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Title 18 : Health



(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 5)
  • § 5. Duties of Department of Health

    The Department of Health shall:

    (1) Conduct studies, develop State plans, and administer programs and State plans for hospital survey and construction, hospital operation and maintenance, medical care, and treatment of substance abuse.

    (2) Provide methods of administration and such other action as may be necessary to comply with the requirements of federal acts and regulations as relate to studies, development of plans and administration of programs in the fields of health, public health, health education, hospital construction and maintenance, and medical care.

    (3) Appoint advisory councils, with the approval of the Governor.

    (4) Cooperate with necessary federal agencies in securing federal funds that become available to the State for all prevention, public health, wellness, and medical programs.

    (5) Seek accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.

    (6) Create a State Health Improvement Plan and facilitate local health improvement plans in order to encourage the design of healthy communities and to promote policy initiatives that contribute to community, school, and workplace wellness, which may include providing assistance to employers for wellness program grants, encouraging employers to promote employee engagement in healthy behaviors, and encouraging the appropriate use of the health care system.

    (7) Serve as the leader on State rental housing health laws.

    (8) Provide policy assistance and technical support to municipalities concerning the implementation and enforcement of State rental housing health and safety laws. (Amended 2011, No. 48, § 26, eff. May 26, 2011; amended 2019, No. 48, § 5.)