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55 Pa. Code § 6100.183. Additional rights of the individual in a residential service location.

§ 6100.183. Additional rights of the individual in a residential service location.

 (a)  An individual has the right to receive scheduled and unscheduled visitors, and to communicate and meet privately with whom the individual chooses, at any time.

 (b)  An individual has the right to unrestricted access to send and receive mail and other forms of communications, unopened and unread by others, including the right to share contact information with whom the individual chooses.

 (c)  An individual has the right to unrestricted and private access to telecommunications.

 (d)  An individual has the right to manage and access the individual’s finances.

 (e)  An individual has the right to choose persons with whom to share a bedroom.

 (f)  An individual has the right to furnish and decorate the individual’s bedroom and the common areas of the home in accordance with §  6100.184 (relating to negotiation of choices).

 (g)  An individual has the right to lock the individual’s bedroom door.

   (1)  Locking may be provided by a key, access card, keypad code or other entry mechanism accessible to the individual to permit the individual to lock and unlock the door.

   (2)  Access to an individual’s bedroom shall be provided only in a life-safety emergency or with the express permission of the individual for each incidence of access.

   (3)  Assistive technology shall be provided as needed to allow the individual to lock and unlock the door without assistance.

   (4)  The locking mechanism shall allow easy and immediate access by the individual and staff persons in the event of an emergency.

   (5)  Direct service professionals who provide service to the individual shall have the key or entry device to lock and unlock the door.

 (h)  An individual has the right to have a key, access card, keypad code or other entry mechanism to lock and unlock an entrance door of the home.

   (1)  Assistive technology shall be provided as needed to allow the individual to lock and unlock the door without assistance.

   (2)  The locking mechanism shall allow easy and immediate access by the individual and staff persons in the event of an emergency.

   (3)  Direct service professionals who provide service to the individual shall have the key or entry device to lock and unlock the door.

 (i)  An individual has the right to access food at any time.

 (j)  An individual has the right to make health care decisions.

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  6100.43 (relating to regulatory waiver); 55 Pa. Code §  6100.181 (relating to exercise of rights); 55 Pa. Code §  6100.801 (relating to agency with choice); 55 Pa. Code §  6100.804 (relating to base-funding); and 55 Pa. Code §  6100.805 (relating to vendor goods and services).



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