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FLORIDA BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH

The FLORIDA BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH is governed by the following rules:
64B2-16.002 Probable Cause Determination.
(1) The determination as to whether probable cause exists to believe that a violation of the provisions of Chapter 456 or 460, F.S., or of the rules promulgated thereunder has occurred shall be made by a panel of two (2) Board members appointed by the chairman, at least one of which shall be a chiropractic member of the Board. The chairman may appoint a former Board member to serve on the probable cause panel in lieu of a current member of the Board of Chiropractic.
(2) Reconsideration of probable cause in any given case shall be performed by the members of the panel who initially found probable cause in that case. Whenever the original panel members are not available current members of the panel shall hear the reconsideration.
Specific Authority 460.405, 456.073(4) FS. Law Implemented 456.073(4) FS. History-New 1-10-80, Amended 3-15-81, Formerly 21D-16.02, Amended 4-26-93, Formerly 21D-16.002, 61F2-16.002, Amended 7-18-95, Formerly 59N-16.002.
64B2-16.003 Guidelines for the Disposition of Disciplinary Cases.
(1) When the Board finds that an applicant or licensee whom it regulates pursuant to Chapter 460, F.S., has violated the below-listed provisions, it shall issue a final order imposing appropriate penalties, for each count, as set forth in Section 456.072(2), F.S., within the ranges recommended in the following disciplinary guidelines. The identification of offenses are descriptive only; the full language of each statutory provision cited must be considered in order to determine the conduct included. For all persons subject to this rule, conditions of probation may be required following any period of suspension of license and probation will require compliance with conditions as set forth in subsection (3). For applicants, all offenses listed herein are sufficient for refusal to certify an application for licensure. If the Board makes a finding of pecuniary benefit or self-gain related to the violation, then the Board shall require refund of fees billed and collected from the patient or a third party on behalf of the patient. In addition to any other discipline imposed, the Board shall assess the actual costs related to the investigation and prosecution of a case. In addition to or in lieu of any guideline penalties provided herein, if the violation is for fraud or making a false or fraudulent representation, the Board shall impose a fine of $10,000 per count or offense.
(a) Section 460.41, F.S.: from a minimum of an administrative fine of $500, up to a maximum of suspension of license for three (3) months, followed by six (6) months of probation;
(b) Section 460.411(1)(a), F.S.: fraud - revocation or denial of license (minimum and maximum same); other - from a minimum of an administrative fine of $200 for each month of practice without an active license, up to a maximum of revocation of license;
(c) Section 460.411(1)(b), F.S.: revocation or denial of license (minimum and maximum same);
(d) Section 460.411(2)(a), F.S.: revocation or denial of license (minimum and maximum same);
(e) Section 460.411(2)(b), F.S.: revocation or denial of license (minimum and maximum same);
(f) Section 460.411(2)(c), F.S.: denial of license;
(g) Section 460.411(2)(d), F.S.: from a minimum of six (6) months of probation, up to a maximum of suspension of license for one (1) year, followed by two (2) years of probation;
(h) Section 460.412, F.S.: from a minimum of one (1) year suspension followed by two (2) years probation under terms and conditions set by the board to include supervision and a fine of not less than $1,000 per violation, to permanent revocation;
(i) Section 460.413(1)(a) or 456.072(1)(h), F.S.:
Obtain license by bribery - from a minimum fine of $500 and/or up to two years of probation to a maximum of revocation. For a second offense, from a minimum fine of $5,000 to revocation. After the second offense, revocation;
Obtain license by fraudulent misrepresentations - from six months probation and a fine of $10,000 to a maximum of revocation and a fine of $10,000. For a second offense, a fine of $10,000 and revocation;
Obtain license by Department or Board error - from a minimum letter of concern and/or a fine of $500, up to a maximum of suspension of license for one year, followed by two years of probation, and a fine of $5,000. For a second offense, from a minimum fine of $5,000 to revocation of license, and after the second offense, revocation of license;
(j) Section 460.413(1)(b) or 456.072(1)(f), F.S.: having a license acted against in another state, territory, or country - action consistent with the disciplinary guidelines for the offense that would have been taken had the violation occurred in the State of Florida. After the first offense, action consistent with the disciplinary guidelines for a repeat offense had the violation occurred in Florida;
(k) Section 460.413(1)(c) or 456.072(1)(c), F.S.: guilt of a crime that relates to the practice or the ability to practice - misdemeanor: from a minimum fine of $1,500 and six months probation, up to a fine of $5,000 and a year's suspension with conditions; felony: from a minimum of a fine of $7,500 and two years probation, up to a fine of $10,000 and revocation. After the first offense, from a minimum of six months of probation, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation of license;
