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32-3442. Disciplinary action; informal meetings; formal interviews; hearings; penalties; files

A. The board may:

1. Receive written complaints filed against licensees and conduct investigations.

2. Conduct an investigation at any time on its own initiative without receipt of a written complaint if the board has reason to believe that there may be a violation of this chapter, that a licensee is or may be guilty of unprofessional conduct or that a licensee is or may be incompetent.

B. Any occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant or health care institution as defined in section 36-401 shall report to the board any information the occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, health care institution or individual may have that appears to show that an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant is or may be guilty of unprofessional conduct or is or may be incompetent.

C. A person who provides information to the board in good faith pursuant to subsection A or B of this section is not subject to an action in civil damages as a result of providing the information.

D. Within sixty days of receipt of a written complaint pursuant to subsection A of this section or information pursuant to subsection B of this section, the board shall notify the licensee about whom information has been received as to the content of the complaint or information.

E. The board may request an informal meeting or a formal interview with the licensee or any other person to further its investigation or to resolve a complaint.

F. If A licensee refuses the board's request for an informal meeting or a formal interview, or in place of holding an informal meeting or a formal interview, the board shall hold a hearing pursuant to title 41, chapter 6, article 10.

G. If the results of an informal meeting or a formal interview indicate that suspension or revocation of the licensee's license or a civil penalty might be appropriate, the board shall notify the licensee of the time and place for a hearing pursuant to title 41, chapter 6, article 10.

H. If, at the informal meeting or formal interview, the board finds a violation of this chapter, but the violation is not of sufficient seriousness to merit a civil penalty or suspension or revocation of a license, it may take one or more of the following actions:

1. Issue a decree of censure.

2. Establish length and terms of probation best adapted to protect the public health and safety and rehabilitate or educate the licensee. Probation may include:

(a) Submission of the licensee to examinations to determine the mental or physical condition or professional competence of the licensee at the licensee's expense.

(b) Occupational therapy training or education that the board believes to be necessary to correct deficiencies.

(c) Review or supervision of the licensee's practice that the board finds necessary to identify and correct deficiencies in the practice, including a requirement that the licensee regularly report to the board on matters related to the licensee's probationary requirements.

(d) Restrictions on the nature and scope of practice to ensure that the licensee does not practice beyond the limits of the licensee's capabilities.

3. Issue a letter of concern.

4. Issue a nondisciplinary order requiring the licensee to complete a prescribed number of hours of continuing education in an area or areas prescribed by the board to provide the licensee with the necessary understanding of practice standards for licensees including current developments, skills, procedures or treatment interventions.

5. Dismiss the complaint.

I. In addition to the terms of probation described in subsection H, paragraph 2 of this section, probation may also include temporary suspension or restriction of the licensee's license to practice. A licensee's failure to comply with probation or any other board order is cause for a hearing pursuant to title 41, chapter 6, article 10.

J. At the licensee's expense the board may require any combination of a physical, mental or occupational therapy competence examination as part of a board investigation, including, if necessary, the taking of depositions as may be required to fully inform itself with respect to the allegations presented by the complaint. These examinations may include biological fluid testing.

K. Any licensee who, after a hearing, is found guilty of unprofessional conduct or incompetence is subject to the following:

1. A decree of censure.

2. Probation as provided in this section.

3. Suspension or revocation of the license.

4. Imposition of a civil penalty of not less than two hundred fifty dollars nor more than ten thousand dollars for each violation of this chapter.

5. Any combination of these sanctions for a period of time or permanently and under conditions as the board deems appropriate for the protection of the public health and safety.

L. A licensee shall return to the board a revoked or suspended license within fifteen days after it is revoked or suspended.