(A) For the purposes of this chapter, the director shall designate poison control network regions. In determining which geographic areas to designate as poison control network regions, the director shall consider:
(1) The groups of counties specified in paragraph (B) of this rule. The director may designate as regions areas larger or smaller than the groups of counties specified in paragraph (B) of this rule, but no region may have a population of less than one million;
(2) Which configuration of counties will minimize duplication and waste while assuring appropriate poison prevention and treatment services for the population of each region; and
(3) Any comments or suggestions provided by entities interested in poison prevention and treatment.
(B) For the purposes of designating poison control network regions under paragraph (A) of this rule, the director shall consider the following groups of counties:
(1) Allen, Hancock, Lucas, Sandusky, Auglaize, Hardin, Mercer, Seneca, Defiance, Henry, Ottawa, Van Wert, Erie, Huron, Paulding, Williams, Fulton, Logan, Putnam and Wood.
(2) Cuyahoga, Lorain, Geauga, Medina and Lake.
(3) Ashland, Crawford, Richland, Tuscarawas, Ashtabula, Holmes, Stark, Wayne, Carroll, Mahoning, Summit, Columbiana, Portage and Trumbull.
(4) Champaign, Miami, Clark, Montgomery, Darke, Preble, Greene and Shelby.
(5) Athens, Harrison, Meigs, Ross, Belmont, Hocking, Monroe, Scioto, Coshocton, Jackson, Morgan, Union, Delaware, Jefferson, Morrow, Vinton, Fairfield, Knox, Muskingum, Washington, Fayette, Lawrence, Noble, Wyandot, Franklin, Licking, Perry, Gallia, Madison, Pickaway, Guernsey, Marion and Pike.
(6) Adams, Clinton, Brown, Hamilton, Butler, Highland, Clermont and Warren.
(C) The director shall designate poison prevention and treatment centers within each region designated under paragraph (A) of this rule. The director may designate more than one center in a region.
(1) Any entity seeking designation as a poison prevention and treatment center shall apply in writing and shall provide the following information:
(a) The name and address of the applicant, its medical director and its project director;
(b) A description of the scope of poison prevention and treatment services provided by the applicant, directly and through contract;
(c) A description of the applicant's experience in providing poison prevention and treatment services;
(d) A description of the specific population and target area that the applicant intends to serve; and
(2) Applications for designation may be submitted at any time.
(3) The director may request additional information necessary to review an application for designation as a poison prevention and treatment center and the applicant shall provide the requested information within the time specified by the director.
(4) The director shall provide written notice of decisions concerning applications for designation by certified mail.
(D) To be eligible for designation as a poison prevention and treatment center and to retain designation, a center must maintain compliance with the standards established by this rule and rules 3701-41-03 and 3701-41-04 of the Administrative Code.
(1) Each applicant shall document compliance with the applicable standards. If the applicant proposes to provide poison prevention and treatment services by means of contracts with one or more other entities, the applicant shall document that the services provided through contract will comply with the standards established by rules 3701-41-03 and 3701-41-04 of the Administrative Code.
(2) Each applicant shall demonstrate that it has the capacity to provide poison prevention and treatment services to the entire region or that it has established or will establish arrangements to provide services to the entire region through collaborative efforts with other centers within or outside the region. An applicant may propose to provide services to areas not included within the region for which the applicant has requested designation.
(3) Allow the director access to its premises and records, including but not limited to the documentation prepared under rule 3701-41-04 of the Administrative Code, for the purpose of verifying compliance with section 3701.20 of the Revised Code and this chapter. The director shall make a site visit to each center at least annually and more often if the director considers it to be necessary.
(F) The director may revoke the designation of a poison prevention and treatment center or deny an application for designation if the center or applicant fails to comply with this rule or fails to meet or maintain compliance with the standards established by rules 3701-41-03 and 3701-41-04 of the Administrative Code. The notice of the denial or revocation provided under paragraph (C)(4) of this rule shall contain the reasons for the denial or revocation. The center may have the revocation or denial reconsidered in accordance with rule 3701-41-06 of the Administrative Code.