§ 31-7-358. License revocation or withholding; additional requirements.

CODE OF GEORGIA

Title 31. HEALTH

Chapter 7. REGULATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF HOSPITALS AND OTHER HEALTH CARE FACILITIES

Article 14. NURSING HOMES EMPLOYEE RECORDS CHECKS

Current through 2019-2020 Chapter 609

§ 31-7-358. License revocation or withholding; additional requirements

(a)
(1) An owner of a facility with an unsatisfactory determination or whose name appears on a registry check shall not operate or hold a license, and the department shall revoke the license of any owner operating such facility or refuse to issue a license to any owner operating such facility if such owner has an unsatisfactory determination or is on a registry check.
(2) Prior to approving any license for a facility and periodically as established by the department by rule, the department shall require each owner and employee to submit to a registry check and criminal background check pursuant to Code Sections 31-7-352 and 31-7-353.
(3)
(A) An employee or applicant who received an unsatisfactory determination or whose name appears on a registry check shall be eligible to appeal such determination pursuant to Chapter 13 of Title 50, the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act."
(B) In a hearing held pursuant to subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, the hearing officer shall consider in mitigation the length of time since the crime was committed, the absence of additional criminal charges, the circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime, and other indicia of rehabilitation.
(4)
(A) The department's determination regarding an owner's unsatisfactory criminal background check, or any action by the department revoking or refusing to grant a license based on such determination, shall constitute a contested case for purposes of Chapter 13 of Title 50, the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act," except that any hearing required to be held pursuant thereto may be held reasonably expeditiously after such determination or action by the department.
(B) In a hearing held pursuant to subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, the hearing officer shall consider in mitigation the length of time since the crime was committed, the absence of additional criminal charges, the circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime, other indicia of rehabilitation, the facility's history of compliance with the regulations, and the owner's involvement with the licensed facility in arriving at a decision as to whether the criminal record requires the denial or revocation of the license to operate the facility. When a hearing is required, at least 30 days prior to such hearing, the hearing officer shall notify the office of the prosecuting attorney who initiated the prosecution of the crime in question in order to allow the prosecuting attorney to object to a possible determination that the conviction would not be a bar for the grant or continuation of a license as contemplated within this Code section. If objections are made, the hearing officer shall take such objections into consideration.
(b) The requirements of this Code section are supplemental to any requirements for a license imposed by Article 1 of this chapter.

Cite as OCGA § 31-7-358

History. Amended by 2018 Ga. Laws 420, §1-4, eff. 10/1/2019.