§ 7–1131.14. Rules.
No later than October 1, 2001, and in accordance with Chapter 5 of Title 2, the Department shall issue rules establishing:
(1) Definitions for priority populations, including, but not limited to persons with serious mental illness and children or youth with serious emotional disturbance;
(2) Standards for the operation of mental health services and mental health supports, including, but not limited to requirements regarding:
(A) Qualifications of providers, except those who are required to operate under professional licenses pursuant to subchapter I-A and I-B of Chapter 28 of Title 47;
(B) Accessibility, availability, appropriateness, and cultural competence of the delivery of mental health services and mental health supports; and
(C) Protections for consumers of mental health services that are consistent with Chapter 12A of this title and other applicable law;
(3) Standards and procedures for internal and external monitoring and evaluation of the delivery of mental health services and mental health supports, including, but not limited to standards and procedures for granting certification or full or conditional licensure to providers of mental health services or mental health supports, and limitations on providers of mental health services or mental health supports that are granted conditional licensure;
(4) Standards and procedures for revoking the certifications or licenses, other than professional licenses, of providers of mental health services or mental health supports who do not continue to meet the standards established by the Department, and procedures for facilitating the ongoing delivery of mental health services and mental health supports to consumers of such providers;
(5)(A) A schedule of civil fines for providers of mental health services and mental health supports operating in the District without licensure or certification by the Department, to the extent that such schedule is not already part of Chapter 38 of Title 22 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations.
(B) The Department shall submit the proposed schedule of fines, and any subsequent amendments to the schedule, to the Council for a 45-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days of Council recess. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed schedule, in whole or in part, by resolution within this 45-day review period, the proposed schedule shall be deemed approved;
(6) A joint consent for the use of protected mental health information by participating providers that is consistent with 45 C.F.R. Parts 160 and 164 and Chapter 12 of this title.