§ 4521 - W&I Code

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Chapter 10 PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICIANS
Grounds for Suspension or Revocation

WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE

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§ 4521. Grounds for suspension or revocation
The board may suspend or revoke a license issued under this chapter for any of the following reasons:
(a) Unprofessional conduct, which includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:

(1) Incompetence or gross negligence in carrying out usual psychiatric technician functions.

(2) A conviction of practicing medicine without a license in violation of Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 2000) of Division 2, the record of conviction being conclusive evidence thereof.

(3) The use of advertising relating to psychiatric technician services which violates Section 17500.

(4) Obtain or possess in violation of law, or prescribe, or, except as directed by a licensed physician and surgeon, dentist, or podiatrist, administer to himself or herself or furnish or administer to another, any controlled substance as defined in Division 10 (commencing with Section 11000) of the Health and Safety Code or any dangerous drug as defined in * * * Section 4022.

(5) Use any controlled substance as defined in Division 10 (commencing with Section 11000) of the Health and Safety Code, or any dangerous drug as defined in * * * Section 4022, or alcoholic beverages, to an extent or in a manner dangerous or injurious to himself or herself, any other person, or the public or to the extent that the use impairs his or her ability to conduct with safety to the public the practice authorized by his or her license.

(6) Be convicted of a criminal offense involving the falsification of records concerning prescription, possession, or consumption of any of the substances described in paragraphs (4) and (5), in which event the record of the conviction is conclusive evidence of the conviction. The board may inquire into the circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime in order to fix the degree of discipline.

(7) Be committed or confined by a court of competent jurisdiction for intemperate use of or addiction to the use of any of the substances described in paragraphs (4) and (5), in which event the court order of commitment or confinement is prima facie evidence of the commitment or confinement.

(8) Falsify, or make grossly incorrect, grossly inconsistent, or unintelligible entries in any hospital, patient, or other record pertaining to the substances described in paragraph (4).

(b) Procuring a certificate or license by fraud, misrepresentation, or mistake.

(c) Procuring, or aiding, or abetting, or attempting, or agreeing or offering to procure or assist at a criminal abortion.

(d) Violating or attempting to violate, directly or indirectly, or assisting in or abetting the violation of, or conspiring to violate any provision or terms of this chapter. (e) Giving any false statement or information in connection with an application.

(f) Conviction of any offense substantially related to the qualifications, functions, and duties of a psychiatric technician, in which event the record of the conviction shall be conclusive evidence of the conviction. The board may inquire into the circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime in order to fix the degree of discipline.

(g) Impersonating any applicant or acting as proxy for an applicant in any examination required by this chapter.

(h) Impersonating another practitioner, or permitting another person to use his or her certificate or license.

(i) The use of excessive force upon or the mistreatment or abuse of any patient.

(j) Aiding or assisting, or agreeing to aid or assist any person or persons, whether a licensed physician or not, in the performance of or arranging for a violation of any of the provisions of Article 12 (commencing with Section 2220) of Chapter 5 of Division 2.

(k) Failure to maintain confidentiality of patient medical information, except as disclosure is otherwise permitted or required by law.

(l) Failure to report the commission of any act prohibited by this section.

(m) The commission of any act punishable as a sexually related crime, if that act is substantially related to the duties and functions of the licensee.

(n) The commission of any act involving dishonesty, when that action is substantially related to the duties and functions of the licensee.

(o) Except for good cause, the knowing failure to protect patients by failing to follow infection control guidelines, thereby risking transmission of blood–borne infectious diseases from licensee to patient, from patient to patient, and from patient to licensee. In administering this subdivision, the board shall consider the standards, regulations, and guidelines of the State Department of Health Services developed pursuant to Section 1250.11 of the Health and Safety Code and the standards, guidelines, and regulations pursuant to the California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 (Part 1 (commencing with Section 6300) of Division 5 of the Labor Code) for preventing the transmission of HIV, hepatitis B, and other blood–borne pathogens in health care settings. As necessary, the board shall consult with the California Medical Board, the Board of Dental Examiners, and the Board of Registered Nursing, to encourage appropriate consistency in the implementation of this section. The board shall seek to ensure that licentiates and others regulated by the board are informed of the responsibility of licentiates and others to follow infection control guidelines, and of the most recent scientifically recognized safeguards for minimizing the risk of transmission of blood–borne infectious diseases.