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709.11.    Application for license.
709.12.    Full licensure.
709.13.    Provisional licensure.
709.14.    Restriction on licensure.
709.15.    Right to enter and inspect.
709.16.    Notification of deficiencies.
709.17.    Refusal or revocation of license.
709.18.    Hearings.

Cross References

   This subchapter cited in 28 Pa. Code §  709.121 (relating to applicability).

§ 709.11. Application for license.

 (a)  Persons, partnerships, corporations, or other legal entities intending to provide drug and alcohol treatment services shall apply for a license from the Department. Application shall be made using forms and procedures prescribed by the Department.

 (b)  The license shall expire 1 year from the date of issuance. Prior to the expiration of the current license, the Department will notify the facility of the date for an annual on-site inspection for renewal of license.

 (c)  The Department will notify the appropriate SCA of applications for and issuance of a license to any facility or individual within the SCA’s area of responsibility.

§ 709.12. Full licensure.

 (a)  A license to operate the facility will be issued when, after an on-site inspection by an authorized representative of the Department, it has been determined that requirements for licensure under this chapter, have been met.

 (b)  A license will be issued to the owner of a facility and will indicate the name of the facility, the address, the date of issuance, and the types of activities the facility is authorized to provide.

 (c)  The current license shall be displayed in a public and conspicuous place in the facility.

§ 709.13. Provisional licensure.

 (a)  The Department will issue a provisional license, valid for a specific time period of no more than 6 months when the Department finds that a facility:

   (1)  Has substantially, but not completely, complied with applicable requirements for licensure.

   (2)  Is complying with a course of correction approved by the Department.

   (3)  Has existing deficiencies that will not adversely alter the health, welfare or safety of the facility’s clients.

 (b)  Within 15 working days of receipt of the deficiency report, facility staff shall submit a plan to correct deficiencies noted during the site visits.

 (c)  A provisional license may be renewed no more than three times.

 (d)  A regular license will be issued upon compliance with this part.

§ 709.14. Restriction on license.

 (a)  A license applies to the person, the named facility, the premises designated therein and the activities notes, and is not transferable.

 (b)  The licensee, using Department forms, shall notify the Department within 90 days of the occurrence of any of the following conditions:

   (1)  Change in ownership.

   (2)  Change in name of the facility.

   (3)  Change in location of the facility.

   (4)  Change in activity/discontinuance of an activity.

   (5)  Change in authorized maximum capacity.

   (6)  Closing of facility.

 (c)  Failure to notify the Department under subsection (b) will result in automatic expiration of the license.

§ 709.15. Right to enter and inspect.

 (a)  An authorized representative of the Department has the right to enter, visit, and inspect a facility licensed or applying for a license under this chapter.

 (b)  The authorized Department representative shall have full and free access to the records of the facility and its clients.

 (c)  The authorized Department representative has the right to interview clients as part of the visitation and inspection process.

Notes of Decisions

   Warrantless Inspection Authorized

   The warrantless inspections, prompted by whistleblower information, made by Health Department employes were legitimate, investigative visits, statutorily authorized by this section. Therefore, owners and employes of the State regulated agency enjoyed no expectation of privacy and no warrant was necessary. Commonwealth v. Clark, 662 A.2d 1084 (Pa. Super. 1995); appeal denied 674 A.2d 1066 (Pa. 1996).

Cross References

   This section cited in 28 Pa. Code §  715.3 (relating to approval of narcotic treatment programs).

§ 709.16. Notification of deficiencies.

 (a)  The authorized Department representative will leave appropriate Department forms with the facility director to address areas of noncompliance with the standards.

 (b)  These forms shall be completed and submitted to the Division of Licensing within 15 working days after the site visit.

 (c)  A license may not be issued until a plan of action has been approved by the Department.

§ 709.17. Refusal or revocation of license.

 (a)  The Department may revoke or refuse to issue a license for any of the following reasons:

   (1)  Failure to comply with a directive issued by the Department.

   (2)  Violation of, or noncompliance with, this chapter.

   (3)  Failure to comply with a plan of correction approved by the Department, unless the Department approves an extension or modification of the plan of correction.

   (4)  Gross incompetence, negligence or misconduct in the operation of the facility.

   (5)  Fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or bribery in obtaining or attempting to obtain a license.

   (6)  Lending, borrowing or using the license of another facility.

   (7)  Knowingly aiding or abetting the improper granting of a license.

   (8)  Mistreating or abusing individuals cared for or treated by the facility.

   (9)  Continued noncompliance in disregard of this part.

   (10)  Operating a facility that, by nature of its physical condition, endangers the health and safety of the public.

 (b)  If the Department proposes to revoke or refuse to issue a license, it will give written notice to the facility by certified mail, stating the following:

   (1)  The reasons for the proposed action.

   (2)  The specific time period for the facility to correct deficiencies.

 (c)  If the facility does not correct the deficiencies within the specified time, the Department will officially notify the licensee that it shall show cause why its license should not be revoked under 1 Pa. Code §  35.14 (relating to orders to show cause), and that it has a right to a hearing authorized by the Department on this question. A request to the Department for a hearing shall be filed, in writing, within 30 days of receipt of the show cause order.

 (d)  Subsection (c) supplements 1 Pa. Code §  35.14.

Cross References

   This section cited in 28 Pa. Code §  715.4 (relating to denial, revocation or suspension of approval).

§ 709.18. Hearings.

 (a)  The Department will convene and conduct a show cause hearing for a facility under 1 Pa. Code §  35.37 (relating to answers to orders to show cause) and this chapter.

 (b)  An administrative hearing held under this section shall be conducted under 1 Pa. Code Part II (relating to general rules of administrative practice and procedure).

 (c)  The Department may institute appropriate legal proceedings to enforce compliance with this chapter.

 (d)  This section supplements 1 Pa. Code Part II.

Cross References

   This section cited in 28 Pa. Code §  715.4 (relating to denial, revocation or suspension of approval).

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