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55 Pa. Code § 6400.4. Definitions.

§ 6400.4. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Agency—A person or legally constituted organization operating one or more community homes for people with an intellectual disability or autism serving eight or fewer individuals.

   Autism—A developmental disorder defined by the edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or its successor, in effect at the time the diagnosis is made. The term includes autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder and autism spectrum disorder.

   Community home for individuals with an intellectual disability or autism (home)—A building or separate dwelling unit in which residential care is provided to one or more individuals with an intellectual disability or autism, except as provided in §  6400.3(f) (relating to applicability). Each apartment unit within an apartment building is considered a separate home. Each part of a duplex, if there is physical separation between the living areas, is considered a separate home.

   Department—The Department of Human Services of the Commonwealth.

   Direct service worker—A person whose primary job function is to provide services to an individual who resides in the home.

   Fire safety expert—A local fire department, fire protection engineer, State certified fire protection instructor, college instructor in fire science, county or State fire school, volunteer fire person trained by a county or State fire school or an insurance company loss control representative.

   Health care practitioner—A person who is authorized to prescribe medications under a license, registration or certification by the Department of State.

   Individual—An individual with an intellectual disability or autism who resides, or receives residential respite care, in a home and who is not a relative of the owner of the home.

   Individual plan—A coordinated and integrated description of activities and services for an individual.

   Intellectual disability—Subaverage general intellectual functioning which originates during the developmental period and is associated with impairment of one or more of the following:

     (i)   Maturation.

     (ii)   Learning.

     (iii)   Social adjustment.

   Relative—A parent, child, stepparent, stepchild, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew.

   Restraint—A physical, chemical or mechanical intervention used to control acute, episodic behavior that restricts the movement or function of the individual or a portion of the individual’s body, including an intervention approved as part of the individual plan or used on an emergency basis.

   Services—Actions or assistance provided to the individual to support the achievement of an outcome.

   Volunteer—A person who is an organized and scheduled component of the service system and who does not receive compensation, but who provides a service through the facility that recruits, plans and organizes duties and assignments.


   The provisions of this §  6400.4 amended under sections 201(2), 403(b), 403.1(a) and (b), Articles IX and X of the Human Services Code (62 P.S. § §  201(2), 403(b), 403.1(a) and (b) and 901—922 and 1001—1088); and section 201(2) of the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Act of 1966 (50 P.S. §  4201(2)).


   The provisions of this §  6400.4 amended through January 22, 1982, effective March 1, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 384; amended August 9, 1991, effective November 8, 1991, 21 Pa.B. 3595; amended August 27, 2010, effective August 28, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 4935; amended June 17, 2016, effective June 18, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 3177; amended October 4, 2019, effective in 120 days, 49 Pa.B. 5777. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (381932) to (381934).

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