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41-3804. Human rights committees; membership; duties; client information; violation; classification

A. Subject to the approval of the appropriate department director, each committee established pursuant to this article shall adopt guidelines that govern its operation, including terms of members, quorum and attendance requirements and removal of a committee member if necessary. Each committee shall adopt these guidelines by majority vote within the first three months of its formation. These guidelines shall not conflict with this article. The director of the appropriate department shall approve the guidelines unless they are inconsistent with the department's statutes, policies, procedures or rules, or if the guideline does not promote participation by all interested members of the community that the committee serves. In addition to the procedures in the guidelines, each human rights committee must approve the removal of any committee member on majority vote of the committee.

B. Employees of the department of economic security and the department of health services may serve on a committee only as nonvoting members whose presence is not counted for the purpose of determining a quorum.

C. Advocacy groups, local advisory councils, committee members and the director of the appropriate department may submit names of candidates to fill committee vacancies. The appropriate director shall appoint a person to fill a vacancy subject to the approval of the committee.

D. Each committee shall meet at least quarterly each calendar year.

E. Each committee shall provide independent oversight to:

1. Ensure that the rights of clients are protected.

2. Provide research in that committee's field.

3. Review incidents of possible abuse, neglect or denial of a client's rights.

F. Each committee shall submit written objections to specific problems or violations of client rights by department employees or service providers to the director of the appropriate department for review.

G. Each committee shall issue an annual report of its activities and recommendations for changes to the director of the appropriate department.

H. A committee may request from the appropriate department the services of a consultant or department employee to advise it on specific issues. The consultant may be a member of another human rights committee, a department employee or a service provider. Subject to the availability of monies, the appropriate department shall assume the cost of the consultant. A consultant shall not participate in committee votes.

I. Subject to federal law, committee members and consultants have access to client information and records maintained by the appropriate department, provider or regional behavioral health authorities to the extent necessary to conduct committee duties. Each person who receives information or records pursuant to this subsection shall maintain the information or records as confidential and sign an agreement to comply with all confidentiality requirements. Any client information or records shall be released to the committee without the designation of personally identifiable information unless the personally identifiable information is required for the official purposes of the committee. "Personally identifiable information" includes name, address, date of birth, social security number, tribal enrollment number, telephone or telefacsimile number, driver license number, places of employment or school identification or military identification number or any other distinguishing characteristic that tends to identify a particular person. A violation of this subsection is a class 2 misdemeanor.

J. If a committee's request for information or records from a department is denied, the committee may request in writing that the director of the appropriate department review this decision. The agency director or designee shall conduct the review within five business days after receiving the request for review. The agency shall bear the costs of conducting the review. A final agency decision made pursuant to this subsection is subject to judicial review pursuant to title 12, chapter 7, article 6. The agency shall not release any information or records during the period an appeal may be filed or is pending.

K. Confidential records and information received by the committee or its consultant are subject to the same provisions concerning subpoenas, discovery and use in legal actions as are the original records and information.

L. Any person who, in good faith and without malice and in connection with duties or functions of a committee established pursuant to this article, takes an action or makes a decision or recommendation as a member or agent of a committee or who furnishes records, information or assistance that is related to the duties of a committee is not subject to liability for civil damages in consequence of that action. The court shall determine the presence of malice by clear and convincing evidence.

State Codes and Statutes

Statutes > Arizona > Title41 > 41-3804

41-3804. Human rights committees; membership; duties; client information; violation; classification

A. Subject to the approval of the appropriate department director, each committee established pursuant to this article shall adopt guidelines that govern its operation, including terms of members, quorum and attendance requirements and removal of a committee member if necessary. Each committee shall adopt these guidelines by majority vote within the first three months of its formation. These guidelines shall not conflict with this article. The director of the appropriate department shall approve the guidelines unless they are inconsistent with the department's statutes, policies, procedures or rules, or if the guideline does not promote participation by all interested members of the community that the committee serves. In addition to the procedures in the guidelines, each human rights committee must approve the removal of any committee member on majority vote of the committee.

B. Employees of the department of economic security and the department of health services may serve on a committee only as nonvoting members whose presence is not counted for the purpose of determining a quorum.

C. Advocacy groups, local advisory councils, committee members and the director of the appropriate department may submit names of candidates to fill committee vacancies. The appropriate director shall appoint a person to fill a vacancy subject to the approval of the committee.

D. Each committee shall meet at least quarterly each calendar year.

E. Each committee shall provide independent oversight to:

1. Ensure that the rights of clients are protected.

2. Provide research in that committee's field.

3. Review incidents of possible abuse, neglect or denial of a client's rights.

F. Each committee shall submit written objections to specific problems or violations of client rights by department employees or service providers to the director of the appropriate department for review.

G. Each committee shall issue an annual report of its activities and recommendations for changes to the director of the appropriate department.

H. A committee may request from the appropriate department the services of a consultant or department employee to advise it on specific issues. The consultant may be a member of another human rights committee, a department employee or a service provider. Subject to the availability of monies, the appropriate department shall assume the cost of the consultant. A consultant shall not participate in committee votes.

