The department shall prescribe by rule policies and procedures for the investigations of allegations of abuse of a person with a developmental disability as described in ORS 430.735 (Definitions for ORS 430.735 to 430.765) (2)(a) to ensure that the investigations are conducted in a uniform, objective and thorough manner in every county of the state including, but not limited to, policies and procedures that:
Limit the duties of investigators solely to conducting and reporting investigations of abuse;
Establish investigator caseloads based upon the most appropriate investigator-to-complaint ratios;
Establish minimum qualifications for investigators that include the successful completion of training in identified competencies; and
Establish procedures for the screening and investigation of abuse complaints and establish uniform standards for reporting the results of the investigation.
A person employed by or under contract with the department, the designee of the department or a community developmental disabilities program to provide case management services may not serve as the lead investigator of an allegation of abuse of a person with a developmental disability.
The department shall monitor investigations conducted by a designee of the department. [2009 c.837 §7; 2009 c.828 §82]Note: 430.731 (Uniform investigation procedures) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 430 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.