(l) Section 460.413(1)(d), F.S.: false/misleading advertising - from a minimum fine of $1,000, and a letter of concern, up to a maximum fine of $7,500 and one year of probation. For a second offense, from a minimum fine of $2,500 and/or one year of probation to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or three months suspension of license. After the second offense, a fine of up to $10,000 and/or one year suspension to the maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(m) Section 460.413(1)(e), F.S.: non-identifying advertisement - from a minimum fine of $500, up to a maximum of one year of probation. After the first offense, from a minimum fine of $2,000 and one year of probation to a maximum fine of $5,000 and/or three years suspension. After the second offense, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or one year of suspension up to revocation;
(n) Section 460.413(1)(f), F.S.: phony name - from a minimum fine of $3,500 and one year probation, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or suspension of license for six months, followed by one year of probation. After the first offense, a minimum fine of $5,000 and six months suspension up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(o) Section 460.413(1)(g) or 456.072(1)(i), F.S.: failure to report another - from a minimum letter of concern and/or a fine of $500, up to a maximum fine of $2,000 and/or six months of probation. After the first offense, a minimum of six months of probation and a fine of $2,000 to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(p) Section 460.413(1)(h) or 456.072(1)(j), F.S.: assisting unlicensed person to practice - from a $5,000 fine and/or one year of suspension to revocation of license. After the first offense, from a fine of $7,500 up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(q) Section 460.413(1)(i) or 456.072(1)(k), F.S.: failure to perform statutory or legal obligation - from a minimum fine of $1,000 and a letter of concern, up to a maximum fine of $7,500 and/or two years of suspension followed by two years of probation. For a second offense, from a minimum fine of $2,500 and six months of probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation. After the second offense, up to a fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(r) Section 460.413(1)(j) or 456.072(1)(l), F.S.: negligent filing of false report - from a minimum fine of $1,000, up to a maximum of one year probation and a fine of $5,000. For a second offense, a minimum fine of $2,500 and a reprimand to a maximum fine of $10,000 and two years suspension. After the second offense, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
Willful filing of false report, impeding, or inducing another to file false report - from a minimum fine of $5,000 and/or suspension of license for three months, followed by six months of probation, up to a maximum of revocation of license. After the first offense, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation.
(s) Section 460.413(1)(k) or 456.072(1)(m), F.S.: misrepresentations/trick or scheme - from six months of probation, up to a maximum of suspension of license for one year, followed by two years of probation and a $10,000 fine per count or offense. After the first offense, from a minimum of two years of probation up to a maximum of revocation and a $10,000 fine per count or offense;
(t) Section 460.413(1)(l) or 456.072(1)(x), F.S.: soliciting patients or commercial solicitation from accident report information - from a minimum fine of $1,000 and/or one year probation, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation. After the first offense, from a minimum fine of $5,000 and/or six months suspension up to a maximum of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(u) Section 460.413(1)(m), F.S.: medical record-keeping - from a minimum fine of $500 and/or one year of probation, up to a maximum fine of $7,500, suspension of license for three months, followed by six months of probation. After the first offense, a minimum fine of $1,500 and two years of probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(v) Section 460.413(1)(n) or 456.072(1)(n), F.S.: exploit patient for financial gain - from a minimum fine of $1,000 and/or one year of probation, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation of license. After the first offense, from a minimum of two years of probation and a fine of $2,500 up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(w) Section 460.413(1)(o), F.S.: unauthorized services - from a minimum fine of $1,000 and/or one year of probation, up to a maximum fine of $5,000 and/or two years of probation. After the first offense, from a minimum fine of $2,500 and two years of probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(x) Section 460.413(1)(p), F.S.: dispensing drugs/performing surgery - from a minimum fine of $5,000 and/or one year of probation, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation. After the first offense, a fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(y) Section 460.413(1)(q) or 456.072(1)(y), F.S.: unable to practice with skill and safety - from a minimum fine of $1,000, three years of probation and referral for a PRN evaluation, up to a maximum of suspension of license for one year, followed by up to five years of probation. After the first offense from a $3,500 fine, referral for a PRN evaluation, and two years of probation to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(z) Section 460.413(1)(r), F.S.: gross malpractice - from a minimum fine of $1,000, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
Repeated malpractice - from a minimum fine of $1,000 up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation.
