Idaho State Board
of
Examiners of Residential Care Facility Administrators

Bureau of Occupational Licenses
State of Idaho

Minutes of January 14, 2008

 

  

The Idaho State Board of Examiners of Residential Care Facility Administrators meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m., on Monday January 14, 2008, at the Bureau of Occupational Licenses, Owyhee Plaza, 1109 Main Street, Suite 220, Boise, Idaho.  

 

Roll Call:             Ione Springer, Board Chair

                          Vicky Goettsche, Board Member

                          Shirlie Meyer, Board Member

                          Sharon Ashcraft, Board Member (absent)

                          Linda Simon, Board Member

 

Bureau Staff:      Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

                          Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                          Dawn Hall, Deputy Bureau Chief

                          Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

                          Carrie Gilstrap, Board Secretary

 

Others Present:    Robert VandeMerwe, Idaho Health Care Association

   Kris Ellis, Idaho Health Care Association

   Jim Shadduck, Ashley Manor

                   

 

9:05 a.m. Roll Call established attendance

 

MINUTES OF DECEMBER 5, 2007

 

A motion was made by Vicky Goettsche to approve the minutes of December 5, 2007 with the amendment of striking long term care and inserting the word “residential care” under the 2007 Nab mid-year meeting section. Seconded by Linda Simon, motion carried.

 

LEGISLATIVE REPORT

 

Tana Cory presented the legislative report to the members of the board. Ms. Cory stated the new budget will be up in February. She also introduced Dawn Hall as the bureau’s new Deputy Bureau Chief.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

 

Budd Hetrick presented the financial report to the members of the board. Mr. Hetrick stated their expenses have increased since last year but, expects things to level out.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

 

Budd Hetrick presented the investigative report to the members of the board.  

 

ADMINISTRATOR COURSE

 

Ione Springer requested to have this item be added to the next meeting agenda. Ione stated the administrator courses she reviewed from IHCA and a section of IDALA course is pertinent and if the individual studies the course they should be able to pass the national examination.

 

Ione updated the members of the board by stating the bureau staff, her, Vicky Goettsche, and Roger Hales were able to hold a meeting to discuss the issues with the national examination. She stated that Roger will present good recommendations on how to proceed.

 

Ione also added that Randy May, Health and Welfare, notified the bureau that he now has the multiple choice examination on the state rules and regulations ready for the board to review.

 

Robert VandeMerwe, Idaho Health Care Association, approached the board. Mr. VandeMerwe stated he has drafted legislation that would change their current statute regarding the examination, Idaho Code 54-4207. This legislation would change the exam to include half of the content to be on state rules and regulations and the other half to be on the five domains and to be administered by an Idaho approved entity.

 

Ione Springer stated the board is addressing this without having to do a law change by implementing a multiple choice examination with the application process. She also added that the legislatures she has spoken to are not interested in doing away with the national exam, as Mr. VandeMerwe stated he wants to do.

 

Robert VandeMerwe also stated he does not support the NAB exam because of the low passing rate.

 

Kris Ellis, Idaho Health Care Association, stated she feels that administratively the NAB exam has problems and other issues include a lack of access and the high financial cost.

 

Roger Hales asked Robert VandeMerwe what the status was on this new testing entity he proposes will be the one to administer the examination. Robert stated they haven’t begun the development and are waiting for questions to be submitted.

 

Roger Hales stated the board recognizes they should implement a state law and rule examination as part of the licensure process.

 

Robert VandeMerwe stated he would like to carry legislation that everyone can agree with. Roger asked if the board would support this change. Shirlie Meyer stated she would not. She may support having two examinations, but does not want to do away the NAB. Vicky Goettsche stated she would also support having two examinations.

 

Shirlie Meyer stated she strongly feels there should be two levels of licensure.

 

Jim Shadduck, Ashley Manor, stated that giving the option to let a person take one of two separate tests would help resolve the problem.

 

Linda Simon states she is okay with a choice of two tests as long as the test accomplishes what they are supposed to.

 

Roger Hales summarized that the board would support a law change which would allow the board to approve more than one examination. This would include a change in Idaho Code 54-4207. The board would then need to change their rule to include an additional examination. He added that he thinks the board should continue to work with health and welfare to implement an examination on the state rules and regulations.

 

Robert VandeMerwe states he would be happy to change their drafted legislation and send it to the members of the board and Roger Hales for their review.

 

Vicky Goettsche gave a breakdown of the percentages of the five domains with the NAB exam questions.

 

Shirlie Meyer also added that she thinks the board should start working on a 2-tier licensure scenario.

 

Roger Hales stated the ultimate resolution may be between health and welfare and this board to implement the level licensure.

 

Ione Springer stated the board’s charge is to protect the public and to ensure an individual is competent in performing their duties.

 

A motion was made by Shirlie Meyer stating the board supports the concept to change the statute to allow more than one examination, but in order to support the association legislation the board would like to review the drafted language prior to approval. Seconded by Linda Simon, motion carried.

 

Roger Hales stated support from health and welfare would be critical to start discussion on implementing a level licensure scenario.

 

Tana Cory suggested that two members of the board and health and welfare could meet again to discuss the issue.

 

  A motion was made by Shirlie Meyer to enter into executive session to discuss applications exempt from disclosure Idaho Code 67-2345.1.d. Seconded by Vicky Goettsche, motion carried.

 

A motion was made by Shirlie Meyer to come out of executive session. Seconded by Vicky Goettsche, motion carried.

 

APPLICATIONS

 

A motion was made by Shirlie Meyer to allow RCAA-1363 to take the national examination for licensure. Seconded by Linda Simon, motion carried.  

 

A motion was made by Shirlie Meyer to allow RCAA-1392 to take the administrator course and the national examination for licensure. Seconded by Vicky Goettsche, motion carried.

 

A motion was made by Vicky Goettsche to accept the application for RCAA-1359 and allow her to test. Seconded by Linda Simon, motion carried.

 

The next meeting is scheduled for March 6, 2008 at 9:00 a.m.

 

The board signed wall certificates and reviewed continuing education renewals.

 

A motion was made by Linda Simon to request RCA-954 submit additional information to validate and clarify the continuing education documentation she submitted as per rule 401.2.d. Seconded by Vicky Goettsche, motion carried.

 

A motion was made by Shirlie Meyer to adjourn the meeting at 11:30 a.m. Seconded by Vicky Goettsche, motion carried.