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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 35. Department of Behavioral Health And Developmental Services
Chapter 200. Regulations for Emergency and Respite Care Admission to State Training Centers

12VAC35-200-20. Respite care admission.

A. Applications for respite care in training centers shall be processed through the CSB providing case management. A parent, guardian, or authorized representative seeking respite care for an individual with an intellectual disability shall apply first to the CSB that serves the area where the individual, or if a minor, the minor's parent or guardian is currently residing. The CSB shall consult with the RST prior to preparing an application for respite care. If the CSB, in consultation with the RST, determines that respite care for the individual is not available in the community, the CSB shall forward an application to a training center serving individuals with intellectual disabilities.

The application shall include:

1. An application for services;

2. A medical history indicating the presence of any current medical problems as well as the presence of any known communicable disease. In all cases, the application shall include any currently prescribed medications as well as any known medication allergies;

3. A social history and current housing or living arrangements;

4. A psychological evaluation that reflects the individual's current functioning;

5. A current individualized education plan for school-aged individuals unless the training center director or designee determines that sufficient information as to the individual's abilities and needs is included in other reports received;

6. A vocational assessment for adults unless the training center director or designee determines that sufficient information as to the individual's abilities and needs is included in other reports received;

7. A statement from the CSB that respite care is not available in the community for the individual;

8. A statement from the CSB that the appropriate arrangements are being made to return the individual to the CSB within the timeframe required under this chapter; and

9. A statement from the individual, a family member, or authorized representative specifically requesting services in the training center.

B. Determination of eligibility for respite care services shall be based upon the following criteria:

1. The individual has a diagnosis of intellectual disability and meets the training center's regular admission criteria;

2. The individual's needs are such that, in the event of a need for temporary care, respite care would not be available in a less restrictive setting; and

3. The training center has appropriate resources to meet the needs of the individual.

By the end of the next working day following receipt of a complete application package, the training center director or the director's designee, in consultation with the assistant commissioner responsible for the training center or the director's designee, shall provide written notice of the director's decision to the CSB. This notice shall state the reasons for the decision.

If it is determined that the individual is not eligible for respite care, the person seeking respite care may ask for reconsideration of the decision by submitting a written request for such reconsideration to the commissioner. Upon receipt of such request, the commissioner or designee shall notify the training center director, and the training center director shall forward the application packet and related information to the commissioner or designee within 48 hours. The commissioner or designee shall provide an opportunity for the person seeking respite care to submit for consideration any additional information or reasons as to why the admission should be approved. The commissioner shall render a written decision on the request for reconsideration within 10 days of the receipt of such request and notify all involved parties. The commissioner's decision shall be binding.

C. Respite care shall be provided in training centers under the following conditions:

1. The length of the respite care stay at the training center shall not exceed the limits established in § 37.2-807 of the Code of Virginia;

2. Space and adequate staff coverage are available on a residential living area with an appropriate peer group for the individual and suitable resources to meet his needs; and

3. The training center has resources to meet the individual's health care needs during the scheduled respite stay as determined by a physical examination performed by the training center's health service personnel at the time of the respite admission.

If for any reason a person admitted for respite care is not discharged at the agreed upon time, the CSB shall develop an updated discharge plan as provided in §§ 37.2-505 and 37.2-837 of the Code of Virginia.

Respite shall not be used as a mechanism to circumvent the voluntary admissions procedures as provided in § 37.2-806 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§§ 37.2-203 and 37.2-807 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR470-07-02 § 2, eff. December 20, 1980; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 16, eff. May 22, 2002; Volume 25, Issue 25, eff. September 16, 2009; Volume 35, Issue 6, eff. December 27, 2018.

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