(a) The State Department of Public Health and the State Department of Developmental Services shall jointly develop and implement licensing regulations appropriate for an intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled-nursing and an intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled-continuous nursing.
(b) The regulations adopted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall ensure that residents of an intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled-nursing and an intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled-continuous nursing receive appropriate medical and nursing services, and developmental program services in a normalized, least restrictive physical and programmatic environment appropriate to individual resident need.
In addition, the regulations shall do all of the following:
(1) Include provisions for the completion of a clinical and developmental assessment of placement needs, including medical and other needs, and the degree to which they are being met, of clients placed in an intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled-nursing and an intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled-continuous nursing and for the monitoring of these needs at regular intervals.
(2) Provide for maximum utilization of generic community resources by clients residing in a facility.
(3) Require the State Department of Developmental Services to review and approve an applicant’s program plan as part of the licensing and certification process.
(4) Require that the physician providing the certification that placement in the intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled-nursing or intermediate care facility/developmentally disabled-continuous nursing is needed, consult with the physician who is the physician of record at the time the person’s proposed placement is being considered by the interdisciplinary team.
(c) Regulations developed pursuant to this section shall include licensing fee schedules appropriate to facilities which will encourage their development.
(d) This section shall not supersede the authority of the State Fire Marshal pursuant to Sections 13113, 13113.5, 13143, and 13143.6 to the extent that these sections are applicable to community care facilities.
(e) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2018.
(Amended (as added by Stats. 2013, Ch. 722, Sec. 5) by Stats. 2014, Ch. 71, Sec. 82. (SB 1304) Effective January 1, 2015. Section operative January 1, 2018, by its own provisions.)
Last modified: October 25, 2018