Business and Professions Code - BPC


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Business and Professions Code - BPC

DIVISION 2. HEALING ARTS [500 - 4999.129]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. )

CHAPTER 4. Dentistry [1600 - 1976]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1937, Ch. 415. )
ARTICLE 9.5. California Dental Corps Loan Repayment Program [1970 - 1976]
  ( Article 9.5 added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1131, Sec. 3. )

1970.  

There is hereby established in the Dental Board of California the Dental Corps Loan Repayment Program of 2002, which shall become operative on January 1, 2003. This program shall be known and may be cited as the California Dental Corps Loan Repayment Program of 2002.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1131, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2003.)

1970.5.  

It is the intent of the this article that the Dental Board of California, in consultation with the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, the dental community, including ethnic representatives, dental schools, health advocates representing ethnic communities, primary care clinics, public hospitals and health systems, statewide agencies administering state and federally funded programs targeting underserved communities, and members of the public with health care issue-area expertise shall develop and implement the California Dental Corps Loan Repayment Program of 2002.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1131, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2003.)

1971.  

For the purposes of this article, the following terms have the following meanings:

(a) “Board” means the Dental Board of California.

(b) “Office” means the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

(c) “Program” means the California Dental Corps Loan Repayment Program.

(d) “Dentally underserved area” means a geographic area eligible to be designated as having a shortage of dental professionals pursuant to Part I of Appendix B to Part 5 of Chapter 1 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations or an area of the state where unmet priority needs for dentists exist as determined by the California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission pursuant to Section 128224 of the Health and Safety Code.

(e) “Dentally underserved population” means persons without dental insurance and persons eligible for the Denti-Cal and Healthy Families Programs who are population groups described as having a shortage of dental care professionals in Part I of Appendix B to Part 5 of Chapter 1 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

(f) “Practice setting” means either of the following:

(1) A community clinic, as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 1204 and subdivision (c) of Section 1206 of the Health and Safety Code, a clinic owned or operated by a public hospital and health system, or a clinic owned and operated by a hospital that maintains the primary contract with a county government to fulfill the county’s role pursuant to Section 17000 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, which is located in a dentally underserved area and at least 50 percent of whose patients are from a dentally underserved population.

(2) A dental practice or dental corporation, as defined in Section 1800 of this code, located in a dentally underserved area and at least 50 percent of whose patients are from a dentally underserved population.

(g) “Medi-Cal threshold languages” means primary languages spoken by limited-English-proficient (LEP) population groups meeting a numeric threshold of 3,000, eligible LEP Medi-Cal beneficiaries residing in a county, 1,000 Medi-Cal eligible LEP beneficiaries residing in a single ZIP Code, or 1,500 LEP Medi-Cal beneficiaries residing in two contiguous ZIP Codes.

(h) “Fund” means the State Dentistry Fund.

(i) “Account” means the Dentally Underserved Account which is contained within the fund.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 582, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2004.)

1972.  

(a) Program applicants shall possess a current valid license to practice dentistry in this state issued by the board pursuant to Section 1626.

(b) The board, in accordance with Section 1970.5, shall develop the guidelines for selection and placement of applicants.

(1) Guidelines shall provide priority consideration to applicants who are best suited to meet the cultural and linguistic needs and demands of dentally underserved populations and that meet one or more of the following criteria:

(A) Speak a Medi-Cal threshold language.

(B) Come from an economically disadvantaged background.

(C) Have received significant training in cultural and linguistically appropriate service delivery.

(D) Have worked with dentally underserved communities for at least three years.

(E) Recently received a license to practice dentistry.

(2) The guidelines shall include a process for determining the needs for dentist services identified by the practice setting. At a minimum, the practice setting shall meet the following criteria:

(A) The practice setting shall be located in a dentally underserved area.

(B) The practice setting shall ensure that the program participant serves a patient population that consists of at least 50 percent dentally underserved populations.

(3) Guidelines shall seek to place the most qualified applicants under this section in the areas with the greatest need.

(4) Guidelines shall include a factor ensuring geographic distribution of placements.

(c) Program applicants shall be working in or have a signed agreement with an eligible practice setting. The program participant shall have full-time status. Full-time status shall be defined by the board, and the board may establish exemptions to this requirement on a case-by-case basis.

