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§ 85.58J. Foster family homes--Property and casualty insurance

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 74. State Government

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 74. State Government (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 4. Department of Central Services
Comprehensive Professional Risk Management Program
74 Okl.St.Ann. § 85.58J
§ 85.58J. Foster family homes--Property and casualty insurance
A. 1. The Risk Management Administrator may obtain or otherwise provide for the insurance coverage specified by this section for a foster family home providing foster care services for children in the custody of the Department of Human Services pursuant to the Oklahoma Children's Code1 or the Department of Juvenile Justice pursuant to the Juvenile Justice Code.2
2. Pursuant to the provisions of this section and Section 85.58A of this title, the Risk Management Administrator may obtain or otherwise provide for property and casualty insurance for injuries or damages arising from the foster care relationship and the provision of foster care services, property damage or bodily injury, as a result of the activities of the foster child, and reasonable and necessary legal fees incurred in defense of civil claims filed pursuant to this section, the Oklahoma Foster Care and Out-of-Home Placement Act,3 the Oklahoma Children's Code or the Juvenile Justice Code, and any judgments awarded as a result of such claims. Any insurance coverage obtained or provided pursuant to the provisions of this section shall include expenses for legal services obtained or provided by the Risk Management Administrator.
B. The Risk Management Administrator is authorized to establish qualifications for coverage and to determine eligibility criteria and other standards for participation in the Risk Management Program by the foster family homes. A foster family shall be approved for participation in the Risk Management Program by the Risk Management Administrator if the foster family meets the standards and eligibility requirements established by the Risk Management Administrator.
C. 1. A request for the insurance coverage provided pursuant to this section shall be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice by a foster care family. The Department of Human Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice shall provide a list of the names of all foster family homes which wish to obtain insurance coverage specified by this section to the Risk Management Administrators.
2. Upon obtaining insurance coverage as provided by this section, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice shall provide notice to all foster family homes with whom the state agencies contract for foster care services.
D. The Risk Management Administrator shall establish liability limits for the insurance coverage authorized by this section on an annual basis based on the insurance carrier requirements or based on the liquidity of the shared risk pool in the Foster Families Protection Account resulting from the annual payments made pursuant to Section 85.58M of this title and any interest accrued thereon, after deduction of such sums as may be necessary to pay all overhead and administrative expenses associated with administering the pool.
E. A foster family shall be required to make payments for such insurance coverage or payments may be made from funds deposited on behalf of foster families by the Department of Human Services or the Department of Juvenile Justice if such funds are available. All fees collected in accordance with the provisions of this section shall be deposited in the Foster Families Protection Account. Claims against the insurance carrier or the pool shall be filed with either the Department of Human Services or the Department of Juvenile Justice, as appropriate, and shall be forwarded to the Risk Management Administrator.
F. 1. Any insurance or indemnity coverage shall be provided solely from funds in the Foster Families Protection Account and to the extent of assets available in the shared risk pool established pursuant to the provisions of this section. The Risk Management Administrator shall determine the extent of indemnification for losses incurred by any foster families based upon the liquidity of the shared risk pool in the Foster Families Protection Account.
2. The State of Oklahoma is not liable, directly or indirectly, for any liability incurred by a foster family in the performance of foster care services.
G. 1. There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, to be designated the “Foster Families Protection Account”. The account shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of any monies transferred thereto by the Department of Human Services, the Department of Juvenile Justice or any child-placing agency, and any fees collected by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services and deposited pursuant to law.
2. All monies accruing to the credit of said fund shall be expended by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for the specific purposes specified by this section and the salaries and administrative expenses of support staff responsible for administering the fund.
3. Expenditures from the fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for approval and payment. The Foster Families Protection Account shall consist of:
a. all fees and other monies received pursuant to this section, and
b. interest attributable to investment of monies in the account.
H. 1. The monies deposited in the account shall at no time become monies of the state and shall not become part of the general budget of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services or any other state agency. Except as otherwise authorized by this subsection, no monies from the account shall be transferred for any purpose to any other state agency or any account of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services or be used for the purpose of contracting with any other state agency or reimbursing any other state agency for any expense.
2. Monies in the account shall only be expended for:
a. the purposes specified by this section, and
b. costs incurred by the Comprehensive Professional Risk Management Program for the administration of this section.
I. Any costs incurred by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services pursuant to the provisions of this section shall not exceed the actual expenditures made by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to implement the provisions of this section.
J. Payment of claims from the Foster Families Protection Account shall not become or be construed to be an obligation of this state. No claims submitted for reimbursement or payment from the account shall be paid with state monies.

Credits

Laws 1996, c. 353, § 14, eff. Nov. 1, 1996. Renumbered from Title 74, § 85.34H by Laws 1998, c. 371, § 15, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 2012, c. 304, § 786.

Footnotes

Title 10, § 7001-1.1 et seq.
Title 10, § 7302-1.1 et seq.
Title 10, § 7201 et seq.
74 Okl. St. Ann. § 85.58J, OK ST T. 74 § 85.58J
Current with legislation of the Second Regular Session of the 58th Legislature (2022) effective through the general effective date. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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