[Rev. 11/21/2013 11:39:08 AM--2013]

TITLE 40 - PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY

CHAPTER 439 - ADMINISTRATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH

GENERAL PROVISIONS

NRS 439.005           Definitions.

DIVISION OF PUBLIC AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration

NRS 439.010           Administration of chapter.

NRS 439.015           Acceptance and disbursement of federal appropriations; deposit to State Division of Public and Behavioral Health Federal Account.

NRS 439.030           State Board of Health: Creation; members; qualifications.

NRS 439.040           State Board of Health: Term of office.

NRS 439.060           State Board of Health: Meetings; quorum.

NRS 439.070           State Board of Health: Secretary; Executive Officer.

NRS 439.080           State Board of Health: Compensation of members and employees.

NRS 439.085           Chief Medical Officer: Appointment; unclassified service.

NRS 439.090           State Health Officer and Administrator: Qualifications. [Repealed.]

NRS 439.095           Chief Medical Officer: Qualifications.

NRS 439.100           State Health Officer: Appointment; vacancy; unclassified service. [Repealed.]

NRS 439.110           Chief Medical Officer: Devotion of time to official duties; cooperation with Nevada System of Higher Education.

NRS 439.130           Chief Medical Officer and Administrator: Duties.

NRS 439.135           Appointment of Commissioner of Food and Drugs and other agents by Administrator.

NRS 439.140           Appointment or removal of subordinate officer or employee of Division.

 

Powers and Duties

NRS 439.150           State Board of Health supreme in matters concerning health; Department designated agency for federal cooperation; fees.

NRS 439.155           Contracts for cooperation with governmental entities and others; effect of payments to Division for such cooperation; immunity from and limitations on liability not waived.

NRS 439.160           Uniform compliance with provisions of chapter.

NRS 439.170           Prevention of sickness and disease; legal action for enforcement of laws and regulations.

NRS 439.180           Biennial report to Director by Administrator.

NRS 439.190           Hearings and witnesses.

NRS 439.200           Regulations of State Board of Health: Adoption; effect; variances; distribution.

NRS 439.230           Personal and statistical information to be secured from patient admitted or committed to public or private institution.

NRS 439.240           State Public Health Laboratory: Maintenance by University of Nevada School of Medicine; branch laboratories; purpose; administration; reports.

NRS 439.255           Masks and face shields for use in cardiopulmonary resuscitation: Regulations; provision to peace officers and firefighters; waiver of requirements; civil immunity for use.

NRS 439.265           Immunization Information System: Establishment and administration; duty to report information concerning immunization administered to child; contents and form of report; parent or guardian to be provided information concerning System; parent or guardian may decline inclusion of information in System; disclosure of information; regulations.

NRS 439.270           Persons diagnosed with epilepsy: State Board of Health to define “epilepsy” for purposes of section; reports required to be submitted to Division and to Department of Motor Vehicles; confidentiality of reports; criminal penalty.

DENTAL AND ORAL HEALTH

NRS 439.271           Definitions.

NRS 439.2711         “Advisory Committee” defined.

NRS 439.2712         “Program” defined.

NRS 439.2713         “Provider of oral health care” defined.

NRS 439.272           State Dental Health Officer: Appointment by Division; classification; qualifications; duties; outside pursuits; solicitation and acceptance of gifts and grants.

NRS 439.279           State Public Health Dental Hygienist: Appointment; classification; qualifications; duties; outside pursuits; solicitation and acceptance of gifts and grants.

NRS 439.2791         State Program for Oral Health: Establishment; purpose.

NRS 439.2792         Advisory Committee on the State Program for Oral Health: Creation; duties; appointment and terms of members; quorum; Chair; meetings.

NRS 439.2793         Duties of Division.

NRS 439.2794         Powers of Division to enter into contracts to apply for and accept gifts, donations, bequests and grants and to apply for federal waivers; disposition of money; administration of account.

LOCAL ADMINISTRATION

County Board of Health and County Health Officer

NRS 439.280           County board of health: Composition; officers; service without additional compensation.

NRS 439.290           County health officer: Appointment; qualifications; term.

NRS 439.300           County health officer: Compensation.

NRS 439.310           County health officer: Vacancy; appointment by Chief Medical Officer.

NRS 439.320           County health officer: Executive officer of county board of health; may be county physician.

NRS 439.330           Deputy county health officer: Appointment; compensation; duties.

NRS 439.340           County board of health: Supervision by Division; reports.

NRS 439.350           County board of health: Duties.

NRS 439.360           County board of health: Powers.

 

District Board of Health and District Health Officer in Counties Whose Population is 700,000 or More

NRS 439.361           Applicability.

NRS 439.362           Health district: Creation; composition; appointment and terms of members; duty to maintain records; county, city and town boards of health abolished.

NRS 439.363           Health district fund: Creation.

NRS 439.364           District board of health: Meetings; quorum; duties.

NRS 439.365           District board of health: Budget; adoption by board of county commissioners; annual allocation.

NRS 439.366           Powers and jurisdiction of district board of health and district health department; regulations of district board of health.

NRS 439.367           District board of health: Powers.

NRS 439.368           Appointment, qualifications, powers and compensation of district health officer; clinical program requiring medical assessment must be supervised by physician.

 

District Board of Health and District Health Officer in Counties Whose Population is Less Than 700,000

NRS 439.369           Applicability.

NRS 439.370           Health district: Creation.

NRS 439.380           County or city board of health abolished upon creation of district board of health.

NRS 439.383           County boards of health within district abolished upon creation of district board of health.

NRS 439.385           City and town boards of health abolished upon creation of district board of health.

NRS 439.390           District board of health: Composition; qualifications of members.

NRS 439.400           Appointment, qualifications, powers and compensation of district health officer; clinical program requiring medical assessment must be supervised by physician.

NRS 439.410           Powers and jurisdiction of district board of health and district health department; regulations of district board of health.

 

City Board of Health and City Health Officer

NRS 439.420           City board of health: Creation by ordinance.

NRS 439.430           City board of health: Members; appointments; qualifications and compensation of city health officer.

NRS 439.440           Inclusion of city in county or district health department.

NRS 439.450           Withdrawal of city from county or district health department; re-establishment of city health department.

NRS 439.460           City board of health: Duties.

NRS 439.470           City board of health: Powers.

 

Extermination and Abatement of Mosquitoes, Flies, Other Insects and Rats

NRS 439.471           Applicability.

NRS 439.473           Authority of district health officer to issue order for extermination or abatement of nuisance; authorized actions.

NRS 439.475           Notice of order for abatement of nuisance; duty of health district if owner fails to comply with order.

NRS 439.477           Lien on real property for costs of abating nuisance; action to foreclose lien.

NRS 439.479           Regulations; enforcement; notice to district board of health of failure to maintain rental dwelling unit in habitable condition.

 

Removal and Remediation of Controlled Substances and Precursors

NRS 439.4797         Powers of boards of health; regulations by State Environmental Commission.

 

Local Health Regulations

NRS 439.480           Local health officer: Supervision; jurisdiction.

NRS 439.490           Abatement or removal of nuisance.

 

Assessment for Services Provided to County

NRS 439.4905         Payment of assessment; exemption; regulations.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF STROKE AND HEART DISEASE

NRS 439.491           Definitions.

NRS 439.4911         “Committee” defined.

NRS 439.4913         “Hospital” defined.

NRS 439.4915         “Primary prevention” defined.

NRS 439.4917         “Provider of health care” defined.

NRS 439.4919         “Secondary prevention” defined.

NRS 439.492           Creation; appointment, terms and compensation of members; Chair.

NRS 439.493           Duties; quorum.

NRS 439.494           Powers of Division to enter into contracts and to apply for and accept gifts, grants, donations and bequests; disposition of money; administration of account.

CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE PROGRAM

NRS 439.495           Establishment; purpose.

NRS 439.496           Powers of Division to apply for and accept gifts, grants and bequests; disposition of money; administration of account.

ARTHRITIS PREVENTION AND CONTROL PROGRAM

NRS 439.501           Establishment.

NRS 439.503           Advisory Committee: Establishment; appointment, terms and compensation of members; quorum; Chair; meetings.

NRS 439.505           Duties of Division.

NRS 439.507           Powers of Division to enter into contracts, to apply for and accept gifts, donations, bequests and grants and to apply for federal waivers; disposition of money; administration of account.

TASK FORCE ON ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

NRS 439.508           Definitions. [Effective through June 30, 2017.]

NRS 439.5081         “State plan” defined. [Effective through June 30, 2017.]

NRS 439.5082         “Task Force” defined. [Effective through June 30, 2017.]

NRS 439.5083         Creation; appointment, qualifications and terms of members; members serve without compensation except per diem; alternates. [Effective through June 30, 2017.]

NRS 439.5084         Chair and Vice Chair; meetings; quorum; members appointed by Director serve at pleasure of Director. [Effective through June 30, 2017.]

NRS 439.5085         Duties; submission of annual report to Governor and Legislature; support and assistance of Department; gifts, grants and donations. [Effective through June 30, 2017.]

COMMITTEE TO REVIEW SUICIDE FATALITIES

NRS 439.5102         “Committee” defined.

NRS 439.5104         Creation; appointment, qualification and terms of members; vacancies.

NRS 439.5106         Powers and duties.

NRS 439.5108         Powers; submission of annual report to Director; confidentiality of information and records.

STATEWIDE PROGRAM FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION

NRS 439.511           Creation; purposes; employment of Coordinator; qualifications of Coordinator; duties of Coordinator.

NRS 439.513           Employment of trainer for suicide prevention; qualifications; duties.

STATE PROGRAM FOR WELLNESS AND THE PREVENTION OF CHRONIC DISEASE

NRS 439.514           Definitions.

NRS 439.515           “Advisory Council” defined.

NRS 439.516           “Program” defined.

NRS 439.517           Establishment; purpose.

NRS 439.518           Advisory Council: Establishment; purpose; appointment of members.

NRS 439.519           Advisory Council: Terms; Chair; appointment of committees and subcommittees; removal of nonlegislative members; administrative support; quorum; meetings; compensation.

NRS 439.521           Duties of Division.

NRS 439.522           Public hearings.

NRS 439.523           Authority of Division to enter into contracts and award grants.

NRS 439.524           Submission of annual report to Governor and Legislature. [Repealed.]

NRS 439.525           Gifts, grants and contributions: Accounting; use; administration.

COMMITTEE ON CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS

NRS 439.526           “Co-occurring disorders” defined. [Repealed.]

NRS 439.527           Creation; appointment and qualifications of members; election of Chair and Vice Chair; terms of members; vacancies; compensation of members; members holding public office or employed by governmental entity; meetings; quorum. [Repealed.]

NRS 439.528           Duties. [Repealed.]

PROGRAM TO TREAT PERSONS WITH HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS OR ACQUIRED IMMUNODEFICIENCY SYNDROME

NRS 439.529           Administration; duties of Director; use of other programs; prohibition against commingling of money; money for program to be accounted for separately.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

NRS 439.530           Treatment by prayer, mental or spiritual means; no compulsion to submit to medical treatment.

NRS 439.535           Clinic for immunization of children: Availability; immunity of personnel from criminal and civil liability.

NRS 439.537           Unlawful use of words or letters designating person as licensed or registered dietitian; penalty.

NRS 439.538           Electronic transmission of health information: Exemption from state law concerning privacy or confidentiality of certain health information; ability of person to opt out of electronic disclosure of certain health information.

NRS 439.540           Chapter does not alter powers of Commissioner of Food and Drugs or powers of State Dairy Commission.

NRS 439.550           Strict enforcement of chapter by local health officer.

NRS 439.560           Enforcement of chapter by public officers.

NRS 439.565           Injunctions against violations.

NRS 439.570           Health authority may report violation to district attorney or Attorney General; initiation and prosecution of action.

NRS 439.580           Penalties.

STATEWIDE HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE SYSTEM

NRS 439.581           Definitions.

NRS 439.582           “Electronic health record” defined.

NRS 439.583           “Health care provider” defined.

NRS 439.584           “Health information exchange” defined.

NRS 439.585           “Person” defined.

NRS 439.586           “Statewide health information exchange system” defined.

NRS 439.587           Designation and duties of Director as state authority for health information technology; adoption of regulations and other necessary actions authorized.

NRS 439.588           Establishment or designation of governing entity; duties and authorized act of governing entity; meetings of governing body of governing entity; regulations for certification as health information exchange.

NRS 439.589           Adoption of regulations to prescribe standards relating to electronic health records, health-related information and system.

NRS 439.590           Requirements for participation in system; limitations on use, release or publication of certain information; penalty for unauthorized access to electronic health record, system or health information exchange; establishment of complaint system.

NRS 439.591           Patient not required to participate in health information exchange; notification to patient of breach of confidentiality of electronic health records or health information exchange; patient access to electronic health records.

NRS 439.592           Electronic health records, electronic signatures and electronically transmitted health information deemed to comply with certain writing and signature requirements; information maintained or transmitted in electronic health record or system deemed to comply with certain confidentiality requirements; exception.

NRS 439.593           Immunity from liability for health care provider who uses system.

NRS 439.594           Immunity from liability for governing entity, administrator of system and health information exchange.

NRS 439.595           Provision of information to electronic health record or participation in health information exchange not unfair trade practice.

ADMINISTRATION OF CERTAIN PROCEEDS FROM MANUFACTURERS OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS

General Provisions

NRS 439.600           Legislative declaration.

 

Fund for a Healthy Nevada

NRS 439.620           Creation and administration of Fund; appropriation and expenditure of contents.

NRS 439.630           Powers and duties of Department; eligibility of veterans for certain benefits or services available to senior citizens, persons with disabilities and other specified persons; submission of biennial report by Grants Management Advisory Committee, Nevada Commission on Aging and Nevada Commission on Services for Persons with Disabilities.

 

Subsidies for Cost of Prescription Drugs, Pharmaceutical Services and Other Benefits to Senior Citizens

NRS 439.635           Definitions.

NRS 439.640           “Household income” defined.

NRS 439.645           “Income” defined.

NRS 439.650           “Senior citizen” defined.

NRS 439.655           Administration: Powers and duties of Department.

NRS 439.660           Administration: Cooperation between state and local agencies.

NRS 439.665           Contracts to subsidize cost of prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and other benefits; eligibility for and amount of subsidies; copayments; waiver of eligibility requirements; coverage provided by Federal Government; authority of Department to change programs; eligibility of veterans for subsidies.

NRS 439.670           Request for subsidy; action on request; payment of subsidy.

NRS 439.675           Denial of request for subsidy; repayment of amount received pursuant to fraudulent request.

NRS 439.680           Judicial review of decision to deny request for subsidy.

NRS 439.685           Revocation of subsidy and payment of restitution.

NRS 439.690           Restrictions on use of information contained in request for subsidy.

 

Subsidies for Provision of Pharmaceutical Services to Persons With Disabilities

NRS 439.705           Definitions.

NRS 439.715           “Household income” defined.

NRS 439.725           “Income” defined.

NRS 439.735           Administration: Powers and duties of Department.

NRS 439.745           Contracts to subsidize cost of prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and other benefits; eligibility for and amount of subsidies; copayments; waiver of eligibility requirements; coverage provided by Federal Government; authority of Department to change programs; eligibility of veterans for subsidies.

NRS 439.755           Request for subsidy; action on request; payment of subsidy.

NRS 439.765           Denial of request for subsidy; repayment of amount received pursuant to fraudulent request.

NRS 439.775           Judicial review of decision to deny request for subsidy.

NRS 439.785           Revocation of subsidy and payment of restitution.

NRS 439.795           Restrictions on use of information contained in request for subsidy.

HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PATIENTS AT CERTAIN MEDICAL FACILITIES

NRS 439.800           Definitions.

NRS 439.802           “Facility-acquired infection” defined.

NRS 439.805           “Medical facility” defined.

NRS 439.810           “Patient” defined.

NRS 439.815           “Patient safety officer” defined.

NRS 439.820           “Provider of health care” defined.

NRS 439.830           “Sentinel event” defined.

NRS 439.835           Mandatory reporting of sentinel events.

NRS 439.837           Mandatory investigation of sentinel event by medical facility.

NRS 439.840           Reports of sentinel events: Duties of Division; confidentiality.

NRS 439.841           Authority of Division to request additional information or to conduct audit or investigation; report of findings; payment of costs.

NRS 439.843           Annual summaries of reports of sentinel events; compilation by Division; confidentiality; posting of patient safety plans by Department on Internet website.

NRS 439.845           Analysis and reporting of trends regarding sentinel events; treatment of certain information regarding corrective action by medical facility.

NRS 439.847           Participation in surveillance system by medical facilities and facilities for skilled nursing; access, analysis and reporting of information submitted to surveillance system by Division; regulations.

NRS 439.855           Notification of patients involved in sentinel events.

NRS 439.856           Provision of certain information relating to facility-acquired infections to patients.

NRS 439.857           Procedure for informing patient, legal guardian or other person that patient at medical facility has infection; immunity from liability for providing certain information.

NRS 439.860           Inadmissibility of certain information in administrative or legal proceeding.

NRS 439.865           Patient safety plan: Development; inclusion of infection control program to prevent and control infections; approval; notice; compliance; annual review and update.

NRS 439.870           Patient safety officer: Designation; duties.

NRS 439.873           Designation, duties and qualifications of infection control officer; required ratio of patients to employees with certain training in infection control; Division to provide education and technical assistance.

NRS 439.875           Patient safety committee: Establishment; composition; meetings; duties; proceedings and records are privileged.

NRS 439.877           Patient safety checklists and patient safety policies: Adoption by patient safety committee; required provisions; duties of patient safety committee.

NRS 439.880           Immunity from criminal and civil liability.

NRS 439.885           Violation by medical facility: Administrative sanction prohibited when voluntarily reported; administrative sanction imposed when not voluntarily reported; appeal of imposition of sanction; accounting and expenditure of money.

NRS 439.890           Adoption of regulations.

WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION CONCERNING PRICE OF COMMONLY PRESCRIBED DRUGS

NRS 439.900           “Pharmacy” defined.

NRS 439.905           Organization representing interests of retail merchants to prepare and update list of most commonly prescribed drugs or generic equivalents.

NRS 439.910           Pharmacies to provide to Department contact information, electronic mail address and address of Internet website; exceptions.

NRS 439.915           Department to place on Internet website information concerning pharmacies and prices for prescription drugs; additional or alternative procedures for obtaining information concerning pharmacies and prices for prescription drugs.

NRS 439.920           Manner of presentation of information.

NRS 439.925           Immunity from civil and criminal liability.

NRS 439.930           Regulations.

NRS 439.935           Suspension of components of program or duties of Department if sufficient money not available; acceptance of gifts and grants.

NRS 439.940           Penalty for failure to provide information to Department.

WEBSITE FOR BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS

NRS 439.942           Establishment; requirements to become client; administrators; confidentiality; protection of information; maintenance.

NRS 439.943           Authorized use; inclusion of relevant publicly available information.

NRS 439.944           Access authorized to enter information and manage information and account.

NRS 439.945           Division authorized to enter into cooperative agreements with certain state and federal agencies to obtain information for inclusion.

NRS 439.946           Authorized collection, maintenance and storage of certain information on website.

NRS 439.947           Access to information.

NRS 439.948           Fees; regulations.

PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES AND OTHER HEALTH EVENTS

NRS 439.950           Definitions.

NRS 439.955           “Emergency team” defined.

NRS 439.960           “Health care facility” defined.

NRS 439.965           “Provider of health care” defined.

NRS 439.970           Determination of public health emergency or other health event; executive order of Governor; designation of emergency team; chair; Attorney General designated legal counsel to emergency team.

NRS 439.973           Authority of Governor to request assistance from contiguous state in carrying out inspections.

NRS 439.975           Powers and duties of emergency team.

NRS 439.980           Duties of chair of emergency team.

NRS 439.983           Duties of emergency team upon resolution of public health emergency or other health event.

STERILE HYPODERMIC DEVICE PROGRAMS

NRS 439.985           Legislative declaration of purpose.

NRS 439.986           “Sterile hypodermic device program” or “program” defined.

NRS 439.987           Establishment.

NRS 439.988           Guidelines governing operation.

NRS 439.989           Program to establish safety procedures, provide community outreach and report to State Board of Health.

NRS 439.990           Staff and volunteers to complete training; requirements for training.

NRS 439.991           Program authorized to provide material for safer injection drug use and certain information.

NRS 439.992           Immunity from civil liability.

NRS 439.993           Confidentiality of records; use of information.

NRS 439.994           Discrimination prohibited.

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GENERAL PROVISIONS

      NRS 439.005  Definitions.  As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise:

      1.  “Administrator” means the Administrator of the Division.

      2.  “Department” means the Department of Health and Human Services.

      3.  “Director” means the Director of the Department.

      4.  “Division” means the Division of Public and Behavioral Health of the Department.

      5.  “Health authority” means the officers and agents of the Division or the officers and agents of the local boards of health.

      6.  “Individually identifiable health information” has the meaning ascribed to it in 45 C.F.R. § 160.103.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 938; A 1967, 1168; 1969, 1018; 1973, 1406; 1983, 832; 2011, 1759; 2013, 3037)

DIVISION OF PUBLIC AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration

      NRS 439.010  Administration of chapter.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 439.5102 to 439.5108, inclusive, and 439.581 to 439.595, inclusive, the provisions of this chapter must be administered by the Administrator and the Division, subject to administrative supervision by the Director.

      [Part 5:199:1911; A 1939, 297; 1945, 130; 1943 NCL § 5239]—(NRS A 1963, 938; 1967, 1168; 1973, 1406; 1983, 832; 2011, 1759; 2013, 366, 3037)

      NRS 439.015  Acceptance and disbursement of federal appropriations; deposit to State Division of Public and Behavioral Health Federal Account.  The Department, through the Division, may accept and direct the disbursement of money appropriated by any Act of Congress and apportioned or allocated to the State of Nevada for health purposes. This federal money must be deposited in the State Treasury for credit to the State Division of Public and Behavioral Health Federal Account within the State General Fund.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 257; A 1983, 397; 1989, 1472; 2013, 3037)

      NRS 439.030  State Board of Health: Creation; members; qualifications.

      1.  The State Board of Health, consisting of seven members appointed by the Governor, is hereby created.

      2.  The Governor shall appoint:

      (a) Two members who are doctors of medicine who have been licensed to practice in this State and have engaged in the practice of medicine in this State for not less than 5 years immediately prior to the appointments.

      (b) One member who is a doctor of dental surgery who has been licensed to practice in this State and has engaged in the practice of dentistry in this State for not less than 5 years immediately prior to the appointment.

      (c) One member who is a doctor of veterinary medicine who has been licensed to practice in this State and has engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine in this State for not less than 5 years immediately preceding the appointment.

      (d) One member who is a registered nurse who has been licensed by this State and has engaged in nursing for at least 5 years immediately prior to the appointment.

      (e) One member who is a general engineering contractor or general building contractor who is licensed by this State.

      (f) One member who is a representative of the general public.

      [1:199:1911; A 1919, 221; 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5235]—(NRS A 1959, 92; 1967, 278; 1977, 633)

      NRS 439.040  State Board of Health: Term of office.  After the initial terms, the term of office of each member of the State Board of Health is 4 years.

      [Part 3:199:1911; A 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5237]—(NRS A 1959, 93; 1977, 633)

      NRS 439.060  State Board of Health: Meetings; quorum.

      1.  The State Board of Health may meet regularly at least once every 6 months.

      2.  The State Board of Health may hold such special meetings as may be called by the Chair. A special meeting must be called whenever requested by the Chief Medical Officer, the Administrator or by two members of the Board.

      3.  Four members constitute a quorum, but a concurrence of at least a majority of the members of the Board is required on all questions.

      [Part 2:199:1911; A 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5236]—(NRS A 1971, 358; 1977, 633; 1981, 398; 1983, 832, 1443)

      NRS 439.070  State Board of Health: Secretary; Executive Officer.  The Administrator is the Executive Officer of the State Board of Health and shall act as Secretary of the Board. The Administrator shall not be a member of the Board.

      [Part 3:199:1911; A 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5237] + [Part 5:199:1911; A 1939, 297; 1945, 130; 1943 NCL § 5239]—(NRS A 1983, 832)

      NRS 439.080  State Board of Health: Compensation of members and employees.

      1.  Each appointive member of the State Board of Health is entitled to receive a salary of not more than $80 per day, as fixed by the Board, while attending meetings of the Board.

      2.  While engaged in the business of the State Board of Health, each member and employee of the Board is entitled to receive the per diem allowance and travel expenses provided for state officers and employees generally.

      [Part 2:199:1911; A 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5236]—(NRS A 1963, 938; 1975, 298; 1981, 1983; 1985, 424; 1989, 1715)

      NRS 439.085  Chief Medical Officer: Appointment; unclassified service.

      1.  The Director shall appoint a Chief Medical Officer.

      2.  The Chief Medical Officer is in the unclassified service of the State and serves at the pleasure of the Director.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3036)

      NRS 439.090  State Health Officer and Administrator: Qualifications.  Repealed. (See chapter 489, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 3071.)

 

      NRS 439.095  Chief Medical Officer: Qualifications.  The Chief Medical Officer must:

      1.  Be a citizen of the United States;

      2.  Have not less than 5 years’ experience in behavioral health or public health in a managerial or supervisory capacity; and

      3.  Be:

      (a) Licensed in good standing or eligible for a license as a physician or administrative physician in Nevada;

      (b) Licensed in good standing or eligible for a license as a physician or administrative physician in the District of Columbia or in any state or territory of the United States; or

      (c) A physician or administrative physician who has a master’s degree or doctoral degree in public health or a related field.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3036)

      NRS 439.100  State Health Officer: Appointment; vacancy; unclassified service.  Repealed. (See chapter 489, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 3071.)

 

      NRS 439.110  Chief Medical Officer: Devotion of time to official duties; cooperation with Nevada System of Higher Education.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2 and NRS 284.143, the Chief Medical Officer shall devote his or her full time to the official duties of the Chief Medical Officer and shall not engage in any other business or occupation.

      2.  Notwithstanding the provisions of NRS 281.127, the Chief Medical Officer may cooperate with the Nevada System of Higher Education in the preparation and teaching of preservice professional workers in public health and in a program providing additional professional preparation for behavioral health workers and public health workers employed by the State of Nevada.

      [Part 4:199:1911; A 1919, 221; 1939, 297; 1941, 89; 1943, 215; 1947, 752; 1943 NCL § 5238]—(NRS A 1960, 70; 1969, 1442; 1993, 403; 1995, 2314; 2013, 3037)

      NRS 439.130  Chief Medical Officer and Administrator: Duties.

      1.  The Chief Medical Officer shall:

      (a) Enforce all laws and regulations pertaining to the public health.

      (b) Investigate causes of disease, epidemics, source of mortality, nuisances affecting the public health, and all other matters related to the health and life of the people, and to this end the Chief Medical Officer may enter upon and inspect any public or private property in the State.

      (c) Oversee the operation of facilities and centers established pursuant to title 39 of NRS.

      (d) Direct the work of subordinates and may authorize them to act in his or her place and stead.

      (e) Except as otherwise provided in subsection 5 of NRS 439.970, perform the duties prescribed in NRS 439.950 to 439.983, inclusive.

