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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, § 2, that the Board of Certification of Community Health Workers (Board) within the Department of Public Health (Department), will hold three public hearings on the Board’s proposed new regulations at 272 CMR.   These regulations set definitions for terms used throughout 272 CMR (2.00), establish the privileges, scope of practice and responsibilities of community health workers (3.00), and set procedures and requirements for initial certification, as well as provisions for certification renewal and retirement (4.00). They also establish criteria for approval of community health worker training programs (5.00), provisions for continuing education (7.00), and set professional and ethical standards of conduct (8.00). Lastly, they establish grounds for discipline, provisions for investigation of complaints and disciplinary proceedings, including summary suspension proceedings (9.00).

The proposed regulations will include:

272 CMR 2.00                     PURPOSE, AUTHORITY, SEVERABILITY, DEFINITIONS

272 CMR 3.00                     PRIVILEGES, SCOPE OF PRACTICE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CERTIFIED COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER

272 CMR 4.00                     CERTIFICATION AS A COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER    

272 CMR 5.00                     COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS

272 CMR 7.00                     CONTINUING EDUCATION

272 CMR 8.00                     PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL STANDARDS OF CONDUCT FOR CERTIFIED COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

272 CMR 9.00                     INVESTIGATIONS, COMPLAINTS AND BOARD ACTIONS

Proposed 801 CMR 4.02     RATES

 

The public hearings will be held at three locations:

Boston - June 9, 2017 at 10:00 am

Department of Public Health

Public Health Council Room (2nd Floor)

250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108

 

Westfield - June 19, 2017 at 9:00 am

Western MA Hospital

Conference Center, Lower Level

91 East Mountain Road, Westfield, MA 01085

 

Worcester - June 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital

Executive Conference Room

309 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA 01604

 

Hearing testimony may be presented orally or in writing; a written copy of any oral testimony will be requested. The Department encourages all interested parties to submit written testimony electronically to the following address:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please submit electronic testimony as an attached Word document, with "BOCCHW: 272 CMR" in the subject line.  All submissions must include the sender’s full name and address.  The Department will post all electronic testimony that complies with these instructions on its website. Parties who are unable to submit electronic testimony should mail submissions to the Office of the General Counsel, Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108.  All written testimony must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 30, 2017.

A copy of the Notice of Public Hearing and the proposed amendment to Board regulations may be viewed on the Department’s website or obtained from the Office of the General Counsel, at 617-624-5220.

We encourage you to read this FACT SHEET to learn more about the proposed Regulations and application process. We URGE you to attend the hearings and express, both verbally and in writing, your feedback about what is being proposed.