items, service, or programs for which they were awarded. This includes any conditions placed upon a grant award.

C. The grantee is required to sign an agreement form attesting that the award funds will be used as granted and meets all conditions placed upon the award.

D. Sale, trade, transfer, or disposal, within five years of vehicles or items specified by the Office of EMS in the notice of award purchased in whole or in part with the use of state moneys requires prior approval by the Office of EMS.

E. Funds must not be used for expenditures or commitments made before the date of the grant award or after the conclusion of the grant period.

F. Funds will not be approved or disbursed for:

1. Leased equipment or vehicle;

2. Equipment or vehicles secured by a lien;

3. Guarantees or warranties;

4. Used equipment or vehicles without prior approval; or

5. Fire suppression apparatus or law-enforcement equipment.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2930

12VAC5-31-2930. Ownership.

The title for all equipment, including EMS vehicles, shall be in the name of the organization to which the award has been made or in the name of the local jurisdiction or government entity in which the organization is located. This requirement shall apply to the ownership of equipment purchased in whole or in part with the use of these funds.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2940

12VAC5-31-2940. Improper expenditures.

A. An audit revealing expenditures not permitted by the conditions of the award will result in the grantee being required to reimburse the Office of EMS any funds received.

B. An agency providing false, misleading or improper information to the Office of EMS will be ineligible for future grants for a period of five years.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2950

12VAC5-31-2950. Modification of an award.

Any changes in the project, including any changes in the approved item(s), shall be permitted only by modification of the award.

1. The grantee must request in writing the specific modifications desired and the reasons and circumstances necessitating such a request to the Office of EMS.

2. TheOffice of EMS commissioner ] may modify, approve or deny the request for modification.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2960

12VAC5-31-2960. Suspension of an award.

A. TheOffice of EMS commissioner ] may suspend an award and all disbursements of funds attached pending an investigationand following an informal fact-finding conference as defined in the Virginia Administrative Process Act (§2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia) ].

B. There shall exist reasonable cause for suspension prior to such action by theOffice of EMS commissioner ]. Such cause shall include:

1. Failure to comply with these regulations;

2. Violation of the terms of any conditions or agreements attached to an award; or

3. A reasonable belief by theOffice of EMS commissioner ] that any such violations might otherwise continue unabated.

C. The Office of EMS shall notify the grantee of the suspension by certified mail to the last known address.

D. A suspension shall take effect immediately upon receipt of notification unless otherwise specified. A suspension shall remain in effect until reinstated or revoked by theOffice of EMS commissioner ].

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2970

12VAC5-31-2970. Revocation of an award.

TheOffice of EMS commissioner ] may revoke an award and all disbursements of funds attached aftera hearing an informal fact-finding conference as defined in the Administrative Process Act (§2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia) ] or waiver thereof.

1. Cause. There must exist reasonable cause for revocation prior to such action by theOffice of EMS commissioner ].

2. Notification. The Office of EMS must notify the grantee of the revocation by certified mail to the last known address.

3. Period ofEffect effect ]. A revocation shall be permanent unless and until overturned on appeal.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12, 32.1-111.4, and 32.1-111.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-31-2970:1

FORMS

Clinical Training Record, EMS-TR-05 (rev. 4/95).

Training Program/Instructor Complaint Form, EMS-TR-30 (rev. 8/93).

Virginia Course Approval Request Form, EMS-TR-01 (rev. 9/99).

Consolidated Test Site - Reimbursement Claim Form, EMS-TR-02C (rev. 10/98).

Student Course Fee Summary for State Reimbursed BLS Training Programs, EMS-TR-01-SF (rev. 9/97).

Application for EMS Variance/Exemption, EMS-TR-10 (rev. 4/00).

Course Summary Form, EMS-TR-03 (rev. 9/97).

EMS Continuing Education (CE) Registration Card Scan Form, EM-156839:6543 (rev. 1/96).

Virginia EMS Training Program Enrollment Form, EM-234503-1:6543 (rev. 1/01).

Virginia EMS Certification Application, EM-210983-5:65432 (rev. 1/97).

Application for EMS Agency License, EMS-AGENCY-APP (rev. 1/00).

Application for EMS Vehicle Permit, EMS-6010F (rev. 2/02).

Complaint Form (rev. 1/00).

OMD Personnel Information Form/Agreement To Serve, OMD-PIS (rev. 1/02).

Certified Advanced Life Support Coordinator Application, Certified ALS Coordinator Application 2000.doc (rev. 1/00).

