131D-6.1. Licensure to offer overnight respite; rules; enforcement.

(a) As used in this section, "overnight respite services" means the provision of group care and supervision in a place other than their usual place of abode on a 24-hour basis for a specified period of time to adults who may be physically or mentally disabled in order to provide temporary relief for a caregiver and includes services provided by any facility certified to provide adult day care services pursuant to G.S. 131D-6, or adult day health services pursuant to 10A NCAC, Chapter 06, Subchapter S, or both. Overnight respite services may include the services of the adult day care program or the adult day health program.

(b) Any facility described under subsection (a) of this section seeking to offer overnight respite services shall apply to the Department for licensure to offer a program of overnight respite services. The Department shall annually license facilities providing a program of overnight respite services under rules adopted by the Medical Care Commission pursuant to subsection (c) of this section. As part of the licensure process, the Division of Health Service Regulation shall inspect the construction projects associated with, and the operations of, each facility providing a program of overnight respite services for compliance with the rules adopted by the Medical Care Commission pursuant to subsection (c) of this section.

(c) The Medical Care Commission shall adopt rules governing the licensure of adult day care and adult day health facilities providing a program of overnight respite services in accordance with this section. The Medical Care Commission shall seek input from stakeholders before proposing rules for adoption as required by this subsection. The rules shall limit the provision of overnight respite services for each adult to (i) not more than 14 consecutive calendar days, and not more than 60 total calendar days, during a 365-day period or (ii) the amount of respite allowed under the North Carolina Innovations waiver or Community Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults (CAP/DA) waiver, as applicable. The rules shall include minimum requirements to ensure the health and safety of overnight respite participants. These requirements shall address all of the following:

(1) Program management.

(2) Staffing.

(3) Building specifications.

(4) Fire safety.

(5) Sanitation.

(6) Nutrition.

(7) Enrollment.

(8) Bed capacity limitations, which shall not exceed six beds in each adult day care program.

(9) Medication management.

(10) Program activities.

(11) Personal care, supervision, and other services.

(d) The Medical Care Commission shall, as necessary, amend the rules pertaining to the provision of respite care in adult care homes and family care homes to address each of the categories enumerated in subsection (c) of this section.

(e) The Division of Health Service Regulation shall have the authority to enforce the rules adopted by the Medical Care Commission under subsections (c) and (d) of this section and shall be responsible for conducting annual inspections and investigating complaints pertaining to overnight respite services in facilities licensed to provide a program of overnight respite services.

(f) Each facility licensed to provide a program of overnight respite services under this section shall periodically report the number of individuals served and the average daily census to the Division of Health Service Regulation on a schedule determined by the Division.

(g) The Division of Health Service Regulation is authorized to do both of the following with respect to a facility licensed to provide overnight respite services under this section in a manner that complies with the provisions of G.S. 131D-2.7:

(1) Suspend admissions to programs of overnight respite services in facilities licensed to provide these services.

(2) Suspend or revoke a facility's license to provide a program of overnight respite services.

(h) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent a facility licensed to provide overnight respite services under this section from receiving State funds or participating in any government insurance plan, including the Medicaid program, to the extent authorized or permitted under applicable State or federal law.

(i) The Department shall charge each adult day care and each adult day health facility seeking to provide overnight respite services a nonrefundable initial licensure fee of three hundred fifty dollars ($350.00) and a nonrefundable annual renewal licensure fee in the amount of three hundred fifteen dollars ($315.00). (2015-241, s. 12G.3(a).)