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55 Pa. Code § 2390.191. Self-administration.


§ 2390.191. Self-administration.

 (a)  The facility shall provide a client who has a prescribed medication with assistance, as needed, for the client’s self-administration of the medication.

 (b)  Assistance in the self-administration of medication includes helping the client to remember the schedule for taking the medication, offering the client the medication at the prescribed times, opening a medication container and storing the medication in a secure place.

 (c)  The facility shall provide or arrange for assistive technology to assist the client to self-administer medications.

 (d)  The individual plan must identify if the client is unable to self-administer medications.

 (e)  To be considered able to self-administer medications, a client shall do all of the following:

   (1)  Recognize and distinguish the client’s medication.

   (2)  Know how much medication is to be taken.

   (3)  Know when the medication is to be taken. Assistance may be provided by staff persons to remind the client of the schedule and to offer the medication at the prescribed times as specified in subsection (b).

   (4)  Take or apply the client’s own medication with or without the use of assistive technology.


   The provisions of this §  2390.191 issued under sections 201(2), 403(b), 403.1(a) and (b), 911 and 1021 of the Human Services Code (62 P.S. § §  201(2), 403(b), 403.1(a) and (b), 911 and 1021); and section 201(2) of the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Act of 1966 (50 P.S. §  4201(2)).


   The provisions of this §  2390.191 adopted October 4, 2019, effective in 120 days, 49 Pa.B. 5777.

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