DHS 134.14 Note Note: To obtain a copy of the application form for a license to operate an FDD, write: Division of Quality Assurance, P.O. Box 2969, Madison, Wisconsin 53701-2969.
DHS 134.14(2) (2)Restrictions.
DHS 134.14(2)(a) (a) A new FDD may not have more than 16 residents, except that:
DHS 134.14(2)(a)1. 1. A center serving people with developmental disabilities may have more than 16 residents; and
DHS 134.14(2)(a)2. 2. A home licensed under ch. DHS 132 on July 1, 1988 which under ch. DHS 122 has converted or converts all of a building or a physically identifiable distinct part of a building to be an FDD may have a capacity that is equal to the total number of beds approved under s. DHS 122.07 (2).
DHS 134.14(2)(b) (b) A home licensed under ch. DHS 132 may not be issued a license to operate as an FDD after July 1, 1988 if it is not an FDD on July 1, 1988, except as provided in par. (a) 2.
DHS 134.14(3) (3)Requirements for a license.
DHS 134.14(3)(a) (a) An applicant for a license shall submit the following information to the department:
DHS 134.14(3)(a)1. 1. The identities of all persons or business entities having the authority, directly or indirectly, to direct or influence the direction of the management or policies of the facility;
DHS 134.14(3)(a)2. 2. The identities of all persons or business entities having any ownership interest in the facility, whether direct, or indirect, and whether the interest is in the profits, land or building, including owners of any business entity which owns any part of the land or building;
DHS 134.14(3)(a)3. 3. The identities of all creditors holding a security interest in the premises, whether in the land or the building; and
DHS 134.14(3)(a)4. 4. In the case of a change of ownership, disclosure of any relationship or connection between the old licensee and the new licensee, or between any owner or operator of the old licensee and the owner or operator of the new licensee, whether direct or indirect.
DHS 134.14(3)(b) (b) The applicant shall provide any additional information requested by the department during its review of the license application.
DHS 134.14(3)(c) (c) The applicant shall submit evidence to establish that he or she has sufficient resources to permit operation of the facility for a period of 6 months.
DHS 134.14(3)(d) (d) No license may be issued until the applicant has supplied all information requested by the department.
DHS 134.14(4) (4)Action by the department.
DHS 134.14(4)(a) (a) After receiving a complete application, the department shall investigate the applicant to determine the applicant's ability to comply with this chapter.
DHS 134.14(4)(b) (b) Within 60 days after receiving a complete application for a license, including all information required under sub. (3) (a) to (c), the department shall either approve the application and issue a license or deny the application. If the application for a license is denied, the department shall give the applicant reasons, in writing, for the denial.
DHS 134.14(5) (5)Types of license.
DHS 134.14(5)(a) (a) Probationary license. If the applicant has not previously been licensed under this chapter or if the facility is not in operation at the time application is made, the department shall issue a probationary license. A probationary license shall be valid for 12 months from the date of issuance unless sooner suspended or revoked under s. 50.03 (5), Stats. If the applicant is found to be in compliance with this chapter, a regular license shall be issued.
DHS 134.14(5)(b) (b) Regular license. If the applicant has been previously licensed, the department shall issue a regular license if the applicant is found to be in compliance with this chapter. A regular license is valid indefinitely unless suspended or revoked.
DHS 134.14(5m) (5m)Annual report. Every 12 months, on a schedule determined by the department, an FDD licensee shall submit a report to the department in the form and containing the information that the department requires, including payment of the fee required under s. 50.135 (2) (a), Stats. If a complete report is not timely filed, the department shall issue a warning to the licensee. If the licensee of an FDD who has not filed a timely report fails to submit a complete report to the department within 60 days after the date established under the schedule determined by the department, the department may revoke the license.
DHS 134.14(5r) (5r)Reporting involuntary administration of psychotropic medication. The licensee shall provide, in a format approved by the department, information required by the department to assess the facility's compliance with s. 55.14, Stats., relating to involuntary administration of psychotropic medication to a resident.
DHS 134.14(6) (6)Scope of license.
DHS 134.14(6)(a) (a) A license is issued only for the premises and the persons named in the license application, and may not be transferred or assigned by the licensee.
DHS 134.14(6)(b) (b) The license shall state any applicable restrictions, including maximum bed capacity and any other limitation that the department considers appropriate and necessary taking all facts and circumstances into account.
DHS 134.14(6)(c) (c) The licensee shall fully comply with all requirements and restrictions of the license.
DHS 134.14(7) (7)Condition for medical assistance provider certification. In order to claim reimbursement from the department's medical assistance program for the cost of care provided to medical assistance recipients, an FDD is required to be a certified provider under that program. The sole condition for certification, stated in s. DHS 105.12, is that the FDD be licensed under this chapter. For services covered by the MA program and for prior authorization requirements, see chs. DHS 101 to 108.
