Audits Every Two Years for Best Facilities/Notice of Changes
The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) proposes to amend §709.11 and §709.14 (relating to the General Standards for Freestanding Treatment Facilities). The proposed amended language to §709.11 (application for license) seeks to enlarge the amount of time between inspections from one year to up to two years for the free standing drug and alcohol facilities that, for the prior two years, have not had any citations in four critical areas. Specifically, facilities that have been cited in the last two years for conduct or omissions that: 1) jeopardized the safety of any persons, 2) compromised the quality of treatment provided, 3) violated a client’s confidentiality rights or resulted in treatment being provided without informed consent, are not eligible to have the annual inspection time extended. In addition, facilities that have failed to take reasonable and timely remedial measures as requested by the department are not eligible for this extension.
Increasing the time between inspections serves as an incentive and rewards the best of the facilities by reducing the administrative burden associated with an annual inspection. In addition, the proposed amended language to §709.14 (restriction on license) requires drug and alcohol facilities to inform DDAP of major changes in ownership, location, or operations, 30 days before such an occurrence, rather than 90 days after the occurrence.
DDAP is requesting comments on the preliminary proposed regulations before moving forward with the formal IRRC process. Written comments are due by Wednesday, April 27, 2016. A stakeholder meeting will be held on Monday, May 2, at 11:30 am, at the University of Pittsburgh Child Welfare Research Center, 403 East Winding Hill Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.