      (f) Perform such other duties as the Director may, from time to time, prescribe.

Ê If the Chief Medical Officer is not licensed to practice medicine in this State, he or she shall not, in carrying out the duties of the Chief Medical Officer, engage in the practice of medicine.

      2.  The Administrator shall direct the work of the Division, administer the Division and perform such other duties as the Director may, from time to time, prescribe.

      [Part 5:199:1911; A 1939, 297; 1945, 130; 1943 NCL § 5239]—(NRS A 1963, 939; 1983, 833; 2009, 369, 2554; 2013, 3036, 3037)

      NRS 439.135  Appointment of Commissioner of Food and Drugs and other agents by Administrator.  As provided in chapter 585 of NRS, the Administrator shall designate and appoint, for the enforcement of chapter 585 of NRS, a Commissioner and such other agent or agents as the Administrator may deem necessary.

      (Added to NRS by 1959, 617; A 1963, 939; 1969, 616; 1983, 833)

      NRS 439.140  Appointment or removal of subordinate officer or employee of Division.

      1.  With the approval of the Director, the Administrator shall appoint and may remove subordinate officers and employees of the Division.

      2.  For the purpose of insuring the impartial selection of personnel on the basis of merit, the Administrator may fill all positions in the Division, with the exception of the positions of Chief Medical Officer and professional persons employed for part-time duties, from the classified service of the State.

      [Part 5:199:1911; A 1939, 297; 1945, 130; 1943 NCL § 5239]—(NRS A 1963, 939; 1983, 833; 1985, 424)

Powers and Duties

      NRS 439.150  State Board of Health supreme in matters concerning health; Department designated agency for federal cooperation; fees.

      1.  The State Board of Health is hereby declared to be supreme in all nonadministrative health matters. It has general supervision over all matters, except for administrative matters and as otherwise provided in NRS 439.950 to 439.983, inclusive, relating to the preservation of the health and lives of citizens of this State and over the work of the Chief Medical Officer and all district, county and city health departments, boards of health and health officers.

      2.  The Department is hereby designated as the agency of this State to cooperate with the federal authorities in the administration of those parts of the Social Security Act which relate to the general promotion of public health. It may receive and expend all money made available to the Division by the Federal Government, the State of Nevada or its political subdivisions, or from any other source, for the purposes provided in this chapter. In developing and revising any state plan in connection with federal assistance for health programs, the Department shall consider, without limitation, the amount of money available from the Federal Government for those programs, the conditions attached to the acceptance of that money and the limitations of legislative appropriations for those programs.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 576.128, the State Board of Health may set reasonable fees for the:

      (a) Licensing, registering, certifying, inspecting or granting of permits for any facility, establishment or service regulated by the Division;

      (b) Programs and services of the Division;

      (c) Review of plans; and

      (d) Certification and licensing of personnel.

Ê Fees set pursuant to this subsection must be calculated to produce for that period the revenue from the fees projected in the budget approved for the Division by the Legislature.

      [Part 25:199:1911; added 1919, 221; A 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5259] + [Part 6 1/2:199:1911; added 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5259.02]—(NRS A 1963, 939; 1967, 1168; 1973, 1406; 1981, 1599, 1898; 1987, 773; 1997, 3172; 2001, 415; 2005, 22nd Special Session, 54; 2009, 369; 2013, 3038)

      NRS 439.155  Contracts for cooperation with governmental entities and others; effect of payments to Division for such cooperation; immunity from and limitations on liability not waived.

      1.  For the purposes of this chapter, the Department through the Division may cooperate, financially or otherwise, and execute contracts or agreements with the Federal Government, any federal department or agency, any other state department or agency, a county, a city, a public district or any political subdivision of this State, a public or private corporation, an individual or a group of individuals. Such a contract or agreement may include provisions whereby the Division will provide staff, services or other resources, or any combination thereof, without payment, to further the purposes of the contract or agreement. If the contract or agreement includes a provision whereby the Division is paid for the provision of staff, services or other resources, the payment will be reimbursed directly to the Division’s budget. Cooperation pursuant to this section does not of itself relieve any person, department, agency or political subdivision of any responsibility or liability existing under any provision of law.

      2.  If the Administrator or the Administrator’s designee enters into a contract or agreement pursuant to subsection 1 with a private nonprofit corporation, the contract or agreement may allow:

      (a) The Division to enter and inspect any premises which are related to services provided under the contract or agreement and to inspect any records which are related to services provided under the contract or agreement to ensure the welfare of any consumer served by the private nonprofit corporation under the contract or agreement;

      (b) The Division and the private nonprofit corporation to share confidential information concerning any consumer served by the private nonprofit corporation under the contract or agreement; and

      (c) The private nonprofit corporation to assign rights and obligations of the private nonprofit corporation under the contract or agreement to the Division.

      3.  The State, the Department and the Division do not waive any immunity from liability or limitation on liability provided by law by entering into a contract or agreement pursuant to this section and any such contract or agreement must include a provision to that effect.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 316)

      NRS 439.160  Uniform compliance with provisions of chapter.

      1.  The Division is charged with:

      (a) The thorough and efficient execution of the provisions of this chapter in every part of the State; and

      (b) Supervisory power over local health officers,

Ê to the end that all of the requirements of this chapter shall be uniformly complied with.

      2.  The Division shall have authority to investigate cases of irregularity or violation of the law, and all local health officers shall aid the Division, upon request, in such investigations.

      [Part 22:199:1911; RL § 2973; NCL § 5256]—(NRS A 1963, 939)

      NRS 439.170  Prevention of sickness and disease; legal action for enforcement of laws and regulations.  The Division shall take such measures as may be necessary to prevent the spread of sickness and disease, and shall possess all powers necessary to fulfill the duties and exercise the authority prescribed by law and to bring actions in the courts for the enforcement of all health laws and lawful rules and regulations.

      [Part 25:199:1911; added 1919, 221; A 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5259]—(NRS A 1963, 940)

      NRS 439.180  Biennial report to Director by Administrator.  The Administrator shall make a biennial report to the Director, setting forth the condition of public health in the State and making such recommendations for legislation, appropriations and other matters as are deemed necessary or desirable.

      [Part 25:199:1911; added 1919, 221; A 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5259]—(NRS A 1963, 940; 1983, 833)

      NRS 439.190  Hearings and witnesses.  The State Board of Health may hold hearings and summon witnesses to testify before it.

      [Part 25:199:1911; added 1919, 221; A 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5259]

      NRS 439.200  Regulations of State Board of Health: Adoption; effect; variances; distribution.

      1.  The State Board of Health may by affirmative vote of a majority of its members adopt, amend and enforce reasonable regulations consistent with law:

      (a) To define and control dangerous communicable diseases.

      (b) To prevent and control nuisances.

      (c) To regulate sanitation and sanitary practices in the interests of the public health.

      (d) To provide for the sanitary protection of water and food supplies.

      (e) To govern and define the powers and duties of local boards of health and health officers, except with respect to the provisions of NRS 444.440 to 444.620, inclusive, 444.650, 445A.170 to 445A.955, inclusive, and chapter 445B of NRS.

      (f) To protect and promote the public health generally.

      (g) To carry out all other purposes of this chapter.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 444.650, those regulations have the effect of law and supersede all local ordinances and regulations inconsistent therewith, except those local ordinances and regulations which are more stringent than the regulations provided for in this section.

      3.  The State Board of Health may grant a variance from the requirements of a regulation if it finds that:

      (a) Strict application of that regulation would result in exceptional and undue hardship to the person requesting the variance; and

      (b) The variance, if granted, would not:

             (1) Cause substantial detriment to the public welfare; or

             (2) Impair substantially the purpose of that regulation.

      4.  Each regulation adopted by the State Board of Health must be published immediately after adoption and issued in pamphlet form for distribution to local health officers and the residents of the State.

      [Part 25:199:1911; added 1919, 221; A 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5259]—(NRS A 1969, 880; 1971, 137, 807; 1977, 1138; 1979, 703; 1983, 329, 1129; 1987, 775; 1991, 2189; 2009, 1077)

      NRS 439.230  Personal and statistical information to be secured from patient admitted or committed to public or private institution.

      1.  All superintendents or managers, or other persons in charge of hospitals, almshouses, lying-in or other institutions, public or private, to which persons resort for treatment of diseases, or confinement, or are committed by process of law, shall make a record of all the personal and statistical particulars relative to the inmates of their institutions at the time of their admission on the forms of the certificates provided for by law and as directed by the State Board of Health.

      2.  In case of persons admitted or committed for medical treatment of disease, the physician in charge shall specify for entry in the record the nature of the disease and where, in his or her opinion, it was contracted.

      3.  The personal particulars and information required by this section shall be obtained from the patient, if it is practicable to do so. When they cannot be so obtained, they shall be secured in as complete a manner as possible from relatives, friends or other persons acquainted with the facts.

      [Part 17:199:1911; A 1915, 249; 1951, 312; 1953, 311]

      NRS 439.240  State Public Health Laboratory: Maintenance by University of Nevada School of Medicine; branch laboratories; purpose; administration; reports.

      1.  The University of Nevada School of Medicine shall maintain the State Public Health Laboratory, and may designate, establish or maintain such branch laboratories as may be necessary.

      2.  The purpose of the State Public Health Laboratory is:

      (a) To make available, at such charges as may be established, to health officials, the State Dairy Commission and licensed physicians of the State, proper laboratory facilities for the prompt diagnosis of communicable diseases.

      (b) To make necessary examinations and analyses of water, natural ice, sewage, milk, food and clinical material.

      (c) To conduct research into the nature, cause, diagnosis and control of diseases.

      (d) To undertake such other technical and laboratory duties as are in the interest of the health of the general public.

      3.  The person in charge of the State Public Health Laboratory, or the person’s designee, must be a skilled bacteriologist.

      4.  The person in charge of the State Public Health Laboratory may have such technical assistants as that person, in cooperation with the University of Nevada School of Medicine, considers necessary.

      5.  Reports of investigations conducted at the State Public Health Laboratory may be published from time to time in bulletins and circulars.

      6.  If the University of Nevada School of Medicine designates a branch laboratory pursuant to subsection 1 that is operated or controlled by a public agency other than the University of Nevada School of Medicine, the public agency and the University of Nevada School of Medicine shall enter into a cooperative agreement pursuant to NRS 277.080 to 277.180, inclusive, concerning the branch laboratory. The cooperative agreement must include, without limitation, provisions setting forth the powers and duties of each party to the cooperative agreement.

      [1:230:1909; RL § 3941; NCL § 7060] + [2:230:1909; RL § 3942; NCL § 7061] + [3:230:1909; RL § 3943; NCL § 7062] + [4:230:1909; RL § 3944; NCL § 7063] + [5:230:1909; RL § 3945; NCL § 7064] + [33:199:1911; added 1919, 221; A 1939, 297; 1945, 177; 1943 NCL § 5267]—(NRS A 1963, 268, 1185; 1983, 833; 1997, 1204; 2001, 2438; 2009, 30)

      NRS 439.255  Masks and face shields for use in cardiopulmonary resuscitation: Regulations; provision to peace officers and firefighters; waiver of requirements; civil immunity for use.

      1.  The State Board of Health shall adopt by regulation the types of portable manual masks and face shields that are approved by the Board to assist in the prevention of the spread of communicable diseases during the administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. An approved mask or face shield may not weigh more than 1 pound.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, every employer shall, without charge to the peace officer or firefighter, provide each peace officer, whether or not the peace officer is on duty, and each firefighter who is on duty, whether paid or voluntary, with:

      (a) A portable manual mask and face shield approved by the Board; and

      (b) Initial training and instruction in the use of the equipment.

Ê The mask, shield and training must be provided not later than 30 days after the first day of employment. The employer shall provide refresher courses in the use of the equipment when necessary.

      3.  An employer may apply to the Division for a waiver of the requirements of subsection 2 with regard to each peace officer or firefighter who, in the normal course of his or her employment, is not likely ever to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The application must be in writing, specify the reasons why the employee is not likely in the normal course of his or her employment ever to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and be sworn to by the employer or his or her authorized representative. The Division shall grant or deny the waiver based on the information contained in the application.

      4.  A waiver granted pursuant to subsection 3 expires upon any change in the duties of the peace officer or firefighter which makes it likely that he or she will administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation at some time in the normal course of his or her employment. The date of the change in duties shall be deemed to be the first day of employment for purposes of subsection 2.

      5.  An injury or illness which results from the use of a mask or shield by a peace officer or firefighter pursuant to subsection 2 may not be considered as negligence or as causation in any civil action brought against a peace officer or firefighter or his or her employer.

      6.  As used in this section:

      (a) “Employer” means any person who employs or provides equipment to a firefighter or peace officer, including the State of Nevada and its political subdivisions.

      (b) “Peace officer” means:

             (1) Sheriffs of counties and of metropolitan police departments and their deputies;

             (2) Personnel of the Nevada Highway Patrol whose principal duty is to enforce one or more laws of this State and any person promoted from such a duty to a supervisory position related to such a duty; and

             (3) Marshals and police officers of cities and towns.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 307; A 2001, 2615; 2005, 327, 675)

      NRS 439.265  Immunization Information System: Establishment and administration; duty to report information concerning immunization administered to child; contents and form of report; parent or guardian to be provided information concerning System; parent or guardian may decline inclusion of information in System; disclosure of information; regulations.

      1.  The Department shall establish an Immunization Information System to collect information concerning the immunization of children in this State. The Immunization Information System must be administered by the State Board of Health.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4, a person who administers any immunization to a child which is recommended and approved by the United States Public Health Service Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or its successor organization, on or after July 1, 2009, shall report information concerning the child and the immunization provided to the child to the Department for inclusion in the Immunization Information System. The information reported must include, without limitation:

      (a) The immunization provided to the child;

      (b) The name of the child;

      (c) Demographic information concerning the child, including, without limitation, the age, gender and race of the child; and

      (d) Any other information required by regulation of the State Board of Health, taking into consideration applicable requirements for information relating to the immunization of children of:

             (1) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States Department of Health and Human Services; and

             (2) Any other governmental entity.

      3.  A person who reports information pursuant to subsection 2 may also report information concerning the history of the immunizations of the child if known to the Department for inclusion in the Immunization Information System.

      4.  The State Board of Health shall establish the form for reporting information to the Department for inclusion in the Immunization Information System and the form which the person administering the immunization must provide to the parent or guardian of the child receiving the immunization. The form provided to the parent or guardian must inform the parent or guardian about the Immunization Information System and must allow the parent or guardian to decline inclusion of the information concerning his or her child in the System.

      5.  The information in the Immunization Information System may only be disclosed to any person who administers immunizations to a child to determine the immunization status of the child and to the persons or governmental entities authorized pursuant to the regulations adopted by the State Board of Health.

      6.  The State Board of Health shall adopt regulations to carry out the provisions of this section.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 1515)

      NRS 439.270  Persons diagnosed with epilepsy: State Board of Health to define “epilepsy” for purposes of section; reports required to be submitted to Division and to Department of Motor Vehicles; confidentiality of reports; criminal penalty.

      1.  The State Board of Health shall define epilepsy for the purposes of the reports hereinafter referred to in this section.

      2.  All physicians shall report immediately to the Division, in writing, the name, age and address of every person diagnosed as a case of epilepsy.

      3.  The Division shall report, in writing, to the Department of Motor Vehicles the name, age and address of every person reported to it as a case of epilepsy.

      4.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 239.0115, the reports are for the information of the Department of Motor Vehicles and must be kept confidential and used solely to determine the eligibility of any person to operate a vehicle on the streets and highways of this State.

      5.  A violation of this section is a misdemeanor.

      [1:269:1953] + [2:269:1953] + [3:269:1953] + [4:269:1953] + [5:269:1953]—(NRS A 1957, 630; 1963, 941; 1985, 1990; 2001, 2615; 2007, 2107)

DENTAL AND ORAL HEALTH

      NRS 439.271  Definitions.  As used in NRS 439.271 to 439.2794, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 439.2711, 439.2712 and 439.2713 have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 26)

      NRS 439.2711  “Advisory Committee” defined.  “Advisory Committee” means the Advisory Committee on the State Program for Oral Health created by NRS 439.2792.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 26)

      NRS 439.2712  “Program” defined.  “Program” means the State Program for Oral Health established by NRS 439.2791.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 26)

      NRS 439.2713  “Provider of oral health care” defined.  “Provider of oral health care” means a dentist or dental hygienist licensed pursuant to the provisions of chapter 631 of NRS.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 26)

      NRS 439.272  State Dental Health Officer: Appointment by Division; classification; qualifications; duties; outside pursuits; solicitation and acceptance of gifts and grants.

      1.  The Division shall appoint, with the consent of the Director, a State Dental Health Officer, who is in the unclassified service of the State. The State Dental Health Officer must:

      (a) Be a resident of this State;

      (b) Hold a current license to practice dentistry issued pursuant to chapter 631 of NRS; and

      (c) Be appointed on the basis of his or her education, training and experience and his or her interest in public dental health and related programs.

      2.  The State Dental Health Officer shall:

      (a) Determine the needs of the residents of this State for public dental health;

      (b) Provide the Advisory Committee and the Division with advice regarding public dental health;

      (c) Make recommendations to the Advisory Committee, the Division and the Legislature regarding programs in this State for public dental health;

      (d) Supervise the activities of the State Public Health Dental Hygienist; and

      (e) Seek such information and advice from the Advisory Committee or a dental school of the Nevada System of Higher Education as necessary to carry out his or her duties.

      3.  The State Dental Health Officer shall devote all of his or her time to the business of his or her office and shall not pursue any other business or vocation or hold any other office of profit.

      4.  Pursuant to NRS 439.2794, the Division may solicit and accept gifts and grants to pay the costs associated with oral health programs.

      (Added to NRS by 2001, 2690; A 2005, 1569; 2005, 22nd Special Session, 54; 2009, 28)

      NRS 439.279  State Public Health Dental Hygienist: Appointment; classification; qualifications; duties; outside pursuits; solicitation and acceptance of gifts and grants.

      1.  The Division shall appoint, with the consent of the Director, a State Public Health Dental Hygienist, who is in the unclassified service of the State. The State Public Health Dental Hygienist must:

      (a) Be a resident of this State;

      (b) Hold a current license to practice dental hygiene issued pursuant to chapter 631 of NRS with a special endorsement issued pursuant to NRS 631.287; and

      (c) Be appointed on the basis of his or her education, training and experience and his or her interest in public health dental hygiene and related programs.

      2.  The State Public Health Dental Hygienist:

      (a) Shall assist the State Dental Health Officer in carrying out his or her duties; and

      (b) May:

             (1) Provide advice and make recommendations to the Advisory Committee and the Division regarding programs in this State for public health dental hygiene; and

             (2) Perform any acts authorized pursuant to NRS 631.287.

      3.  The State Public Health Dental Hygienist shall devote all of his or her time to the business of his or her office and shall not pursue any other business or vocation or hold any other office of profit.

      4.  The Division may solicit and accept gifts and grants to pay the costs associated with the position of State Public Health Dental Hygienist.

      (Added to NRS by 2001, 2690; A 2005, 1569; 2005, 22nd Special Session, 55; 2009, 29)

      NRS 439.2791  State Program for Oral Health: Establishment; purpose.  There is hereby established within the Division the State Program for Oral Health to increase public knowledge and raise public awareness of the importance of oral health and to educate the residents of this State on matters relating to oral health, including, without limitation:

      1.  Proper oral hygiene;

      2.  The factors that increase the risk of a person developing oral diseases; and

      3.  The prevention and treatment of oral diseases.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 26)

      NRS 439.2792  Advisory Committee on the State Program for Oral Health: Creation; duties; appointment and terms of members; quorum; Chair; meetings.

      1.  There is hereby created within the Division of Public and Behavioral Health the Advisory Committee on the State Program for Oral Health to advise and make recommendations to the Division concerning the Program.

      2.  The Administrator shall appoint to the Advisory Committee 13 members, including, without limitation, one or more persons who are representatives of:

      (a) Public health care professionals and educators;

      (b) Providers of oral health care;

      (c) Persons knowledgeable in promoting and educating the public on oral health issues; and

      (d) National dental and other oral health organizations and their local or state chapters.

      3.  After the initial terms, the members of the Advisory Committee serve terms of 2 years commencing on July 1. A member may be reappointed.

      4.  Members of the Advisory Committee serve without compensation, except that each member is entitled, while engaged in the business of the Advisory Committee, to the per diem allowance and travel expenses provided for state officers and employees generally.

      5.  Any member of the Advisory Committee who is a public employee must be granted administrative leave from his or her duties to engage in the business of the Advisory Committee without loss of his or her regular compensation. Such leave does not reduce the amount of the member’s other accrued leave.

      6.  A majority of the members of the Advisory Committee constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business, and a majority of a quorum present at any meeting is sufficient for any official action taken by the Advisory Committee.

      7.  The Advisory Committee shall:

      (a) At its first meeting and annually thereafter, elect a Chair from among its members;

      (b) Meet at the call of the Director, the Chair or a majority of its members as necessary and within the budget of the Advisory Committee; and

      (c) On or before July 1 of each year, submit a written report to the Administrator summarizing the activities of the Advisory Committee and any recommendations of the Advisory Committee.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 27)

      NRS 439.2793  Duties of Division.  To carry out the provisions of NRS 439.271 to 439.2794, inclusive, the Division shall, with advice and recommendations of the Advisory Committee:

      1.  Establish a solid scientific database of the most current information on the importance of oral health, using information obtained through surveillance, epidemiology and research related to oral health;

      2.  Provide educational materials and information on research concerning matters relating to oral health to health care professionals, providers of oral health care and the public, including, without limitation, materials and information concerning programs and services available to the public and strategies for the prevention of oral diseases;

      3.  Coordinate the establishment of regional coalitions to support the efforts of the Program;

      4.  Increase public awareness about the prevention, detection and treatment of oral diseases among state and local governmental officials who are responsible for matters relating to oral health, health care professionals, providers of oral health care and policymakers;

      5.  Coordinate state and local programs and services to ensure that the public has adequate access to dental services;

      6.  Work with other governmental agencies, national health organizations and their local and state chapters, community and business leaders, community organizations and providers of oral health care to:

      (a) Coordinate the work of the Program with the work of those agencies, organizations and persons; and

      (b) Maximize the resources of state and local governments in the efforts to educate the public about the importance of oral health, including, without limitation, the prevention and detection of oral diseases and proper oral hygiene;

      7.  Develop and carry out public awareness and media campaigns in each county, targeting groups of persons who are considered at risk for developing oral diseases;

      8.  Evaluate the need to improve the quality and accessibility of dental services that exist in communities in this State; and

      9.  Develop and coordinate, in cooperation with the Department of Education, recommendations for dental programs to encourage proper oral hygiene by children.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 27)

      NRS 439.2794  Powers of Division to enter into contracts to apply for and accept gifts, donations, bequests and grants and to apply for federal waivers; disposition of money; administration of account.

      1.  The Division may:

      (a) Enter into contracts for any services necessary to carry out or assist the Division in carrying out the provisions of NRS 439.271 to 439.2794, inclusive, with public or private entities that have the appropriate expertise to provide such services;

      (b) Apply for and accept any gift, donation, bequest, grant or other source of money to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.271 to 439.2794, inclusive;

      (c) Apply for any waiver from the Federal Government that may be necessary to maximize the amount of money this State may obtain from the Federal Government to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.271 to 439.2794, inclusive; and

      (d) Adopt regulations as necessary to carry out and administer the Program.

      2.  Any money that is accepted by the Division pursuant to subsection 1 must be deposited in the State Treasury and accounted for separately in the State General Fund.

      3.  The Administrator shall administer the account created pursuant to subsection 2. Money in the account does not lapse to the State General Fund at the end of the fiscal year. The interest and income earned on the money in the account must be credited to the account. Any claims against the account must be paid as other claims against the State are paid.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 28; A 2013, 3038)

LOCAL ADMINISTRATION

County Board of Health and County Health Officer

      NRS 439.280  County board of health: Composition; officers; service without additional compensation.

      1.  Each county shall establish a county board of health to consist of the board of county commissioners, the sheriff and the county health officer.

      2.  The county health officer shall act as chair of the county board of health, and the county clerk shall be the clerk of the board.

      3.  All of the officers shall serve without additional compensation.

      [27:199:1911; added 1919, 221; A 1947, 471; 1943 NCL § 5261]

      NRS 439.290  County health officer: Appointment; qualifications; term.

      1.  On or before January 1 next following each general election, the board of county commissioners shall appoint a county health officer for the county.

      2.  The county health officer must be appointed on the basis of his or her graduate education in public health, training, experience and interest in public health and related programs.

      3.  The term of office of the county health officer is 2 years or until a successor has been appointed and qualified.

      [Part 6:199:1911; A 1913, 126; 1919, 221; 1919 RL § 2957; NCL § 5240]—(NRS A 1981, 603)

      NRS 439.300  County health officer: Compensation.  For performing the duties prescribed by law, the county health officer shall receive such compensation as is fixed by the board of county commissioners, which compensation shall not be less than $25 per month. The board of county commissioners is directed to allow a claim for $25 per month or for such greater sum as the board may deem proper for the work performed.

      [Part 6:199:1911; A 1913, 126; 1919, 221; 1919 RL § 2957; NCL § 5240]

      NRS 439.310  County health officer: Vacancy; appointment by Chief Medical Officer.  In the case of refusal or neglect of any board of county commissioners to appoint a county health officer for 30 days after January 1 next following any general election, or if a vacancy shall exist in the office of county health officer for a period exceeding 30 days, the Chief Medical Officer may make such appointment for the county for that term and fix the compensation; and a county health officer so appointed shall have the same duties, power and authority as though appointed by the board of county commissioners.

      [Part 6:199:1911; A 1913, 126; 1919, 221; 1919 RL § 2957; NCL § 5240]—(NRS A 1963, 941)

      NRS 439.320  County health officer: Executive officer of county board of health; may be county physician.  The county health officer is the executive officer of the county board of health and, if licensed to practice medicine in this State, may be county physician.

      [Part 6:199:1911; A 1913, 126; 1919, 221; 1919 RL § 2957; NCL § 5240]—(NRS A 1981, 603)

      NRS 439.330  Deputy county health officer: Appointment; compensation; duties.

      1.  With the approval of the board of county commissioners, the county health officer is empowered to appoint such deputies as may be necessary.

      2.  Deputies shall receive such compensation as is fixed by the board of county commissioners.

      3.  Not later than the 5th day of each month, deputy health officers shall file monthly reports with the county health officer. The reports shall be compiled by the county health officer and forwarded to the Division not later than the 10th day of each month.

      [Part 6:199:1911; A 1913, 126; 1919, 221; 1919 RL § 2957; NCL § 5240]—(NRS A 1963, 941)

      NRS 439.340  County board of health: Supervision by Division; reports.  The county board of health shall be subject to the supervision of the Division, and shall make such reports to the Division as the State Board of Health may require.

      [Part 28:199:1911; added 1919, 221; 1919 RL p. 2891; NCL § 5262]—(NRS A 1963, 941; 2013, 3039)

      NRS 439.350  County board of health: Duties.  The county board of health shall:

      1.  Oversee all sanitary conditions of the county in which the board is created.

      2.  Adopt such regulations as may be necessary for the prevention, suppression and control of any contagious or infectious disease dangerous to the public health, which regulations take effect immediately upon approval by the State Board of Health.