DHS 134.14 History History: Cr. Register, June, 1988, No. 390, eff. 7-1-88; corrections in (2) (a) 2. and (7) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, April, 2000, No. 532; am. (5), cr. (5m), Register, August, 2000, No. 536, eff. 9-1-00; CR 03-033: am. (1), (2) (a) (intro.) and (5m) Register December 2003 No. 576, eff. 1-1-04; CR 04-053: am. (2) (a) 1. Register October 2004 No. 586, eff. 11-1-04; CR 07-042: cr. (5r) Register October 2007 No. 622, eff. 11-1-07; corrections in (2) and (7) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637.
DHS 134.15 DHS 134.15Waivers and variances.
DHS 134.15(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
DHS 134.15(1)(a) (a) “Variance" means the approval of an alternate requirement in place of a requirement of this chapter.
DHS 134.15(1)(b) (b) “Waiver" means the granting of an exemption from a requirement of this chapter.
DHS 134.15(2) (2)Requirements for waivers or variances. The department may grant a waiver or variance if the department finds that the waiver or variance will not adversely affect the health, safety or welfare of residents, taking into account the size of the facility and the condition of the residents, and that:
DHS 134.15(2)(a) (a) Strict enforcement of a requirement would result in unreasonable hardship on the facility or a resident; or
DHS 134.15(2)(b) (b) An alternative to a rule which may involve introducing a new concept, method, procedure or technique, using new equipment, modifying personnel qualifications or providing for the conduct of pilot projects, is in the interests of better care or management.
DHS 134.15(3) (3)Procedures.
DHS 134.15(3)(a) (a) Applications.
DHS 134.15(3)(a)1.1. All applications for a waiver or variance shall be made in writing to the department, specifying the following:
DHS 134.15(3)(a)1.a. a. The rule from which the waiver or variance is requested;
DHS 134.15(3)(a)1.b. b. The time period for which the waiver or variance is requested;
DHS 134.15(3)(a)1.c. c. If the request is for a variance, the specific alternative action which the facility proposes;
DHS 134.15(3)(a)1.d. d. The reasons for the request; and
DHS 134.15(3)(a)1.e. e. Assurances that sub. (2) would be satisfied.
DHS 134.15(3)(a)2. 2. A request for a waiver or variance may be made at any time.
DHS 134.15(3)(a)3. 3. The department may require additional information from the facility before acting on the request.
DHS 134.15 Note Note: A request for a waiver or variance should be addressed to: Division of Quality Assurance, P.O. Box 2969, Madison, Wisconsin 53701-2969.
DHS 134.15(3)(b) (b) Grants and denials.
DHS 134.15(3)(b)1.1. The department shall grant or deny each request for waiver or variance in writing. Notice of denial shall contain the reasons for denial. If a notice of a denial is not issued within 60 days after the receipt of a complete request, the waiver or variance shall be automatically approved.
DHS 134.15(3)(b)2. 2. The department may impose whatever conditions on the granting of a waiver or variance that it deems necessary.
DHS 134.15(3)(b)3. 3. The department and a facility may agree to modify the terms of a requested variance.
DHS 134.15(3)(b)4. 4. The department may limit the duration of any waiver or variance.
DHS 134.15(3)(c) (c) Appeal.
DHS 134.15(3)(c)1.1. A facility may ask the administrator of the department's division of long term care to review the reasonableness of the denial of a request for a waiver or variance. The administrator shall make that review and notify the facility of his or her decision within 20 days following receipt of the appeal.
DHS 134.15 Note Note: To appeal the denial of a request for a waiver or variance, write: Administrator, Division of Long Term Care, P.O. Box 7851, Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7851.
DHS 134.15(3)(c)2.a.a. A denial of a waiver or variance may be contested by requesting a hearing as provided by ch. 227, Stats.
DHS 134.15(3)(c)2.b. b. The licensee shall sustain the burden of proving that the denial of a waiver or variance was unreasonable.
DHS 134.15(3)(d) (d) Revocation. The department may revoke a waiver or variance if:
DHS 134.15(3)(d)1. 1. The department determines that the waiver or variance is adversely affecting the health, safety or welfare of the residents;
DHS 134.15(3)(d)2. 2. The department determines that the facility has failed to comply with a variance as granted;
DHS 134.15(3)(d)3. 3. The licensee notifies the department in writing that he or she wishes to relinquish the waiver or variance and be subject to the rule previously waived or varied; or
DHS 134.15(3)(d)4. 4. Revocation is necessary because of a change in the law.
DHS 134.15 History History: Cr. Register, June, 1988, No. 390, eff. 7-1-88; correction in (3) (c) 1. made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6., Stats., Register December 2003 No. 576; correction in (3) (c) 1. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637.
subch. II of ch. DHS 134 Subchapter II — Residents' Rights and Protections
DHS 134.31 DHS 134.31Rights of residents.
DHS 134.31(1)(1)Facility obligations. All facilities shall comply with the requirements governing residents' rights enumerated in s. 50.09, Stats., and this chapter. Facilities shall have written policies and procedures to ensure that staff recognize that residents have these rights, and that staff respect and enforce these rights. The written policies and procedures shall encourage residents to exercise their rights on their own behalf whenever practicable.
