This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included a series of informational presentations on the status of various proposed amendments to current public health regulations and an update from the Commissioner on key DPH initiatives moving forward.
First, the Council received an update from Office of Emergency Medical Services Director Jamie Pianka, summarizing all public comments received related to proposed amendments to EMS regulations in the area of EMT certification. Following a discussion, the Council voted to approved the proposed amendments.
Bureau of Environmental Health Director Suzanne Condon then updated the Council on proposed amendments to regulations which would strengthen safety rules for municipal and recreational camps offering swimming activities for children. The proposed amendments will undergo a public hearing and comment period. Following that, DPH will review all feedback, revise the proposed regulations as appropriate, and bring back to the Council for a final vote.
The Council then received an update from the Determination of Need (DoN) program, related to a series of proposed amendments to DoN regulations to bring them into compliance with statutes delineated as part of Chapter 224 which was enacted by the state Legislature in 2012.
Finally, DPH Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett provided an informational update for the Council on the current status and next steps for a series of key DPH initiatives.
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