Reimbursement Claim Form, EMS-TR-02 (rev. 5/99).

Small Course Approval Request Form, EMS-TR-01-S (rev. 9/99).

Pre-Hospital Patient Care Report, 5936-0225-1306 (rev. 6/01).

Registered Automated External Defibrillation Service Patient Care Incident Report, EMS-AED-001 (rev. 7/99).

12VAC5-31-2970:2

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Education Program for the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic. Standards initially adopted in 1978, revised in 1989 and 1999, by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Cardiology, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, and National Registry of Emergency Medial Technicians.

12VAC5-40

CHAPTER 40
REGULATION GOVERNING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (REPEALED)

12VAC5-40-10

Part I
Definitions

12VAC5-40-10. Definitions. (Repealed.)

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

"Board" means the State Board of Health.

"Commissioner" means the State Health Commissioner.

"EMS Advisory Board" means the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board as appointed by the Governor.

"Emergency Medical Services (EMS)" means the services utilized in responding to the perceived individual needs for immediate medical care in order to prevent loss of life, aggravation of physiological or psychological illness or injury including any or all of the services which could be described as first response, basic life support, advanced life support, specialized life support, patient transportation, medical control, and rescue.

"Emergency medical services agency (EMS agency)" means any person, firm, corporation, or organization engaged in the business, service, or regular activity of providing emergency medical care to persons who are sick, injured, wounded, or otherwise incapacitated or helpless.

"Emergency medical services vehicle (EMS vehicle)" means any privately or publicly owned vehicle or craft that is specially designed, constructed, or modified and equipped and is intended to be used for and is maintained or operated to provide emergency medical services, including any vehicle which could be described as an ambulance.

"Fund" means the Virginia Rescue Squads Assistance Fund.

"Nonprofit" means without the intention of financial gain, advantage, or benefit.

"Office" means the Division of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Virginia Department of Health.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §1.1, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-20

Part II
General Information

12VAC5-40-20. Authority for regulations. (Repealed.)

Article 3 (§32.1-112 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of Title 32.1 of the Code of Virginia, known as the Virginia Rescue Squads Assistance Fund, vests authority for administration of the fund in the State Board of Health. The law specifically requires that the board administer the fund in accordance with regulations promulgated for that purpose.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §2.1, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-30

12VAC5-40-30. Purpose of chapter. (Repealed.)

The State Board of Health has promulgated this chapter in order to ensure a fair and equitable means of administration and distribution of the Virginia Rescue Squads Assistance Fund among the rescue squads and other nonprofit emergency medical services agencies.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §2.2, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-40

12VAC5-40-40. Administration of chapter. (Repealed.)

This chapter shall be administered by the following:

1. State Board of Health. The Board of Health shall have the responsibility to promulgate, amend, and repeal, as appropriate, regulations for the administration of the fund;

2. State Health Commissioner. The Commissioner, as executive officer of the board, shall administer this chapter and disburse the funds from the Virginia Rescue Squads Assistance Fund;

3. Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board. The EMS Advisory Board shall have the responsibility to review applications and recommend priorities for the award of funds within the scope of the criteria established by the regulations. The EMS Advisory Board shall delegate its responsibility to a Financial Assistance Review Committee.

4. Financial Assistance Review Committee.

The EMS Advisory Board shall by majority vote elect six members of the EMS Board to serve on a Financial Assistance Review Committee. Each member shall be elected for a two-year term, except that when members are elected in 1990, three members shall be elected for a two-year term and three members shall be elected for a three-year term. Members may serve more than a two-year term.

Any vacancy shall be filled by an election and for the unexpired term. The committee shall represent multiple EMS components. The committee shall elect a chairman by majority vote from among its members.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §2.3, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-50

12VAC5-40-50. Quorum. (Repealed.)

A quorum for meeting of the Financial Assistance Review Committee shall consist of not less than four members.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §2.4, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-60

12VAC5-40-60. Application of chapter. (Repealed.)

This chapter shall have general application throughout the Commonwealth.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §2.5, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-70

12VAC5-40-70. [Reserved] (Repealed.)

12VAC5-40-80

Part III
Requirements and Conditions

12VAC5-40-80. Award of funds. (Repealed.)

The following requirements shall apply to the award of funds:

1. Eligibility. Any nonprofit emergency medical services agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia may apply for funds.