Unacceptable level of care, skill, and treatment - from a minimum fine of $1,000 up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(aa) Section 460.413(1)(s), F.S.: experimentation on human subjects without consent - from a fine of $1,000 and/or five years of probation, up to a maximum of revocation. After the first offense, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(bb) Section 460.413(1)(t) or 456.072(1)(o), F.S.: practicing beyond the scope permitted or competent to perform - from a minimum fine of $2,500 and/or one year of probation, up to a maximum of suspension of license for two years followed by probation and a fine of $10,000. After the first offense, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(cc) Section 460.413(1)(u) or 456.072(1)(p), F.S.: delegating responsibilities to unqualified person - from a minimum fine of $1,000 and/or six months of probation, up to a maximum fine of $5,000 and suspension of license for three years, followed by up to three years of probation. After the first offense, from a minimum fine of $5,000 and/or suspension of license for one year followed by probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(dd) Section 460.413(1)(v) or 456.072(1)(q), F.S.: violating any lawfully issued order or subpoena - from a minimum fine of $1,000 and a letter of concern, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation. For a second offense, from a minimum fine of $5,000 and/or two years of probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation of license. After the second offense, from a minimum fine of $7,500 and/or six months of suspension followed by probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation of license;
(ee) Section 460.413(1)(w), F.S.: conspiring or committing an act to prevent a licensee from advertising - from a minimum of fine $1,000 and/or one year of probation, up to a maximum of suspension of license for six months, followed by one year of probation and a fine of $5,000. After the first offense, from a minimum fine of $5,000 and/or two years suspension of license followed by probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(ff) Section 460.413(1)(x), F.S.: submitting claims for treatment not provided - from a minimum fine of $1,000 and/or one year of probation, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation of license. For a second offense, from a minimum fine of $5,000 and/or six months suspension followed by two years of probation to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation. After the second offense, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(gg) Section 460.413(1)(y), F.S.: commingling or conversion of patient funds and financial recordkeeping - from a minimum fine of $2,000 and/or one year of probation, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation. After the first offense, from a minimum fine of $5,000 and/or three months suspension followed by two years of probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/ or revocation;
(hh) Section 460.413(1)(z), F.S.: offering or accepting payment by assignment if it appears to eliminate requirement for insured to pay deductible - from minimum fine of $1,000, and/or a letter of concern up to a maximum fine of $3,000 and/or two years of probation. For a second offense, from a minimum fine of $3,000 and/or a year of probation to a maximum fine of $7,500 and one year of suspension followed by probation. After the second offense, up to a fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(ii) Section 460.413(1)(aa), F.S.: failure to provide insured with copy of claim - (citation offense) from a minimum fine of $500 and one year of probation, up to a maximum fine of $5,000 and/or two years of probation. For a second offense, from a minimum fine of $3,500 and/or two years of probation to a maximum fine of $7,500 and one year of suspension followed by probation. After the second offense, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(jj) Section 460.413(1)(bb), F.S.: advertised fee different from that submitted to payors - from a minimum fine of $1,000 and up to one year of probation, to a maximum fine of $5,000 and two years of probation. For a second offense, from a minimum fine of $3,500 and/or six months of suspension up to a maximum fine of $7,500 and two years of suspension. After the second offense, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(kk) Section 460.413(1)(cc), 456.062, F.S.: failure of advertisement to state usual fee when offers free or discount services - (citation offense) from a minimum fine of $500 and one year of probation, up to a maximum fine of $5,000 and two years of probation. For a second offense, from a minimum fine of $3,500 and/or six months of suspension up to a maximum fine of $7,500 and two years of suspension. After the second offense, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(ll) Section 460.413(1)(dd), F.S.: using acupuncture without certification - from a minimum fine of $2,500, and/or one year of probation, up to a maximum of suspension of license for two years followed by probation and a fine of $10,000. After the first offense, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(mm) Section 460.413(1)(ee), F.S.: failure to report violation in the facility - from a minimum letter of concern and/or a fine of $500 up to a maximum fine of $2,000 and/or six months of probation. After the first offense, a minimum of six months of probation and a fine of $2,000 to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(nn) Section 460.413(1)(ff), 456.072(1)(b), or 456.072(1)(cc), F.S.: violating this chapter, Chapter 456, F.S., or any Board rules - from a minimum fine of $1,000 and/or a letter of concern up to a maximum fine of $5,000 and/or suspension of license for two years followed by two years of probation. For a second offense, from a minimum fine of $5,000 and/or two years of probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation of license. After the second offense, from a minimum fine of $7,500 and/or six months of suspension followed by probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(oo) Section 456.082, F.S.: