IDAHO BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITY ADMINISTRATORS
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
1109 Main Street, Suite 220
Boise, ID 83702-5642
Board Meeting Minutes of 5/15/2008
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Ione Springer - Chair
Linda L Simon
BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: Dale Eaton
BUREAU STAFF: Tana Cory, Bureau Chief
Dawn Hall, Deputy Bureau Chief
Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney
Cherie Simpson, Management Assistant
Dave Hotchkiss, Investigations Coordinator
Carrie Gilstrap, Technical Records Specialist
OTHERS PRESENT: Robert VandeMerwe, Idaho Health Care Assoc.
Kris Ellis, Idaho Health Care Association
Meeting was called to order at 9:08 AM MDT by Ione Springer.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A motion was made by Ms. Simon to accept the minutes from March 6, 2008 as written. Seconded by Ms. Goettsche. Ms. Meyer abstained from voting. Motion carried.
Ms. Cory presented the legislative update to the members of the Board.
Ms. Hall presented the financial report to the members of the Board.
Mr. Hotchkiss presented the investigative report to the members of the Board.
I-RCA-2008-1 A motion was made by Ms. Meyer to accept the Bureauís recommendation and authorize closure. Seconded by Ms. Simon, motion carried.
DISCUSSION ON PROPOSED RULE CHANGE
The Board reviewed a draft of the proposed rule change regarding examinations. The change would allow for more than one examination. This would be in concurrence with the recent law change which will go into effect July 1, 2008.
Mr. VandeMerwe stated he thinks the draft of the rule change looks fine. He also stated he wants the Board members to participate in developing the new test for administrators.
The Board also reviewed a draft of the proposed rule change regarding the educational and training requirements with the administrator course. The draft deletes the reference to the Idaho Assisted Living Association (IDALA) which has now merged with the Idaho Health Care Association (IHCA).
Mr. VandeMerwe stated they are working on combining the IHCA and IDALA administrator courses into one.
DISCUSSION REGARDING HEALTH AND WELFARE STATE EXAMINATION
Ms. Cory stated there was a meeting held with representatives from Health and Welfare (H&W) to discuss the open book examination created by their licensing and certification team. The representatives from H&W stated they are in support of the Board using the examination as part of the licensure process.
The Board discussed implementing the open book examination on the state rules and regulations. This will be in addition to passing the National Association of Boards (NAB) examination.
Mr. VandeMerwe stated he was in favor of the proposed rule change regarding the examination and educational and training requirement.
Mr. Hales stated he recommends the Board propose these changes as a temporary rule which, if approved, would go into effect immediately.
A motion was made by Ms. Simon to approve the changes to Rules 300 and 400 as temporary rules effective immediately for the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Seconded by Ms. Goettsche, motion carried.
Mr. VandeMerwe stated the test being developed by Headmasters would have a pool of 600 questions and each test would consist of 50 questions.
Ms. Springer stated there was a concern over the limited number of questions for the Headmasters exam when the current exam contains 150 questions. Mr. VandeMerwe stated that Headmasters believes a 50-question test is more than adequate to test a personís knowledge.
Ms. Springer stated she wants the administrators to be well rounded. She also stated she will give Mr. VandeMerwe a breakdown of the percentages for the five domains that NAB uses in their examination.
UPDATE ON NAB EXAM SCORES
Ms. Gilstrap gave the Board an update on the passage rate for the NAB exam. It is currently at 56% and of those individuals who have passed, 64% were first time takers.
2008 ANNUAL NAB MEETING
The Board discussed the attendance of this yearís NAB meeting. Because of scheduling conflicts, there will not be anyone from the Board who will be attending.
CORRESPONDENCE FROM RCAA-1385
The Board reviewed a letter submitted to them with a concern over the NAB exam and the study materials that are available. The Board requested the secretary respond to the applicant and advise him of the Boardís role and state what study materials are available.
REQUEST FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION APPROVAL
The Board reviewed the request for continuing education approval. A motion was made by Ms. Simon to approve the request submitted by Donna Lant for seven hours of continuing education. Seconded by Ms. Meyer, motion carried.
DISCUSSION REGARDING BOARD TERMS AND NOMINATIONS
The Board reviewed Idaho Code 54-4204. The Board discussed electing a chairman and vice chairman annually as in subsection four (4) of the statute. The Board stated they will do this during the July 2008 meeting.
A motion was made by Ms. Meyer to enter into executive session to discuss applications exempt from public disclosure as per Idaho Code 67-2345.1(d). Seconded by Ms. Simon. The vote was: Ms. Springer, aye; Ms. Simon, aye; Ms. Goettsche, aye; Ms. Meyer, aye. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Ms. Meyer to come out of executive session. Seconded by Ms. Goettsche. The vote was: Ms. Springer, aye; Ms. Simon, aye; Ms. Goettsche, aye; Ms. Meyer, aye. Motion carried.
RCAA-1417 A motion was made regarding a request for special accommodations during the exam by Ms. Meyer to approve the applicant for time and a half in taking the NAB exam however before a reader is approved a qualified professional must provide more current information which supports the need. Seconded by Ms. Simon, motion carried.
RCAA-1416 A motion was made by Ms. Meyer to approve the applicant for time and a half in taking the NAB exam however before a reader is approved they must provide more current information which supports the need by a qualified professional. Seconded by Ms. Simon, motion carried.
RCA-954 A motion was made by Ms. Simon to refer the continuing education documentation to the investigative unit for further clarification.
NEXT MEETING is scheduled for Thursday August 7, 2008 at 9:00 a.m.
The Board reviewed continuing education audits and signed wall certificates.
A motion was made by Ms. Meyer to adjourn the meeting at 12:20 p.m. Seconded by Ms. Simon, motion carried.