2. Criteria. Award of funds shall be based upon the following criteria:

a. Establishment of a new EMS agency, program, or service where needed to improve emergency medical services offered in an area;

b. Expansion or improvement of an existing EMS agency, program or service to meet state or federal standards or requirements or other needs for service or programs;

c. Replacement of equipment which is unserviceable or procurement of new equipment. EMS vehicles purchased with Virginia Rescue Squad Assistance Funds shall meet or exceed the current state or federal standards for the type of vehicle purchased;

d. Establishment, expansion or improvement of programs of EMS training;

e. All programs, services, and equipment funded by the Virginia Rescue Squad Assistance Fund shall comply with all plans, policies, procedures and guidelines adopted by the State EMS Advisory Board;

f. Those applicants which are licensed EMS agencies must be in compliance with the Regulations of the Board of Health Governing Emergency Medical Services and the Health Codes of Virginia as they may apply;

g. Applicants shall provide evidence of a Quality Assurance program as specified by the Financial Assistance Review Committee. Applicants shall provide evidence of Financial Planning, to include but not be limited to: equipment replacement plans, budgeting plans, fund-raising plans, etc., as specified by the Financial Assistance Review Committee.

The requirements for a Quality Assurance Program and evidence of Financial Planning shall be effective three years from the date that this chapter becomes effective.

3. Grant period. The grant period shall be for a period of 12 months from the date of the award.

a. There shall be two review cycles per year.

b. Deadlines for submission of applications shall be September 15 and March 15 of each year. Applications must be received in the Office of EMS by 5 p.m. on the date of the deadline. In the event the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, state or federal holiday, the application must be received by 5 p.m. in the Office of EMS the next business day.

c. Dates of award shall be January 1 and July 1 of each year.

d. All other appropriate dates in the award process shall be as established by the office.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §3.1, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-90

12VAC5-40-90. Reserved funds. (Repealed.)

The Financial Assistance Review Committee may reserve a portion of the fund for emergency purposes. The funds reserved shall not exceed 10% of the total funds available for any one cycle, and shall not accumulate in excess of $100,000.

Funds in the reserve may be used for any man-made disaster or natural disaster so long as the requirements set forth in this section are met. Applications shall be made to the office.

The Financial Assistance Review Committee shall have discretion in making a recommendation to the commissioner for an award.

The Financial Assistance Review Committee shall make recommendation to the commissioner within 30 days after receipt of applications and the commissioner shall make or reject an award within 10 days after receiving a recommendation from the Financial Assistance Review Committee.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §3.2, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-100

12VAC5-40-100. Amount of award. (Repealed.)

The amount of award granted an applicant shall not exceed 50% of the cost of the project except in documented and approved cases of hardship and awards granted under 12VAC5-40-90.

A. Basis.

The amount of award shall be based upon the amount requested for the project.

B. Determination by the Financial Assistance Review Committee.

The Financial Assistance Review Committee shall recommend the percentage of award based upon its determination of reasonable cost for the project.

C. Hardship cases.

Additional funding shall be reserved for those unique situations where the applicant is able to demonstrate the lack of any reasonable capability to generate a 50% match. The additional funding above a 50% match will be determined by the Financial Assistance Review Committee.

D. Hardship criteria.

It shall be the responsibility of the applicant to provide adequate data to substantiate any claim for hardship status in accordance with criteria and guidelines promulgated by the Financial Assistance Review Committee for that purpose.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §3.3, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-110

12VAC5-40-110. Use of funds. (Repealed.)

Funds shall be used only for the items, service, or programs for which they were awarded.

A. Agreement. The applicant or grantee shall be required to sign an agreement that any funds disbursed shall be properly used and accounted for at all times. The required agreement form attached as Appendix A shall be made a part of this chapter.

B. Period of use. Funds shall not be used for expenditures made prior to the date of the award nor for obligations incurred after the conclusion date for the grant period.

C. Prohibited use. No funds shall be approved or used for capital outlay for any construction projects or for daily operations costs, i.e., gasoline, oil, tires, insurance, etc.

D. Improper expenditures. Should any audit reveal expenditures not permitted by the conditions of the award the grantee shall be held responsible for repayment.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §3.4, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-120

12VAC5-40-120. Responsibilities of the grantee. (Repealed.)

A. Nondiscrimination. The grantee shall not discriminate in the provision of its services or in the conduct of its business or affairs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, or national origin.

B. Compliance with chapter. The grantee shall comply with this chapter; with the regulations of the Board of Health Governing Emergency Medical Services; with all plans, policies, procedures and guidelines adopted by the State EMS Advisory Board and with the Health Codes of Virginia as they may apply to this chapter. The grantee shall be responsible for ensuring that items and services purchased in whole or in part with the use of the state moneys comply with this chapter.

