CHAPTER 300

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 486

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 98, TITLE 16 OF THE DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO INITIAL TRAINING OF PARAMEDICS EMPLOYED BY A COUNTY PURSUANT TO THIS CHAPTER.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend § 9803(a)(1), Title 16 of the Delaware Code, by striking the words "and assisting as requested in the recruitment of such persons and their referral and admission to approved training programs," as they appear therein.

Section.2. Amend § 9803(a), Title 16 of the Delaware Code, by designating the existing paragraphs (2) through (5) as (3) through (6) and adding a new paragraph thereto to read as follows:

"(2) Advise in the development of standards for the selection of students to the didactic, clinical, and field training portion of paramedic advanced training?'

Section 3. Amend § 9805(8), Title 16 of the Delaware Code, by striking the existing text in its entirety, and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

"Develop rules governing the operation of programs that provide paramedical instruction to ensure compliance with the ALS Standards of the Board of Medical Practice."

Section 4. Amend § 9806(b), Title 16 of the Delaware Code, by adding a new numbered paragraph thereto to read as follows:

"(7) Provide medical direction for all paramedical training programs, initial, recertification, and continuing education, in accordance with the ALS Standards of the Board of Medical Practice."

Section 5. Amend § 9808(b), Title 16 of the Delaware Code, by striking said subsection as it appears therein and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

"(b) Any paramedic employed by a county or its subcontractor must be certified by the Administrator and the State Paramedic Medical Director in accordance with the standards of the Board. Direct initial training costs shall be paid partially at state expense, based on the results of an annual needs assessment conducted by the Office. Recertification training and testing costs for those paramedics employed under this Chapter shall be paid at state expense."

Section 6. Amend § 9814, Title 16 of the Delaware Code, by adding a new subsection thereto to read as follows:

"(j) The Office shall distribute, by contract or otherwise, all state funds used for paramedic training programs."

Approved June 24, 1998