      3.  File a copy of all of its adopted regulations with the county clerk.

      [Part 28:199:1911; added 1919, 221; 1919 RL p. 2891; NCL § 5262]—(NRS A 1983, 1130)

      NRS 439.360  County board of health: Powers.  The county board of health may:

      1.  Abate nuisances in accordance with law.

      2.  Establish and maintain an isolation hospital or quarantine station when necessary for the isolation or quarantine of a person or a group of persons.

      3.  Restrain, quarantine and disinfect any person or group of persons sick with or exposed to any contagious or infectious disease that is dangerous to the public health.

      4.  Appoint quarantine officers when necessary to enforce a quarantine, shall provide whatever medicines, disinfectants and provisions which may be required, and shall arrange for the payment of all debts or charges so incurred from any funds available, but each patient shall, if the patient is able, pay for his or her food, medicine, clothes and medical attendance.

      5.  Subject to the prior review and approval of the board of county commissioners and except as otherwise provided in NRS 576.128, adopt a schedule of reasonable fees to be collected for issuing or renewing any health permit or license required to be obtained from the board pursuant to a law of this state or an ordinance adopted by any political subdivision of this state. Such fees must be for the sole purpose of defraying the costs and expenses of the procedures for issuing licenses and permits, and investigations related thereto, and not for the purposes of general revenue.

      [Part 28:199:1911; added 1919, 221; 1919 RL p. 2891; NCL § 5262]—(NRS A 1973, 1137; 1997, 1616, 3173; 1999, 649; 2003, 2195)

District Board of Health and District Health Officer in Counties Whose Population is 700,000 or More

      NRS 439.361  Applicability.  The provisions of NRS 439.361 to 439.368, inclusive, apply to a county whose population is 700,000 or more.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 2464; A 2011, 1255)

      NRS 439.362  Health district: Creation; composition; appointment and terms of members; duty to maintain records; county, city and town boards of health abolished.

      1.  A health district with a health department consisting of a district health officer and a district board of health is hereby created.

      2.  The district board of health consists of:

      (a) Representatives selected by the following entities from among their elected members:

             (1) Two representatives of the board of county commissioners;

             (2) Two representatives of the governing body of the largest incorporated city in the county; and

             (3) One representative of the governing body of each other city in the county; and

      (b) The following representatives, selected by the elected representatives of the district board of health selected pursuant to paragraph (a), who shall represent the health district at large and who must be selected based on their qualifications without regard to the location within the health district of their residence or their place of employment:

             (1) Two representatives who are physicians licensed to practice medicine in this State, one of whom is selected on the basis of his or her education, training, experience or demonstrated abilities in the provision of health care services to members of minority groups and other medically underserved populations;

             (2) One representative who is a nurse licensed to practice nursing in this State;

             (3) One representative who has a background or expertise in environmental health or environmental health services;

            (4) One representative of a nongaming business or from an industry that is subject to regulation by the health district; and

             (5) One representative of the association of gaming establishments whose membership in the county collectively paid the most gross revenue fees to the State pursuant to NRS 463.370 in the preceding year, who must be selected from a list of nominees submitted by the association. If no such association exists, the representative selected pursuant to this subparagraph must represent the gaming industry.

      3.  Members of the district board of health serve terms of 2 years. Vacancies must be filled in the same manner as the original selection for the remainder of the unexpired term. Members serve without additional compensation for their services, but are entitled to reimbursement for necessary expenses for attending meetings or otherwise engaging in the business of the board.

      4.  The district board of health shall meet in July of each year to organize and elect one of its members as chair of the board.

      5.  The county treasurer is the treasurer of the district board of health. The treasurer shall:

      (a) Keep permanent accounts of all money received by, disbursed for and on behalf of the district board of health; and

      (b) Administer the health district fund created by the board of county commissioners pursuant to NRS 439.363.

      6.  The district board of health shall maintain records of all of its proceedings and minutes of all meetings, which must be open to inspection.

      7.  No county, city or town board of health may be created in the county. Any county, city or town board of health in existence when the district board of health is created must be abolished.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 2464; A 2011, 2505)

      NRS 439.363  Health district fund: Creation.

      1.  The board of county commissioners shall create a health district fund in the county treasury.

      2.  The money in the fund may only be used to provide funding for the health district.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 2465)

      NRS 439.364  District board of health: Meetings; quorum; duties.

      1.  The district board of health may meet at such times and in such locations as the board determines by resolution.

      2.  Special meetings may be held upon notice to each member of the district board of health as often as and in such places within the county as the needs of the board require.

      3.  A majority of the members of the district board of health constitutes a quorum.

      4.  The district board of health shall adopt written policies and procedures for administering the board and maintaining its programs, projects and activities.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 2465)

      NRS 439.365  District board of health: Budget; adoption by board of county commissioners; annual allocation.

      1.  The district board of health shall prepare an annual operating budget for the health district. The district board of health shall submit the budget to the board of county commissioners before April 1 for funding for the following fiscal year. The budget must be adopted by the board of county commissioners as part of the annual county budget.

      2.  The board of county commissioners shall annually allocate for the support of the health district an amount that does not exceed an amount calculated by multiplying the assessed valuation of all taxable property in the county by the rate of 3.5 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation. The amount allocated pursuant to this subsection must be transferred from the county general fund to the health district fund created by the board of county commissioners pursuant to NRS 439.363.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 2465)

      NRS 439.366  Powers and jurisdiction of district board of health and district health department; regulations of district board of health.

      1.  The district board of health has the powers, duties and authority of a county board of health in the health district.

      2.  The district health department has jurisdiction over all public health matters in the health district.

      3.  In addition to any other powers, duties and authority conferred on a district board of health by this section, the district board of health may by affirmative vote of a majority of all the members of the board adopt regulations consistent with law, which must take effect immediately on their approval by the State Board of Health, to:

      (a) Prevent and control nuisances;

      (b) Regulate sanitation and sanitary practices in the interests of the public health;

      (c) Provide for the sanitary protection of water and food supplies;

      (d) Protect and promote the public health generally in the geographical area subject to the jurisdiction of the health district; and

      (e) Improve the quality of health care services for members of minority groups and medically underserved populations.

      4.  Before the adoption, amendment or repeal of a regulation, the district board of health must give at least 30 days’ notice of its intended action. The notice must:

      (a) Include a statement of either the terms or substance of the proposal or a description of the subjects and issues involved, and of the time when, the place where and the manner in which interested persons may present their views thereon;

      (b) State each address at which the text of the proposal may be inspected and copied; and

      (c) Be mailed to all persons who have requested in writing that they be placed on a mailing list, which must be kept by the board for such purpose.

      5.  All interested persons must be afforded a reasonable opportunity to submit data, views or arguments, orally or in writing, on the intended action to adopt, amend or repeal the regulation. With respect to substantive regulations, the district board of health shall set a time and place for an oral public hearing, but if no one appears who will be directly affected by the proposal and requests an oral hearing, the district board of health may proceed immediately to act upon any written submissions. The district board of health shall consider fully all written and oral submissions respecting the proposal.

      6.  The district board of health shall file a copy of all of its adopted regulations with the county clerk.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 2466)

      NRS 439.367  District board of health: Powers.

      1.  The district board of health may:

      (a) Receive and disburse federal money;

      (b) Submit project applications and programs of projects to federal agencies; and

      (c) Enter into formal agreements with federal agencies concerning projects and programs.

      2.  The district board of health may accept and disburse contributions from private sources, the State, the county, and the cities and towns within the jurisdiction of the board to match federal money for any project or program. All such contributions must be deposited with the county treasurer to the credit of the health district fund created by the board of county commissioners pursuant to NRS 439.363.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 2466)

      NRS 439.368  Appointment, qualifications, powers and compensation of district health officer; clinical program requiring medical assessment must be supervised by physician.

      1.  The district board of health shall appoint a district health officer for the health district who shall have full authority as a county health officer in the health district.

      2.  The district health officer must:

      (a) Be licensed to practice medicine or osteopathic medicine in this State or be eligible for such a license and obtain such a license within 12 months after being appointed as district health officer;

      (b) Have at least 5 years of management experience in a local, state or national public health department, program, organization or agency; and

      (c) Have:

             (1) At least a master’s degree in public health, health care administration, public administration, business administration or a related field;

             (2) Work experience which is deemed to be equivalent to a degree described in subparagraph (1), which may include, without limitation, relevant work experience with a national organization which conducts research on issues concerning public health; or

             (3) Obtained certification from or be eligible to be certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, the American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine, a successor organization or, if there is no successor organization, by a similar organization designated by the district board of health.

      3.  The district health officer is entitled to receive a salary fixed by the district board of health and serves at the pleasure of the board.

      4.  Any clinical program of a district board of health which requires medical assessment must be carried out under the direction of a physician.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 2465; A 2013, 3178)

District Board of Health and District Health Officer in Counties Whose Population is Less Than 700,000

      NRS 439.369  Applicability.  The provisions of NRS 439.369 to 439.410, inclusive, apply to a county whose population is less than 700,000.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 2464; A 2011, 1255)

      NRS 439.370  Health district: Creation.  By affirmative vote of:

      1.  The boards of county commissioners of two or more adjacent counties;

      2.  The governing bodies of two or more cities or towns within any county; or

      3.  The board of county commissioners and the governing body or bodies of any incorporated city or cities, town or towns, in such county,

Ê and with the approval of the State Board of Health, there may be created a health district with a health department consisting of a district health officer and a district board of health.

      [Part 35:199:1911; added 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5268.01]—(NRS A 1959, 104)

      NRS 439.380  County or city board of health abolished upon creation of district board of health.  When any county and one or more incorporated cities within the county establish a district board of health, the county board of health and the board of health of the city or cities must be abolished, and the district board of health must be given the same powers, duties and authority that county board of health had before the establishment of the district board of health.

      [Part 35:199:1911; added 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5268.01]—(NRS A 1959, 104; 1987, 1723)

      NRS 439.383  County boards of health within district abolished upon creation of district board of health.  When two or more adjacent counties establish a district board of health, all county boards of health in such district shall thereupon be abolished.

      (Added to NRS by 1959, 103)

      NRS 439.385  City and town boards of health abolished upon creation of district board of health.  When two or more cities or towns establish a district board of health, all city and town boards of health in such district shall thereupon be abolished.

      (Added to NRS by 1959, 103)

      NRS 439.390  District board of health: Composition; qualifications of members.

      1.  A district board of health must consist of two members from each county, city or town which participated in establishing the district, to be appointed by the governing body of the county, city or town in which they reside, together with one additional member to be chosen by the members so appointed.

      2.  The additional member must be a physician licensed to practice medicine in this State.

      3.  If the appointive members of the district board of health fail to choose the additional member within 30 days after the organization of the district health department, the additional member may be appointed by the Chief Medical Officer.

      [Part 35:199:1911; added 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5268.01]—(NRS A 1959, 104; 1963, 941; 1991, 1379)

      NRS 439.400  Appointment, qualifications, powers and compensation of district health officer; clinical program requiring medical assessment must be supervised by physician.

      1.  The district board of health shall appoint a district health officer for the district.

      2.  The district health officer must be appointed on the basis of his or her graduate education in public health, training, experience and interest in public health and related programs.

      3.  The district health officer has full authority as a county health officer in the health district.

      4.  Any clinical program of a district board of health which requires medical assessment must be carried out under the direction of a physician.

      5.  The district health officer is entitled to receive a salary fixed by the district board of health and serves at the pleasure of that board.

      [Part 35:199:1911; added 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5268.01]—(NRS A 1959, 104; 1981, 603)

      NRS 439.410  Powers and jurisdiction of district board of health and district health department; regulations of district board of health.

      1.  The district board of health has the powers, duties and authority of a county board of health in the health district.

      2.  The district health department has jurisdiction over all public health matters in the health district, except in matters concerning emergency medical services pursuant to the provisions of chapter 450B of NRS.

      3.  In addition to any other powers, duties and authority conferred on a district board of health by this section, the district board of health may by affirmative vote of a majority of all the members of the board adopt regulations consistent with law, which must take effect immediately on their approval by the State Board of Health, to:

      (a) Prevent and control nuisances;

      (b) Regulate sanitation and sanitary practices in the interests of the public health;

      (c) Provide for the sanitary protection of water and food supplies; and

      (d) Protect and promote the public health generally in the geographical area subject to the jurisdiction of the health district.

      4.  Before the adoption, amendment or repeal of a regulation, the district board of health must give at least 30 days’ notice of its intended action. The notice must:

      (a) Include a statement of either the terms or substance of the proposal or a description of the subjects and issues involved, and of the time when, the place where and the manner in which interested persons may present their views thereon.

      (b) State each address at which the text of the proposal may be inspected and copied.

      (c) Be mailed to all persons who have requested in writing that they be placed on a mailing list, which must be kept by the district board for such purpose.

      5.  All interested persons must be afforded a reasonable opportunity to submit data, views or arguments, orally or in writing, on the intended action to adopt, amend or repeal the regulation. With respect to substantive regulations, the district board shall set a time and place for an oral public hearing, but if no one appears who will be directly affected by the proposal and requests an oral hearing, the district board may proceed immediately to act upon any written submissions. The district board shall consider fully all written and oral submissions respecting the proposal.

      6.  Each district board of health shall file a copy of all of its adopted regulations with the county clerk of each county in which it has jurisdiction.

      [Part 35:199:1911; added 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5268.01]—(NRS A 1959, 104; 1973, 314; 1979, 161; 1983, 330; 1995, 2546; 2005, 2467)

City Board of Health and City Health Officer

      NRS 439.420  City board of health: Creation by ordinance.

      1.  Every city of population categories one and two shall provide by ordinance for the establishment of a board of health.

      2.  A city of population category three may provide by ordinance for the establishment of a board of health.

      [Part 29:199:1911; added 1919, 221; 1919 RL p. 2892; NCL § 5263]—(NRS A 2001, 635)

      NRS 439.430  City board of health: Members; appointments; qualifications and compensation of city health officer.

      1.  The city board of health shall be composed of three members appointed by the mayor, at least one of whom may be learned in sanitary science and public health practice and experienced in the diagnosis of infectious diseases, in which case that member shall be the city health officer and the executive officer of the city board of health.

      2.  If no member, or if more than one member, is experienced in the diagnosis of infectious diseases and learned in sanitary science, the city board of health shall appoint the city health officer.

      3.  The compensation of the city health officer shall be prescribed by the city council and the compensation, together with his or her necessary expenses, shall be paid by the municipality in which the city health officer serves.

      [Part 29:199:1911; added 1919, 221; 1919 RL p. 2892; NCL § 5263]

      NRS 439.440  Inclusion of city in county or district health department.  The governing authorities of any incorporated city may abolish the offices of the city board of health and the office of the city health officer for such city and thereby signify the city’s consent to be included in a county or district health department. The powers and duties of the city board of health and the city health officer shall devolve upon the county or district health department.

      [Part 36:199:1911; added 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5268.02]

      NRS 439.450  Withdrawal of city from county or district health department; re-establishment of city health department.  The governing authorities of any incorporated city which has consented to be included in a county or district health department may, after a period of 3 years following such inclusion, provide by resolution for withdrawal therefrom and for the re-establishment of a city health department for the city.

      [Part 36:199:1911; added 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5268.02]

      NRS 439.460  City board of health: Duties.  The city board of health shall:

      1.  Oversee all sanitary conditions of the city in which the board is created.

      2.  Adopt such regulations as may be necessary for the prevention, suppression and control of any contagious or infectious disease dangerous to the public health, which regulations take effect immediately upon approval by the State Board of Health.

      3.  File a copy of all of its adopted regulations with the city clerk.

      [Part 30:199:1911; added 1919, 221; 1919 RL p. 2892; NCL § 5264]—(NRS A 1983, 1130)

      NRS 439.470  City board of health: Powers.  The city board of health may:

      1.  Abate nuisances in accordance with law.

      2.  Establish a temporary isolation hospital or quarantine station when an emergency demands the isolation or quarantine of a person or a group of persons.

      3.  Restrain, quarantine and disinfect any person or a group of persons sick with or exposed to any contagious or infectious disease which is dangerous to the public health.

      4.  Appoint quarantine officers when necessary to enforce a quarantine, and shall provide whatever medicines, disinfectants and provisions which may be required. The city council shall pay all debts or charges so incurred, but each patient shall, if able, pay for his or her food, medicine, clothes and medical attendance.

      5.  Subject to the prior review and approval of the governing body of the city and except as otherwise provided in NRS 576.128, adopt a schedule of reasonable fees to be collected for issuing or renewing any health permit or license required to be obtained from such board pursuant to state law or an ordinance adopted by any political subdivision. Such fees must be for the sole purpose of defraying the costs and expenses of the procedures for issuing licenses and permits, and investigations related thereto, and not for the purposes of general revenue.

      [Part 30:199:1911; added 1919, 221; 1919 RL p. 2892; NCL § 5264]—(NRS A 1973, 1137; 1997, 3173; 2003, 2195)

Extermination and Abatement of Mosquitoes, Flies, Other Insects and Rats

      NRS 439.471  Applicability.  The provisions of NRS 439.471 to 439.479, inclusive, apply to any health district created pursuant to NRS 439.362 or 439.370.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 1499)

      NRS 439.473  Authority of district health officer to issue order for extermination or abatement of nuisance; authorized actions.  A district health officer or his or her designee who issues an order for the extermination or abatement of mosquitoes, flies, other insects, rats or any breeding place thereof may authorize and take any action necessary to abate the nuisance or prevent its recurrence, including, without limitation:

      1.  Abate any stagnant pool of water or other breeding place for mosquitoes, flies, other insects or rats;

      2.  Treat with oil, other larvicidal material, other chemicals or other material any breeding place of mosquitoes, flies, other insects or rats;

      3.  Build, construct, repair and maintain necessary dikes, levees, cuts, canals or ditches upon any land, and acquire by purchase, condemnation or other lawful means, in the name of the health district, any land, right-of-way, easement, property or material necessary for the extermination or abatement of mosquitoes, flies, other insects, rats or any breeding place thereof;

      4.  Enter into contracts to indemnify or compensate any owner of real or other property for any injury or damage caused by the use or taking of property for dikes, levees, cuts, canals or ditches;

      5.  Enter upon without hindrance any land, within or without the health district, to determine whether breeding places of mosquitoes, flies, other insects or rats exist upon that land; and

      6.  Determine whether any person subject to an order issued pursuant to NRS 439.475 has complied with the order.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 1499)

      NRS 439.475  Notice of order for abatement of nuisance; duty of health district if owner fails to comply with order.

      1.  A district health officer may issue an order requiring an owner of real property to abate and prevent the recurrence of any mosquitoes, flies, other insects, rats or any breeding place thereof by providing notice of the order to the owner by mail addressed to the last known address of the owner. The order must:

      (a) Provide that the owner shall abate the nuisance and prevent its recurrence; and

      (b) Specify the period within which the abatement must be completed.

      2.  If the owner of the real property does not comply with the order within the time specified, the health district shall abate the nuisance and take all necessary steps to prevent its recurrence.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 1499)

      NRS 439.477  Lien on real property for costs of abating nuisance; action to foreclose lien.

      1.  All money expended by a health district in abating a nuisance and preventing its recurrence on real property pursuant to NRS 439.475 constitutes a lien upon the property and may be recovered by an action against the property.

      2.  Notice of the lien must be filed and recorded by the health district in the office of the county recorder of the county in which the property is situated not later than 6 months after the date on which the health district completes the abatement.

      3.  Any action to foreclose the lien must be commenced not later than 6 months after the filing and recording of the notice of the lien.

      4.  An action commenced pursuant to subsection 3 must be brought by the health district in the name of the health district.

      5.  When the property is sold, enough of the proceeds to satisfy the lien and the costs of foreclosure must be paid to the health district and the surplus, if any, must be paid to the owner of the property if known, and if not known, must be paid into the court in which the lien was foreclosed for the use of the owner if ascertained.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 1499)

      NRS 439.479  Regulations; enforcement; notice to district board of health of failure to maintain rental dwelling unit in habitable condition.

      1.  In addition to any other powers, duties and authority conferred on a district board of health, the district board of health may by affirmative vote of a majority of all the members of the board adopt regulations consistent with law, which must take effect immediately on their approval by the State Board of Health, to:

      (a) Regulate any health hazard on residential property;

      (b) Regulate any health hazard in a rental dwelling unit; and

      (c) Regulate any health hazard on commercial property.

      2.  The district board of health may adopt regulations to ensure the enforcement of laws that protect the public health and safety associated with the condition of rental dwelling units and to recover all costs incurred by the district board of health relating thereto. Any regulation adopted pursuant to this subsection must be provided by the landlord of a rental dwelling unit to a tenant upon request to ensure that the landlord and the tenant understand their respective rights and responsibilities clearly.

      3.  In carrying out its duties relating to the protection of the public health and safety associated with the condition of rental dwelling units, the district board of health may:

      (a) Take any enforcement action it determines necessary; and

      (b) Establish an administrative hearing process, including, without limitation, the hiring of qualified hearing officers.

      4.  If a tenant of a rental dwelling unit provides written notice to the landlord pursuant to NRS 118A.355 specifying a failure by the landlord to maintain the dwelling unit in a habitable condition and requesting that the landlord remedy the failure and the landlord fails to remedy the failure or to make a reasonable effort to do so within the time prescribed in NRS 118A.355, the tenant may, in addition to any remedy provided in NRS 118A.355, provide to the district board of health a copy of the written notice that the tenant provided to the landlord. If, upon inspection of the dwelling unit, the district board of health determines that either the landlord or the tenant has failed to maintain the dwelling unit in a habitable condition, the district board of health may refer the matter to the administrative hearing process if established pursuant to subsection 3 or take any action with respect to the dwelling unit which is authorized by this section or the regulations adopted pursuant thereto.

      5.  Before the adoption, amendment or repeal of a regulation, the district board of health must give at least 30 days’ notice of its intended action. The notice must:

      (a) Include a statement of either the terms or substance of the proposal or a description of the subjects and issues involved and of the time when, the place where and the manner in which interested persons may present their views thereon;

      (b) State each address at which the text of the proposal may be inspected and copied; and

      (c) Be mailed to all persons who have requested in writing that they be placed on a mailing list, which must be kept by the board for such purpose.

      6.  All interested persons must be afforded a reasonable opportunity to submit data, views or arguments, orally or in writing, on the intended action to adopt, amend or repeal the regulation. With respect to substantive regulations, the district board of health shall set a time and place for an oral public hearing, but if no one appears who will be directly affected by the proposal and requests an oral hearing, the district board of health may proceed immediately to act upon any written submissions. The district board of health shall consider fully all written and oral submissions respecting the proposal.

      7.  The district board of health shall file a copy of all of its adopted regulations with the county clerk.

      8.  As used in this section:

      (a) “Commercial property” means any real property which is not used as a dwelling unit and is not occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy as, a residence or sleeping place.

      (b) “Dwelling unit” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 118A.080.

      (c) “Health hazard” means any biological, physical or chemical exposure, condition or public nuisance that may adversely affect the health of a person.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 1500)

Removal and Remediation of Controlled Substances and Precursors

      NRS 439.4797  Powers of boards of health; regulations by State Environmental Commission.

      1.  The board of health or its agent shall, for the purposes of NRS 40.140, 40.770, 202.450 and 489.776, evaluate the removal or remediation by any entity certified or licensed to do so of:

      (a) Substances involving a controlled substance, immediate precursor or controlled substance analog; and

      (b) Any material, compound, mixture or preparation that contains any quantity of methamphetamine.

      2.  The State Environmental Commission shall adopt regulations:

      (a) To carry out the provisions of subsection 1;

      (b) Establishing standards pursuant to which a building or place which was used for the purpose of unlawfully manufacturing a controlled substance, immediate precursor or controlled substance analog may be deemed safe for habitation for the purposes of NRS 40.140 and 202.450; and

      (c) Establishing standards pursuant to which any property that is or has been the site of a crime that involves the manufacturing of any material, compound, mixture or preparation that contains any quantity of methamphetamine may be deemed safe for habitation for the purposes of NRS 40.770 and 489.776.

      3.  As used in this section:

      (a) “Board of health” means:

             (1) In a county whose population is 700,000 or more, the district board of health; or

             (2) In a county whose population is less than 700,000, the State Board of Health.

      (b) “Controlled substance analog” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 453.043.

      (c) “Immediate precursor” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 453.086.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 824; A 2011, 1255)

Local Health Regulations

      NRS 439.480  Local health officer: Supervision; jurisdiction.  The county health officer has supervision over all matters pertaining to the preservation of the lives and health of the people of the county, except incorporated cities of population categories one and two having a health officer appointed pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, which are under the jurisdiction of the city health officer, subject to the supervision and control of the Division.

      [Part 31:199:1911; added 1919, 221; 1919 RL p. 2892; NCL § 5265]—(NRS A 1963, 942; 2001, 635)

      NRS 439.490  Abatement or removal of nuisance.  Every health officer or a designee of the health officer may order the abatement or removal of any nuisance detrimental to the public health in accordance with the laws relating to such matters.

      [Part 31:199:1911; added 1919, 221; 1919 RL p. 2892; NCL § 5265]—(NRS A 2009, 1501)

Assessment for Services Provided to County

      NRS 439.4905  Payment of assessment; exemption; regulations.

      1.  Unless an exemption is approved pursuant to subsection 3, each county shall pay an assessment to the Division, in an amount determined by the Division, for the costs of services provided in that county by the Division or by the Chief Medical Officer, including, without limitation, services provided pursuant to this chapter and chapters 441A, 444, 446 and 583 of NRS and the regulations adopted pursuant to those chapters, regardless of whether the county has a local health authority.

      2.  Each county shall pay the assessment to the Division in quarterly installments that are due on the first day of the first month of each calendar quarter.

      3.  A county may submit a proposal to the Governor for the county to carry out the services that would otherwise be provided by the Division or the Chief Medical Officer pursuant to this chapter and chapters 441A, 444, 446 and 583 of NRS and the regulations adopted pursuant to those chapters. If the Governor approves the proposal, the Governor shall submit a recommendation to the Interim Finance Committee to exempt the county from the assessment required pursuant to subsection 1. The Interim Finance Committee, upon receiving the recommendation from the Governor, shall consider the proposal and determine whether to approve the exemption. In considering whether to approve the exemption, the Interim Finance Committee shall consider, among other things, the best interests of the State, the effect of the exemption and the intent of the Legislature in requiring the assessment to be paid by each county.

      4.  An exemption that is approved by the Interim Finance Committee pursuant to subsection 3 must not become effective until at least 6 months after that approval.

      5.  A county that receives approval pursuant to subsection 3 to carry out the services that would otherwise be provided by the Division or the Chief Medical Officer pursuant to this chapter and chapters 441A, 444, 446 and 583 of NRS and the regulations adopted pursuant to those chapters shall carry out those services in the manner set forth in those chapters and regulations.