C. Records. The grantee shall be responsible for the preparation and maintenance of proper accounting records which shall be maintained for a period of not less than five years and which shall be subject to and available for inspection by the commissioner or his agent and for state audit inspections.

D. Final report. The grantee shall be required to submit a final report to the Office of EMS within 60 days of the final disbursement of awarded funds. Final report shall be on forms furnished by the division and consist of a financial report for the project and a brief narrative describing the completed project.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §3.5, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-130

12VAC5-40-130. Ownership. (Repealed.)

The following requirements shall apply to the ownership of equipment purchased in whole or in part with the use of state moneys.

A. Title. Title for all equipment including EMS vehicles shall be in the name of the organization to which the award has been made or in the name of the local jurisdiction in which the organization is located.

B. Use and disposal. Conditions for the use and disposal of equipment shall require prior approval by the commissioner.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §3.6, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-140

Part IV
Application and Award

12VAC5-40-140. Application and review. (Repealed.)

All applications shall be processed according to the following procedures:

1. Application. The applicant shall file written application for a proposed project with the Office of EMS on forms as specified by the board prior to the application deadline as specified in 12VAC5-40-80 3 b. In lieu of the financial statement that is part of the application form, licensed municipal EMS Agencies are required to provide a financial statement that will include but not be limited to: (i) three prior year budget reports defining personnel expenses, and new or replacement equipment expenses, (ii) three prior year reports outlining percentage of total municipal expenses allocated to EMS agencies and functions, as specified by the Financial Assistance Review Committee.

2. Verification and distribution. The office may verify any or all information contained in the application and shall screen the application for completeness and compliance with this chapter. Within 10 days from the application deadline the office shall complete verification and shall send a complete copy of the application to each of the following:

a. The appropriate Regional EMS Council;

b. The appropriate Office of EMS program representative;

c. The Office of EMS communications engineer if applicant request is for communications equipment or project; and

d. Any other parties deemed appropriate by the Office of EMS.

3. Review. The persons and organizations specified in this section shall review the application and return it to the Office of EMS with their recommendations, review criteria and comments within 30 days of receipt. The failure to return the recommendations within the specified period shall constitute a recommendation of approval.

4. Processing. Within 10 days of receipt of the reviewed applications the Office of EMS shall send completed copies of the applications with all appropriate comments and recommendations to the Financial Assistance Review Committee.

5. Evaluation. The Financial Assistance Review Committee shall evaluate all applications based upon the criteria established in this chapter and other criteria they deem necessary. The Financial Assistance Review Committee shall submit to the Office of EMS a list of those projects which are recommended for award of funds within 45 days of receipt of the applications.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §4.1, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-150

12VAC5-40-150. Awards. (Repealed.)

The Office of EMS shall make awards after being authorized by the commissioner to award funds.

A. Date of award.

Awards shall be made and the applicants notified by the Office of EMS within 20 days of the date of the award.

B. Conditions of award.

An award shall remain in effect with the following conditions:

1. Awards shall remain in effect for the grant period unless and until revoked or suspended by the Office of EMS;

2. Awards shall neither be transferable nor renewable.

C. Disbursement of funds.

Funds may be disbursed to the grantee at any time within the grant period.

1. Agreement to any attached conditions shall be secured prior to any disbursements.

2. Disbursements shall ordinarily be made on a reimbursement basis. Following expenditure or obligation of funds for items or services approved in the award, the project director shall submit a reimbursement voucher to the Office of EMS. The Office of EMS shall then disburse the appropriate funds.

3. Funds not obligated by formal contract by the end of the grant period shall revert to the fund unless the grant period is extended.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §4.2, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-160

12VAC5-40-160. Modification of an award. (Repealed.)

Any changes in the project, including any changes in the approved items or services, shall be permitted only by modification of the award.

A. Request.

The grantee shall request in writing the modifications desired and the reasons and circumstances necessitating such a request to the office.

B. Approval.

The Office of EMS may modify an award after the commissioner has made the award.

C. The Office of EMS may take any appropriate action which may include but shall not be limited to the following:

1. Request full or partial review and recommendation from the Financial Assistance Review Committee on the requested modification;

2. Approval;

3. Refusal.

D. The Office of EMS shall render a decision within 30 days of receipt of the request unless the full review and recommendations of the Financial Assistance Review Committee is requested, in which case the Office of EMS shall respond within 60 days of receipt of the request.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §4.3, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-170

12VAC5-40-170. Extension of grant period. (Repealed.)

