ORS 443.775¹
  • level of care
  • exception to limit on residents with nursing care needs
  • reports on exceptions
  • provider duties
  • enforcement
  • civil penalties

(1) The Department of Human Services shall adopt rules governing adult foster homes and the level of care provided in such homes, including the provision of care to more than one person with nursing care needs under specified conditions and department approval, such as are necessary to protect the health, safety or welfare of the residents and to provide for an appropriate continuum of care, but shall not be inconsistent with the residential nature of the living accommodations and the family atmosphere of the home. The rules shall be consistent with rules adopted by the Oregon State Board of Nursing under ORS 678.150 (Powers, functions and duties of board, officers and executive director) (9).

(a) An exception to the limit of one resident with nursing care needs may be granted if the provider proves to the department by clear and convincing evidence that such an exception will not jeopardize the care, health, safety or welfare of the residents and that the provider is capable of meeting the additional care needs of the new resident.

(b) The department, and the counties acting under the exemption granted pursuant to ORS 443.780 (Exemption where county has licensing and inspection program), shall report on a quarterly basis to the Legislative Assembly on the number of exceptions granted during the quarter pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection.

(2) The provider may not employ a resident manager who does not meet the classification standard for the adult foster home.

(3) The provider shall be able to meet the night care needs of a resident before admitting the resident. The provider shall include night care needs in the resident’s care plan.

(4) The provider shall screen a prospective resident before admitting the resident. The screening shall include but is not limited to diagnosis, medications, personal care needs, nursing care needs, night care needs, nutritional needs, activities and lifestyle preferences. A copy of the screening shall be given to the prospective resident or the prospective resident’s representative.

(5) The department shall make rules to assure that any employee who makes a complaint pursuant to ORS 443.755 (Entry and inspection of homes) shall be protected from retaliation.

(6) For adult foster homes in which clients reside for whom the department pays for care, including homes in which the provider and the resident are related, the department may require substantial compliance with its rules relating to standards for care of the client as a condition for paying for care.

(7) By order the Director of Human Services may delegate authority under this section to personnel other than of the department.

(8) The department may commence a suit in equity to enjoin maintenance of an adult foster home if:

(a) The home is operated without a valid license under this section; or

(b) After the license to maintain the home is ordered suspended or revoked, a reasonable time for placement of residents in other facilities has been allowed but such placement has not been accomplished.

(9) The department shall establish by rule the maximum capacity of adult foster homes, including all nonrelated and related persons receiving residential care and day care.

(10) Any person who violates a provision of ORS 443.705 (Definitions for ORS 443.705 to 443.825) to 443.825 (Disposition of penalties recovered) or the rules adopted thereunder may be subjected to the imposition of a civil penalty, to be fixed by the director by rule, not to exceed $100 per violation, to a maximum of $250 or, per occurrence of substantiated abuse, a maximum of $1,000. [1983 c.629 §8; 1985 c.663 §7; 1987 c.369 §2; 1987 c.430 §2; 1987 c.431 §2; 1991 c.960 §9; 1995 c.667 §14; 2001 c.900 §191]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 443—Home Health Agencies; Residential Facilities; Hospice Programs, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors443.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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