I. Subject to federal law, committee members and consultants have access to client information and records maintained by the appropriate department, provider or regional behavioral health authorities to the extent necessary to conduct committee duties. Each person who receives information or records pursuant to this subsection shall maintain the information or records as confidential and sign an agreement to comply with all confidentiality requirements. Any client information or records shall be released to the committee without the designation of personally identifiable information unless the personally identifiable information is required for the official purposes of the committee. "Personally identifiable information" includes name, address, date of birth, social security number, tribal enrollment number, telephone or telefacsimile number, driver license number, places of employment or school identification or military identification number or any other distinguishing characteristic that tends to identify a particular person. A violation of this subsection is a class 2 misdemeanor.

J. If a committee's request for information or records from a department is denied, the committee may request in writing that the director of the appropriate department review this decision. The agency director or designee shall conduct the review within five business days after receiving the request for review. The agency shall bear the costs of conducting the review. A final agency decision made pursuant to this subsection is subject to judicial review pursuant to title 12, chapter 7, article 6. The agency shall not release any information or records during the period an appeal may be filed or is pending.

K. Confidential records and information received by the committee or its consultant are subject to the same provisions concerning subpoenas, discovery and use in legal actions as are the original records and information.

L. Any person who, in good faith and without malice and in connection with duties or functions of a committee established pursuant to this article, takes an action or makes a decision or recommendation as a member or agent of a committee or who furnishes records, information or assistance that is related to the duties of a committee is not subject to liability for civil damages in consequence of that action. The court shall determine the presence of malice by clear and convincing evidence.


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State Codes and Statutes

Statutes > Arizona > Title41 > 41-3804

41-3804. Human rights committees; membership; duties; client information; violation; classification

A. Subject to the approval of the appropriate department director, each committee established pursuant to this article shall adopt guidelines that govern its operation, including terms of members, quorum and attendance requirements and removal of a committee member if necessary. Each committee shall adopt these guidelines by majority vote within the first three months of its formation. These guidelines shall not conflict with this article. The director of the appropriate department shall approve the guidelines unless they are inconsistent with the department's statutes, policies, procedures or rules, or if the guideline does not promote participation by all interested members of the community that the committee serves. In addition to the procedures in the guidelines, each human rights committee must approve the removal of any committee member on majority vote of the committee.

B. Employees of the department of economic security and the department of health services may serve on a committee only as nonvoting members whose presence is not counted for the purpose of determining a quorum.

C. Advocacy groups, local advisory councils, committee members and the director of the appropriate department may submit names of candidates to fill committee vacancies. The appropriate director shall appoint a person to fill a vacancy subject to the approval of the committee.

D. Each committee shall meet at least quarterly each calendar year.

E. Each committee shall provide independent oversight to:

1. Ensure that the rights of clients are protected.

2. Provide research in that committee's field.

3. Review incidents of possible abuse, neglect or denial of a client's rights.

F. Each committee shall submit written objections to specific problems or violations of client rights by department employees or service providers to the director of the appropriate department for review.

G. Each committee shall issue an annual report of its activities and recommendations for changes to the director of the appropriate department.

H. A committee may request from the appropriate department the services of a consultant or department employee to advise it on specific issues. The consultant may be a member of another human rights committee, a department employee or a service provider. Subject to the availability of monies, the appropriate department shall assume the cost of the consultant. A consultant shall not participate in committee votes.

I. Subject to federal law, committee members and consultants have access to client information and records maintained by the appropriate department, provider or regional behavioral health authorities to the extent necessary to conduct committee duties. Each person who receives information or records pursuant to this subsection shall maintain the information or records as confidential and sign an agreement to comply with all confidentiality requirements. Any client information or records shall be released to the committee without the designation of personally identifiable information unless the personally identifiable information is required for the official purposes of the committee. "Personally identifiable information" includes name, address, date of birth, social security number, tribal enrollment number, telephone or telefacsimile number, driver license number, places of employment or school identification or military identification number or any other distinguishing characteristic that tends to identify a particular person. A violation of this subsection is a class 2 misdemeanor.

J. If a committee's request for information or records from a department is denied, the committee may request in writing that the director of the appropriate department review this decision. The agency director or designee shall conduct the review within five business days after receiving the request for review. The agency shall bear the costs of conducting the review. A final agency decision made pursuant to this subsection is subject to judicial review pursuant to title 12, chapter 7, article 6. The agency shall not release any information or records during the period an appeal may be filed or is pending.

K. Confidential records and information received by the committee or its consultant are subject to the same provisions concerning subpoenas, discovery and use in legal actions as are the original records and information.

L. Any person who, in good faith and without malice and in connection with duties or functions of a committee established pursuant to this article, takes an action or makes a decision or recommendation as a member or agent of a committee or who furnishes records, information or assistance that is related to the duties of a committee is not subject to liability for civil damages in consequence of that action. The court shall determine the presence of malice by clear and convincing evidence.

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