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RULE §448.505General Environment

(a) The facility shall comply with applicable requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The facility shall maintain documentation that it has conducted a self-inspection to evaluate compliance and implemented a corrective action plan, as necessary, with reasonable time frames to address identified deficiencies.

(b) The facility shall have a certificate of occupancy from the local authority that reflects the current use by the occupant or documentation that the locality does not issue occupancy certificates.

(c) The site, including grounds, buildings, electrical and mechanical systems, appliances, equipment, and furniture shall be structurally sound, in good repair, clean, and free from health and safety hazards.

(d) The facility shall provide a safe, clean, well-lighted and well-maintained environment.

(e) The facility shall have adequate space, furniture, and supplies.

(f) The facility shall have private space for confidential interactions, including all group counseling sessions.

(g) The facility shall prohibit smoking inside facility buildings and vehicles and during structured program activities. If smoking areas are permitted, they shall be clearly marked as designated smoking areas and shall not be less than 15 feet from any entrance to any building(s) and comply with local codes and ordinances. Staff shall not provide or facilitate client access to tobacco products.

(h) The facility shall prohibit firearms and other weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, illegal activities, and violence on the program site or at or during the course of any program activity, except as provided for in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection. The facility shall be responsible for any noncompliance with this subsection.

  (1) The facility may allow a clergy member to bring four ounces or less of alcohol on site or to a program activity for purposes of presiding over a religious or spiritual rite, as long as the alcohol remains in the possession, custody, or control of the presiding clergy member at all times while on the program site or at the program activity, is not distributed, and is consumed only by the presiding clergy member, if at all.

  (2) The facility shall inform any clergy member bringing alcohol on site or to a program activity under paragraph (1) of this subsection of the requirements of this subsection. The facility shall create and maintain documentation, which shall be available to staff of the Department of State Health Services upon request, reflecting each date and time when alcohol is permitted to be brought onto the program site or to a program activity pursuant to this subsection. The documentation shall include the name, address, and title of the clergy member, and shall document staff verification that the clergy member was self-identified as such, that alcohol was brought on site or to a program activity and that it was thereafter either removed from the site or program activity, or represented by the presiding clergy member to have been personally consumed.

(i) Animals shall be properly vaccinated and supervised.

Source Note: The provisions of this §448.505 adopted to be effective September 1, 2004, 29 TexReg 2020; transferred effective September 1, 2004, as published in the Texas Register September 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 8842; amended to be effective October 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 8105

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