Utah Department of Administrative Services Division of Administrative Rules

File No. 36133

This rule was published in the May 15, 2012, issue (Vol. 2012, No. 10) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Workforce Services, Employment Development

Section R986-200-221

Drug Testing Requirements

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 36133
Filed: 05/01/2012 11:28:12 AM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The purpose of this amendment is to implement statutory changes.

Summary of the rule or change:

The Utah Legislature passed H.B. 155 in the 2012 General Session. The new law requires drug testing for applicants for financial assistance. This rule explains how that drug testing will be done and the consequences for failing a drug test.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 35A-3-301 et seq.
  • Section 35A-1-104
  • Subsection 35A-1-104(4)

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

This applies to federally-funded programs so there are no costs or savings to the state budget. There are no costs anticipated by this rule that were not contemplated in the passing of H.B. 155.

local governments:

This is a federally-funded program so there are no costs or savings to the local government.

small businesses:

There will be no costs to small businesses to comply with these changes because this is a federally-funded program.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

There will be no costs persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities to comply with these changes because this is a federally-funded program.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

There will be no costs to persons to comply with these changes because there are no costs or fees associated with these proposed changes.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

There are no compliance costs associated with these changes for any affected persons because this is a federally-funded program and there are no fees or costs associated with these proposed changes. There are no compliance costs associated with this change. There are no fees associated with this change. There will be no cost to anyone to comply with these changes. There will be no fiscal impact on any business.

Kristen Cox, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Workforce Services
Employment Development
140 E 300 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-2333

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Suzan Pixton at the above address, by phone at 801-526-9645, by FAX at 801-526-9211, or by Internet E-mail at spixton@utah.gov

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

06/14/2012

Interested persons may attend a public hearing regarding this rule:

  • 05/29/2012 05:30 PM, 1385 S State Street, Room 157, Salt Lake City, UT

This rule may become effective on:

06/21/2012

Authorized by:

Kristen Cox, Executive Director

RULE TEXT

R986. Workforce Services, Employment Development.

R986-200. Family Employment Program.

R986-200-221. Drug Testing Requirements.

(1) A parent client or specified relative who is counted in the household assistance unit under R986-200-205 must complete a substance abuse questionnaire. A substance abuse questionnaire is defined as a written screening questionnaire designed to accurately determine the reasonable likelihood of the client having a substance use disorder involving the misuse of a controlled substance. Individuals in the household who have been disqualified from the receipt of assistance because of an IPV are also required to complete a substance abuse questionnaire and otherwise comply with this section.

(2) If the results of the substance abuse questionnaire indicate a reasonable likelihood of a substance use disorder involving the misuse of a controlled substance, a drug test is required within a period of time as specified by the Department. The test will be performed in accordance with the requirements of Utah Code Ann. Section 34-38-6. Before taking the drug test, the client may advise the person administering the test of any prescription or any over the counter medication the client is taking.

(3) If the client tests positive for the unlawful use of a controlled substance on the drug test required under subsection (2), benefits may continue but only if the client agrees to receive treatment from a Department approved provider. The treatment will be for a minimum of 60 days and the client must also submit to drug tests during, and at the conclusion of, treatment. Each test must be negative. The length of treatment, if over 60 days, will be determined by the treatment provider and the Department. The client cannot change treatment providers unless the treatment provider and the Department agree to the change.

(4) The entire household unit will be denied financial assistance for a period of three months for the first occurrence and 12 months for any subsequence occurrence within a 12 month period if a client identified in subsection (1):

(a) refuses to take a drug test as required in subsection (2) or (3) of this section,

(b) fails to enter and successfully complete treatment as required in subsection (3) of this section, or

(c) tests positive for the unlawful use of a controlled substance, on any subsequent drug test required by the Department, while in treatment or at the completion of treatment.

(5) A client can be excused from complying with the requirements of this section if the necessary resources are not available through no fault of the client.

(6) A client can be excused from complying with the requirements of this section in a timely manner if the client can show reasonable cause. Reasonable cause under this section means the client was prevented from complying in a timely manner through no fault of his or her own or failed to comply in a timely manner for reasons that are reasonable and compelling.

(7) If a client disagrees with the results of a drug test performed under subsections (2) or (3) of this section, the client can provide the Department with the results of a second drug test. This second drug test will be performed:

(i) at the client's expense,

(ii) at a testing facility approved by the Department,

(iii) in accordance with requirements of Utah Code Ann. Section 34-38-6, and

(iv) within seven days of the Department sending notice of the results of the original drug test.

(c) If the results of the second drug test are negative, the Department will reimburse the client the actual and reasonable verified costs incurred in obtaining the second test.

 

KEY: family employment program

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [February 1, ]2012

Notice of Continuation: September 8, 2010

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 35A-3-301 et seq.

 


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Suzan Pixton at the above address, by phone at 801-526-9645, by FAX at 801-526-9211, or by Internet E-mail at spixton@utah.gov.