Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

20.12 Conducting Initial and Semi-Annual Assessment of Family Care Homes and Personal Care Homes

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter:
Chapter 20-APS Investigations and Assessment
Effective:
12/3/2010
Section:
20.12 Conducting Initial and Semi-Annual Assessment of Family Care Homes and Personal Care Homes
Version:
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Legal Authority/Introduction

LEGAL AUTHORITY:

Initial and semi-annual assessments of family care homes and semi-annual assessments of personal care homes focus on the home, not on the individual residents. 
 
Committed children cannot be placed in a personal care or family care home without the express written permission of the Service Region Administrator or designee.

Procedure

  1. The SSW determines whether protective services or preventive services are indicated upon assessment and considers adult protective services or general adult services acceptance criteria.

Family Care Homes (FCH)

The SRA:

  1. Notifies the FSOS in the local office and requests that a SSW visit the home to complete a profile of the prospective home using the DPP-278 Profile of Family Care Home, when a prospective FCH operator obtains an application from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

The SSW:

  1. Submits a copy of the DSS-278 to the FSOS within thirty (30) working days;
  2. Begins semi-annual assessments using the DPP-277 Family Care Home Semi-Annual Assessment six (6) months after notification of licensure;
  3. Has face to face contact with all residents initially and at least once a year after that; 
  4. Opens a case if it becomes necessary to provide the adult residing in a FCH with protective services or if general adult services are needed and requested.

Personal Care Homes (PCH)

The SSW:

  1. Begins semi-annual assessments using the DPP-277A Personal Care Home Semi-Annual Assessment six (6) months after notification of PCH licensure;
  2. Has face to face contact with at least four (4) residents during each semi-annual assessment; and
  3. Opens a case if it becomes necessary to provide the adult residing in a PCH with protective services or if general adult services are needed and requested.

Practice Guidance

  • Ideally, the worker is to have face to face contact with a resident at each semi-annual assessment.
  • If a resident is away from the FCH at the time of a semi-annual assessment the SSW may conduct a face to face interview at the next semi-annual assessment.
 

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