      6.  The Division may adopt such regulations as necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 2505; A 2013, 3039)

ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF STROKE AND HEART DISEASE

      NRS 439.491  Definitions.  As used in NRS 439.491 to 439.494, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 439.4911 to 439.4919, inclusive, have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 293)

      NRS 439.4911  “Committee” defined.  “Committee” means the Advisory Committee for the Prevention and Treatment of Stroke and Heart Disease created by NRS 439.492.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 293)

      NRS 439.4913  “Hospital” defined.  “Hospital” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 449.012.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 293)

      NRS 439.4915  “Primary prevention” defined.  “Primary prevention” means the treatment of risk factors for stroke, heart disease and other vascular disease in the general population before the onset of any symptoms.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 293)

      NRS 439.4917  “Provider of health care” defined.  “Provider of health care” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 629.031.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 293)

      NRS 439.4919  “Secondary prevention” defined.  “Secondary prevention” means the treatment of patients who have developed symptoms of stroke, heart disease or other vascular disease that is designed to prevent the onset of additional symptoms and attacks of the condition.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 293)

      NRS 439.492  Creation; appointment, terms and compensation of members; Chair.

      1.  The Advisory Committee for the Prevention and Treatment of Stroke and Heart Disease is hereby created within the Division.

      2.  The Committee consists of the following members:

      (a) A board-certified neurologist who is licensed to practice in this State and who is experienced in treating victims of stroke, appointed by the Administrator;

      (b) A board-certified cardiologist who is licensed to practice in this State and who is experienced in treating victims of heart disease and heart attacks, appointed by the Administrator;

      (c) A provider of emergency medical services, appointed by the Administrator;

      (d) A representative of the Division whose primary responsibilities relate to the licensure and certification of persons who provide emergency medical services, appointed by the Administrator;

      (e) A representative of the American Heart Association or its successor, appointed by the Administrator;

      (f) A person with knowledge or expertise in the prevention of chronic diseases, appointed by the Administrator;

      (g) A representative from rural Nevada, appointed by the Administrator;

      (h) A representative of hospitals in this State, appointed by the Administrator;

      (i) A representative of collectively bargained plans, self-funded plans or other entities that pay claims under a contract for health insurance in this State, appointed by the Administrator;

      (j) A registered nurse who is licensed to practice professional nursing in this State, appointed by the Administrator;

      (k) A person who is a representative of a population disproportionally affected by heart disease or stroke, appointed by the Governor;

      (l) A person who is a survivor of stroke, appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate;

      (m) A person who is a survivor of heart disease, appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly; and

      (n) A representative of the Nevada System of Higher Education who has knowledge of matters relating to public health, appointed by the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada.

      3.  The Committee shall elect a Chair and a Vice Chair from among its members to initial terms expiring on June 30, 2011. After the initial election, each of those officers holds office for a term of 1 year beginning on July 1 of each year and may be reelected to one or more successive terms. If a vacancy occurs, the members of the Committee shall elect a replacement Chair or Vice Chair, as applicable, for the remainder of the unexpired term.

      4.  After the initial terms, each member of the Committee serves a term of 2 years beginning on July 1. Except for a member appointed pursuant to paragraph (f) of subsection 2, a member may be reappointed to one or more successive terms.

      5.  A vacancy on the Committee must be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment.

      6.  The members of the Committee serve without compensation. If sufficient money is available, each member is entitled to receive the per diem allowance and travel expenses provided for state officers and employees generally while attending meetings of the Committee or otherwise engaged in the business of the Committee.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 293)

      NRS 439.493  Duties; quorum.

      1.  The Committee shall, to the extent money is available from any source:

      (a) Adopt rules for its own governance.

      (b) Meet at least once each calendar quarter and at other times upon the call of the Chair.

      (c) Make recommendations to the Division for the establishment of a comprehensive plan for the prevention of stroke, heart disease and other vascular disease in this State which must:

             (1) Emphasize the development of a policy for the primary prevention and secondary prevention of stroke;

             (2) Include recommendations to eliminate disparities in vascular health among populations that are disproportionally affected by stroke, heart disease and other vascular disease;

             (3) Include recommendations concerning methods of increasing public knowledge and awareness relating to vascular health, including, without limitation, the prevention and treatment of stroke, heart disease and other vascular disease;

             (4) Include recommendations concerning acute stroke treatment, including treatment during the hyperacute and emergency phases of stroke;

             (5) Include recommendations concerning the rehabilitation of patients and continuous quality improvement activities for medical facilities and providers of health care; and

             (6) Include recommendations concerning the notification and response of emergency medical services.

      (d) On or before May 1 of each year, submit a written report to the Division summarizing the activities of the Committee and any recommendations it has made.

      (e) In carrying out its duties, solicit suggestions and information from:

             (1) Providers of emergency medical services;

             (2) Associations of medical professionals;

             (3) Hospitals;

             (4) The Division;

             (5) The Board of Medical Examiners and other boards responsible for issuing a license to a provider of health care; and

             (6) Other persons with interests relating to vascular health as deemed necessary by the Committee.

      2.  In making the recommendations required by paragraph (c) of subsection 1, the Committee shall not consider or address any issue concerning the transfer of a patient.

      3.  A majority of the members of the Committee constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business, and a majority of a quorum present at any meeting is sufficient for any official action taken by the Committee.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 294)

      NRS 439.494  Powers of Division to enter into contracts and to apply for and accept gifts, grants, donations and bequests; disposition of money; administration of account.

      1.  The Division may:

      (a) Enter into contracts for any service necessary to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.491 to 439.494, inclusive; and

      (b) Apply for and accept gifts, grants, donations and bequests from any source to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.491 to 439.494, inclusive.

      2.  Any money collected pursuant to subsection 1 and any money appropriated to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.491 to 439.494, inclusive:

      (a) Must be deposited in the State Treasury and accounted for separately in the State General Fund; and

      (b) Except as otherwise provided by the terms of a specific gift, grant, donation or bequest, must only be expended to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.491 to 439.494, inclusive.

      3.  The Administrator shall administer the account. Any interest or income earned on the money in the account must be credited to the account.

      4.  Any claims against the account must be paid as other claims against the State are paid.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 295; A 2013, 3040)

CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE PROGRAM

      NRS 439.495  Establishment; purpose.  Within the limits of available money, the Division shall establish the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Program to establish strategies for reducing the impact of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and to coordinate efforts to assist persons with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in this State, including, without limitation:

      1.  Developing effective strategies for the prevention and early diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease;

      2.  Making recommendations to health care professionals concerning the treatment and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including, without limitation, recommendations to increase access to nonpharmacologic therapies;

      3.  Increasing public knowledge and awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including, without limitation, the education of persons with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, their families, health care professionals, providers of health care and the public on matters relating to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and

      4.  Soliciting funding and other resources to ensure the continuation of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Program and other programs which address issues relating to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 303)

      NRS 439.496  Powers of Division to apply for and accept gifts, grants and bequests; disposition of money; administration of account.

      1.  The Division may apply for and accept gifts, grants and bequests to carry out the provisions of this section and NRS 439.495.

      2.  Any money that is accepted by the Division pursuant to subsection 1 and any legislative appropriations made to carry out the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Program established pursuant to NRS 439.495 must be deposited in the State Treasury and accounted for separately in the State General Fund.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided by the terms of a gift, grant or bequest, expenditures from the account must be made only for carrying out the provisions of this section and NRS 439.495.

      4.  The Administrator shall administer the account.

      5.  Money in the account does not revert to the State General Fund at the end of a fiscal year. The interest and income earned on the money in the account, after deducting any applicable charges, must be credited to the account. Any claims against the account must be paid as other claims against the State are paid.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 304)

ARTHRITIS PREVENTION AND CONTROL PROGRAM

      NRS 439.501  Establishment.

      1.  Within the limitations of available funding, the Division shall establish the Arthritis Prevention and Control Program to increase public knowledge and raise public awareness relating to arthritis and to educate persons with arthritis, their families, health care professionals, providers of health care and the public on matters relating to arthritis, including, without limitation:

      (a) The causes and nature of arthritis;

      (b) The factors that increase the risk of a person developing arthritis and the importance of early diagnosis of arthritis;

      (c) The appropriate treatment of arthritis;

      (d) Effective strategies to prevent or delay the development of arthritis;

      (e) The prevention and management of pain caused by arthritis; and

      (f) Effective interventions to reduce disability and improve the quality of life of persons with arthritis.

      2.  The Arthritis Prevention and Control Program must be established in accordance with the objectives set forth in the National Arthritis Action Plan established by the Arthritis Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 1343)

      NRS 439.503  Advisory Committee: Establishment; appointment, terms and compensation of members; quorum; Chair; meetings.

      1.  Within the limitations of available funding, the Division shall establish the Advisory Committee on the Arthritis Prevention and Control Program established pursuant to NRS 439.501 to make recommendations to the Division concerning the Arthritis Prevention and Control Program.

      2.  The Administrator shall:

      (a) Solicit recommendations for the appointment of members to the Advisory Committee on the Arthritis Prevention and Control Program from organizations that are representative of a broad range of persons with arthritis and organizations interested in the issues affecting persons with arthritis; and

      (b) Appoint to the Advisory Committee such members as the Administrator deems appropriate, including, without limitation, one or more persons who are representative of:

             (1) Persons with arthritis;

             (2) Public health care professionals and educators;

             (3) Medical experts on arthritis;

             (4) Providers of health care who provide services related to arthritis;

             (5) Persons knowledgeable in promoting and educating the public on health issues; and

             (6) National arthritis and other public health organizations and their local or state chapters.

      3.  After the initial term, the term of each member is 2 years. A member may be reappointed.

      4.  Members of the Advisory Committee serve without compensation, except that each member is entitled, while engaged in the business of the Advisory Committee and within the limitations of available funding, to the per diem allowance and travel expenses provided for state officers and employees generally.

      5.  A majority of the members of the Advisory Committee constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business, and a majority of a quorum present at any meeting is sufficient for any official action taken by the Advisory Committee.

      6.  The Advisory Committee shall:

      (a) At its first meeting and annually thereafter, elect a Chair from among its members; and

      (b) Meet at the call of the Administrator, the Chair or a majority of its members quarterly or as is necessary, within the budget of the Advisory Committee, to provide the Administrator with appropriate assistance to carry out the Arthritis Prevention and Control Program.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 1344)

      NRS 439.505  Duties of Division.  To carry out the purposes of the Arthritis Prevention and Control Program established pursuant to NRS 439.501, the Division shall, within the limitations of available funding:

      1.  Establish a solid scientific database of the most current information on the prevention of arthritis and related disabilities using information obtained through surveillance, epidemiology and research relating to the prevention of arthritis, and use the database in carrying out the Program;

      2.  Provide educational materials and information on research concerning matters relating to arthritis to persons with arthritis, their families, health care professionals, providers of health care and the public, including, without limitation, materials and information concerning programs and services available to the public and strategies for the prevention and control of arthritis;

      3.  Identify and use educational and training resources and services developed by organizations with appropriate expertise in and knowledge of arthritis, including, without limitation, any available technical assistance;

      4.  Increase awareness about the prevention, detection and treatment of arthritis among state and local governmental officials who are responsible for matters relating to public health, health care professionals, providers of health care and policymakers;

      5.  Coordinate state and local programs and services to reduce the public health burdens that result from arthritis;

      6.  Work to improve the quality of life of persons with arthritis and their families while containing the costs of health care services by providing lasting improvements in the delivery of health care services to persons with arthritis;

      7.  Work with other governmental agencies, national health organizations and their local and state chapters, community and business leaders, community organizations and providers of health care and other persons who provide services to persons with arthritis to:

      (a) Coordinate the work of the Program with the work of these agencies, organizations and persons; and

      (b) Maximize the resources of state and local governments in the efforts toward educating the public about arthritis, including, without limitation, preventing, detecting, managing the pain caused by, and treating arthritis;

      8.  Provide sufficient staff from the Division and provide the appropriate training and education for the staff to administer the Program;

      9.  Evaluate the need to improve the quality and accessibility of arthritis services that exist in communities in this state; and

      10.  Conduct an assessment of the services provided for persons with arthritis in this state and the public awareness in this state of issues concerning arthritis, including, without limitation:

      (a) Any epidemiological and other research concerning arthritis being conducted in this state;

      (b) Any available technical assistance and educational materials and programs concerning arthritis that are available nationwide or within this state;

      (c) The level of public awareness and awareness of health care professionals and providers of health care concerning the prevention, detection and treatment of arthritis;

      (d) The needs of persons with arthritis and their families or caregivers;

      (e) The educational and other needs of providers of health care who provide services to persons with arthritis;

      (f) The services and education available to persons with arthritis, including, without limitation, services for the treatment and management of arthritis;

      (g) Any programs or services that improve the quality of life, lower health care costs and expand the physical capabilities of those affected by arthritis; and

      (h) The existence of services for the rehabilitation of persons with arthritis.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 1344)

      NRS 439.507  Powers of Division to enter into contracts, to apply for and accept gifts, donations, bequests and grants and to apply for federal waivers; disposition of money; administration of account.

      1.  The Division may:

      (a) Within the limitations of available funding, enter into contracts for any services necessary to carry out or assist the Division in carrying out NRS 439.501 to 439.507, inclusive, with public or private entities that have the appropriate expertise to provide such services;

      (b) Apply for and accept any gift, donation, bequest, grant or other source of money to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.501 to 439.507, inclusive; and

      (c) Apply for any waiver from the Federal Government that may be necessary to maximize the amount of money this state may obtain from the Federal Government to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.501 to 439.507, inclusive.

      2.  Any money that is appropriated to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.501 to 439.507, inclusive:

      (a) Must be deposited in the State Treasury and accounted for separately in the State General Fund; and

      (b) May only be used to carry out those provisions.

      3.  The Administrator shall administer the account. Any interest or income earned on the money in the account must be credited to the account. Any claims against the account must be paid as other claims against the State are paid.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 1346; A 2013, 3040)

TASK FORCE ON ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

      NRS 439.508  Definitions. [Effective through June 30, 2017.]  As used in NRS 439.508 to 439.5085, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 439.5081 and 439.5082 have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2254)

      NRS 439.5081  “State plan” defined. [Effective through June 30, 2017.]  “State plan” means the state plan to address Alzheimer’s disease developed pursuant to NRS 439.5085.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2254)

      NRS 439.5082  “Task Force” defined. [Effective through June 30, 2017.]  “Task Force” means the Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease created by NRS 439.5083.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2254)

      NRS 439.5083  Creation; appointment, qualifications and terms of members; members serve without compensation except per diem; alternates. [Effective through June 30, 2017.]

      1.  The Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease is hereby created within the Department of Health and Human Services.

      2.  The Director shall appoint to the Task Force the following eight voting members:

      (a) A representative from an association that provides services to persons with Alzheimer’s disease;

      (b) A medical professional with expertise in cognitive disorders;

      (c) A representative of caregivers for persons with cognitive disorders;

      (d) A representative of the Nevada System of Higher Education with expertise in cognitive disorders;

      (e) A representative of providers of service for persons with cognitive disorders;

      (f) A representative from a rural area of this State;

      (g) A representative from the Department; and

      (h) A member at large.

      3.  The Legislative Commission shall appoint to the Task Force the following two voting members:

      (a) One member of the Senate; and

      (b) One member of the Assembly.

      4.  After the initial terms, the members of the Task Force serve terms of 2 years. A member may be reappointed to the Task Force and any vacancy must be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.

      5.  The members of the Task Force serve without compensation, except that each member is entitled, while engaged in the business of the Task Force and within the limits of available money, to the per diem allowance and travel expenses provided for state officers and employees generally.

      6.  Not later than 30 days after appointment, each member of the Task Force appointed pursuant to subsection 2 shall nominate two persons to serve as his or her alternate members and submit the names of the persons nominated to the Director for appointment. An alternate member shall serve as a voting member of the Task Force when the appointed member who nominated the alternate is disqualified or unable to serve.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2254)

      NRS 439.5084  Chair and Vice Chair; meetings; quorum; members appointed by Director serve at pleasure of Director. [Effective through June 30, 2017.]

      1.  The members of the Task Force shall elect a Chair and a Vice Chair by a majority vote. After the initial election, the Chair and Vice Chair serve for a term of 1 year beginning on July 1 of each year. If the position of Chair or Vice Chair becomes vacant, the members of the Task Force shall elect a Chair or Vice Chair, as appropriate, from among its members for the remainder of the unexpired term.

      2.  The members of the Task Force shall meet at least once each quarter at the call of the Chair. The Task Force shall prescribe regulations for its own management and government.

      3.  A majority of the members of the Task Force constitutes a quorum, and a quorum may exercise all the powers conferred on the Task Force.

      4.  Each member of the Task Force who is appointed pursuant to subsection 2 of NRS 439.5083 serves at the pleasure of the Director.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2255)

      NRS 439.5085  Duties; submission of annual report to Governor and Legislature; support and assistance of Department; gifts, grants and donations. [Effective through June 30, 2017.]

      1.  The Task Force shall:

      (a) Develop a state plan to address Alzheimer’s disease;

      (b) Monitor the progress in carrying out the state plan;

      (c) Review and revise the state plan as necessary;

      (d) Develop and prioritize the actions necessary to carry out the state plan;

      (e) Research and review any other issues that are relevant to Alzheimer’s disease; and

      (f) On or before February 1 of each year, prepare and submit a report to the Governor and to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the Legislature concerning its findings and recommendations.

      2.  For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of NRS 439.508 to 439.5085, inclusive, the Department:

      (a) Shall provide the personnel, facilities, equipment and supplies required by the Task Force;

      (b) May accept any gifts, grants and donations; and

      (c) May enter into contracts and award grants.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2255)

COMMITTEE TO REVIEW SUICIDE FATALITIES

      NRS 439.5102  “Committee” defined.  As used in NRS 439.5102 to 439.5108, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, “Committee” means the Committee to Review Suicide Fatalities created by NRS 439.5104.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 364)

      NRS 439.5104  Creation; appointment, qualification and terms of members; vacancies.

      1.  The Committee to Review Suicide Fatalities is hereby created within the Department. The Committee must consist of the following 10 members appointed by the Director:

      (a) A county coroner or medical examiner or his or her designee;

      (b) One person who represents providers of health care;

      (c) One person who represents organizations having expertise in suicide prevention;

      (d) One person who represents organizations having expertise in the treatment of substance abuse and prevention;

      (e) One person who represents mental health agencies;

      (f) One person who represents law enforcement;

      (g) One person who represents injury prevention;

      (h) One person who represents Native American tribes;

      (i) One person who represents advocates for individuals and families with mental illness; and

      (j) One person who represents veterans.

      2.  After the initial term, each member of the Committee shall serve for a term of 3 years and may be reappointed. Each member of the Committee serves at the pleasure of the Director. If a vacancy occurs, the Director shall appoint a new member to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as the initial appointment.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 364)

      NRS 439.5106  Powers and duties.

      1.  The Committee:

      (a) Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, shall adopt a written protocol setting forth the suicide fatalities in this State which must be reported to the Committee and screened for review by the Committee and the suicide fatalities in this State which the Committee may reject for review. The Committee shall not review any case in which litigation is pending.

      (b) May review any accidental death which the Committee determines may assist in suicide prevention efforts in this State.

      (c) May establish differing levels of review, including, without limitation, a comprehensive or limited review depending upon the nature of the incident or the purpose of the review.

      2.  The Committee shall obtain and use any data or other information to:

      (a) Review suicide fatalities in this State to determine trends, risk factors and strategies for prevention;

      (b) Determine and prepare reports concerning trends and patterns of suicide fatalities in this State;

      (c) Identify and evaluate the prevalence of risk factors for preventable suicide fatalities in this State;

      (d) Evaluate and prepare reports concerning high-risk factors, current practices, lapses in systematic responses and barriers to the safety and well-being of persons who are at risk of suicide in this State; and

      (e) Recommend any improvement in sources of information relating to investigating reported suicide fatalities and preventing suicide in this State.

      3.  In conducting a review of a suicide fatality in this State, the Committee shall, to the greatest extent practicable, consult and cooperate with:

      (a) The Coordinator of the Statewide Program for Suicide Prevention employed pursuant to NRS 439.511;

      (b) Each trainer for suicide prevention employed pursuant to NRS 439.513; and

      (c) A multidisciplinary team:

             (1) To review the death of the victim of a crime that constitutes domestic violence organized or sponsored pursuant to NRS 217.475 or 228.495;

             (2) To review the death of a child organized pursuant to NRS 432B.405; and

             (3) To oversee the review of the death of a child organized pursuant to NRS 432B.4075.

      4.  Any review conducted by the Committee pursuant to NRS 439.5102 to 439.5108, inclusive, is separate from, independent of and in addition to any investigation or review which is required or authorized by law to be conducted, including, without limitation, any investigation conducted by a coroner or coroner’s deputy pursuant to NRS 259.050.

      5.  To conduct a review pursuant to NRS 439.5102 to 439.5108, inclusive, the Committee may access information, including, without limitation:

      (a) Any investigative information obtained by a law enforcement agency relating to a death;

      (b) Any records from an autopsy or an investigation conducted by a coroner or coroner’s deputy relating to a death;

      (c) Any medical or mental health records of a decedent;

      (d) Any records relating to social or rehabilitative services provided to a decedent; and

      (e) Any records of a social services agency which has provided services to a decedent.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 364)

      NRS 439.5108  Powers; submission of annual report to Director; confidentiality of information and records.

      1.  The Committee may:

      (a) Conduct investigations and hold hearings in connection with carrying out the provisions of NRS 439.5102 to 439.5108, inclusive.

      (b) If appropriate, meet and share information with any person or team specified in subsection 3 of NRS 439.5106.

      (c) Petition a district court for the issuance of, and the district court may issue, a subpoena to compel the production of any books, records or papers relevant to any suicide fatality in this State that is the subject of a review conducted by the Committee. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 239.0115, any books, records or papers received by the Committee pursuant to the subpoena shall be deemed confidential and privileged and not subject to disclosure.

      (d) Propose recommended legislation concerning suicide fatalities in this State.

      (e) Issue a special report to notify the appropriate authorities or members of the public concerning the need to take any prompt corrective action concerning suicide fatalities in this State.

      (f) Engage in any other activity required by the Director concerning suicide fatalities in this State.

      2.  The Committee shall annually submit to the Director a report concerning the activities of the Committee. The report must include, without limitation, a statement setting forth:

      (a) Any trends or patterns in suicide fatalities in this State or serious injuries or risk factors concerning those fatalities; and

      (b) In addition to any recommendation made pursuant to NRS 439.5106, any recommendations for changes in any law, policy or practice that may assist the Committee in preventing suicide fatalities in this State or related serious occurrences.

      3.  A report submitted pursuant to subsection 2 must not include any confidential or privileged information.

      4.  Except as otherwise provided in this section and NRS 239.0115, any information acquired by or any records of the Committee are confidential, must not be disclosed and are not subject to subpoena, discovery or introduction into evidence in any civil or criminal proceeding.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 365)

STATEWIDE PROGRAM FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION

      NRS 439.511  Creation; purposes; employment of Coordinator; qualifications of Coordinator; duties of Coordinator.

      1.  There is hereby created within the Department a Statewide Program for Suicide Prevention. The Department shall implement the Statewide Program for Suicide Prevention, which must, without limitation:

      (a) Create public awareness for issues relating to suicide prevention;

      (b) Build community networks; and

      (c) Carry out training programs for suicide prevention for law enforcement personnel, providers of health care, school employees and other persons who have contact with persons at risk of suicide.

      2.  The Director shall employ a Coordinator of the Statewide Program for Suicide Prevention. The Coordinator:

      (a) Must have at least the following education and experience:

             (1) A bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling or a closely related field and 5 years or more of work experience in behavioral health or a closely related field; or

             (2) A master’s degree or a doctoral degree in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, public health or a closely related field and 2 years or more of work experience in behavioral health or a closely related field.

      (b) Should have as many of the following characteristics as possible:

             (1) Significant professional experience in social services, mental health or a closely related field;

             (2) Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, methods of facilitation, community development, behavioral health treatment and prevention programs, and community-based behavioral health problems;

             (3) Experience in working with diverse community groups and constituents; and

             (4) Experience in writing grants and technical reports.

      3.  The Coordinator shall:

      (a) Provide educational activities to the general public relating to suicide prevention;

      (b) Provide training to persons who, as part of their usual routine, have face-to-face contact with persons who may be at risk of suicide, including, without limitation, training to recognize persons at risk of suicide and providing information on how to refer those persons for treatment or supporting services, as appropriate;

      (c) Develop and carry out public awareness and media campaigns in each county targeting groups of persons who are at risk of suicide;

      (d) Enhance crisis services relating to suicide prevention;

      (e) Link persons trained in the assessment of and intervention in suicide with schools, public community centers, nursing homes and other facilities serving persons most at risk of suicide;

      (f) Coordinate the establishment of local advisory groups in each county to support the efforts of the Statewide Program;

      (g) Work with groups advocating suicide prevention, community coalitions, managers of existing crisis hotlines that are nationally accredited or certified, and staff members of mental health agencies in this State to identify and address the barriers that interfere with providing services to groups of persons who are at risk of suicide, including, without limitation, elderly persons, Native Americans, youths and residents of rural communities;

      (h) Develop and maintain an Internet or network site with links to appropriate resource documents, suicide hotlines that are nationally accredited or certified, licensed professional personnel, state and local mental health agencies and appropriate national organizations;

      (i) Review current research on data collection for factors related to suicide and develop recommendations for improved systems of surveillance and uniform collection of data;

      (j) Develop and submit proposals for funding from agencies of the Federal Government and nongovernmental organizations; and

      (k) Oversee and provide technical assistance to each person employed to act as a trainer for suicide prevention pursuant to NRS 439.513.

      4.  As used in this section:

      (a) “Internet or network site” means any identifiable site on the Internet or on a network and includes, without limitation:

             (1) A website or other similar site on the World Wide Web;

             (2) A site that is identifiable through a Uniform Resource Locator; and

             (3) A site on a network that is owned, operated, administered or controlled by a provider of Internet service.

      (b) “Systems of surveillance” means systems pursuant to which the health conditions of the general public are regularly monitored through systematic collection, evaluation and reporting of measurable information to identify and understand trends relating to suicide.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 2652; A 2013, 366)

      NRS 439.513  Employment of trainer for suicide prevention; qualifications; duties.

      1.  The Coordinator of the Statewide Program for Suicide Prevention shall employ at least one person to act as a trainer for suicide prevention and facilitator for networking for Southern Nevada.

      2.  Each trainer for suicide prevention:

      (a) Must have at least the following education and experience:

             (1) Three years or more of experience in providing education and training relating to suicide prevention to diverse community groups; or

             (2) A bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree in social work, public health, psychology, sociology, counseling or a closely related field and 2 years or more of experience in providing education and training relating to suicide prevention.

      (b) Should have as many of the following characteristics as possible:

             (1) Significant knowledge and experience relating to suicide and suicide prevention;

             (2) Knowledge of methods of facilitation, networking and community-based suicide prevention programs;

             (3) Experience in working with diverse community groups and constituents; and

             (4) Experience in providing suicide awareness information and suicide prevention training.

