TITLE 59: MENTAL HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
PART 115 STANDARDS AND LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR COMMUNITY-INTEGRATED LIVING ARRANGEMENTS
SECTION 115.550 NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS SERVED IN HOST FAMILY SETTINGS


 

Section 115.550  Number of individuals served in host family settings

 

a)         No more than two individuals with developmental disabilities may reside with any one host family.  

 

b)         The provider agency is responsible for informing the Department, the individual, and his or her guardian of any changes, prior to the changes occurring, involving individuals moving into or out of the home, as well as host family relocation to another residence.

 

c)         The provider agency may request waiver of subsection (a) to allow up to four persons with developmental disabilities to be served in the same setting.  The process for submission and review of waiver requests is as follows:

 

1)         A request packet must be compiled by the licensed provider agency and submitted to the Department.

 

2)         The Bureau of Accreditation, Licensure, and Certification, in cooperation with the Office of Developmental Disabilities, will make final decisions on waiver requests.

 

3)         The request packet must include a description of the waiver being requested; information substantiating the appropriateness of the waiver; and a proposed individual service plan signed by the complete interdisciplinary team incorporating the waiver.  If the waiver impacts more than one individual served, an individual service plan must be included for each individual involved.

 

4)         The request packet must be approved and signed by the appropriate QMRP and executive director, or by an authorized Department representative.

 

5)         The Department may develop a standardized application form for waiver requests.

 

6)         The Department will conduct a site visit or visits to review the home, meet the host family, and meet and observe the individuals served prior to the approval of any waiver of the requirements of subsection (a).

 

7)         The Department will consider whether the requested waiver provides for the individual's general well-being, safety, choices and service needs in making a determination of whether to grant the requested waiver.

 

8)         Completed requests for waiver will be responded to within 30 calendar days after receipt by the Department.  If a site visit is determined necessary prior to making a determination regarding the waiver request, the Department will respond within 60 calendar days after the receipt of the request.

 

d)         In the event of a denial of a waiver request involving settings in existence prior to 2001, individuals whose services are funded by the Department would be required to choose another residential setting if they wish funding to continue.

 

e)         The Department reserves the right to deny any waiver requests.

 

f)         The Bureau of Accreditation, Licensure and Certification (BALC), in cooperation with the Office of Developmental Disabilities, will make the final decision on waiver requests.  Requests for waivers will be responded to within 30 days after receipt.  If an on-site visit is deemed necessary, the Department will respond within 60 days.

 

(Source:  Added at 27 Ill. Reg. 5376, effective March 17, 2003)