COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL

Section 40-2.20 - Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV); performance standards

Section 40-2.20 Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV); performance standards

The local health department shall maintain a program designed to minimize the incidence of STDs and HIV. The program shall include, at a minimum, activities to ensure:
(a) epidemiologic case finding, timely disease surveillance and reporting, in accordance with Part 2 of this Title;

(b) availability of accessible laboratory testing for STDs and HIV;

(c) provision of adequate facilities for diagnosis and treatment of STDs, directly or by contract, pursuant to Article 23 of the Public Health Law;

(d) provision of partner notification and referral services for priority patients, as determined in an investigation undertaken pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.6;

(e) provision of prophylactic treatment to exposed partners for STDs;

(f) information, referral and assistance in utilizing appropriate community service programs;

(g) public health marketing and communication, including developing or adapting public education materials or campaigns, and promoting and disseminating such materials and campaigns, to promote healthy behaviors and reduce risk factors associated with STDs, HIV and related health disparities; and

(h) distribution of at least one communication per year to health care providers, clinics and laboratories on local and regional morbidity rates, CDC guidelines, diagnostic and treatment modalities and Department reporting requirements for STDs and HIV.

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Doc Status: 
Complete

Section 40-2.21 - Tuberculosis; performance standards

Section 40-2.21 Tuberculosis; performance standards

The local health department shall maintain a program designed to minimize the incidence of tuberculosis. The program shall include, at a minimum, activities to ensure:

(a) timely tuberculosis surveillance and reporting;

(b) detection and follow-up with individuals identified as infected with tuberculosis, including contact investigations performed in close collaboration with healthcare facilities, schools, workplaces, and other settings;

(c) provision of clinical services for tuberculosis disease or infection, either directly,

through referral, or by contract;

(d) provision, or activities to ensure provision, of directly observed therapy for persons with tuberculosis, regardless of whether the local health department is the primary medical provider; and

(e) distribution of at least one communication per year to healthcare providers, clinics and laboratories regarding local and regional morbidity rates, CDC guidelines, diagnostic and treatment modalities, and Department reporting requirements for tuberculosis.

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Doc Status: 
Complete

Section 40-2.22 - Communicable disease control; performance standards

Section 40-2.22 Communicable disease control; performance standards

The local health department shall maintain a program designed to minimize the incidence of communicable disease. The program shall include, at a minimum, activities to ensure:

(a) compliance with disease specific protocols, as established by the Department or, for New York City, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, for:

(1) disease surveillance;

(2) timely disease investigation;

(3) reporting of diseases to the commissioner, pursuant to Part 2 of this Title;

(b) verification and diagnosis of infections in a timely manner, ascertainment of the sources of infections, and follow up with infected persons as needed;

(c) minimization of the spread of disease, through the identification and, when appropriate, prophylaxis of persons possibly exposed to disease;

(d) performance of multiple, simultaneous investigations of communicable diseases, and maintenance of capacity to do so; and

(e) distribution of at least one communication per year to healthcare providers, clinics and laboratories regarding local and regional morbidity rates, CDC guidelines, diagnostic and treatment modalities, and Department reporting requirements for reportable diseases.

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Doc Status: 
Complete

Section 40-2.23 - Immunization; performance standards

Section 40-2.23 Immunization; performance standards

The local health department shall maintain a program designed to minimize the occurrence and transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases. The program shall include, at a minimum, activities to ensure:
(a) compliance with all statutes and regulations concerning immunization applicable to local health departments, including but not limited to:

(1) Public Health Law § 613, concerning programs of immunization for children;

(2) Public Health Law § 2164, concerning vaccination of school children against certain diseases;

(3) Public Health Law § 2165, concerning vaccination of post-secondary students against certain diseases;

(4) Public Health Law § 2168 concerning the New York Statewide Immunization Information System (NYSIIS);

(5) Subpart 69-3 of this Title, concerning pregnant women, testing for Hepatitis B, and follow-up care;

(b) disease surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases, in accordance with Part 2 of this Title;

(c) assistance with and follow-up on school immunization surveys;

(d) educational efforts in the community, including:

(1) collaboration and communication with healthcare providers and schools to maintain required immunization levels in schools; and

(2) public health marketing and communication, including developing or adapting public education materials or campaigns, and promoting and disseminating such materials or campaigns, to increase awareness of diseases and the control measures required to prevent the spread of disease;

(e) coordination with medical providers and laboratories to encourage and advise them to conduct recommended diagnostic testing in the event of a disease outbreak; and

(f) engagement in quality assurance activities with providers in the community to improve immunization practices, including but not limited to, improving compliance with the NYSIIS reporting requirements, as applicable.

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Doc Status: 
Complete

Section 40-2.24 - Zika Action Plan; performance standards

40-2.24 Zika Action Plan; performance standards. 

(a) By April 15, 2016, the local health department shall adopt and implement a Zika Action Plan (ZAP), in accordance with guidance to be issued by the Department, and which shall include, but not be limited to, the following activities: 

(1) for all local health departments: 

(i) human disease monitoring, response and control; and 

(ii) education about Zika virus and its prevention; and 

(2) in addition, for those local health departments identified by the Department as jurisdictions where mosquitoes capable of transmitting the Zika virus are currently located or may be located in the future: 

(i) enhanced human disease monitoring, response, control;  

(ii) enhanced education about Zika virus and its prevention;  

(iii) mosquito trapping, testing and habitat inspections specific to Aedes albopictus, and for such other species as the Department may deem appropriate; 

(iv) mosquito control; and 

(v) identification and commitment of appropriate staff available to join State-coordinated rapid response teams, which may be deployed to those areas where the Department determines that there is the potential for transmission of Zika virus by mosquitoes. 

(b) Local health departments shall update their ZAPs annually, or as directed by the Department, to include activities identified by the Department in guidance issued pursuant to subdivision (a) of this section.

(c) Local health departments shall submit such plans to the Department as part of the annual Application for State Aid made pursuant to section 40-1.0 of this Part.  State Aid shall only be available for activities within ZAPs determined by the Department to be necessary and appropriate to control the spread of the Zika virus in guidance issued pursuant to subdivision (a) of this section.

 

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Statutory Authority: 
Public Health Law, Sections 602, 603, 619