      3.  At least one trainer for suicide prevention must be based in a county whose population is 700,000 or more.

      4.  Each trainer for suicide prevention shall:

      (a) Assist the Coordinator of the Statewide Program for Suicide Prevention in disseminating and carrying out the Statewide Program in the county in which the trainer for suicide prevention is based;

      (b) Provide information and training relating to suicide prevention to emergency medical personnel, providers of health care, mental health agencies, social service agencies, churches, public health clinics, school districts, law enforcement agencies and other similar community organizations in the county in which the trainer for suicide prevention is based;

      (c) Assist the Coordinator of the Statewide Program for Suicide Prevention in developing and carrying out public awareness and media campaigns targeting groups of persons who are at risk of suicide in the county in which the trainer for suicide prevention is based;

      (d) Assist in developing a network of community-based programs for suicide prevention in the county in which the trainer for suicide prevention is based, including, without limitation, establishing one or more local advisory groups for suicide prevention; and

      (e) Facilitate the sharing of information and the building of consensuses among multiple constituent groups in the county in which the trainer for suicide prevention is based, including, without limitation, public agencies, community organizations, advocacy groups for suicide prevention, mental health providers and representatives of the various groups that are at risk for suicide.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 2653; A 2011, 1256; 2013, 368)

STATE PROGRAM FOR WELLNESS AND THE PREVENTION OF CHRONIC DISEASE

      NRS 439.514  Definitions.  As used in NRS 439.514 to 439.525, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 439.515 and 439.516 have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 232)

      NRS 439.515  “Advisory Council” defined.  “Advisory Council” means the Advisory Council on the State Program for Wellness and the Prevention of Chronic Disease.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 232; A 2013, 441)

      NRS 439.516  “Program” defined.  “Program” means the State Program for Wellness and the Prevention of Chronic Disease.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 232; A 2013, 441)

      NRS 439.517  Establishment; purpose.  Within the limits of available money, the Division shall establish the State Program for Wellness and the Prevention of Chronic Disease to increase public knowledge and raise public awareness relating to wellness and chronic diseases and to educate the residents of this State about:

      1.  Wellness, including, without limitation, behavioral health, proper nutrition, maintaining oral health, increasing physical fitness, preventing obesity and tobacco use; and

      2.  The prevention of chronic diseases, including, without limitation, asthma, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and oral disease.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 232; A 2013, 441)

      NRS 439.518  Advisory Council: Establishment; purpose; appointment of members.

      1.  Within the limits of available money, the Division shall establish the Advisory Council on the State Program for Wellness and the Prevention of Chronic Disease to advise and make recommendations to the Division concerning the Program.

      2.  The Administrator shall appoint to the Advisory Council the following 13 voting members:

      (a) The Chief Medical Officer or the designee of the Chief Medical Officer;

      (b) The Superintendent of Public Instruction or the designee of the Superintendent;

      (c) One representative of the health insurance industry;

      (d) One provider of health care;

      (e) One representative of the Nevada Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance or its successor organization;

      (f) Three representatives of organizations committed to the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases;

      (g) One registered dietitian;

      (h) One representative who is a member of a racial or ethnic minority group appointed from a list of persons submitted to the Administrator by the Advisory Committee of the Office of Minority Health within the Office for Consumer Health Assistance of the Department;

      (i) One representative of private employers in this State who has experience in matters relating to employment and human resources;

      (j) One representative of a local health authority; and

      (k) One representative of the Nevada System of Higher Education from a list of persons submitted to the Administrator by the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada.

      3.  The Legislative Commission shall appoint to the Advisory Council the following two voting members:

      (a) One member of the Senate; and

      (b) One member of the Assembly.

      4.  A majority of the voting members of the Advisory Council may appoint nonvoting members to the Advisory Council.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 233; A 2009, 2254; 2013, 441)

      NRS 439.519  Advisory Council: Terms; Chair; appointment of committees and subcommittees; removal of nonlegislative members; administrative support; quorum; meetings; compensation.

      1.  The members of the Advisory Council serve terms of 2 years. A member may be reappointed to serve not more than two additional, consecutive terms.

      2.  A majority of the voting members of the Advisory Council shall select a Chair and a Vice Chair of the Advisory Council.

      3.  A majority of the voting members of the Advisory Council may:

      (a) Appoint committees or subcommittees to study issues relating to wellness and the prevention of chronic disease.

      (b) Remove a nonlegislative member of the Advisory Council for failing to carry out the business of, or serve the best interests of, the Advisory Council.

      4.  The Division shall, within the limits of available money, provide the necessary professional staff and a secretary for the Advisory Council.

      5.  A majority of the voting members of the Advisory Council constitutes a quorum to transact all business, and a majority of those voting members present, physically or via telecommunications, must concur in any decision.

      6.  The Advisory Council shall, within the limits of available money, meet at the call of the Administrator, the Chair or a majority of the voting members of the Advisory Council quarterly or as is necessary.

      7.  The members of the Advisory Council serve without compensation, except that each member is entitled, while engaged in the business of the Advisory Council and within the limits of available money, to the per diem allowance and travel expenses provided for state officers and employees generally.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 233; A 2009, 2255; 2013, 442)

      NRS 439.521  Duties of Division.  To carry out the provisions of NRS 439.514 to 439.525, inclusive, the Division shall, within the limits of available money, and with the advice and recommendations of the Advisory Council:

      1.  Periodically prepare burden reports concerning health problems and diseases, including, without limitation, a lack of physical fitness, poor nutrition, tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke, obesity, chronic diseases and other diseases, as determined by the Division, using the most recent information obtained through surveillance, epidemiology and research. As used in this subsection, “burden report” means a calculation of the impact of a particular health problem or chronic disease on this State, as measured by financial cost, mortality, morbidity or other indicators specified by the Division.

      2.  Identify, review and encourage, in coordination with the Department of Education, the Nevada System of Higher Education and other appropriate state agencies, existing evidence-based programs related to nutrition, physical fitness and tobacco prevention and cessation, including, without limitation, programs of state and local governments, educational institutions, businesses and the general public.

      3.  Develop, promote and coordinate recommendations for model and evidence-based programs that contribute to reductions in the incidence of chronic disease in this State. The programs should encourage:

      (a) Proper nutrition, physical fitness and health among the residents of this State, including, without limitation, parents and children, senior citizens, high-risk populations and persons with special needs; and

      (b) Work-site wellness policies that include, without limitation, tobacco-free and breast feeding-friendly environments, healthy food and beverage choices and physical activity opportunities in schools, businesses and public buildings.

      4.  Assist on projects within this State as requested by, and in coordination with, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

      5.  Identify and review methods for reducing health care costs associated with tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke, obesity, chronic diseases and other diseases, as determined by the Division.

      6.  Maintain a website to provide information and resources on nutrition, physical fitness, health, wellness and the prevention of obesity and chronic diseases.

      7.  Solicit information from and, to the extent feasible, coordinate its efforts with:

      (a) Other governmental agencies;

      (b) National health organizations and their local and state chapters;

      (c) Community and business leaders;

      (d) Community organizations;

      (e) Providers of health care;

      (f) Private schools; and

      (g) Other persons who provide services relating to tobacco use and exposure, physical fitness and wellness and the prevention of obesity, chronic diseases and other diseases.

      8.  Establish, maintain and enhance statewide chronic disease surveillance systems.

      9.  Translate surveillance, evaluation and research information into press releases, briefs, community education and advocacy materials and other publications that highlight chronic diseases and the key risk factors of those diseases.

      10.  Identify, assist and encourage the growth of, through funding, training, resources and other support, the community’s capacity to assist persons who have a chronic disease.

      11.  Encourage relevant community organizations to effectively recruit key population groups to receive clinical preventative services, including, without limitation:

      (a) Screening and early detection of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity;

      (b) Oral screenings; and

      (c) Tobacco cessation counseling.

      12.  Promote positive policy, system and environmental changes within communities and the health care system based on, without limitation, the Chronic Care Model developed by the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation and the Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Program of the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

      13.  Review and revise the Program as needed.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 233; A 2013, 442)

      NRS 439.522  Public hearings.  The Division may, within the limits of available money, hold public hearings at such times and places as it determines necessary to provide the general public and representatives of governmental agencies and organizations interested in the Program or issues affecting wellness and the prevention of chronic disease an opportunity to present relevant information and recommendations.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 234; A 2013, 444)

      NRS 439.523  Authority of Division to enter into contracts and award grants.  The Division may, within the limits of available money, enter into contracts with or award grants to public or private entities that have the appropriate expertise to provide any services necessary to carry out or assist the Division in carrying out the provisions of NRS 439.514 to 439.525, inclusive.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 234; A 2009, 2255)

      NRS 439.524  Submission of annual report to Governor and Legislature.  Repealed. (See chapter 337, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 1634.)

 

      NRS 439.525  Gifts, grants and contributions: Accounting; use; administration.

      1.  The Division may apply for and accept any available gift, donation, bequest, grant or other source of money to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.514 to 439.525, inclusive.

      2.  Any money that is accepted by the Division pursuant to subsection 1 must be deposited in the State Treasury and accounted for separately in the State General Fund.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided by the terms of a gift, donation, bequest or grant, expenditures from the account must be made only for carrying out the provisions of NRS 439.514 to 439.525, inclusive.

      4.  The Administrator shall administer the account created pursuant to subsection 2. Money in the account does not lapse to the State General Fund at the end of a fiscal year. The interest and income earned on the money in the account, after deducting any applicable charges, must be credited to the account. Any claims against the account must be paid as other claims against the State are paid.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 234)

COMMITTEE ON CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS

      NRS 439.526  “Co-occurring disorders” defined.  Repealed. (See chapter 63, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 219.)

 

      NRS 439.527  Creation; appointment and qualifications of members; election of Chair and Vice Chair; terms of members; vacancies; compensation of members; members holding public office or employed by governmental entity; meetings; quorum.  Repealed. (See chapter 63, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 219.)

 

      NRS 439.528  Duties.  Repealed. (See chapter 63, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at page 219.)

 

PROGRAM TO TREAT PERSONS WITH HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS OR ACQUIRED IMMUNODEFICIENCY SYNDROME

      NRS 439.529  Administration; duties of Director; use of other programs; prohibition against commingling of money; money for program to be accounted for separately.

      1.  The Department may, to the extent that money is available, administer a program pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §§ 300ff-21 et seq. to provide therapeutics to treat certain persons who have been diagnosed with the human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and to prevent the serious deterioration of the health of such persons. The program may include the provision of subsidies and pharmaceutical services.

      2.  The Director shall:

      (a) Establish the criteria for eligibility for participation in the program administered pursuant to this section, which must be in accordance with the provisions of 42 U.S.C. §§ 300ff-21 et seq.; and

      (b) Prescribe the manner in which the program will be administered and services will be provided.

      3.  The Department may use any other program administered by the Department to facilitate the provision of subsidies and services pursuant to this section, including, without limitation, the provision of subsidies for pharmaceutical services to persons with disabilities pursuant to NRS 439.705 to 439.795, inclusive. If the Department uses another program to facilitate the provision of subsidies and services pursuant to this section, the Department shall not commingle the money available to carry out the provisions of this section and the money available to carry out the other program.

      4.  Money available to carry out the provisions of this section must be accounted for separately by the Department.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 2336)

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

      NRS 439.530  Treatment by prayer, mental or spiritual means; no compulsion to submit to medical treatment.  None of the provisions of this chapter or the laws of this State regulating the practice of medicine or healing shall be construed to interfere with treatment by prayer or with any person who administers to or treats the sick or suffering by mental or spiritual means, nor shall any person who selects such treatment for the cure of disease be compelled to submit to any form of medical treatment, nor shall any such person be removed to any isolation hospital or camp without his or her consent if the sanitary and quarantine laws of the State are complied with.

      [8:199:1911; added 1919, 221; 1919 RL p. 2894; NCL § 5276]

      NRS 439.535  Clinic for immunization of children: Availability; immunity of personnel from criminal and civil liability.

      1.  Clinics for the immunization of children for the diseases enumerated in NRS 392.435, 394.192 and 432A.230 must be held by the county, city, town or district boards of health, as the case may be, not less than 1 month before the opening date of the school year in the respective counties, cities and towns within the State.

      2.  Qualified personnel of any clinic who administer vaccines or boosters pursuant to this section in good faith and without gross negligence are immune from civil and criminal liability.

      (Added to NRS by 1979, 316)

      NRS 439.537  Unlawful use of words or letters designating person as licensed or registered dietitian; penalty.

      1.  A person shall not use in connection with his or her name the words or letters “Dietitian,” “Licensed Dietitian,” “Registered Dietitian,” “L.D.,” “R.D.” or any other title, word, letter or other designation intended to designate that the person is a licensed or registered dietitian without being registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, a member of the National Commission on Health Certifying Agencies, or its successor organization.

      2.  Any person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2528)

      NRS 439.538  Electronic transmission of health information: Exemption from state law concerning privacy or confidentiality of certain health information; ability of person to opt out of electronic disclosure of certain health information.

      1.  If a covered entity transmits electronically individually identifiable health information in compliance with the provisions of:

      (a) The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191; and

      (b) NRS 439.581 to 439.595, inclusive, and the regulations adopted pursuant thereto,

Ê which govern the electronic transmission of such information, the covered entity is, for purposes of the electronic transmission, exempt from any state law that contains more stringent requirements or provisions concerning the privacy or confidentiality of individually identifiable health information.

      2.  A covered entity that makes individually identifiable health information available electronically pursuant to subsection 1 shall allow any person to opt out of having his or her individually identifiable health information disclosed electronically to other covered entities, except:

      (a) As required by the administrative simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191.

      (b) As otherwise required by a state law.

      (c) That a person who is a recipient of Medicaid or insurance pursuant to the Children’s Health Insurance Program may not opt out of having his or her individually identifiable health information disclosed electronically.

      3.  As used in this section, “covered entity” has the meaning ascribed to it in 45 C.F.R. § 160.103.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 1977; A 2011, 1759)

      NRS 439.540  Chapter does not alter powers of Commissioner of Food and Drugs or powers of State Dairy Commission.  Nothing contained in this chapter may be construed as modifying or altering the powers conferred by law upon the Commissioner of Food and Drugs with respect to the adulteration, mislabeling or misbranding of foods, drugs, medicines and liquors, or the powers conferred by law upon the State Dairy Commission with respect to the weighing and testing of dairy products to prevent fraud.

      [41:199:1911; added 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5268.07]—(NRS A 2001, 2439)

      NRS 439.550  Strict enforcement of chapter by local health officer.

      1.  Each local health officer is charged with the strict and thorough enforcement of the provisions of this chapter in the jurisdiction of the health officer, under the supervision and direction of the Division.

      2.  Each local health officer, under the direction and supervision of the Division, shall enforce all provisions of law requiring the immunization of children in the public schools, private schools and child care facilities in the jurisdiction of the health officer and, after consulting boards of trustees of school districts, private school officials and operators of child care facilities, shall adopt regulations for the enforcement of those provisions, including the establishment of time limits and schedules for the immunization of children at various grade levels.

      3.  Each local health officer shall make reports to the Division of any violation coming to his or her notice by observation or upon complaint of any person or otherwise.

      [Part 22:199:1911; RL § 2973; NCL § 5256]—(NRS A 1963, 942; 1969, 1018; 1979, 317)

      NRS 439.560  Enforcement of chapter by public officers.  All health officers, local boards of health, sheriffs, constables, police officers, marshals, all persons in charge of public buildings and institutions, and all other public officers and employees shall respect and enforce this chapter, all provisions of law requiring the immunization of children in public schools, private schools and child care facilities, and all lawful rules, orders and regulations adopted in pursuance thereof in every particular affecting their respective localities and duties.

      [37:199:1911; added 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5268.03]—(NRS A 1979, 317)

      NRS 439.565  Injunctions against violations.

      1.  Any person, corporation, firm, partnership, joint stock company, or any other association or organization which violates or proposes to violate this chapter, provisions of law requiring the immunization of children in public schools, private schools and child care facilities, any regulation of the State Board of Health or any regulation of a county, district or city board of health approved by the State Board of Health pursuant to this chapter may be enjoined by any court of competent jurisdiction.

      2.  Actions for injunction under this section may be prosecuted by the Attorney General, any district attorney in this State or any retained counsel of any local board of health in the name and upon the complaint of the State Board of Health or any local board of health, or upon the complaint of the Chief Medical Officer or of any local health officer or his or her deputy.

      3.  A court may issue a permanent or temporary injunction, restraining order or other appropriate order pursuant to this section.

      (Added to NRS by 1973, 315; A 1979, 317; 2009, 552)

      NRS 439.570  Health authority may report violation to district attorney or Attorney General; initiation and prosecution of action.

      1.  When the health authority deems it necessary, the health authority shall report cases of violation of any of the provisions of this chapter or of provisions of law requiring the immunization of children in public schools, private schools and child care facilities, to the district attorney of the county, with a statement of the facts and circumstances. When any such case is reported to the district attorney by the health authority, the district attorney shall forthwith initiate and promptly follow up the necessary court proceedings against the person or corporation responsible for the alleged violation of law.

      2.  Upon request of the Division, the Attorney General shall assist in the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter and provisions of law requiring the immunization of children in public schools, private schools and child care facilities.

      [Part 22:199:1911; RL § 2973; NCL § 5256]—(NRS A 1963, 942; 1969, 1019; 1979, 317; 2013, 3042)

      NRS 439.580  Penalties.

      1.  Any local health officer or a deputy of a local health officer who neglects or fails to enforce the provisions of this chapter in his or her jurisdiction, or neglects or refuses to perform any of the duties imposed upon him or her by this chapter or by the instructions and directions of the Division shall be punished by a fine of not more than $250.

      2.  Each person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter or refuses or neglects to obey any lawful order, rule or regulation of the:

      (a) State Board of Health or violates any rule or regulation approved by the State Board of Health pursuant to NRS 439.350, 439.366, 439.410 and 439.460; or

      (b) Director adopted pursuant to NRS 439.538 or 439.581 to 439.595, inclusive,

Ê is guilty of a misdemeanor.

      [Part 21:199:1911; RL § 2972; NCL § 5255] + [39:199:1911; added 1939, 297; 1931 NCL § 5268.05]—(NRS A 1963, 942; 1967, 577; 1969, 880; 1973, 314; 1979, 1469; 2005, 2467; 2011, 1760; 2013, 3042)

STATEWIDE HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE SYSTEM

      NRS 439.581  Definitions.  As used in NRS 439.581 to 439.595, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 439.582 to 439.586, inclusive, have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1754)

      NRS 439.582  “Electronic health record” defined.  “Electronic health record” has the meaning ascribed to it in 42 U.S.C. § 17921(5).

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1754)

      NRS 439.583  “Health care provider” defined.  “Health care provider” has the meaning ascribed to it in 45 C.F.R. § 160.103.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1754)

      NRS 439.584  “Health information exchange” defined.  “Health information exchange” means an organization that provides for the electronic movement of health-related information across and among disparate organizations according to nationally recognized standards.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1754)

      NRS 439.585  “Person” defined.  “Person” means:

      1.  A natural person.

      2.  Any form of business or social organization and any other nongovernmental legal entity, including, without limitation, a corporation, partnership, association, trust or unincorporated organization.

      3.  A government, a political subdivision of a government or an agency or instrumentality of a government or of a political subdivision of a government.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1754)

      NRS 439.586  “Statewide health information exchange system” defined.  “Statewide health information exchange system” means the system established pursuant to NRS 439.581 to 439.595, inclusive, for the electronic movement, storage, analysis and exchange of electronic health records, health-related information and related data.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1755)

      NRS 439.587  Designation and duties of Director as state authority for health information technology; adoption of regulations and other necessary actions authorized.

      1.  The Director is the state authority for health information technology. The Director shall:

      (a) Establish a statewide health information exchange system, including, without limitation, establishing or contracting with a governing entity for the system pursuant to NRS 439.588, and ensuring the system complies with the specifications and protocols for exchanging electronic health records, health-related information and related data prescribed pursuant to the provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009, 42 U.S.C. §§ 300jj et seq. and 17901 et seq., and other applicable federal and state law;

      (b) Encourage the use of the statewide health information exchange system by health care providers, payers and patients;

      (c) Prescribe by regulation standards for the electronic transmittal of electronic health records, prescriptions, health-related information, electronic signatures and requirements for electronic equivalents of written entries or written approvals in accordance with federal law;

      (d) Prescribe by regulation rules governing the ownership, management and use of electronic health records, health-related information and related data in the statewide health information exchange system; and

      (e) Prescribe by regulation, in consultation with the State Board of Pharmacy, standards for the electronic transmission of prior authorizations for prescription medication using a health information exchange.

      2.  The Director may enter into contracts, apply for and accept available gifts, grants and donations, and adopt such regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.581 to 439.595, inclusive.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1755)

      NRS 439.588  Establishment or designation of governing entity; duties and authorized act of governing entity; meetings of governing body of governing entity; regulations for certification as health information exchange.

      1.  The Director shall establish or contract with not more than one nonprofit entity to govern the statewide health information exchange system. The Director shall by regulation prescribe the requirements for that governing entity.

      2.  The governing entity established or contracted with pursuant to this section:

      (a) Must comply with all federal and state laws governing such entities and health information exchanges.

      (b) Must have a governing body which complies with all relevant requirements of federal law and which consists of representatives of health care providers, insurers, patients, employers and others who represent interests related to electronic health records and health information exchanges.

      (c) Shall oversee and govern the exchange of electronic health records and health-related information within the statewide health information exchange system.

      (d) May, with the approval of the Director, hire or contract with a public or private entity to administer the statewide health information exchange system.

      (e) May enter into contracts with any health information exchange which is certified by the Director pursuant to subsection 4 to participate in the statewide health information exchange system. The governing entity shall not enter into a contract with a health information exchange that is not certified.

      (f) Is accountable to the Director, in his or her capacity as the state authority for health information technology, for carrying out the provisions of a contract entered into pursuant to this section.

      (g) May apply for and accept available gifts, grants and donations for the support of the governing entity and the statewide health information exchange system.

      3.  The governing body of the governing entity shall hold public meetings at such times as required by the Director. Such meetings must be conducted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 241 of NRS.

      4.  The Director shall by regulation establish the manner in which a health information exchange may apply for certification and the requirements for granting such certification, which must include, without limitation, that the health information exchange demonstrate its financial and operational sustainability.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1755)

      NRS 439.589  Adoption of regulations to prescribe standards relating to electronic health records, health-related information and system.

      1.  The Director shall by regulation prescribe standards:

      (a) To ensure that electronic health records and the statewide health information exchange system are secure;

      (b) To maintain the confidentiality of electronic health records and health-related information, including, without limitation, standards to maintain the confidentiality of electronic health records relating to a child who has received health care services without the consent of a parent or guardian and which ensure that a child’s right to access such health care services is not impaired;

      (c) To ensure the privacy of individually identifiable health information, including, without limitation, standards to ensure the privacy of information relating to a child who has received health care services without the consent of a parent or guardian;

      (d) For obtaining consent from a patient before transmitting the patient’s health records to the health information exchange system, including, without limitation, standards for obtaining such consent from a child who has received health care services without the consent of a parent or guardian;

      (e) For making any necessary corrections to information or records included in the statewide health information exchange system; and

      (f) For notifying a patient if the confidentiality of information contained in an electronic health record of the patient is breached.

      2.  The standards prescribed pursuant to this section must include, without limitation:

      (a) Training requirements for persons who work with electronic health records or the statewide health information exchange system;

      (b) Requirements for the creation, maintenance and transmittal of electronic health records;

      (c) Requirements for protecting confidentiality, including control over, access to and the collection, organization and maintenance of electronic health records, health-related information and individually identifiable health information;

      (d) Requirements for the manner in which the statewide health information exchange system will remove or exclude health records or any portion thereof upon the request of a person about whom the record pertains and the requirements for a person to make such a request;

      (e) A secure and traceable electronic audit system for identifying access points and trails to electronic health records and health information exchanges; and

      (f) Any other requirements necessary to comply with all applicable federal laws relating to electronic health records, health-related information, health information exchanges and the security and confidentiality of such records and exchanges.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1756)

      NRS 439.590  Requirements for participation in system; limitations on use, release or publication of certain information; penalty for unauthorized access to electronic health record, system or health information exchange; establishment of complaint system.

      1.  A health care provider, insurer or other payer that elects to participate in the statewide health information exchange system must agree to comply with all requirements prescribed by the Director and imposed by the governing entity established or contracted with pursuant to NRS 439.588.

      2.  A health care provider may not be required to participate in the statewide health information exchange system and may not be subject to any disciplinary action for electing not to participate in the system.

      3.  The Director may prohibit a person from participating in the statewide health information exchange system if the person does not comply with the provisions of NRS 439.581 to 439.595, inclusive, or the requirements prescribed by the Director and imposed by the governing entity established or contracted with pursuant to NRS 439.588.

      4.  Except as otherwise authorized by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191, a person shall not use, release or publish:

      (a) Individually identifiable health information from an electronic health record or the statewide health information exchange system for a purpose unrelated to the treatment, care, well-being or billing of the person who is the subject of the information; or

      (b) Any information contained in an electronic health record or the statewide health information exchange system for a marketing purpose.

      5.  Individually identifiable health information obtained from an electronic health record or the statewide health information exchange system concerning health care services received by a child without the consent of a parent or guardian of the child must not be disclosed to the parent or guardian of the child without the consent of the child which is obtained in the manner established pursuant to NRS 439.589.

      6.  A person who accesses an electronic health record, the statewide health information exchange system or a health information exchange without authority to do so is guilty of a misdemeanor and liable for any damages to any person that result from the unauthorized access.

      7.  The Director shall adopt regulations establishing the manner in which a person may file a complaint with the Director regarding a violation of the provisions of this section. The Director shall also post on the Internet website of the Department and publish in any other manner the Director deems necessary and appropriate information concerning the manner in which to file a complaint with the Director and the manner in which to file a complaint of a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1757)

      NRS 439.591  Patient not required to participate in health information exchange; notification to patient of breach of confidentiality of electronic health records or health information exchange; patient access to electronic health records.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2 of NRS 439.538, a patient must not be required to participate in a health information exchange. Before a patient’s health care records may be transmitted electronically or included in a health information exchange, the patient must be fully informed and consent, in the manner prescribed by the Director, to the transmittal or inclusion.

      2.  A patient must be notified in the manner prescribed by the Director of any breach of the confidentiality of electronic health records of the patient or a health information exchange.

      3.  A patient who consents to the inclusion of his or her electronic health record in a health information exchange may at any time request access to his or her electronic health record in accordance with the provisions of 45 C.F.R. § 164.526.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1759)

      NRS 439.592  Electronic health records, electronic signatures and electronically transmitted health information deemed to comply with certain writing and signature requirements; information maintained or transmitted in electronic health record or system deemed to comply with certain confidentiality requirements; exception.

      1.  Except as otherwise prohibited by federal law:

      (a) If a statute or regulation requires that a health care record, prescription, medical directive or other health-related document be in writing, or that such a record, prescription, directive or document be signed, an electronic health record, an electronic signature or the transmittal of health information in accordance with the provisions of NRS 439.581 to 439.595, inclusive, and the regulations adopted pursuant thereto shall be deemed to comply with the requirements of the statute or regulation.

