Sec. 101A.252: Operation of Office

(a) The office shall operate and is subject to the commission's oversight in accordance with federal and state statute.

(b) The commission may operate the office directly or by contract or memorandum of agreement with a public agency or other appropriate private nonprofit organization. The commission, agency, or organization may not implement a policy that prohibits the office from performing its duties under this subchapter. The commission may not use an agency or organization that:

(1) is responsible for licensing or certifying long-term care services;

(2) is an association of long-term care facilities or of any other residential facility that serves persons with disabilities or who are 60 years of age or older, or that is an affiliate of such an association; or

(3) has an ownership, operational, or investment interest in a long-term care facility.

(c) The commission shall consider the views of residents, provider organizations, advocacy groups, and area agencies on aging in planning and operating the office.

(d) The commission shall ensure that a person involved in designating the state long-term care ombudsman or in designating a representative does not have a conflict of interest.

Comments

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.361, eff. April 2, 2015.

Amended by:

Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 900 (H.B. 3564), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2017.