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DOH’s Office of inspector general investigations section working to receive statewide RE-accreditation

~Accreditation Team invites public comments~

TALLAHASSEE – A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (Commission) will conduct an on-site assessment at the Florida Department of Health (DOH) Office of Inspector General (OIG) in Tallahassee on July 11th of this year. The OIG received initial accreditation status on September 29, 2011 and was reaccredited on October 8, 2014.  The current assessment is the final stage of an ongoing effort for the OIG to achieve re-accreditation and will examine all aspects of the OIG’s Investigations Section, including looking at policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.  

Verification by the assessment team that the OIG continues to meet the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to raise the bar for the office to meet the highest professional standards.  Receiving re-accreditation is a highly respected recognition by the Commission, which also evaluates law enforcement and corrections agencies, to ensure the public the OIG is meeting or exceeding the statewide standards.

The OIG must comply with approximately 40 standards to be accredited by the Commission.  All the applicable standards are mandatory, such as requiring investigative staff abide by a code of ethics, establish and follow procedures for the release of information to the public in accordance with Florida Statutes and members, including the Inspector General or designee, adhere to strict guidelines when conducting internal investigations of agency employees. 

The assessors will thoroughly review written materials (including policies, directives, final reports, etc.), interview individuals and may visit DOH offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. 

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the OIG, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the OIG should be re-accredited.  The DOH OIG’s re-accreditation, if approved, will be for a three-year term. 

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards is available through the Commission’s website and the public is encouraged to give public comment.   Citizens looking to provide public comment may do so by making public comments through the Commission’s accreditation website at http://www.flaccreditation.org/index.htm  or writing to the CFA as described below.

For more information regarding CFA accreditation or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the OIG’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, write to: CFA, Attention: Program Manager Jeff Owens, P.O. Box 1489 ~ Tallahassee, FL 32302

DOH’s OIG reviews complaints and conducts independent and impartial investigations to maintain the integrity, credibility, and public trust as the Department carries out its core mission to protect and promote the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.  For more information about the duties and responsibilities of the OIG, please visit its website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/about-the-department-of-health/about-us/administrative-functions/inspector-general/index.html


NOTICE OF VARIANCE OR WAIVER

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Office of Compassionate Use

RULE NO.:  RULE TITLE:

Rule No.: 64-4.002 Initial Application Requirements for Dispensing Organizations

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on June 9, 2015, the Department of Health received a petition for an emergency variance or waiver from  Carroll Brothers Nursery, Inc.  The petition seeks a waiver of the requirement for certified financials.  The rule outlining application requirements does not become effective until June 17, 2015.  Any interested person or other agency may submit written comments within 5 days after the publication of this notice to Shannon Revels, Agency Clerk, Department of Health, Office of the General Counsel, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A02, Tallahassee,  Florida 32399-1703.

A copy of the Petition for variance or waiver may be obtained by contacting:  Shannon Revels, Agency Clerk, Department of Health, Office of the General Counsel, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A02, Tallahassee,  Florida 32399-1703.


NOTICE OF VARIANCE OR WAIVER

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Office of Compassionate Use

RULE NO.:  RULE TITLE:

Rule No.: 64-4.002 Initial Application Requirements for Dispensing Organizations

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on June 10, 2015, the Department of Health received a petition for an emergency variance or waiver from Wyld West Annuals, Inc.  The petition seeks a waiver of the requirement for certified financials.  The rule outlining application requirements does not become effective until June 17, 2015.  Any interested person or other agency may submit written comments within 5 days after the publication of this notice to Shannon Revels, Agency Clerk, Department of Health, Office of the General Counsel, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A02, Tallahassee,  Florida 32399-1703.

A copy of the Petition for variance or waiver may be obtained by contacting:  Shannon Revels, Agency Clerk, Department of Health, Office of the General Counsel, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A02, Tallahassee,  Florida 32399-1703.


NOTICE OF VARIANCE OR WAIVER

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support

RULE NO.:  RULE TITLE:

Rule No.: 64J-2.011 Trauma Center Requirments

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on June 26, 2015, the Department of Health received a petition for an emergenc  y variance or waiver from  Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Inc.  The petition seeks a variance to the requirement for oral/maxillofacial surgery call coverage and proposes alternative means to meet the requirment.  Any interested person or other agency may submit written comments within 5 days after the publication of this notice to Susan Bulecza, Department of Health, Trauma Program, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-22, Tallahassee,  Florida 32399-1703.

A copy of the Petition for variance or waiver may be obtained by contacting: Susan Bulecza, Department of Health, Trauma Program,4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-22, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1703.