Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1943

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 12-7-2 ; IC 12-17.2-3.5.

Synopsis: Minimum standards for child care providers. Provides that a child care provider is ineligible to receive reimbursement through the federal Child Care Development Fund voucher program unless the provider meets certain standards. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the board for the coordination of child care regulation.)

Effective: July 1, 2001.





Budak, Summers, Dickinson, Becker




    January 17, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Human Affairs.







Introduced

First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1943



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning human services.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 12-7-2-199.3; (01)IN1943.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 12-7-2-199.3 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 199.3. "Voucher agent", for purposes of IC 12-17.2-3.5 , has the meaning set forth in IC 12-17.2-3.5-2.
SOURCE: IC 12-7-2-199.5; (01)IN1943.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 12-7-2-199.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 199.5. "Voucher payment", for purposes of IC 12-17.2-3.5 , has the meaning set forth in IC 12-17.2-3.5-3.
SOURCE: IC 12-17.2-3.5; (01)IN1943.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 12-17.2-3.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]:
    Chapter 3.5. Eligibility of Child Care Provider to Receive Reimbursement Through Voucher Program
    Sec. 1. This chapter applies to all child care providers regardless of whether a provider is required to be licensed or registered under

this article.
    Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "voucher agent" means a person who contracts with the division to process applications and reimbursement for the federal Child Care Development Fund voucher program administered under 45 CFR 98 and 45 CFR 99.
    Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "voucher payment" means payment for child care through the federal Child Care Development Fund voucher program administered under 45 CFR 98 and 45 CFR 99.
    Sec. 4. A provider who:
        (1) has been convicted of a felony; or
        (2) fails to meet the requirements set forth in sections 5 through 12 of this chapter;
is ineligible to receive a voucher payment.
    Sec. 5. A provider shall have working smoke detectors that meet the standards adopted by rule for smoke detectors in licensed child care homes in the area of the facility where the provider provides child care.
    Sec. 6. (a) A provider who is an individual shall have an annual intradermal tuberculosis test.
    (b) A provider shall assure that all individuals who are at least eighteen (18) years of age and who:
        (1) if the provider provides child care in the provider's home, reside with the provider; and
        (2) are employed at the facility where the provider provides child care;
have an annual intradermal tuberculosis test.
    (c) A provider shall provide the results of the tests required under subsections (a) and (b) to the voucher agent.
    Sec. 7. A provider shall have written plans for notifying parents regarding the following:
        (1) Illness, serious injury, or death of the provider.
        (2) Care in an emergency.
        (3) Emergency evacuation.
The plan required under subdivision (3) must be posted in a conspicuous location in the provider's facility.
    Sec. 8. A provider who is an individual shall maintain current certification in:
        (1) infant and child CPR; and
        (2) first aid.
    Sec. 9. A provider shall have at least one (1) working telephone in each facility where the provider provides child care.


    Sec. 10. A provider shall conduct monthly documented fire drills in accordance with Article 13 of the Indiana fire code in each facility where the provider provides child care.
    Sec. 11. A provider shall provide for a safe environment by ensuring that the following items are placed in areas that are inaccessible to the children in the provider's care:
        (1) Firearms and ammunition.
        (2) Poisons, chemicals, bleach, and cleaning materials.
    Sec. 12. (a) A provider shall, at the provider's expense, provide to the voucher agent a copy of a limited criminal history for:
        (1) the provider;
        (2) if the provider provides child care in the provider's home, any individual who resides with the provider and who is:
            (A) at least eighteen (18) years of age; or
            (B) less than eighteen (18) years of age but has previously been waived from juvenile court to adult court; and
        (3) any individual who is employed at the facility where the provider provides child care.
    (b) In addition to the requirement under subsection (a), a provider shall report to the voucher agent any:
        (1) police investigations;
        (2) arrests; and
        (3) criminal convictions;
not listed on a limited criminal history provided under subsection (a) regarding any of the persons listed in subsection (a).