DHS 134.31(2) (2)Delegation of rights and responsibilities. Each facility shall have written policies and procedures that provide that:
DHS 134.31(2)(a) (a) If a resident is adjudicated incompetent under ch. 54, Stats., all rights and responsibilities of the resident which the resident is not competent to exercise pass to the resident's guardian pursuant to s. 50.09 (3), Stats., except as otherwise provided by law; and
DHS 134.31(2)(b) (b) If there has been no adjudication of incompetency but the resident requires assistance in understanding or exercising his or her rights, that assistance is provided to the resident to the extent necessary for the resident to receive the benefits of this section, including involvement of the next of kin or sponsoring agency and notification of the appropriate county agency if there is need for guardianship.
DHS 134.31(3) (3)Residents' rights. Every resident, except as provided in sub. (4), has the right to:
DHS 134.31(3)(a) (a) Communications. Have private and unrestricted communications, unless medically contraindicated as documented by the resident's physician in the resident's medical record, except that receipt of mail from any source and communication with public officials or with the resident's attorney may not be restricted in any event. The right to private and unrestricted communications includes the right to:
DHS 134.31(3)(a)1. 1. Receive, send and mail sealed, unopened correspondence. No resident's incoming or outgoing correspondence may be opened, delayed, held or censored, except that a resident or guardian may direct in writing that specified incoming correspondence be opened, delayed or held;
DHS 134.31(3)(a)2. 2. Use a telephone for private communications, unless medically contraindicated in which case the resident shall be informed in writing of the grounds for withdrawal of the right and shall have the opportunity for a review of the withdrawal of the right;
DHS 134.31(3)(a)3. 3. Have private visits, pursuant to a reasonable written visitation policy, unless medically contraindicated in which case the resident shall be informed in writing of the grounds for withdrawal of the right and shall have the opportunity for a review of the withdrawal of the right. The facility shall ensure that individuals allowed to visit under this paragraph do not infringe on the privacy and rights of the other residents;
DHS 134.31(3)(a)4. 4. Communicate with staff in regard to all aspects of the treatment program. To facilitate this communication, the facility shall:
DHS 134.31(3)(a)4.a. a. Keep the resident's legal guardian or, if there is no guardian, family or next of kin, informed of resident activities and significant changes in the resident's condition;
DHS 134.31(3)(a)4.b. b. Answer communications from resident's relatives or guardian promptly and appropriately;
DHS 134.31(3)(a)4.c. c. Allow close relatives and guardians to visit at any reasonable hour, without prior notice, unless an interdisciplinary team determines that this would not be appropriate; and
DHS 134.31(3)(a)4.d. d. Allow parents and guardians to visit any part of the facility that provides services to residents.
DHS 134.31(3)(b) (b) Grievances. Present grievances on the resident's own behalf or through others to the facility's staff or administrator, to public officials or to any other person without justifiable fear of reprisal and to join with other residents or individuals within or outside of the facility to work for improvements in resident care.
DHS 134.31(3)(c) (c) Finances. Manage one's own financial affairs, including any personal allowances under federal or state programs. No resident funds may be held or spent except in accordance with the following requirements:
DHS 134.31(3)(c)1. 1. A facility may not hold or spend a resident's funds unless the resident or another person legally responsible for the resident's funds authorizes this action in writing. The facility shall obtain separate authorizations for holding a resident's funds and for spending a resident's funds. The authorization for spending a resident's funds may include a spending limit. Expenditures that exceed a designated spending limit require a separate authorization for each individual occurrence;
DHS 134.31(3)(c)2. 2. Any resident funds held or controlled by the facility and any earnings from them shall be credited to the resident and may not be commingled with other funds or property except that of other residents;
DHS 134.31(3)(c)3. 3. The facility shall furnish a resident, the resident's guardian or a representative designated by the resident with at least an annual statement of all funds and properties held by the facility for the resident and all expenditures made from the resident's account, and a similar statement at the time of the resident's permanent discharge. If the resident has authorized discretionary expenditures by the facility and the facility has accepted responsibility for these expenditures, upon written request of the resident, the resident's guardian or a designated representative of the resident, the facility shall issue this statement monthly;
DHS 134.31(3)(c)4. 4. The facility shall maintain a record of all expenditures, disbursements and deposits made on behalf of the resident; and
DHS 134.31(3)(c)5. 5. The facility shall provide training and counseling to residents in the management and use of money as necessary to meet each resident's needs.
DHS 134.31(3)(d) (d) Admission information. Be fully informed in writing, prior to or at the time of admission, of all services and the charges for these services, and be informed in writing, during the resident's stay, of any changes in the services available or in charges for services, as follows:
DHS 134.31(3)(d)1. 1. No person may be admitted to a facility unless that person or that person's guardian or designated representative has signed an acknowledgement of having received a statement of information before or on the day of admission which includes at least the following information or, in the case of a person to be admitted for short-term care, the information required under s. DHS 134.70 (3):
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