disclosure of confidential information - from a minimum fine of $2,000 and/or six months of probation, up to a maximum fine of $5,000 and suspension of license for six months, followed by two years of probation. After the first offense, a minimum fine of $5,000 and two years of probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(pp) Section 456.057(4), F.S.: timely and appropriate release of medical records - from a minimum fine of $1,000, and/or a letter of concern up to a maximum fine of $5,000 and one year of probation. For a second offense, from a minimum fine of $2,500 and/or one year of probation to a maximum fine of $5,000 and three months of suspension followed by two years of probation. After the second offense, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(qq) Section 456.072(1)(a), F.S.: misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent representations - from a minimum of six months of probation and a fine of $10,000 per count or offense up to a maximum of revocation and a fine of $10,000 per count or offense. After the first violation, a fine of $10,000 per count or offense and/or a minimum of one year of suspension up to a maximum of revocation;
(rr) Section 456.072(1)(d), F.S.: improper usage of laser device - from a minimum fine of $1,000 and/or one year of probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and three years of suspension followed by probation. After the first offense, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(ss) Section 456.072(1)(e), F.S.: failure to comply with HIV/AIDS course requirements - from a minimum fine of $1,000 and a letter of concern up to a maximum fine of $7,500 and/or two years of suspension followed by two years of probation. For a second offense, from a minimum fine of $2,500 and six months of probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation. After the second offense, up to a fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(tt) Section 456.072(1)(r), F.S.: improper interference with investigation, inspection, or discipline - from a minimum fine of $1,000 and/or one year of probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation. After the first offense, a minimum fine of $2,500 up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(uu) Section 456.072(1)(u), F.S.: sexual misconduct - from a minimum letter of concern and/or a PRN referral for evaluation, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(vv) Section 456.072(1)(v), F.S.: profiling and credentialing violations - from a minimum letter of concern and/or a fine of $1,000, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or one year of suspension followed by two years of probation. After the first offense, from a minimum fine of $2,000 up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(ww) Section 456.072(1)(w), F.S.: failure to comply with 30-day notification of convictions and nolo pleas - from a minimum fine of $1,000 and/or a letter of concern, up to a maximum fine of $9,000 and/or one month suspension of license followed by probation. After the first offense, from a minimum fine of $5,000 up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(xx) Section 456.072(1)(z), F.S.: testing positive on drug screening - from a minimum fine of $500 and/or two years of probation and referral for a PRN evaluation, up to a maximum of suspension of license for one year, followed by up to five years of probation, and a fine of up to $10,000. After the first offense, from a $2,500 fine, and/or referral for a PRN evaluation and two years of probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(yy) Section 456.072(1)(aa), F.S.: wrong patient, wrong-site, or wrong or unnecessary procedure - from a minimum fine of $1,000 and/or a reprimand, up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or six months suspension of license followed by probation. After the first offense, from a minimum fine of $5,000 and/or a year of probation up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or revocation;
(zz) Section 456.039(3), F.S.: failing to update information pursuant to Section 456.039(1), F.S., in writing within 45 days after the occurrence of an event or attainment of a status required to be reported - from a minimum $2,500 fine to a maximum of suspension to be followed by probation and $5,000 fine for a first offense. After the first offense, from a minimum of probation and $5,000 fine, to maximum of revocation and $10,000 fine.
(aaa) Section 456.072(1)(gg), F.S., for being terminated from a treatment program for impaired practitioners, which is overseen by an impaired practitioner consultant as described in Section 456.076, F.S., for failure to comply, without good cause, with the terms of the monitoring or treatment contract entered into by the licensee, or for not successfully completing any drug treatment or alcohol treatment program - from a minimum of suspension until compliant with contract to $1000 fine and/or revocation. For subsequent offenses, suspension until compliant with contract to $10,000 and/or revocation.
(2) The Board may take into consideration the following factors in determining the appropriate disciplinary action to be imposed and in going outside of the disciplinary guidelines:
(a) The danger to the public;
(b) The number of unrelated and distinct offenses;
(c) The actual damage, physical or otherwise, to the patient(s);
(d) The length of time since the date of the last violation(s);
(e) The length of time the licensee has practiced his or her profession;
(f) Prior discipline imposed upon the licensee;
(g) The deterrent effect of the penalty imposed;
(h) The effect of the penalty upon the licensee's livelihood;
(i) Rehabilitation efforts of the licensee including remorse, restitution, and corrective actions;
(j) Efforts of the licensee to correct or stop violations or failure of the licensee to correct or stop violations;
(k) Related violations against the licensee in another state, including findings of guilt or innocence, penalties imposed and penalties served;
(l) The actual negligence of the licensee pertaining to any violation;
(m) Any other mitigating or aggravating circumstances.