      (b) If a statute or regulation requires that a health care record or information contained in a health care record be kept confidential, maintaining or transmitting that information in an electronic health record or the statewide health information exchange system in accordance with the provisions of NRS 439.581 to 439.595, inclusive, and the regulations adopted pursuant thereto concerning the confidentiality of records shall be deemed to comply with the requirements of the statute or regulation.

      2.  As used in this section, “health care record” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 629.021.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1759)

      NRS 439.593  Immunity from liability for health care provider who uses system.  A health care provider who with reasonable care relies upon an apparently genuine electronic health record accessed through the statewide health information exchange system to make a decision concerning the provision of health care to a patient is immune from civil or criminal liability for the decision if:

      1.  The electronic health record is inaccurate;

      2.  The inaccuracy was not caused by the health care provider;

      3.  The inaccuracy resulted in an inappropriate health care decision; and

      4.  The health care decision was appropriate based upon the information contained in the inaccurate electronic health record.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1758)

      NRS 439.594  Immunity from liability for governing entity, administrator of system and health information exchange.  The governing entity established or contracted with pursuant to NRS 439.588, a public or private entity with whom the governing entity contracts to administer the statewide health information system pursuant to NRS 439.588, and any health information exchange with which the governing entity contracts pursuant to NRS 439.588 that with reasonable care includes or causes to be included in the statewide health information exchange system apparently genuine health-related information that was provided to the governing entity, administrator or health information exchange, as applicable, is immune from civil and criminal liability for including the information in the statewide health information exchange system if reliance on that information by a health care provider results in an undesirable or adverse outcome if:

      1.  The information in the statewide health information exchange system mirrors the information that was provided to the governing entity, administrator or health information exchange;

      2.  The health care provider was informed of known risks associated with the quality and accuracy of information included in the statewide health information exchange system;

      3.  Any inaccuracy in the information included in the statewide health information exchange system was not caused by the governing entity, administrator or the health information exchange; and

      4.  The information in the statewide health information exchange system:

      (a) Was incomplete, if applicable, because a health care provider elected not to participate in the system; or

      (b) Was not available, if applicable, because of operational issues with the system, which may include, without limitation, maintenance or inoperability of the system.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1758)

      NRS 439.595  Provision of information to electronic health record or participation in health information exchange not unfair trade practice.  Providing information to an electronic health record or participating in a health information exchange in accordance with NRS 439.581 to 439.595, inclusive, does not constitute an unfair trade practice pursuant to chapter 598A or 686A of NRS.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1758)

ADMINISTRATION OF CERTAIN PROCEEDS FROM MANUFACTURERS OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS

General Provisions

      NRS 439.600  Legislative declaration.

      1.  The Legislature hereby declares that its priorities in expending the proceeds to the State of Nevada from settlement agreements with and civil actions against manufacturers of tobacco products are:

      (a) To increase the number of Nevada students who attend and graduate from Nevada institutions of higher education; and

      (b) To assist Nevada residents in obtaining and maintaining good health.

      2.  To further these priorities, the Legislature hereby declares that it is in the best interest of the residents of this State that all money received by the State of Nevada pursuant to any settlement entered into by the State of Nevada and a manufacturer of tobacco products and all money recovered by the State of Nevada from a judgment in a civil action against a manufacturer of tobacco products be dedicated solely toward the achievement of the following goals:

      (a) Increasing the number of Nevada residents who enroll in and attend a university, college or community college in the State of Nevada;

      (b) Reducing and preventing the use of tobacco products, alcohol and illegal drugs, especially by children;

      (c) Expanding the availability of health insurance and health care for children and adults in this State, especially for children and for adults with disabilities;

      (d) Assisting senior citizens and persons with disabilities who have modest incomes in purchasing prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and, to the extent money is available, other services, including, without limitation, dental and vision services, and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, and assisting those senior citizens and persons with disabilities in meeting their needs related to health care, home care, respite care and their ability to live independent of institutional care; and

      (e) Promoting the general health of all residents of the State of Nevada.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2755; A 2001, 1418; 2005, 1570; 2007, 2336)

Fund for a Healthy Nevada

      NRS 439.620  Creation and administration of Fund; appropriation and expenditure of contents.

      1.  The Fund for a Healthy Nevada is hereby created in the State Treasury. The State Treasurer shall deposit in the Fund:

      (a) Sixty percent of all money received by this State pursuant to any settlement entered into by the State of Nevada and a manufacturer of tobacco products; and

      (b) Sixty percent of all money recovered by this State from a judgment in a civil action against a manufacturer of tobacco products.

      2.  The State Treasurer shall administer the Fund. As administrator of the Fund, the State Treasurer:

      (a) Shall maintain the financial records of the Fund;

      (b) Shall invest the money in the Fund as the money in other state funds is invested;

      (c) Shall manage any account associated with the Fund;

      (d) Shall maintain any instruments that evidence investments made with the money in the Fund;

      (e) May contract with vendors for any good or service that is necessary to carry out the provisions of this section; and

      (f) May perform any other duties necessary to administer the Fund.

      3.  The interest and income earned on the money in the Fund must, after deducting any applicable charges, be credited to the Fund. All claims against the Fund must be paid as other claims against the State are paid.

      4.  The State Treasurer or the Department may submit to the Interim Finance Committee a request for an allocation for administrative expenses from the Fund pursuant to this section. Except as otherwise limited by this subsection, the Interim Finance Committee may allocate all or part of the money so requested. The annual allocation for administrative expenses from the Fund must:

      (a) Not exceed 2 percent of the money in the Fund, as calculated pursuant to this subsection, each year to pay the costs incurred by the State Treasurer to administer the Fund; and

      (b) Not exceed 5 percent of the money in the Fund, as calculated pursuant to this subsection, each year to pay the costs incurred by the Department, including, without limitation, the Aging and Disability Services Division of the Department, to carry out its duties set forth in NRS 439.630, to administer the provisions of NRS 439.635 to 439.690, inclusive, and NRS 439.705 to 439.795, inclusive.

Ê For the purposes of this subsection, the amount of money available for allocation to pay for the administrative costs must be calculated at the beginning of each fiscal year based on the total amount of money anticipated by the State Treasurer to be deposited in the Fund during that fiscal year.

      5.  The money in the Fund remains in the Fund and does not revert to the State General Fund at the end of any fiscal year.

      6.  All money that is deposited or paid into the Fund is hereby appropriated to be used for any purpose authorized by the Legislature or by the Department for expenditure or allocation in accordance with the provisions of NRS 439.630. Money expended from the Fund must not be used to supplant existing methods of funding that are available to public agencies.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2756; A 2001, 2668; 2003, 1748; 2005, 918, 1255, 1329, 2047; 2007, 2337; 2010, 26th Special Session, 17; 2011, 2868)

      NRS 439.630  Powers and duties of Department; eligibility of veterans for certain benefits or services available to senior citizens, persons with disabilities and other specified persons; submission of biennial report by Grants Management Advisory Committee, Nevada Commission on Aging and Nevada Commission on Services for Persons with Disabilities.

      1.  The Department shall:

      (a) Conduct, or require the Grants Management Advisory Committee created by NRS 232.383 to conduct, public hearings to accept public testimony from a wide variety of sources and perspectives regarding existing or proposed programs that:

             (1) Promote public health;

             (2) Improve health services for children, senior citizens and persons with disabilities;

             (3) Reduce or prevent the abuse of and addiction to alcohol and drugs; and

             (4) Offer other general or specific information on health care in this State.

      (b) Establish a process to evaluate the health and health needs of the residents of this State and a system to rank the health problems of the residents of this State, including, without limitation, the specific health problems that are endemic to urban and rural communities, and report the results of the evaluation to the Legislative Committee on Health Care on an annual basis.

      (c) Subject to legislative authorization, allocate money for direct expenditure by the Department to pay for prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and, to the extent money is available, other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, for senior citizens pursuant to NRS 439.635 to 439.690, inclusive. From the money allocated pursuant to this paragraph, the Department may subsidize any portion of the cost of providing prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and, to the extent money is available, other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, to senior citizens pursuant to NRS 439.635 to 439.690, inclusive. The Department shall consider recommendations from the Grants Management Advisory Committee in carrying out the provisions of NRS 439.635 to 439.690, inclusive. The Department shall submit a quarterly report to the Governor, the Interim Finance Committee, the Legislative Committee on Health Care and any other committees or commissions the Director deems appropriate regarding the general manner in which expenditures have been made pursuant to this paragraph.

      (d) Subject to legislative authorization, allocate, by contract or grant, money for expenditure by the Aging and Disability Services Division of the Department in the form of grants for existing or new programs that assist senior citizens and other specified persons with independent living, including, without limitation, programs that provide:

             (1) Respite care or relief of informal caretakers, including, without limitation, informal caretakers of any person with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia regardless of the age of the person;

             (2) Transportation to new or existing services to assist senior citizens in living independently; and

             (3) Care in the home which allows senior citizens to remain at home instead of in institutional care.

Ê The Aging and Disability Services Division of the Department shall consider recommendations from the Grants Management Advisory Committee concerning the independent living needs of senior citizens.

      (e) Allocate $200,000 of all revenues deposited in the Fund for a Healthy Nevada each year for direct expenditure by the Director to:

             (1) Provide guaranteed funding to finance assisted living facilities that satisfy the criteria for certification set forth in NRS 319.147; and

             (2) Fund assisted living facilities that satisfy the criteria for certification set forth in NRS 319.147 and assisted living supportive services that are provided pursuant to the provisions of the home and community-based services waiver which are amended pursuant to NRS 422.2708.

Ê The Director shall develop policies and procedures for distributing the money allocated pursuant to this paragraph. Money allocated pursuant to this paragraph does not revert to the Fund at the end of the fiscal year.

      (f) Subject to legislative authorization, allocate to the Division money for programs that are consistent with the guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States Department of Health and Human Services relating to evidence-based best practices to prevent, reduce or treat the use of tobacco and the consequences of the use of tobacco. In making allocations pursuant to this paragraph, the Division shall allocate the money, by contract or grant:

             (1) To the district board of health in each county whose population is 100,000 or more for expenditure for such programs in the respective county;

             (2) For such programs in counties whose population is less than 100,000; and

             (3) For statewide programs for tobacco cessation and other statewide services for tobacco cessation and for statewide evaluations of programs which receive an allocation of money pursuant to this paragraph, as determined necessary by the Division and the district boards of health.

      (g) Subject to legislative authorization, allocate, by contract or grant, money for expenditure for programs that improve the health and well-being of residents of this State, including, without limitation, programs that improve health services for children.

      (h) Subject to legislative authorization, allocate, by contract or grant, money for expenditure for programs that improve the health and well-being of persons with disabilities. In making allocations pursuant to this paragraph, the Department shall, to the extent practicable, allocate the money evenly among the following three types of programs:

             (1) Programs that provide respite care or relief of informal caretakers for persons with disabilities;

             (2) Programs that provide positive behavioral supports to persons with disabilities; and

             (3) Programs that assist persons with disabilities to live safely and independently in their communities outside of an institutional setting.

      (i) Subject to legislative authorization, allocate money for direct expenditure by the Department to subsidize any portion of the cost of providing prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and, to the extent money is available, other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, to persons with disabilities pursuant to NRS 439.705 to 439.795, inclusive. The Department shall consider recommendations from the Grants Management Advisory Committee in carrying out the provisions of NRS 439.705 to 439.795, inclusive.

      (j) Maximize expenditures through local, federal and private matching contributions.

      (k) Ensure that any money expended from the Fund will not be used to supplant existing methods of funding that are available to public agencies.

      (l) Develop policies and procedures for the administration and distribution of contracts, grants and other expenditures to state agencies, political subdivisions of this State, nonprofit organizations, universities, state colleges and community colleges. A condition of any such contract or grant must be that not more than 8 percent of the contract or grant may be used for administrative expenses or other indirect costs. The procedures must require at least one competitive round of requests for proposals per biennium.

      (m) To make the allocations required by paragraphs (f), (g) and (h):

             (1) Prioritize and quantify the needs for these programs;

             (2) Develop, solicit and accept applications for allocations;

             (3) Review and consider the recommendations of the Grants Management Advisory Committee submitted pursuant to NRS 232.385;

             (4) Conduct annual evaluations of programs to which allocations have been awarded; and

             (5) Submit annual reports concerning the programs to the Governor, the Interim Finance Committee, the Legislative Committee on Health Care and any other committees or commissions the Director deems appropriate.

      (n) Transmit a report of all findings, recommendations and expenditures to the Governor, each regular session of the Legislature, the Legislative Committee on Health Care and any other committees or commissions the Director deems appropriate.

      (o) After considering the recommendations submitted to the Director pursuant to subsection 6, develop a plan each biennium to determine the percentage of available money in the Fund for a Healthy Nevada to be allocated from the Fund for the purposes described in paragraphs (c), (d), (f), (g), (h) and (i). The plan must be submitted as part of the proposed budget submitted to the Chief of the Budget Division of the Department of Administration pursuant to NRS 353.210.

      (p) On or before September 30 of each even-numbered year, submit to the Grants Management Advisory Committee, the Nevada Commission on Aging created by NRS 427A.032 and the Nevada Commission on Services for Persons with Disabilities created by NRS 427A.1211 a report on the funding plan submitted to the Chief of the Budget Division of the Department of Administration pursuant to paragraph (o).

      2.  The Department may take such other actions as are necessary to carry out its duties.

      3.  To make the allocations required by paragraph (d) of subsection 1, the Aging and Disability Services Division of the Department shall:

      (a) Prioritize and quantify the needs of senior citizens and other specified persons for these programs;

      (b) Develop, solicit and accept grant applications for allocations;

      (c) As appropriate, expand or augment existing state programs for senior citizens and other specified persons upon approval of the Interim Finance Committee;

      (d) Award grants, contracts or other allocations;

      (e) Conduct annual evaluations of programs to which grants or other allocations have been awarded; and

      (f) Submit annual reports concerning the allocations made by the Aging and Disability Services Division pursuant to paragraph (d) of subsection 1 to the Governor, the Interim Finance Committee, the Legislative Committee on Health Care and any other committees or commissions the Director deems appropriate.

      4.  The Aging and Disability Services Division of the Department shall submit each proposed grant or contract which would be used to expand or augment an existing state program to the Interim Finance Committee for approval before the grant or contract is awarded. The request for approval must include a description of the proposed use of the money and the person or entity that would be authorized to expend the money. The Aging and Disability Services Division of the Department shall not expend or transfer any money allocated to the Aging and Disability Services Division pursuant to this section to subsidize any portion of the cost of providing prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, to senior citizens pursuant to NRS 439.635 to 439.690, inclusive, or to subsidize any portion of the cost of providing prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, to persons with disabilities pursuant to NRS 439.705 to 439.795, inclusive.

      5.  A veteran may receive benefits or other services which are available from the money allocated pursuant to this section for senior citizens or persons with disabilities to the extent that the veteran does not receive other benefits or services provided to veterans for the same purpose if the veteran qualifies for the benefits or services as a senior citizen or a person with a disability, or both.

      6.  On or before June 30 of each even-numbered year, the Grants Management Advisory Committee, the Nevada Commission on Aging and the Nevada Commission on Services for Persons with Disabilities each shall submit to the Director a report that includes, without limitation, recommendations regarding community needs and priorities that are determined by each such entity after any public hearings held by the entity.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2758; A 2001, 2671; 2003, 330, 1749; 2005, 366, 919, 1256, 1330, 1571, 2048, 2051; 2007, 2338; 2009, 875; 2011, 2869; 2013, 154)

Subsidies for Cost of Prescription Drugs, Pharmaceutical Services and Other Benefits to Senior Citizens

      NRS 439.635  Definitions.  As used in NRS 439.635 to 439.690, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 439.640, 439.645 and 439.650 have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2760)

      NRS 439.640  “Household income” defined.  “Household income” means the income received by a senior citizen and the spouse of the senior citizen.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2760; A 2001, 2661; 2011, 2467)

      NRS 439.645  “Income” defined.  “Income” means adjusted gross income, as defined in the Internal Revenue Code. The term includes, without limitation:

      1.  Tax-free interest;

      2.  The untaxed portion of a pension, individual retirement account or annuity;

      3.  Railroad retirement benefits;

      4.  Veterans’ pensions and compensation;

      5.  Payments received pursuant to the federal Social Security Act, including supplemental security income, but excluding hospital and medical insurance benefits for persons who are aged or disabled;

      6.  Public welfare payments, including allowances for shelter;

      7.  Unemployment insurance benefits;

      8.  Payments for lost time;

      9.  Payments received from disability insurance;

      10.  Disability payments received pursuant to workers’ compensation insurance;

      11.  Alimony;

      12.  Support payments;

      13.  Allowances received by dependents of servicemen or servicewomen;

      14.  The amount of recognized capital gains and losses excluded from adjusted gross income;

      15.  Life insurance proceeds in excess of $5,000;

      16.  Bequests and inheritances; and

      17.  Gifts of cash of more than $300 not between household members and such other kinds of cash received by a household as the Department specifies by regulation.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2760; A 2001, 2661; 2011, 2467)

      NRS 439.650  “Senior citizen” defined.  “Senior citizen” means a person who is domiciled in this state and is 62 years of age or older.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2760)

      NRS 439.655  Administration: Powers and duties of Department.  The Department is responsible for the administration of the provisions of NRS 439.635 to 439.690, inclusive, and may:

      1.  Prescribe the content and form of a request for a subsidy required to be submitted pursuant to NRS 439.670.

      2.  Designate the proof that must be submitted with such a request.

      3.  Adopt regulations to protect the confidentiality of information supplied by a senior citizen requesting a subsidy pursuant to NRS 439.670.

      4.  Adopt such other regulations as may be required to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.635 to 439.690, inclusive.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2761)

      NRS 439.660  Administration: Cooperation between state and local agencies.  The Department shall, in cooperation with the various counties in this State:

      1.  Combine all possible administrative procedures required for determining those persons who are eligible for assistance pursuant to NRS 439.635 to 439.690, inclusive;

      2.  Coordinate the collection of information required to carry out those provisions in a manner that requires persons requesting assistance to furnish information in as few reports as possible; and

      3.  Design forms that may be used jointly by the Department and the various counties in this State to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.635 to 439.690, inclusive.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2761; A 2001, 2661; 2005, 1259; 2011, 2468)

      NRS 439.665  Contracts to subsidize cost of prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and other benefits; eligibility for and amount of subsidies; copayments; waiver of eligibility requirements; coverage provided by Federal Government; authority of Department to change programs; eligibility of veterans for subsidies.

      1.  The Department may:

      (a) Enter into contracts with private insurers who transact health insurance in this State to subsidize the cost of prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and, to the extent money is available, other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, for senior citizens by arranging for the availability, at a reasonable cost, of policies of health insurance that provide coverage to senior citizens for prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and, to the extent money is available, other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear; or

      (b) Subsidize the cost of prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and, to the extent money is available, other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, for senior citizens in any other manner.

      2.  Within the limits of the money available for this purpose in the Fund for a Healthy Nevada, a senior citizen who is not eligible for Medicaid and who is eligible for a subsidy that is made available pursuant to subsection 1 is entitled to an annual grant from the Fund to subsidize the cost of prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and, to the extent money is available, other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, if the senior citizen has been domiciled in this State for at least 1 year immediately preceding the date of application and except as otherwise provided in subsection 5:

      (a) If the senior citizen is single, his or her income is not over $21,500; or

      (b) If the senior citizen is married, his or her household income is not over $28,660.

Ê The monetary amounts set forth in this subsection must be adjusted for each fiscal year by adding to each amount the product of the amount shown multiplied by the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index from December 2002 to the December preceding the fiscal year for which the adjustment is calculated.

      3.  The subsidy granted pursuant to this section must not exceed the annual cost of prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and to the extent money is available, other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, provided to the senior citizen.

      4.  A subsidy that is made available pursuant to subsection 1 must provide for:

      (a) A copayment of not more than $10 per prescription drug or pharmaceutical service that is generic as set forth in the formulary of the insurer or as set forth by the Department; and

      (b) A copayment of not more than $25 per prescription drug or pharmaceutical service that is preferred as set forth in the formulary of the insurer or as set forth by the Department.

      5.  The Department may waive the eligibility requirement set forth in subsection 2 regarding household income upon written request of the applicant or enrollee based on one or more of the following circumstances:

      (a) Illness;

      (b) Disability; or

      (c) Extreme financial hardship, when considering the current financial circumstances of the applicant or enrollee.

Ê An applicant or enrollee who requests such a waiver shall include with that request all medical and financial documents that support the request.

      6.  If the Federal Government provides any coverage for:

      (a) Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical services; or

      (b) Other benefits, including, without limitation, dental or vision benefits or hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear,

Ê for senior citizens who are eligible for a subsidy pursuant to subsections 1 to 5, inclusive, the Department may, upon approval of the Legislature, or the Interim Finance Committee if the Legislature is not in session, change any program established pursuant to NRS 439.635 to 439.690, inclusive, and otherwise provide assistance with prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and, to the extent money is available, other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, for senior citizens within the limits of the money available for this purpose in the Fund.

      7.  The provisions of subsections 1 to 5, inclusive, do not apply to the extent that the Department provides assistance with prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, for senior citizens pursuant to subsection 6.

      8.  A veteran may receive assistance with prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, pursuant to this section to the extent that the veteran does not receive other services or benefits provided to veterans for the same purpose if the veteran qualifies for the assistance as a senior citizen.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2760; A 2001, 2675; 2003, 1751, 3493; 2005, 1259, 1573; 2007, 2342)

      NRS 439.670  Request for subsidy; action on request; payment of subsidy.

      1.  A senior citizen who wishes to receive a subsidy pursuant to NRS 439.665 must file a request therefor with the Department.

      2.  The request must be made under oath and filed in such form and content, and accompanied by such proof, as the Department may prescribe.

      3.  The Department shall, within 45 days after receiving a request for a subsidy, examine the request and grant or deny it.

      4.  The Department shall determine which senior citizens are eligible to receive a subsidy pursuant to NRS 439.665 and, if the Department has entered into a contract pursuant to NRS 439.665 to provide the subsidy, pay the subsidy directly to the person or entity with whom the Department has entered into the contract.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2760; A 2001, 2676; 2005, 1260)

      NRS 439.675  Denial of request for subsidy; repayment of amount received pursuant to fraudulent request.

      1.  The Department shall deny any request for a subsidy received pursuant to NRS 439.670 to which the senior citizen is not entitled.

      2.  The Department may deny in total any request which it finds to have been filed with fraudulent intent. If any such request has been paid and is afterward denied, the amount of the subsidy must be repaid by the senior citizen to the Department.

      3.  Any amounts received by the Department pursuant to this section must be deposited with the State Treasurer for credit to the Fund for a Healthy Nevada.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2761; A 2001, 2677)

      NRS 439.680  Judicial review of decision to deny request for subsidy.  Any person who is aggrieved by a decision of the department denying a request for a subsidy submitted pursuant to NRS 439.670 is entitled to judicial review thereof.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2761)

      NRS 439.685  Revocation of subsidy and payment of restitution.  Any subsidy granted pursuant to NRS 439.665 to a senior citizen who is not qualified for such a subsidy may be revoked by the Department. If a subsidy is so revoked, the senior citizen shall make restitution to the Department for any subsidy that the senior citizen has improperly received, and the Department shall take all proper actions to collect the amount of the subsidy as a debt.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2761)

      NRS 439.690  Restrictions on use of information contained in request for subsidy.  No person may publish, disclose or use any personal or confidential information contained in a request for a subsidy submitted pursuant to NRS 439.670 except for purposes relating to the administration of NRS 439.635 to 439.690, inclusive.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2761)

Subsidies for Provision of Pharmaceutical Services to Persons With Disabilities

      NRS 439.705  Definitions.  As used in NRS 439.705 to 439.795, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 439.715 and 439.725 have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 1327)

      NRS 439.715  “Household income” defined.  “Household income” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 439.640.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 1327; A 2011, 2468)

      NRS 439.725  “Income” defined.  “Income” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 439.645.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 1327; A 2011, 2468)

      NRS 439.735  Administration: Powers and duties of Department.  The Department is responsible for the administration of the provisions of NRS 439.705 to 439.795, inclusive, and may:

      1.  Prescribe the content and form of a request for a subsidy required to be submitted pursuant to NRS 439.755.

      2.  Designate the proof that must be submitted with such a request.

      3.  Adopt regulations to protect the confidentiality of information supplied by a person with a disability requesting a subsidy pursuant to NRS 439.755.

      4.  Adopt such other regulations as may be required to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.705 to 439.795, inclusive.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 1327)

      NRS 439.745  Contracts to subsidize cost of prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and other benefits; eligibility for and amount of subsidies; copayments; waiver of eligibility requirements; coverage provided by Federal Government; authority of Department to change programs; eligibility of veterans for subsidies.

      1.  The Department may:

      (a) Enter into contracts with private insurers who transact health insurance in this State to subsidize the cost of prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and, to the extent money is available, other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, for persons with disabilities by arranging for the availability, at a reasonable cost, of policies of health insurance that provide coverage to persons with disabilities for prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and, to the extent money is available, other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear; or

      (b) Subsidize the cost of prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and, to the extent money is available, other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, for persons with disabilities in any other manner.

      2.  Within the limits of the money available for this purpose in the Fund for a Healthy Nevada, a person with a disability who is not eligible for Medicaid and who is eligible for a subsidy for the cost of prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear that is made available pursuant to subsection 1 is entitled to an annual grant from the Fund to subsidize the cost of prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, if he or she has been domiciled in this State for at least 1 year immediately preceding the date of the application and except as otherwise provided in subsection 5:

      (a) If the person with a disability is single, his or her income is not over $21,500; or

      (b) If the person with a disability is married, his or her household income is not over $28,660.

Ê The monetary amounts set forth in this subsection must be adjusted for each fiscal year by adding to each amount the product of the amount shown multiplied by the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index from December 2002 to the December preceding the fiscal year for which the adjustment is calculated.

      3.  The subsidy granted pursuant to this section must not exceed the annual cost of prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and, to the extent money is available, other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, provided to the person with a disability.

      4.  A subsidy that is made available pursuant to subsection 1 must provide for:

      (a) A copayment of not more than $10 per prescription drug or pharmaceutical service that is generic as set forth in the formulary of the insurer or as set forth by the Department; and

      (b) A copayment of not more than $25 per prescription drug or pharmaceutical service that is preferred as set forth in the formulary of the insurer or as set forth by the Department.

      5.  The Department may waive the eligibility requirement set forth in subsection 2 regarding household income upon written request of the applicant or enrollee based on one or more of the following circumstances:

      (a) Illness;

      (b) Disability; or

      (c) Extreme financial hardship, when considering the current financial circumstances of the applicant or enrollee.

Ê An applicant or enrollee who requests such a waiver shall include with that request all medical and financial documents that support the request.

      6.  If the Federal Government provides any coverage for:

      (a) Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical services; or

      (b) Other benefits, including, without limitation, dental or vision benefits or hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear,

Ê for persons with disabilities who are eligible for a subsidy pursuant to subsections 1 to 5, inclusive, the Department may, upon approval of the Legislature, or the Interim Finance Committee if the Legislature is not in session, change any program established pursuant to NRS 439.705 to 439.795, inclusive, and otherwise provide assistance with prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and, to the extent money is available, other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, for persons with disabilities within the limits of the money available for this purpose in the Fund.