Any extension of the period shall require approval by the Office of EMS.

A. Request.

The grantee shall request in writing the extension desired and the reasons and circumstances necessitating such a request.

B. Approval.

The Office of EMS shall render a decision within 30 days of receipt of the request.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §4.4, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-180

12VAC5-40-180. Suspension of an award. (Repealed.)

The Office of EMS may suspend an award and all disbursements of funds attached thereto without a hearing pending an investigation and revocation procedures.

A. Cause.

There shall exist reasonable cause for suspension prior to such action by the Office of EMS. Such cause shall include:

1. Failure to comply with this chapter;

2. Failure to comply with the Regulations of the Board of Health Governing Emergency Medical Services as they may apply;

3. Failure to comply with any plans, policies, procedures and guidelines adopted by the State EMS Advisory Board and the Health Codes of Virginia as they may apply;

4. Violation of the terms of any conditions or agreement attached to an award;

5. A reasonable belief by the Office of EMS that any such violations might otherwise continue unabated.

B. Notification.

The Office of EMS shall notify the grantee of the suspension by certified mail to his last known address.

C. Period of effect.

A suspension shall take effect immediately upon receipt of notification unless otherwise specified. A suspension shall remain in effect until reinstated or revoked by the division.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §4.5, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-190

12VAC5-40-190. Revocation of an award. (Repealed.)

The Office of EMS may revoke an award and all disbursements of funds attached thereto after a hearing or waiver thereof.

A. Cause.

There shall exist reasonable cause for revocation prior to such action by the Office of EMS. Such cause shall include any condition as listed in 12VAC5-40-180 A.

B. Notification.

The Office of EMS shall notify the grantee of the revocation by certified mail to his last known address.

C. Period of effect.

A revocation shall take effect immediately upon receipt of notification unless otherwise specified. A revocation shall be permanent unless and until overturned on appeal.

Statutory Authority

§§32.1-12 and 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-32-02 §4.6, eff. July 1, 1990; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2008.

12VAC5-40-190:1

APPENDIX A. AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AND (Agency Name) (Repealed.)

As a grantee under the terms of the Virginia Rescue Squads Assistance Act.....(Agency Name)..... does hereby agree to abide by the following requirements and conditions.

1. Awards shall not be transferable.

2. Any funds disbursed pursuant to an award be properly used and accounted for at all times. Funds shall be used only for the items, services or purposes for which they are awarded.

3. Funds shall not be used for expenditures made prior to the date of the award nor for obligations incurred after the conclusion date for the grant period.

4. No funds shall be approved or used for capital outlay for any construction projects or for daily operations costs, i.e., gasoline, oil, tires, insurance, etc.

5. Should any audit reveal expenditures not permitted by the conditions of the award the grantee shall be held responsible for repayment.

6. Funds not obligated by formal contract by the end of the grant period shall revert to the Virginia Rescue Squads Assistance Fund unless the grant period is extended.

7. Title for any equipment purchased in whole or in part with the use of state moneys shall be in the name of the organization to which the award has been made or in the name of the local jurisdiction in which the organization is located.

8. The equipment purchased in whole or in part with the use of state moneys shall be used by the grantee and shall remain for use within the project area of the grant.

9. Sale, trade, transfer, or disposal, within three years of items purchased in whole or in part with the use of state moneys shall require prior approval by the office.

10. Any conditions for use of project funds shall be attached.

11. The grantee shall not discriminate in the provision of its services or in the conduct of its business or affairs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, or national origin.

12. The grantee shall comply with the Regulations of the Board of Health Governing Financial Assistance for Emergency Medical Services; the Regulations of the Board of Health Governing Emergency Medical Services, as they apply; all plans, policies, procedures and guidelines adopted by the State EMS Advisory Board as they may apply; and the Health Codes of Virginia as they may apply.

13. The grantee shall be responsible for the preparation and maintenance of proper accounting records which shall be maintained for a period of not less than five years and which shall be subject to and available for inspection by the Commissioner or his agent and for state audit inspections.

14. The grantee shall be required to submit a final report to the office within 60 days of the final disbursement of awarded funds.

(Name of Grantee)

(Name of Authorized Agent)

(Title of Authorized Agent)

(Signature of Authorized Agent)

(Date)

Federal Identification Number

12VAC5-40-190:2

FORMS (Repealed.)

EMS Financial Assistance Data Sheet.

Agreement for Services.

Application for EMS Financial Assistance Grant.