OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS
§ 15.161. Waivers.
(a) The Department may, at its discretion and for justifiable reason, grant exceptions to and departures from this chapter to an area agency on aging when the area agency on aging can, by clear and convincing evidence, demonstrate that compliance would cause an unreasonable and undue hardship upon the area agency on aging and that an exception would not impair the health, safety or welfare of older adults or otherwise compromise the intent of this chapter. The Department cannot, however, waive statutory requirements in the act.
(b) A waiver request shall be made in writing to the Secretary. A request shall specifically identify and explain the burden created by the requirement for which the exception is being sought, the alternative method for fulfilling the basic intent of the requirement and evidence of the steps to be taken to assure that the health, safety and welfare of older adults will not be compromised.
(c) An exception granted under this chapter may be revoked by the Department at its discretion for a justifiable reason. Notice of revocation will be in writing and will include the reason for the action of the Department and a specific date upon which the exception will be terminated.
(d) In revoking an exception, the Department will provide for a reasonable time between the date of written notice of revocation and the date of termination of an exception for the agency to come into compliance with the applicable regulations.
(e) If an agency wishes to request a reconsideration of a denial or revocation of an exception, it shall do so in writing to the Secretary within 15 days of receipt of the adverse notification.
The provisions of this § 15.161 adopted May 17, 2002, effective May 18, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 2412.
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