      7.  The provisions of subsections 1 to 5, inclusive, do not apply if the Department provides assistance with prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, for persons with disabilities pursuant to subsection 6.

      8.  A veteran may receive assistance with prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services and other benefits, including, without limitation, dental and vision benefits and hearing aids or other devices that enhance the ability to hear, pursuant to this section to the extent that the veteran does not receive other services or benefits provided to veterans for the same purpose if the veteran qualifies for the assistance as a person with a disability.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 1327; A 2007, 2343)

      NRS 439.755  Request for subsidy; action on request; payment of subsidy.

      1.  A person with a disability who wishes to receive a subsidy pursuant to NRS 439.745 must file a request therefor with the Department.

      2.  The request must be made under oath and filed in such form and content, and accompanied by such proof, as the Department may prescribe.

      3.  The Department shall, within 45 days after receiving a request for a subsidy, examine the request and grant or deny it.

      4.  The Department shall determine which persons with disabilities are eligible to receive a subsidy pursuant to NRS 439.745 and, if the Department has entered into a contract pursuant to NRS 439.745 to provide the subsidy, pay the subsidy directly to the person or entity with whom the Department has entered into the contract.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 1329)

      NRS 439.765  Denial of request for subsidy; repayment of amount received pursuant to fraudulent request.

      1.  The Department shall deny any request for a subsidy received pursuant to NRS 439.755 to which the person with a disability is not entitled.

      2.  The Department may deny in total any request which it finds to have been filed with fraudulent intent. If any such request has been paid and is afterward denied, the amount of the subsidy must be repaid by the person with a disability to the Department.

      3.  Any amounts received by the Department pursuant to this section must be deposited with the State Treasurer for credit to the Fund for a Healthy Nevada.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 1329)

      NRS 439.775  Judicial review of decision to deny request for subsidy.  Any person who is aggrieved by a decision of the Department denying a request for a subsidy submitted pursuant to NRS 439.755 is entitled to judicial review thereof.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 1329)

      NRS 439.785  Revocation of subsidy and payment of restitution.  Any subsidy granted pursuant to NRS 439.745 to a person with a disability who is not qualified for such a subsidy may be revoked by the Department. If a subsidy is so revoked, the person with a disability shall make restitution to the Department for any subsidy the person has improperly received, and the Department shall take all proper actions to collect the amount of the subsidy as a debt.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 1329)

      NRS 439.795  Restrictions on use of information contained in request for subsidy.  No person may publish, disclose or use any personal or confidential information contained in a request for a subsidy submitted pursuant to NRS 439.755 except for purposes relating to the administration of NRS 439.705 to 439.795, inclusive.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 1329)

HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PATIENTS AT CERTAIN MEDICAL FACILITIES

      NRS 439.800  Definitions.  As used in NRS 439.800 to 439.890, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 439.802 to 439.830, inclusive, have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 13; A 2005, 599; 2009, 552, 3068; 2011, 679, 1583)

      NRS 439.802  “Facility-acquired infection” defined.  “Facility-acquired infection” means a localized or systemic condition which results from an adverse reaction to the presence of an infectious agent or its toxins and which was not detected as present or incubating at the time a patient was admitted to a medical facility, including, without limitation:

      1.  Surgical site infections;

      2.  Ventilator-associated pneumonia;

      3.  Central line-related bloodstream infections;

      4.  Urinary tract infections; and

      5.  Other categories of infections as may be established by the State Board of Health by regulation pursuant to NRS 439.890.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 599; A 2009, 553)

      NRS 439.805  “Medical facility” defined.  “Medical facility” means:

      1.  A hospital, as that term is defined in NRS 449.012 and 449.0151;

      2.  An obstetric center, as that term is defined in NRS 449.0151 and 449.0155;

      3.  A surgical center for ambulatory patients, as that term is defined in NRS 449.0151 and 449.019; and

      4.  An independent center for emergency medical care, as that term is defined in NRS 449.013 and 449.0151.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 13)

      NRS 439.810  “Patient” defined.  “Patient” means a person who:

      1.  Is admitted to a medical facility for the purpose of receiving treatment;

      2.  Resides in a medical facility; or

      3.  Receives treatment from a provider of health care.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 13)

      NRS 439.815  “Patient safety officer” defined.  “Patient safety officer” means a person who is designated as such by a medical facility pursuant to NRS 439.870.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 13)

      NRS 439.820  “Provider of health care” defined.  “Provider of health care” means a person who is licensed, certified or otherwise authorized by the laws of this state to administer health care in the ordinary course of the business or practice of a profession.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 13)

      NRS 439.830  “Sentinel event” defined.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, “sentinel event” means an event included in Appendix A of “Serious Reportable Events in Healthcare--2011 Update: A Consensus Report,” published by the National Quality Forum.

      2.  If the publication described in subsection 1 is revised, the term “sentinel events” means the most current version of the list of serious reportable events published by the National Quality Forum as it exists on the effective date of the revision which is deemed to be:

      (a) January 1 of the year following the publication of the revision if the revision is published on or after January 1 but before July 1 of the year in which the revision is published; or

      (b) July 1 of the year following the publication of the revision if the revision is published on or after July 1 of the year in which the revision is published but before January 1 of the year after the revision is published.

      3.  If the National Quality Forum ceases to exist, the most current version of the list shall be deemed to be the last version of the publication in existence before the National Quality Forum ceased to exist.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 13; A 2005, 599; 2013, 217)

      NRS 439.835  Mandatory reporting of sentinel events.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2:

      (a) A person who is employed by a medical facility shall, within 24 hours after becoming aware of a sentinel event that occurred at the medical facility, notify the patient safety officer of the facility of the sentinel event; and

      (b) The patient safety officer shall, within 13 days after receiving notification pursuant to paragraph (a), report the date, the time and a brief description of the sentinel event to:

             (1) The Division; and

             (2) The representative designated pursuant to NRS 439.855, if that person is different from the patient safety officer.

      2.  If the patient safety officer of a medical facility personally discovers or becomes aware, in the absence of notification by another employee, of a sentinel event that occurred at the medical facility, the patient safety officer shall, within 14 days after discovering or becoming aware of the sentinel event, report the date, time and brief description of the sentinel event to:

      (a) The Division; and

      (b) The representative designated pursuant to NRS 439.855, if that person is different from the patient safety officer.

      3.  The State Board of Health shall prescribe the manner in which reports of sentinel events must be made pursuant to this section.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 13; A 2009, 553)

      NRS 439.837  Mandatory investigation of sentinel event by medical facility.  A medical facility shall, upon reporting a sentinel event pursuant to NRS 439.835, conduct an investigation concerning the causes or contributing factors, or both, of the sentinel event and implement a plan to remedy the causes or contributing factors, or both, of the sentinel event.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 3068)

      NRS 439.840  Reports of sentinel events: Duties of Division; confidentiality.

      1.  The Division shall:

      (a) Collect and maintain reports received pursuant to NRS 439.835 and 439.843 and any additional information requested by the Division pursuant to NRS 439.841;

      (b) Ensure that such reports, and any additional documents created from such reports, are protected adequately from fire, theft, loss, destruction and other hazards and from unauthorized access;

      (c) Annually prepare a report of sentinel events reported pursuant to NRS 439.835 by a medical facility, including, without limitation, the type of event, the number of events, the rate of occurrence of events, and the medical facility which reported the event, and provide the report for inclusion on the Internet website maintained pursuant to NRS 439A.270; and

      (d) Annually prepare a summary of the reports received pursuant to NRS 439.835 and provide a summary for inclusion on the Internet website maintained pursuant to NRS 439A.270. The Division shall maintain the confidentiality of the patient, the provider of health care or other member of the staff of the medical facility identified in the reports submitted pursuant to NRS 439.835 when preparing the annual summary pursuant to this paragraph.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in this section and NRS 239.0115, reports received pursuant to NRS 439.835 and subsection 1 of NRS 439.843 and any additional information requested by the Division pursuant to NRS 439.841 are confidential, not subject to subpoena or discovery and not subject to inspection by the general public.

      3.  The report prepared pursuant to paragraph (c) of subsection 1 must provide to the public information concerning each medical facility which provided medical services and care in the immediately preceding calendar year and must:

      (a) Be presented in a manner that allows a person to view and compare the information for the medical facilities;

      (b) Be readily accessible and understandable by a member of the general public;

      (c) Use standard statistical methodology, including without limitation, risk-adjusted methodology when applicable, and include the description of the methodology and data limitations contained in the report;

      (d) Not identify a patient, provider of health care or other member of the staff of the medical facility; and

      (e) Not be reported for a medical facility if reporting the data would risk identifying a patient.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 14; A 2007, 2107; 2009, 553, 3068; 2011, 836, 1799)

      NRS 439.841  Authority of Division to request additional information or to conduct audit or investigation; report of findings; payment of costs.

      1.  Upon receipt of a report pursuant to NRS 439.835, the Division may, as often as deemed necessary by the Administrator to protect the health and safety of the public, request additional information regarding the sentinel event or conduct an audit or investigation of the medical facility.

      2.  A medical facility shall provide to the Division any information requested in furtherance of a request for information, an audit or an investigation pursuant to this section.

      3.  If the Division conducts an audit or investigation pursuant to this section, the Division shall, within 30 days after completing such an audit or investigation, report its findings to the State Board of Health.

      4.  A medical facility which is audited or investigated pursuant to this section shall pay to the Division the actual cost of conducting the audit or investigation.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 552)

      NRS 439.843  Annual summaries of reports of sentinel events; compilation by Division; confidentiality; posting of patient safety plans by Department on Internet website.

      1.  On or before March 1 of each year, each medical facility shall provide to the Division, in the form prescribed by the State Board of Health, a summary of the reports submitted by the medical facility pursuant to NRS 439.835 during the immediately preceding calendar year. The summary must include, without limitation:

      (a) The total number and types of sentinel events reported by the medical facility, if any;

      (b) A copy of the most current patient safety plan established pursuant to NRS 439.865;

      (c) A summary of the membership and activities of the patient safety committee established pursuant to NRS 439.875; and

      (d) Any other information required by the State Board of Health concerning the reports submitted by the medical facility pursuant to NRS 439.835.

      2.  On or before June 1 of each year, the Division shall submit to the State Board of Health an annual summary of the reports and information received by the Division pursuant to this section. The annual summary must include, without limitation, a compilation of the information submitted pursuant to subsection 1 and any other pertinent information deemed necessary by the State Board of Health concerning the reports submitted by the medical facility pursuant to NRS 439.835. The Division shall maintain the confidentiality of the patient, the provider of health care or other member of the staff of the medical facility identified in the reports submitted pursuant to NRS 439.835 and any other identifying information of a person requested by the State Board of Health concerning those reports when preparing the annual summary pursuant to this section.

      3.  The Department shall post on the Internet website maintained pursuant to NRS 439A.270 or any other website maintained by the Department a copy of the most current patient safety plan submitted by each medical facility pursuant to subsection 1.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 551; A 2011, 1583, 1800)

      NRS 439.845  Analysis and reporting of trends regarding sentinel events; treatment of certain information regarding corrective action by medical facility.

      1.  The Division shall analyze and report trends regarding sentinel events.

      2.  When the Division receives notice from a medical facility that the medical facility has taken corrective action to remedy the causes or contributing factors, or both, of a sentinel event, the Division shall:

      (a) Make a record of the information;

      (b) Ensure that the information is released in a manner so as not to reveal the identity of a specific patient, provider of health care or member of the staff of the facility; and

      (c) At least quarterly, report its findings regarding the analysis of trends of sentinel events on the Internet website maintained pursuant to NRS 439A.270.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 14; A 2009, 3069; 2011, 1800)

      NRS 439.847  Participation in surveillance system by medical facilities and facilities for skilled nursing; access, analysis and reporting of information submitted to surveillance system by Division; regulations.

      1.  Each medical facility and facility for skilled nursing which provided medical services and care to an average of 25 or more patients during each business day in the immediately preceding calendar year shall, within 120 days after becoming eligible, participate in the secure, Internet-based surveillance system established by the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that integrates patient and health care personnel safety surveillance systems. As part of that participation, the medical facility or facility for skilled nursing shall provide, at a minimum, the information required by the Division pursuant to this subsection. The Division shall by regulation prescribe the information which must be provided by a medical facility or facility for skilled nursing, including, without limitation, information relating to infections and procedures.

      2.  Each medical facility or facility for skilled nursing which provided medical services and care to an average of less than 25 patients during each business day in the immediately preceding calendar year may participate in the secure, Internet-based surveillance system established by the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that integrates patient and health care personnel safety surveillance systems.

      3.  A medical facility or facility for skilled nursing that participates in the secure, Internet-based surveillance system established by the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion shall:

      (a) Authorize the Division to access all information submitted to the system by:

             (1) A medical facility, on or after October 15, 2010; and

             (2) A facility for skilled nursing, on or after January 1, 2012; and

      (b) Provide consent for the Division to prepare and post reports pursuant to paragraph (b) of subsection 4, including without limitation, permission to identify the medical facility or facility for skilled nursing that is the subject of each report:

             (1) For a medical facility, on or after October 15, 2010; and

             (2) For a facility for skilled nursing, on or after January 1, 2012.

      4.  The Division:

      (a) Shall analyze the information submitted to the system by medical facilities and facilities for skilled nursing pursuant to this section and recommend regulations and legislation relating to the reporting required pursuant to NRS 439.800 to 439.890, inclusive.

      (b) Shall annually prepare a report of the information submitted to the system by each medical facility and each facility for skilled nursing pursuant to this section and provide the reports for inclusion on the Internet website maintained pursuant to NRS 439A.270. The information must be reported in a manner that allows a person to compare the information for the medical facilities and for the facilities for skilled nursing and expressed as a total number and a rate of occurrence.

      (c) Shall enter into an agreement with the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion to carry out the provisions of this section.

      5.  As used in this section, “facility for skilled nursing” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 449.0039.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 3068; A 2011, 837, 1801, 2125)

      NRS 439.855  Notification of patients involved in sentinel events.

      1.  Each medical facility that is located within this state shall designate a representative for the notification of patients who have been involved in sentinel events at that medical facility.

      2.  A representative designated pursuant to subsection 1 shall, not later than 7 days after discovering or becoming aware of a sentinel event that occurred at the medical facility, provide notice of that fact to each patient who was involved in that sentinel event.

      3.  The provision of notice to a patient pursuant to subsection 2 must not, in any action or proceeding, be considered an acknowledgment or admission of liability.

      4.  A representative designated pursuant to subsection 1 may or may not be the same person who serves as the facility’s patient safety officer.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 14)

      NRS 439.856  Provision of certain information relating to facility-acquired infections to patients.

      1.  A medical facility shall:

      (a) Provide to each patient of the medical facility, upon admission of the patient, the general and facility-specific information relating to facility-acquired infections required by subsection 2.

      (b) Post in publicly accessible areas of the medical facility information on reporting facility-acquired infections, including, without limitation, the contact information for making reports to the Division. Such information may be added to other required notices concerning the making of reports to the Division.

      2.  The information provided to each patient pursuant to paragraph (a) of subsection 1 must include, without limitation:

      (a) The measures used by the medical facility for preventing infections, including facility-acquired infections;

      (b) Information on determining whether a patient had an infection upon admission to the medical facility, risk factors for acquiring infections and determining whether an infection has been acquired;

      (c) Information on preventing facility-acquired infections;

      (d) Instructions for reporting facility-acquired infections, including, without limitation, the contact information for making reports to the Division; and

      (e) Any other information that the medical facility deems necessary.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1580)

      NRS 439.857  Procedure for informing patient, legal guardian or other person that patient at medical facility has infection; immunity from liability for providing certain information.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, when a provider of health care confirms that a patient at the medical facility has an infection, the provider of health care or the designee of the provider of health care shall, as soon as practicable but not later than 5 days after the diagnosis is confirmed, inform the patient or the legal guardian or other person authorized by the patient to receive such information that the patient has an infection.

      2.  The provider of health care or the designee of the provider of health care may delay providing information about an infection if the patient does not have a legal guardian, has not authorized any other person to receive such information and:

      (a) Is not capable of understanding the information;

      (b) Is not conscious; or

      (c) In the judgment of the provider of health care, is likely to harm himself or herself if informed about the infection.

      3.  If the provider of health care or the designee of the provider of health care delays providing information about an infection pursuant to subsection 2, such information must be provided as soon as practicable after:

      (a) The patient is capable of understanding the information;

      (b) The patient regains consciousness;

      (c) In the judgment of the provider of health care, the patient is not likely to harm himself or herself if informed about the infection; or

      (d) A legal guardian or other person authorized to receive such information is available.

      4.  A medical facility shall ensure that the providers of health care of the medical facility establish protocols in accordance with this section that provide the manner in which a provider of health care or his or her designee must:

      (a) Inform a patient or the legal guardian or other person authorized by a patient to receive such information that the patient has an infection; and

      (b) If known or determined while a patient remains at the medical facility, inform the patient or the legal guardian or other person authorized by the patient to receive such information whether the infection was acquired at the medical facility and of the apparent source of the infection.

      5.  A person or governmental entity who, with reasonable care, informs a patient or the legal guardian or other person authorized by the patient to receive such information that an infection was not acquired at the medical facility and of the apparent source of the infection pursuant to subsection 4 is immune from any criminal or civil liability for providing that information.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1581)

      NRS 439.860  Inadmissibility of certain information in administrative or legal proceeding.  Any report, document and any other information compiled or disseminated pursuant to the provisions of NRS 439.800 to 439.890, inclusive, is not admissible in evidence in any administrative or legal proceeding conducted in this State.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 15; A 2005, 600; 2011, 679)

      NRS 439.865  Patient safety plan: Development; inclusion of infection control program to prevent and control infections; approval; notice; compliance; annual review and update.

      1.  Each medical facility that is located within this state shall develop, in consultation with the providers of health care who provide treatment to patients at the medical facility, an internal patient safety plan to improve the health and safety of patients who are treated at that medical facility.

      2.  The patient safety plan must include, without limitation:

      (a) The patient safety checklists and patient safety policies most recently adopted pursuant to NRS 439.877.

      (b) An infection control program to prevent and control infections within the medical facility. To carry out the program, the medical facility shall adopt an infection control policy. The policy must consist of:

             (1) The current guidelines appropriate for the facility’s scope of service developed by a nationally recognized infection control organization as approved by the State Board of Health which may include, without limitation, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America; and

             (2) Facility-specific infection control developed under the supervision of a certified infection preventionist.

      3.  The program to prevent and control infections within the medical facility must provide for the designation of a person who is responsible for infection control when the infection control officer is absent to ensure that someone is responsible for infection control at all times.

      4.  A medical facility shall submit its patient safety plan to the governing board of the medical facility for approval in accordance with the requirements of this section.

      5.  After a medical facility’s patient safety plan is approved, the medical facility shall notify all providers of health care who provide treatment to patients at the medical facility of the existence of the plan and of the requirements of the plan. A medical facility shall require compliance with its patient safety plan.

      6.  The patient safety plan must be reviewed and updated annually in accordance with the requirements for approval set forth in this section.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 15; A 2011, 679, 1583)

      NRS 439.870  Patient safety officer: Designation; duties.

      1.  A medical facility shall designate an officer or employee of the facility to serve as the patient safety officer of the medical facility.

      2.  The person who is designated as the patient safety officer of a medical facility shall:

      (a) Serve on the patient safety committee.

      (b) Supervise the reporting of all sentinel events alleged to have occurred at the medical facility, including, without limitation, performing the duties required pursuant to NRS 439.835.

      (c) Take such action as he or she determines to be necessary to ensure the safety of patients as a result of an investigation of any sentinel event alleged to have occurred at the medical facility.

      (d) Report to the patient safety committee regarding any action taken in accordance with paragraph (c).

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 15)

      NRS 439.873  Designation, duties and qualifications of infection control officer; required ratio of patients to employees with certain training in infection control; Division to provide education and technical assistance.

      1.  A medical facility shall designate an officer or employee of the facility to serve as the infection control officer of the medical facility.

      2.  The person who is designated as the infection control officer of a medical facility:

      (a) Shall serve on the patient safety committee.

      (b) Shall monitor the occurrences of infections at the medical facility to determine the number and severity of infections.

      (c) Shall report to the patient safety committee concerning the number and severity of infections at the medical facility.

      (d) Shall take such action as he or she determines is necessary to prevent and control infections alleged to have occurred at the medical facility.

      (e) Shall carry out the provisions of the infection control program adopted pursuant to NRS 439.865 and ensure compliance with the program.

      3.  If a medical facility has 175 or more beds, the person who is designated as the infection control officer of the medical facility must be certified as an infection preventionist by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc., or a successor organization. A person may serve as the certified infection preventionist for more than one medical facility if the facilities have common ownership.

      4.  A medical facility that designates an infection control officer who is not a certified infection preventionist must ensure that the person has successfully completed a nationally recognized basic training program in infection control, which may include, without limitation, the program offered by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc., or a successor organization. A medical facility shall ensure that an infection control officer completes at least 4 hours of continuing education each year on topics relating to current practices in infection control and prevention.

      5.  A medical facility shall ensure that it maintains a ratio of at least one employee who has the training described in subsection 4 for every 100 occupied beds. The number of beds must be determined based upon the most recent annual calendar-year average reported by the medical facility to the Director pursuant to NRS 449.490 and the regulations adopted pursuant thereto.

      6.  A medical facility shall maintain records concerning the certification and training required by this section.

      7.  The Division shall provide education and technical assistance relating to infection control and prevention in medical facilities.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1582)

      NRS 439.875  Patient safety committee: Establishment; composition; meetings; duties; proceedings and records are privileged.

      1.  A medical facility shall establish a patient safety committee.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3:

      (a) A patient safety committee established pursuant to subsection 1 must be composed of:

             (1) The infection control officer of the medical facility.

             (2) The patient safety officer of the medical facility, if he or she is not designated as the infection control officer of the medical facility.

             (3) At least three providers of health care who treat patients at the medical facility, including, without limitation, at least one member of the medical, nursing and pharmaceutical staff of the medical facility.

             (4) One member of the executive or governing body of the medical facility.

      (b) A patient safety committee shall meet at least once each month.

      3.  The Administrator shall adopt regulations prescribing the composition and frequency of meetings of patient safety committees at medical facilities having fewer than 25 employees and contractors.

      4.  A patient safety committee shall:

      (a) Receive reports from the patient safety officer pursuant to NRS 439.870.

      (b) Evaluate actions of the patient safety officer in connection with all reports of sentinel events alleged to have occurred at the medical facility.

      (c) Review and evaluate the quality of measures carried out by the medical facility to improve the safety of patients who receive treatment at the medical facility.

      (d) Review and evaluate the quality of measures carried out by the medical facility to prevent and control infections at the medical facility.

      (e) Make recommendations to the executive or governing body of the medical facility to reduce the number and severity of sentinel events and infections that occur at the medical facility.

      (f) At least once each calendar quarter, report to the executive or governing body of the medical facility regarding:

             (1) The number of sentinel events that occurred at the medical facility during the preceding calendar quarter;

             (2) The number and severity of infections that occurred at the medical facility during the preceding calendar quarter; and

             (3) Any recommendations to reduce the number and severity of sentinel events and infections that occur at the medical facility.

      (g) Adopt patient safety checklists and patient safety policies as required by NRS 439.877, review the checklists and policies annually and revise the checklists and policies as the patient safety committee determines necessary.

      5.  The proceedings and records of a patient safety committee are subject to the same privilege and protection from discovery as the proceedings and records described in NRS 49.265.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 15; A 2011, 679, 1584)

      NRS 439.877  Patient safety checklists and patient safety policies: Adoption by patient safety committee; required provisions; duties of patient safety committee.

      1.  The patient safety committee established pursuant to NRS 439.875 by a medical facility shall adopt patient safety checklists and patient safety policies for use by:

      (a) Providers of health care who provide treatment to patients at the medical facility;

      (b) Other personnel of the medical facility who provide treatment or assistance to patients;

      (c) Employees of the medical facility who do not provide treatment to patients but whose duties affect the health or welfare of the patients at the facility, including, without limitation, a janitor of the medical facility; and

      (d) Persons with whom the medical facility enters into a contract to provide treatment to patients or to provide services which may affect the health or welfare of patients at the facility.

      2.  The patient safety checklists adopted pursuant to subsection 1 must follow protocols to improve the health outcomes of patients at the medical facility and must include, without limitation:

      (a) Checklists related to specific types of treatment. Such checklists must include, without limitation, a requirement to document that the treatment provided was properly ordered by the provider of health care.

      (b) Checklists for ensuring that employees of the medical facility and contractors with the medical facility who are not providers of health care follow protocols to ensure that the room and environment of the patient is sanitary.

      (c) A checklist to be used when discharging a patient from the facility which includes, without limitation, verifying that the patient received:

             (1) Proper instructions concerning prescription medications;

             (2) Instructions concerning aftercare; and

             (3) Any other instructions concerning his or her care upon discharge.

      (d) Any other checklists which may be appropriate to ensure the safety of patients at the medical facility.

      3.  The patient safety policies adopted pursuant to subsection 1 must include, without limitation:

      (a) A policy for appropriately identifying a patient before providing treatment. Such a policy must require the patient to be identified with at least two personal identifiers before each interaction with a provider of health care. The personal identifiers may include, without limitation, the name and date of birth of the patient.

      (b) A policy regarding the nationally recognized standard precautionary protocols to be observed by providers of health care at the medical facility including, without limitation, protocols relating to hand hygiene.

      (c) A policy to ensure compliance with the patient safety checklists and patient safety policies adopted pursuant to this section, which may include, without limitation, active surveillance. Active surveillance may include, without limitation, a system for reporting violations, peer-to-peer communication, video monitoring and audits of sanitation materials.

      4.  The patient safety committee shall:

      (a) Monitor and document the effectiveness of the patient identification policy adopted pursuant to paragraph (a) of subsection 3.

      (b) At least annually, review the patient safety checklists and patient safety policies adopted pursuant to this section and consider any additional patient safety checklists and patient safety policies that may be appropriate for adoption for use at the medical facility.

      (c) Revise a patient safety checklist and patient safety policy adopted pursuant to this section as necessary to ensure that the checklist or policy, as applicable, reflects the most current standards in patient safety protocols.

      (d) On or before July 1 of each year, submit a report to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the Legislative Committee on Health Care. The report must include information regarding the development, revision and usage of the patient safety checklists and patient safety policies and a summary of the annual review conducted pursuant to paragraph (b).

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 677)

      NRS 439.880  Immunity from criminal and civil liability.  No person is subject to any criminal penalty or civil liability for libel, slander or any similar cause of action in tort if the person, without malice:

      1.  Reports a sentinel event to a governmental entity with jurisdiction or another appropriate authority;

      2.  Notifies a governmental entity with jurisdiction or another appropriate authority of a sentinel event;

      3.  Transmits information regarding a sentinel event to a governmental entity with jurisdiction or another appropriate authority;

      4.  Compiles, prepares or disseminates information regarding a sentinel event to a governmental entity with jurisdiction or another appropriate authority; or

      5.  Performs any other act authorized pursuant to NRS 439.800 to 439.890, inclusive.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 16; A 2005, 600; 2011, 680)

      NRS 439.885  Violation by medical facility: Administrative sanction prohibited when voluntarily reported; administrative sanction imposed when not voluntarily reported; appeal of imposition of sanction; accounting and expenditure of money.

