S finally issued an emergency closure order May 18 and workers served it on Chiles in jail.
The changes require DHS officials to decide in one business day whether to shut down a day care, if a licensing specialist or supervisor recommends an emergency closure.
Policymakers specified the agency must enforce the emergency order by the next day the day care is open, even if that day is on the weekend or a holiday.
The agency has closed nine day cares by emergency orders this year.
The new rules expand from one to eight the number of officials who can decide to issue an emergency order.
The new rules also spell out 10 serious hazardous conditions that could justify an emergency closure. The situations include the serious injury or death of a child and the discovery of illegal drugs.
Other new rules force a day care owner to post for 120 days a summary of a DHS investigation that confirms abuse or neglect at the day care.
The summary must be "within clear view of the main entrance.”
The day care owner also must post any DHS waiver allowing the day care to employ someone with a criminal record.
A day care owner also must keep a file accessible to parents and prospective customers at the facility. The file must include the most recent inspection report and any other inspection report in the last 120 days.
On file for a year will be the summaries of investigations confirming abuse or neglect.
The Commission for Human Services approved the changes unanimously.
DHS plans to have some information about day care inspections online by Sept. 1, Hendrick revealed at the commission's monthly meeting.