144A.52 OFFICE OF HEALTH FACILITY COMPLAINTS.
Subdivision 1. Creation; administration.
The Office of Health Facility Complaints is
hereby created in the Department of Health. The office shall be headed by a director appointed
by the state commissioner of health.
The commissioner of health shall provide the Office of Health Facility Complaints with
office space, administrative services and secretarial and clerical assistance.
Subd. 2. Staff.
The director may appoint a deputy director and one personal secretary to
discharge the responsibilities of the office. Any deputy director or personal secretary and all other
employees of the office shall be classified employees of the state commissioner of health.
Subd. 3. Duties; delegation.
The director may delegate to members of the staff any of the
authority or duties of the director except the duty of formally making recommendations to the
legislature, administrative agencies, health facilities, residential care homes, health care providers,
home care providers, and the state commissioner of health.
Subd. 4. Training.
The director shall attempt to include staff persons with expertise in areas
such as law, health care, social work, dietary needs, sanitation, financial audits, health-safety
requirements as they apply to health facilities, residential care homes, and any other relevant
fields. To the extent possible, employees of the office shall meet federal training requirements
for health facility surveyors.
History: 1976 c 325 s 2; 1977 c 305 s 45; 1982 c 560 s 48; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 378 s 11;
1991 c 238 art 1 s 8; 1992 c 513 art 6 s 15,16