(3) Any or all of the following conditions may be imposed as terms of probation:
(a) Restitution of the cost of probation;
(b) Restitution to patient(s) or third-party payor(s);
(c) Payment of fine(s);
(d) Consent to Department access to all business records;
(e) Fulfilling continuing education requirements;
(f) Consent to indirect or direct supervision of practice by Board-approved sponsor;
(g) Consent to restrictions on advertising;
(h) Consent to restriction of practice, including hours, days or type of practice;
(i) Consent to disallowance of sponsorship of trainees;
(j) Submission of reports by licensee and consent to submission of reports by sponsor and/or employer and/or helping professional;
(k) Consent to urine and blood testing;
(l) Fulfilling community service requirement(s);
(m) Successful completion of the SPECS examination of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners;
(n) Other conditions as appropriate.
Specific Authority 456.039(3), 456.072, 456.079, 460.405, 460.413 FS. Law Implemented 456.039(3), 456.072, 456.079, 460.413(4) FS. History- New 1-10-80, Formerly 21D-16.03, Amended 1-28-87, 1-28-90, 6-24-93, Formerly 21D-16.003, Amended 10-26-93, Formerly 61F2-16.003, Amended 7-18-95, Formerly 59N-16.003, Amended 11-4-98, 6-6-02, 5-23-04, 4-13-05, 9-15-05, 2-6-06.
64B2-16.004 Time Limitation for Payment of Administrative Fine or Costs.
In cases where the Board of Chiropractic Medicine imposes an administrative fine and/or costs, the fine and/or costs shall be paid within thirty (30) days from the date the order of the Board is filed with the Clerk of the Department unless otherwise noted in the order.
Specific Authority 456.072, 460.405 FS. Law Implemented 456.072 FS. History-New 11-25-80, Formerly 21D-16.04, 21D-16.004, 61F2-16.004, Amended 7-18-95, Formerly 59N-16.004, Amended 6-7-00.
64B2-16.009 Unlicensed Chiropractic Practice.
(1) For the purposes of this rule only, the term “unlicensed chiropractic physician” means a chiropractic physician whose license has been suspended, relinquished or revoked by the State of Florida or any other state arising out of a disciplinary action.
(2) A licensed chiropractic physician shall not continue as, or form a partnership, corporation or any other business association for profit with an unlicensed chiropractic physician if any of the activities of the partnership, corporation, or business association consist of a chiropractic practice if:
(a) An unlicensed chiropractic physician owns any interest therein; or
(b) An unlicensed chiropractic physician is a corporate director or officer thereof; or
(c) An unlicensed chiropractic physician has the right to direct or control the professional judgment of the treating chiropractic physician.
(3) A licensed chiropractic physician shall not permit a person acting as an administrator or manager, or who otherwise employs, pays or recommends to the licensed chiropractic physician to render services to a patient, to direct or regulate the chiropractic physician's professional judgment in rendering services.
Specific Authority 460.405 FS. Law Implemented 460.413(1)(h) FS. History-New 4-19-89, Amended 1-28-90, Formerly 21D-16.009, 61F2-16.009, Amended 7-18-95, Formerly 59N-16.009.
64B2-16.010 Mediation.
(1) “Mediation” means a process whereby a mediator appointed by the department acts to encourage and facilitate resolution of a legally sufficient complaint. It is an informal and nonadversarial process with the objective of assisting the parties to reach a mutually acceptable agreement.
(2) The board finds that mediation is an acceptable method of dispute resolution for the following violations as they are economic in nature or can be remedied by the licensee:
(a) Failure of the licensee to timely pay any assessed administrative fines or costs, Section 460.413(1)(v), F.S.
(b) Failure of the licensee to timely respond to a continuing education audit, Section 460.413(1)(i), F.S.
(c) Failure to promptly return a license or certificate, Rule 64B2-16.009, F.A.C.
(d) Issuance of a bad check to the Department, Section 460.413(1)(i), F.S.
(e) Failure to notify the Department of a change of address within 45 days, Rule 64B2-10.0055, F.A.C.
Specific Authority 456.078 FS. Law Implemented 456.078 FS. History-New 5-1-95, Formerly 59N-16.010, Amended 11-1-04.
64B2-16.011 Notice of Noncompliance.
In accordance with Sections 456.073 and 120.695, F.S., the Board shall issue a notice of noncompliance as a first response to a minor violation of a rule. Failure of a licensee to take action to correct the violation within 15 days shall result in either the issuance of a citation when appropriate or the initiation of regular disciplinary proceedings. The