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28 Pa. Code § 715.3. Approval of narcotic treatment programs.

§ 715.3. Approval of narcotic treatment programs.

 (a)  An entity shall apply for and receive approval as required from the Department, DEA and CSAT or an organization designated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), under the authority of section 303 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C.A. §  823) and sections 501(d), 509(a), 543, 1923, 1927(a) and 1976 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C.A. § §  290aa(d), 290bb-2(a), 290dd-2, 300x-23, 300x-27(a) and 300y-11), prior to offering services within this Commonwealth as a narcotic treatment program. Application for approval shall be made simultaneously to the Department, DEA and CSAT or SAMHSA designee.

   (1)  The Department will forward a recommendation for approval to the Federal officials after a review of policies and procedures and an onsite inspection by an authorized representative of the Department and after a determination has been made that the requirements for approval under this chapter have been met.

   (2)  The decision of the Federal officials set forth in 21 CFR Chapter II (relating to Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice) or other Federal statutes shall constitute the final determination on the application for approval by DEA and CSAT or SAMHSA designee.

 (b)  A narcotic treatment program shall be licensed under the Department’s regulations for drug and alcohol facilities in Chapter 704, 705, 709, 710 or 711. When a licensee applies to operate a narcotic treatment program, the history component of the application of the licensee shall include the licensee’s record of operation of any facility regulated by any State or Federal entity. A narcotic treatment program may not be recommended for approval unless licensure has been obtained under Chapters 704, 705, 709, 710 or 711.

 (c)  The Department will grant approval as a narcotic treatment program after an onsite inspection and review of narcotic treatment program policies, procedures and other material, when the Department determines that the requirements for approval have been met.

 (d)  The Department will inspect a narcotic treatment program at least annually to determine compliance with State narcotic treatment program regulations. This inspection shall consist of an onsite visit and shall include an examination of patient records, reports, files, policies and procedures, and other similar items to enable the Department to make an evaluation of the status of the narcotic treatment program. The Department may inspect the narcotic treatment program without notice during any regular business hours of the narcotic treatment program.

 (e)  During the inspection process, a narcotic treatment program shall make available to the authorized staff of the Department full and free access to its premises, facilities, records, reports, files and other similar items necessary for a full and complete evaluation. The Department may make copies of materials it deems necessary under 42 CFR 2.53 (relating to audit and evaluation activities) and § §  709.15 and 711.15 (relating to right to enter and inspect; and right to enter and inspect).

 (f)  The authorized Department representative may interview patients and staff as part of the inspection process.

 (g)  The Department may grant approval as a narcotic treatment program after an onsite inspection when the Department determines that a narcotic treatment program satisfies the following:

   (1)  It has substantially complied with applicable requirements for approval.

   (2)  It is complying with a plan of correction approved by the Department with regard to any outstanding deficiencies.

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

 (h)  Notification of deficiencies involves the following:

   (1)  The authorized Department representative will provide the program director with a record of deficiencies with instructions to submit a plan of correction.

   (2)  The narcotic treatment program shall complete the plan of correction and submit it to the Department within 21 days after the last day of the onsite inspection.

   (3)  The Department will not grant approval as narcotic treatment program until the Department receives and approves a plan of correction.

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