      1.  If a medical facility:

      (a) Commits a violation of any provision of NRS 439.800 to 439.890, inclusive, or for any violation for which an administrative sanction pursuant to NRS 449.163 would otherwise be applicable; and

      (b) Of its own volition, reports the violation to the Administrator,

Ê such a violation must not be used as the basis for imposing an administrative sanction pursuant to NRS 449.163.

      2.  If a medical facility commits a violation of any provision of NRS 439.800 to 439.890, inclusive, and does not, of its own volition, report the violation to the Administrator, the Division may, in accordance with the provisions of subsection 3, impose an administrative sanction:

      (a) For failure to report a sentinel event, in an amount not to exceed $100 per day for each day after the date on which the sentinel event was required to be reported pursuant to NRS 439.835;

      (b) For failure to adopt and implement a patient safety plan pursuant to NRS 439.865, in an amount not to exceed $1,000 for each month in which a patient safety plan was not in effect; and

      (c) For failure to establish a patient safety committee or failure of such a committee to meet pursuant to the requirements of NRS 439.875, in an amount not to exceed $2,000 for each violation of that section.

      3.  Before the Division imposes an administrative sanction pursuant to subsection 2, the Division shall provide the medical facility with reasonable notice. The notice must contain the legal authority, jurisdiction and reasons for the action to be taken. If a medical facility wants to contest the action, the facility may file an appeal pursuant to the regulations of the State Board of Health adopted pursuant to NRS 449.165 and 449.170. Upon receiving notice of an appeal, the Division shall hold a hearing in accordance with those regulations.

      4.  An administrative sanction collected pursuant to this section must be accounted for separately and used by the Division to provide training and education to employees of the Division, employees of medical facilities and members of the general public regarding issues relating to the provision of quality and safe health care.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 16; A 2005, 600; 2009, 554; 2011, 680; 2013, 3042)

      NRS 439.890  Adoption of regulations.  The State Board of Health shall adopt such regulations as the Board determines to be necessary or advisable to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.800 to 439.890, inclusive.

      (Added to NRS by 2002 Special Session, 16; A 2005, 600; 2009, 554; 2011, 681)

WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION CONCERNING PRICE OF COMMONLY PRESCRIBED DRUGS

      NRS 439.900  “Pharmacy” defined.  As used in NRS 439.900 to 439.940, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, “pharmacy” means every store or shop licensed by the State Board of Pharmacy where drugs, controlled substances, poisons, medicines or chemicals are stored or possessed, or dispensed or sold at retail, or displayed for sale at retail, or where prescriptions are compounded or dispensed. The term does not include an institutional pharmacy as defined in NRS 639.0085.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3137)

      NRS 439.905  Organization representing interests of retail merchants to prepare and update list of most commonly prescribed drugs or generic equivalents.  The organization with the largest membership in this State which represents the interests of retail merchants, as determined by the Department, shall:

      1.  Prepare a list of not less than the 100 brand name prescription drugs or generic equivalents most commonly prescribed to residents of this State; and

      2.  At least once each calendar year, update the list prepared pursuant to subsection 1 and transmit the list to the Department.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3137)

      NRS 439.910  Pharmacies to provide to Department contact information, electronic mail address and address of Internet website; exceptions.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsections 2 and 3, each pharmacy shall, in accordance with the regulations adopted pursuant to NRS 439.930, provide to the Department:

      (a) Information that a consumer may use to locate, contact or otherwise do business with the pharmacy, including, without limitation:

             (1) The name of the pharmacy;

             (2) The physical address of the pharmacy; and

             (3) The phone number of the pharmacy;

      (b) If the pharmacy maintains an electronic mail address, the electronic mail address of the pharmacy; and

      (c) If the pharmacy maintains an Internet website, the Internet address of that website.

      2.  If a pharmacy is not located within the State of Nevada, the pharmacy may, but is not required to, provide to the Department the information described in subsection 1.

      3.  If a pharmacy is part of a larger company or corporation or a chain of pharmacies or retail stores, the parent company or corporation may provide to the Department the information described in subsection 1.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3137)

      NRS 439.915  Department to place on Internet website information concerning pharmacies and prices for prescription drugs; additional or alternative procedures for obtaining information concerning pharmacies and prices for prescription drugs.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, the Department shall:

      (a) Place or cause to be placed on the Internet website maintained by the Department the information provided by each pharmacy pursuant to NRS 439.910;

      (b) Ensure that the information provided by each pharmacy pursuant to NRS 439.910 and placed on the Internet website maintained by the Department is organized so that each individual pharmacy has its own separate entry on that website; and

      (c) Ensure that the usual and customary price that each pharmacy charges for each prescription drug that is on the list prepared pursuant to NRS 439.905 and that is stocked by the pharmacy:

             (1) Is presented on the Internet website maintained by the Department in a manner which complies with the requirements of NRS 439.920; and

             (2) Is updated not less frequently than once each calendar quarter.

Ê Nothing in this subsection prohibits the Department from determining the usual and customary price that a pharmacy charges for a prescription drug by extracting or otherwise obtaining such information from claims reported by pharmacies to the Medicaid program.

      2.  If a pharmacy is part of a larger company or corporation or a chain of pharmacies or retail stores, the Department may present the pricing information pertaining to such a pharmacy in such a manner that the pricing information is combined with the pricing information relative to other pharmacies that are part of the same company, corporation or chain, to the extent that the pricing information does not differ among those pharmacies.

      3.  The Department may establish additional or alternative procedures by which a consumer who is unable to access the Internet or is otherwise unable to receive the information described in subsection 1 in the manner in which it is presented by the Department may obtain that information:

      (a) In the form of paper records;

      (b) Through the use of a telephonic system; or

      (c) Using other methods or technologies designed specifically to assist consumers who are hearing impaired or visually impaired.

      4.  As used in this section, “usual and customary price” means the usual and customary charges that a provider charges to the general public for a drug, as described in 42 C.F.R. § 447.331.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3138)

      NRS 439.920  Manner of presentation of information.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in this section, the Department shall ensure that the list of prescription drugs prepared pursuant to NRS 439.905 and the information that pharmacies and the Department provide and obtain pursuant to NRS 439.910 and 439.915 are combined and presented to consumers in such a manner that a consumer may easily compare the prices for particular prescription drugs, and their generic equivalents, that are currently charged by:

      (a) Pharmacies located within the same city, county or zip code in which the consumer resides;

      (b) Internet pharmacies; and

      (c) Pharmacies that provide mail order service to residents of Nevada.

Ê The requirements of paragraphs (b) and (c) apply only to the extent that information regarding such pharmacies is made available to the Department.

      2.  As used in this section, “Internet pharmacy” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 639.00865.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3138)

      NRS 439.925  Immunity from civil and criminal liability.  The Department and its members, officers and employees are not liable civilly or criminally for any act, omission, error or technical problem that results in:

      1.  The failure to provide to consumers information regarding a pharmacy, including, without limitation, the prices charged by the pharmacy for the prescription drugs and generic equivalents that are on the list prepared pursuant to NRS 439.905; or

      2.  The providing to consumers of incorrect information regarding a pharmacy, including, without limitation, the prices charged by the pharmacy for the prescription drugs and generic equivalents that are on the list prepared pursuant to NRS 439.905.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3139)

      NRS 439.930  Regulations.  The Department shall adopt such regulations as it determines to be necessary or advisable to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.900 to 439.940, inclusive. Such regulations must provide for, without limitation:

      1.  Notice to consumers stating that:

      (a) Although the Department will strive to ensure that consumers receive accurate information regarding pharmacies, including, without limitation, the prices charged by those pharmacies for the prescription drugs and generic equivalents that are on the list prepared pursuant to NRS 439.905, the Department is unable to guarantee the accuracy of such information;

      (b) If a consumer follows an Internet link from the Internet website maintained by the Department to an Internet website maintained by a pharmacy, the Department is unable to guarantee the accuracy of any information made available on the Internet website maintained by the pharmacy; and

      (c) The Department advises consumers to contact a pharmacy directly to verify the accuracy of any information regarding the pharmacy which is made available to consumers pursuant to NRS 439.900 to 439.940, inclusive;

      2.  Procedures adopted to direct consumers who have questions regarding the program described in NRS 439.900 to 439.940, inclusive, to contact the Office for Consumer Health Assistance of the Department;

      3.  Provisions in accordance with which the Department will allow an Internet link to the information provided by each pharmacy pursuant to NRS 439.910 and made available on the Department’s Internet website to be placed on other Internet websites managed or maintained by other persons and entities, including, without limitation, Internet websites managed or maintained by:

      (a) Other governmental entities, including, without limitation, the State Board of Pharmacy and the Office of the Governor; and

      (b) Nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups;

      4.  Procedures pursuant to which consumers and pharmacies may report to the Department that information made available to consumers pursuant to NRS 439.900 to 439.940, inclusive, is inaccurate;

      5.  The form and manner in which pharmacies are to provide to the Department the information described in NRS 439.910; and

      6.  Standards and criteria pursuant to which the Department may remove from its Internet website information regarding a pharmacy or an Internet link to the Internet website maintained by a pharmacy, or both, if the Department determines that the pharmacy has:

      (a) Ceased to be licensed and in good standing pursuant to chapter 639 of NRS; or

      (b) Engaged in a pattern of providing to consumers information that is false or would be misleading to reasonably informed persons.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3139; A 2011, 977)

      NRS 439.935  Suspension of components of program or duties of Department if sufficient money not available; acceptance of gifts and grants.

      1.  On or before July 1 of each odd-numbered year, the Department shall make a determination of whether sufficient money is available and authorized for expenditure to fund one or more components of the programs and other duties of the Department relating to NRS 439.900 to 439.940, inclusive.

      2.  The Department shall temporarily suspend any components of the program or duties of the Department for which it determines pursuant to subsection 1 that sufficient money is not available.

      3.  The Department may apply for and accept any available grants and may accept any bequests, devises, donations or gifts from any public or private source to carry out the provisions of NRS 439.900 to 439.940, inclusive.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3140)

      NRS 439.940  Penalty for failure to provide information to Department.  If a pharmacy that is licensed under the provisions of chapter 639 of NRS and is located within the State of Nevada fails to provide to the Department the information required to be provided pursuant to NRS 439.910 or fails to provide such information on a timely basis, and the failure was not caused by excusable neglect, technical problems or other extenuating circumstances, the Department may impose against the pharmacy an administrative penalty of not more than $500 for each day of such failure.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3140)

WEBSITE FOR BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS

      NRS 439.942  Establishment; requirements to become client; administrators; confidentiality; protection of information; maintenance.

      1.  The Division may establish a secure Internet website which makes certain information available for a website client to conduct an investigation into the background and personal history of a person that is required pursuant to the provisions of this chapter or chapter 62B, 63, 424, 427A, 432, 432A, 432B, 433, 433B, 435 or 449 of NRS.

      2.  To become a website client, a person or governmental entity must:

      (a) Create an account on the Internet website;

      (b) Comply with NRS 439.942 to 439.948, inclusive, and any regulations adopted pursuant thereto governing use of the Internet website; and

      (c) Designate a website client administrator who is responsible for:

             (1) Determining the persons who are authorized to use the Internet website;

             (2) Providing the Division with the names of the persons who are authorized to use the Internet website;

             (3) Ensuring that only those authorized persons have access to the Internet website; and

             (4) Notifying the Division of any change in the persons who are authorized to use the Internet website.

      3.  Authorized employees of the Division and of the Department of Public Safety may be designated to serve as administrators of the Internet website with access to all the data and information on the Internet website.

      4.  Except as otherwise provided in this section and NRS 239.0115, information collected, maintained, stored, backed up or on file on the Internet website is confidential, not subject to subpoena or discovery and is not subject to inspection by the general public.

      5.  The Division shall ensure that any information collected, maintained and stored on the Internet website is protected adequately from fire, theft, loss, destruction, other hazards and unauthorized access, and is backed-up in a manner that ensures proper confidentiality and security.

      6.  The Internet website must be maintained in accordance with any requirements of the Division of Enterprise Information Technology Services of the Department of Administration established for use of the equipment or services of the Division pursuant to NRS 242.181.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2886)

      NRS 439.943  Authorized use; inclusion of relevant publicly available information.

      1.  A person authorized to use the Internet website established pursuant to NRS 439.942 may access the website to search for information necessary to conduct an investigation of the background and personal history of a person when required. Such a search may include, without limitation, to the extent that the information is available:

      (a) Determining whether the person being investigated has been convicted of a crime that disqualifies the person for employment, licensure or other privilege sought;

      (b) Verifying the social security number, date of birth and driver’s license or identification card number of the person being investigated;

      (c) Determining whether any disciplinary action has been taken by a professional licensing board against the person being investigated; and

      (d) Determining whether the person being investigated is included on the list of individuals who are excluded from participation in Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health care programs pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §§ 1320a-7 et seq.

      2.  The Internet website established pursuant to NRS 439.942 may include, without limitation, any relevant information that is available to the public, including, without limitation, hyperlinks to relevant publicly available Internet websites and registries, forms and educational materials.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2887)

      NRS 439.944  Access authorized to enter information and manage information and account.  A person authorized to use the Internet website established pursuant to NRS 439.942 may access the website to:

      1.  Enter any required information;

      2.  Manage the information to which the person has access; and

      3.  Manage the account of the person.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2887)

      NRS 439.945  Division authorized to enter into cooperative agreements with certain state and federal agencies to obtain information for inclusion.  The Division may enter into cooperative agreements to obtain and accept information for inclusion on the Internet website established pursuant to NRS 439.942 from:

      1.  The Statewide Central Registry for the Collection of Information Concerning the Abuse or Neglect of a Child established pursuant to NRS 432.100 and any similar registry maintained by a governmental entity of any state or territory within the United States;

      2.  The Central Repository for Nevada Records of Criminal History or any similar repository maintained by a government agency of any state or territory within the United States; and

      3.  Any other state or federal agency which maintains a database, repository or registry which contains information the Division determines is necessary or appropriate for inclusion on the Internet website.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2888)

      NRS 439.946  Authorized collection, maintenance and storage of certain information on website.

      1.  In addition to any other information included on the Internet website established pursuant to NRS 439.942, the Division may collect, maintain and store on the Internet website the following information relating to the background and personal history of a person:

      (a) The first, middle and last name of the person, any aliases used by the person and, if available, a photograph of the person;

      (b) The social security number, date of birth and, if available, the driver’s license or identification card number of the person;

      (c) Information regarding the criminal convictions of the person, if any;

      (d) Any other information submitted pursuant to NRS 439.945; and

      (e) Any other information determined by the Division to be necessary or appropriate.

      2.  The information described in subsection 1 may be collected, stored and maintained electronically, in hard copy, in a database, through a secure interface from a state or federal governmental entity directly to the Internet website, or by any other means as the Division determines necessary or appropriate.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2888)

      NRS 439.947  Access to information.

      1.  When establishing permissions for a website client to access information on the Internet website established pursuant to NRS 439.942, the Division shall determine the information necessary for the website client to conduct an investigation into the background and personal history of a person and limit access to the website client to only the information necessary for that website client.

      2.  Information regarding a person whose background and personal history is investigated must not be shared with any other website client.

      3.  A person who is authorized to use the Internet website by the website client administrator pursuant to NRS 439.942 may be given permission to access any information deemed necessary pursuant to subsection 1.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2888)

      NRS 439.948  Fees; regulations.  The Division may adopt regulations to:

      1.  Prescribe a fee to be imposed on website clients for use of the Internet website established pursuant to NRS 439.942; and

      2.  Carry out the provisions of NRS 439.942 to 439.948, inclusive.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2888)

PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES AND OTHER HEALTH EVENTS

      NRS 439.950  Definitions.  As used in NRS 439.950 to 439.983, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 439.955, 439.960 and 439.965 have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 366)

      NRS 439.955  “Emergency team” defined.  “Emergency team” means an emergency team designated in an executive order of the Governor pursuant to NRS 439.970 to respond to a public health emergency or other health event.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 366)

      NRS 439.960  “Health care facility” defined.  “Health care facility” means any facility licensed pursuant to chapter 449 of NRS.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 366)

      NRS 439.965  “Provider of health care” defined.  “Provider of health care” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 629.031.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 367)

      NRS 439.970  Determination of public health emergency or other health event; executive order of Governor; designation of emergency team; chair; Attorney General designated legal counsel to emergency team.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in chapter 414 of NRS, if a health authority identifies within its jurisdiction a public health emergency or other health event that is an immediate threat to the health and safety of the public in a health care facility or the office of a provider of health care, the health authority shall immediately transmit to the Governor a report of the immediate threat.

      2.  Upon receiving a report pursuant to subsection 1, the Governor shall determine whether a public health emergency or other health event exists that requires a coordinated response for the health and safety of the public. If the Governor determines that a public health emergency or other health event exists that requires such a coordinated response, the Governor shall issue an executive order:

      (a) Stating the nature of the public health emergency or other health event;

      (b) Stating the conditions that have brought about the public health emergency or other health event, including, without limitation, an identification of each health care facility or provider of health care, if any, related to the public health emergency or other health event;

      (c) Stating the estimated duration of the immediate threat to the health and safety of the public; and

      (d) Designating an emergency team comprised of:

             (1) The Chief Medical Officer or a person appointed pursuant to subsection 5, as applicable; and

             (2) Representatives of state agencies, divisions, boards and other entities, including, without limitation, professional licensing boards, with authority by statute to govern or regulate the health care facilities and providers of health care identified as being related to the public health emergency or other health event pursuant to paragraph (b).

      3.  If additional state agencies, divisions, boards or other entities are identified during the course of the response to the public health emergency or other health event as having authority regarding a health care facility or provider of health care that is related to the public health emergency or other health event, the Governor shall direct that agency, division, board or entity to appoint a representative to the emergency team.

      4.  The Chief Medical Officer or a person appointed pursuant to subsection 5, as applicable, is the chair of the emergency team.

      5.  If the Chief Medical Officer has a conflict of interest relating to a public health emergency or other health event or is otherwise unable to carry out the duties prescribed pursuant to NRS 439.950 to 439.983, inclusive, the Director shall temporarily appoint a person to carry out the duties of the Chief Medical Officer prescribed in NRS 439.950 to 439.983, inclusive, until such time as the public health emergency or other health event has been resolved or the Chief Medical Officer is able to resume those duties. The person appointed by the Director must meet the requirements prescribed by NRS 439.095.

      6.  The Governor shall immediately transmit the executive order to:

      (a) The Legislature or, if the Legislature is not in session, to the Legislative Commission and the Legislative Committee on Health Care; and

      (b) Any person or entity deemed necessary or advisable by the Governor.

      7.  The Governor shall declare a public health emergency or other health event terminated before the estimated duration stated in the executive order upon a finding that the public health emergency or other health event no longer poses an immediate threat to the health and safety of the public. Upon such a finding, the Governor shall notify each person and entity described in subsection 6.

      8.  If a public health emergency or other health event lasts longer than the estimated duration stated in the executive order, the Governor is not required to reissue an executive order, but shall notify each person and entity identified in subsection 6.

      9.  The Attorney General shall provide legal counsel to the emergency team.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 367; A 2013, 3043)

      NRS 439.973  Authority of Governor to request assistance from contiguous state in carrying out inspections.  During a public health emergency or other health event, the Governor may, upon consultation with the emergency team, request from a governor of a contiguous state assistance in carrying out an inspection of any health care facility or the office of a provider of health care. The Governor may enter into an agreement for the provision of such services relating to inspections.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 368)

      NRS 439.975  Powers and duties of emergency team.

      1.  The emergency team shall:

      (a) Convene as soon as practicable after the executive order is issued pursuant to NRS 439.970; and

      (b) Upon the advice of the Attorney General, investigate the response of each state agency, division, board and other entity that is represented on the emergency team to the public health emergency or other health event and work cooperatively to ensure the sharing of any material information and coordinate a response to the public health emergency or other health event with all the state agencies, divisions, boards and other entities represented on the emergency team.

      2.  The scope of powers and duties of the emergency team extends only to the respective jurisdiction of each state agency, division, board or other entity represented on the team and does not supersede the authority of a health authority to investigate the public health emergency or other health event within its jurisdiction.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 368)

      NRS 439.980  Duties of chair of emergency team.  The chair of the emergency team or a member of the emergency team designated by the chair shall:

      1.  Provide information to the general public and ensure that the public remains informed on the progress of the work of the emergency team.

      2.  Act as the liaison between the emergency team and the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly, the Majority Leader of the Senate, the Attorney General and any other officer, agency or political subdivision of this State with an interest in the response to and resolution of the public health emergency or other health event.

      3.  Provide to the Governor and the Legislature or, if the Legislature is not in session, to the Legislative Commission and the Legislative Committee on Health Care:

      (a) During the course of an investigation of a public health emergency or other health event, monthly updates, or more frequent updates if requested, on the progress of the work of the emergency team; and

      (b) Upon the resolution of the issues involved in the public health emergency or other health event, a report on the findings of the emergency team and the action that was taken to resolve the public health emergency or other health event and any consequences thereof.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 368)

      NRS 439.983  Duties of emergency team upon resolution of public health emergency or other health event.  Upon the resolution of a public health emergency or other health event, the emergency team shall:

      1.  Make recommendations to the State Board of Health and local boards of health with respect to regulations or policies which may be adopted to prevent public health emergencies and other health events or to improve responses to public health emergencies and other health events; and

      2.  Evaluate the response of each state agency, division, board or other entity represented on the emergency team and make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature or, if the Legislature is not in session, to the Legislative Commission and the Legislative Committee on Health Care with respect to actions and measures that may be taken to improve such responses.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 369)

STERILE HYPODERMIC DEVICE PROGRAMS

      NRS 439.985  Legislative declaration of purpose.  The Legislature hereby declares that the purpose of NRS 439.985 to 439.994, inclusive, is to enable the use of sterile hypodermic devices and other related material for use among people who inject drugs for the purpose of reducing the intravenous transmission of diseases. The provisions of NRS 439.985 to 439.994, inclusive, are intended to:

      1.  Ensure the availability and accessibility of sterile hypodermic devices by encouraging distribution of such devices by various means.

      2.  Provide for the effective operation of sterile hypodermic device programs that protect the human rights of people who use such programs.

      3.  Guarantee that sterile hypodermic devices and other sterile injection supplies are not deemed illegal.

      4.  Ensure that sterile hypodermic device programs operate in harmony with law enforcement activities.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3171)

      NRS 439.986  “Sterile hypodermic device program” or “program” defined.  As used in NRS 439.985 to 439.994, inclusive, “sterile hypodermic device program” or “program” means a program established pursuant to NRS 439.987 for the safe distribution and disposal of hypodermic devices.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3171)

      NRS 439.987  Establishment.

      1.  A governmental entity, a nonprofit corporation that is recognized as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3), a public health program, a medical facility or a person who has a fiscal sponsor that is recognized as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3), may establish a sterile hypodermic device program in this State.

      2.  As used in this section:

      (a) “Medical facility” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 449.0151.

      (b) “Public health program” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 454.00973.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3171)

      NRS 439.988  Guidelines governing operation.  The State Board of Health shall establish guidelines governing the operation of the program which provide for, without limitation:

      1.  The recording of the quantities of hypodermic devices distributed and collected by the program; and

      2.  The procedures for the safe collection and disposal of used hypodermic devices.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3171)

      NRS 439.989  Program to establish safety procedures, provide community outreach and report to State Board of Health.  A sterile hypodermic device program shall:

      1.  Establish and follow procedures for the safe collection and disposal of used hypodermic devices and other related material pursuant to guidelines established by the State Board of Health.

      2.  Provide community outreach and educational programs concerning:

      (a) The safer use of hypodermic devices to avoid disease and infection; and

      (b) The safe disposal of hypodermic devices.

      3.  Report the quantities of hypodermic devices distributed and collected by the program to the State Board of Health at least semiannually.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3171)

      NRS 439.990  Staff and volunteers to complete training; requirements for training.  All staff and volunteers of a sterile hypodermic device program shall complete training which includes, without limitation, the following information:

      1.  The policies and procedures of the program and relevant regulations, including, without limitation, emergency and safety policies and procedures;

      2.  Legal and law enforcement issues and policies regarding hypodermic devices;

      3.  Overdose prevention, recognition and response;

      4.  The risk of blood-borne diseases that may result from the use of hypodermic devices;

      5.  Methods for preventing the transmission or contraction of blood-borne diseases;

      6.  The dangers of injecting drugs and the manner in which to access treatment;

      7.  Information concerning the human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis virus and the prevention of the spread of these viruses;

      8.  The safe disposal of hypodermic devices, including, without limitation, procedures concerning accidental needle sticks; and

      9.  Cultural competency, including, without limitation, sensitivity to the needs of children, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals, racial and ethnic minorities, women, sex workers and any other participant population.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3172)

      NRS 439.991  Program authorized to provide material for safer injection drug use and certain information.  A sterile hypodermic device program may provide:

      1.  Sterile hypodermic devices and other related material for safer injection drug use; and

      2.  Information concerning:

      (a) The risks associated with the use of controlled substances;

      (b) Drug dependence treatment services and other health services;

      (c) Support services for people with drug dependence and their families;

      (d) Methods for preventing the transmission or contraction of blood-borne diseases;

      (e) Employment and vocational training services and centers; and

      (f) Legal aid services.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3172)

      NRS 439.992  Immunity from civil liability.  The State, any political subdivision thereof, a sterile hypodermic device program and the staff and volunteers thereof are not subject to civil liability in relation to any act or failure to act in connection with the operation of a sterile hypodermic device program, if the act or failure to act was in good faith for the purpose of executing the provisions of NRS 439.985 to 439.994, inclusive, and was not a reckless act or failure to act.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3172)

      NRS 439.993  Confidentiality of records; use of information.

      1.  Any record of a person which is created or obtained for use by a sterile hypodermic device program must be kept confidential and:

      (a) Is not open for public inspection or disclosure;

      (b) Must not be shared with any other person or entity without the consent of the person to whom the record relates; and

      (c) Must not be discoverable or admissible during any legal proceeding.

      2.  A record described in subsection 1 must not be used:

      (a) To initiate or substantiate any criminal charge against a person who participates in the sterile hypodermic device program; or

      (b) As grounds for conducting any investigation of a person who participates in the sterile hypodermic device program.

      3.  The staff and volunteers of a sterile hypodermic device program shall not be compelled to provide evidence in any criminal proceeding conducted pursuant to the laws of this State concerning any information that was entrusted to them or became known to them through the program.

      4.  The use of any personal information of any person who participates in a sterile hypodermic device program or of the staff or volunteers of the sterile hypodermic device program in research and evaluation must be done in such a manner as to guarantee the anonymity of the person.

      5.  Aggregate data from a sterile hypodermic device program, including, without limitation, demographic information, the number of clients contacted and the types of referrals may be made available to the public.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3172)

      NRS 439.994  Discrimination prohibited.  No person shall be subject to any discrimination in the operation of a sterile hypodermic device program on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, political affiliation, disability, national origin, residence, frequency of injection or controlled substance used.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 3173)