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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2010

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Marla Augustine, DHHS, Communications and Legislative Services, (402-471-4047), marla.augustine@dhhs.ne.gov

Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Three Hearings April 15 in Lincoln

School Health, Communicable Disease Control, Physical Examination, Visual Evaluation, and Immunization Standards & Secure Residential Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services & Swimming Pools


Lincoln – These hearings will be held April 15 in the Nebraska State Office Building, Lower Level, Conference Room ‘A’, Lincoln, NE.

Public Hearing at 9:00 a.m. CDT

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations for School Health, Communicable Disease Control, Physical Examination, Visual Evaluation, and Immunization Standards.  The proposed changes will:

  • Provide guidance on the exclusion from school of students with confirmed communicable disease;
  • Establish what constitutes sufficient evidence of a child’s physical examination and visual evaluation before school entrance;
  • Add immunization against invasive pneumococcal disease as a standard for children age 2-5 enrolled in school-based programs not licensed as child care providers;
  • Beginning July 1, 2010, for students enrolling in 7 th grade, require evidence of having one booster dose of a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine given on or after 10 years of age;
  • Clarify the timing of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) immunizations and increase the number of required doses for varicella (chickenpox);
  • Establish school reporting requirements for Tdap and update varicella reporting requirements; and
  • Update guidance on infection periods, minimum isolation periods, and control measures, and add guidance on hand, foot, and mouth disease and MRSA (antibiotic-resistant bacterial staph infection).

Public Hearing at 10:30 a.m. CDT

The DHHS Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed new regulations for Medicaid to provide for Medicaid coverage of secure residential psychiatric rehabilitation services. 

These services will be provided by a professional recovery team in 24-hour staffed residential facilities. Persons served are clients with a severe and persistent mental illness and/or co-occurring substance abuse disorder demonstrating a moderate to high risk for harm to self or others or a moderate to high risk of relapse. The service will be provided without regard to whether the client has been ordered by a mental health board under the Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Act to receive these services. 

Public Hearing at 1:30 p.m. CDT

The DHHS Division of Public Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed changes to regulations for 178 NAC 2, Operation and Management of Public Swimming Pools, and 178 NAC 4, Design and Construction Standards.  The proposed regulations will: allow the Department to adopt the unblockable drain(s) provisions of the federal Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act passed by Congress in 2007; allow the Department to charge a fee for variances and constructing/modifying a pool without receiving prior approval of plans and specifications (applicable only when the regulations are not followed) and; provide clarification and updates to the existing regulations.

Anyone may attend and comment at the hearings or submit comments in writing.  Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT, April 15, 2010.  They should be sent to DHHS Regulatory Analysis and Integration, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509; faxed to 402-742-2382; or e-mailed to Rules.Regs@dhhs.ne.gov.

If auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in a hearing, please call 402-471-9022.  Persons with hearing impairments may call the DHHS at 402-471-9570 (voice and TDD) or the Nebraska Relay System at 711 or 800-833-7352 TDD.

Draft regulations and DHHS hearing notices are available online at: http://www.sos.ne.gov/rules-and-regs/regtrack/index.cgi .

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