(1)  There is created the Department of Health, which has all of the policymaking functions, regulatory and enforcement powers, rights, duties, and responsibilities of the Division of Health, the Board of Health, the State Health Planning Development Agency, and the Office of Health Care Financing. Unless otherwise specifically provided, when reference is made in any statute of this state to the Board of Health, the Division of Health, the State Health Planning Development Agency, or the Office of Health Care Financing, it refers to the department. The department shall assume all of the policymaking functions, powers, rights, duties, and responsibilities over the division, agency, and office previously vested in the Department of Human Services and its executive director.

Terms Used In Utah Code 26-1-4

  • Council: means the Utah Health Advisory Council. See Utah Code 17-27a-509
  • Department: means the Department of Health created in Section 26-1-4. See Utah Code 17-27a-509
  • Executive director: means the executive director of the department appointed pursuant to Section 26-1-8. See Utah Code 17-27a-509
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes a state, district, or territory of the United States. See Utah Code 48-2e-1156
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
(2)  In establishing public health policy, the department shall consult with the local health departments established under Title 26A, Chapter 1, Local Health Departments.

(3) 

(a)  As used in this Subsection (3):

(i)  “Committee” means the committee established under Subsection (3)(b).

(ii)  “Exempt application” means an application for a federal grant that meets the criteria established under Subsection (3)(c)(iii).

(iii)  “Expedited application” means an application for a federal grant that meets the criteria established under Subsection (3)(c)(iv).

(iv)  “Federal grant” means a grant from the federal government that could provide funds for local health departments to help them fulfill their duties and responsibilities.

(v)  “Reviewable application” means an application for a federal grant that is not an exempt application.

(b)  The department shall establish a committee consisting of:

(i)  the executive director, or the executive director’s designee;

(ii)  two representatives of the department, appointed by the executive director; and

(iii)  three representatives of local health departments, appointed by all local health departments.

(c)  The committee shall:

(i)  evaluate:

(A)  the allocation of public health resources between the department and local health departments; and

(B)  policies that affect local health departments;

(ii)  consider policy changes proposed by the department or local health departments;

(iii)  establish criteria by which an application for a federal grant may be judged to determine whether it should be exempt from the requirements under Subsection (3)(d); and

(iv)  establish criteria by which an application for a federal grant may be judged to determine whether committee review under Subsection (3)(d)(i) should be delayed until after the application is submitted because the application is required to be submitted under a timetable that makes committee review before it is submitted impracticable if the submission deadline is to be met.

(d) 

(i)  The committee shall review the goals and budget for each reviewable application:

(A)  before the application is submitted, except for an expedited application; and

(B)  for an expedited application, after the application is submitted but before funds from the federal grant for which the application was submitted are disbursed or encumbered.

(ii)  Funds from a federal grant pursuant to a reviewable application may not be disbursed or encumbered before the goals and budget for the federal grant are established by:

(A)  a two-thirds vote of the committee, following the committee review under Subsection (3)(d)(i); or

(B)  if two-thirds of the committee cannot agree on the goals and budget, the chair of the health advisory council, after consultation with the committee in a manner that the committee determines.

(e)  An exempt application is exempt from the requirements of Subsection (3)(d).

(f)  The department may use money from a federal grant to pay administrative costs incurred in implementing this Subsection (3).

Amended by Chapter 167, 2013 General Session