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Senate Bill No. 615

(By Senators Bowman and Jenkins)

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[Introduced March 21, 2005; referred to the Committee

on Health and Human Resources.]

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A BILL to amend and reenact §49-2B-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to providing an exception to the day care facility licensure requirements for summer academic enrichment and cultural arts development camps.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §49-2B-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2B. DUTIES OF COMMISSIONER OF HUMAN SERVICES FOR CHILD WELFARE.

§49-2B-3. Licensure, certification, approval and registration requirements.

(a) Any person, corporation or child welfare agency, other than a state agency, which operates a residential child care facility, a child-placing agency or a day care center shall obtain a license from the Department.
(b) Any residential child care facility, day care center or any child-placing agency operated by the state shall obtain approval of its operations from the Commissioner: Provided, That this requirement does not apply to any juvenile detention facility or juvenile correctional facility operated by or under contract with the Division of Juvenile Services, created pursuant to section two, article five-e of this chapter, for the secure housing or holding of juveniles committed to its custody. The facilities and placing agencies shall maintain the same standards of care applicable to licensed facilities, centers or placing agencies of the same category.
(c) Any family day care facility which operates in this state, including family day care facilities approved by the Department for receipt of funding, shall obtain a statement of certification from the Department.
(d) Every family day care home which operates in this state, including family day care homes approved by the Department for receipt of funding, shall obtain a certificate of registration from the Department.
(e) This section does not apply to:
(1) A kindergarten, preschool or school education program which is operated by a public school or which is accredited by the State Department of Education, or any other kindergarten, preschool or school programs which operate with sessions not exceeding four hours per day for any child;
(2) An individual or facility which offers occasional care of children for brief periods while parents are shopping, engaging in recreational activities, attending religious services or engaging in other business or personal affairs;
(3) Summer recreation camps operated for children attending sessions for periods not exceeding thirty days;
(4) Summer academic enrichment and cultural arts development camps operated for children where two hours of instruction is provided on a daily basis, the instruction is in arithmetic and language arts, and the camp maintains a ratio of no more than twenty-eight children per adult staff member;
(4) (5) Hospitals or other medical facilities which are primarily used for temporary residential care of children for treatment, convalescence or testing;
(5) (6) Persons providing family day care solely for children related to them; or
(6) (7) Any juvenile detention facility or juvenile correctional facility operated by or under contract with the Division of Juvenile Services, created pursuant to section two, article five-e of this chapter, for the secure housing or holding of juveniles committed to its custody.
(f) The Commissioner is hereby authorized to issue an emergency rule relating to conducting a survey of existing facilities in this state in which children reside on a temporary basis in order to ascertain whether they should be subject to licensing under this article or applicable licensing provisions relating to behavioral health treatment providers.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide an exception to the day care facility licensure requirements for summer academic enrichment and cultural arts development camps which meet certain criteria.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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