(d) Program participants shall commit to a minimum of three years of service in a dentally underserved area. The board, in accordance with Section 1970.5, shall develop the process for determining the maximum length of an absence and the process for reinstatement. Loan repayment shall be deferred until the dentist is back to full-time status.

(e) The board, in accordance with Section 1970.5, shall develop the process if a dentist is not able to complete his or her three-year obligation.

(f) The board, in accordance with Section 1970.5, shall develop a process for outreach to potentially eligible applicants.

(g) The board may adopt any other standards of eligibility, placement and termination appropriate to achieve the aim of providing competent dental services in these approved practice settings.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1131, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2003.)

1973.  

(a) The Dentally Underserved Account is hereby created in the State Dentistry Fund.

(b) The sum of three million dollars ($3,000,000) is hereby authorized to be expended from the State Dentistry Fund on this program. These moneys are appropriated as follows:

(1) One million dollars ($1,000,000) shall be transferred from the State Dentistry Fund to the Dentally Underserved Account on July 1, 2003. Of this amount, sixty-five thousand dollars ($65,000) shall be used by the Dental Board of California in the 2003–04 fiscal year for operating expenses necessary to manage this program.

(2) One million dollars ($1,000,000) shall be transferred from the State Dentistry Fund to the Dentally Underserved Account on July 1, 2004. Of this amount, sixty-five thousand dollars ($65,000) shall be used by the Dental Board of California in the 2004–05 fiscal year for operating expenses necessary to manage this program.

(3) One million dollars ($1,000,000) shall be transferred from the State Dentistry Fund to the Dentally Underserved Account on July 1, 2005. Of this amount, sixty-five thousand dollars ($65,000) shall be used by the Dental Board of California in the 2005–06 fiscal year for operating expenses necessary to manage this program.

(c) Funds placed into the Dentally Underserved Account shall be used by the board to repay the loans per agreements made with dentists.

(1) Funds paid out for loan repayment may have a funding match from foundation or other private sources.

(2) Loan repayments may not exceed one hundred five thousand dollars ($105,000) per individual licensed dentist.

(3) Loan repayments may not exceed the amount of the educational loans incurred by the dentist applicant.

(d) Notwithstanding Section 11005 of the Government Code, the board may seek and receive matching funds from foundations and private sources to be placed into the Dentally Underserved Account. The board also may contract with an exempt foundation for the receipt of matching funds to be transferred to the Dentally Underserved Account for use by this program.

(e) Funds in the Dentally Underserved Account appropriated in subdivision (b) or received pursuant to subdivision (d) are continuously appropriated for the repayment of loans per agreements made between the board and the dentists.

(f) On or after July 1, 2010, the board shall extend the California Dental Corps Loan Repayment Program of 2002 and distribute the money remaining in the account until all the moneys in the account are expended. Regulations that were adopted by the board for the purposes of the program shall apply.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 385, Sec. 20. Effective January 1, 2012.)

1975.  

The terms of loan repayment granted under this article shall be as follows:

(a) After a program participant has completed one year of providing services as a dentist in a dentally underserved area, the board shall provide up to twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) for loan repayment.

(b) After a program participant has completed two consecutive years of providing services as a dentist in a dentally underserved area, the board shall provide up to an additional thirty-five thousand dollars ($35,000) of loan repayment, for a total loan repayment of up to sixty thousand dollars ($60,000).

(c) After a program participant has completed three consecutive years of providing services as a dentist in a dentally underserved area, the board shall provide up to a maximum of an additional forty-five thousand dollars ($45,000) of loan repayment, for a total loan repayment of up to one hundred five thousand dollars ($105,000).

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1131, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2003.)

1976.  

(a) On January 1, 2003, applications from dentists for program participation may be submitted.

(b) The board shall report to the Legislature, no later than October 1, 2004, the experience of the program since its inception, an evaluation of its effectiveness in improving access to dental care for underserved populations, and recommendations for maintaining or expanding its operation. The report to the Legislature shall also include the following:

(1) The number of the program participants.

(2) The practice locations.

(3) The amount expended for the program.

(4) The information on annual performance reviews by practice settings and program participants.

(c) The board may promulgate emergency regulations to implement the program.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1131, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2003.)