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RULE §553.27Certification of a Type B Facility or Unit for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders

(a) A facility that advertises, markets, or otherwise promotes that the facility or a distinct unit of the facility provides specialized care for persons with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders must be certified or have the unit certified under subsection (d) of this section or §553.29 of this subchapter (relating to Alzheimer's Certification of a Type B Facility for an Initial License Applicant in Good Standing). Certification under this section is not required for a facility to use advertising terms such as "medication reminders or assistance," "meal and activity reminders," "escort service," or "short-term memory loss, confusion, or forgetfulness."

(b) To be certified under subsection (d) of this section, a facility must be licensed as a Type B facility.

(c) A license holder must request certification of a facility or unit under subsection (d) of this section by submitting the forms prescribed by HHSC via the online portal and include full payment of applicable fees described in §553.47(c) of this subchapter (relating to License Fees).

(d) After HHSC receives a request for certification in accordance with subsection (c) of this section, HHSC certifies a licensed Type B facility as a certified Alzheimer's facility or a unit of a licensed Type B facility as a certified Alzheimer's unit, if HHSC determines:

  (1) that the facility or unit is in compliance with §553.311 of this chapter (relating to Physical Plant Requirements for Alzheimer's Units) and Subchapter D of this chapter (relating to Facility Construction), including meeting the requirements of a Life Safety Code (LSC) inspection within 120 days after the date HHSC staff conduct an initial LSC inspection; and

  (2) that the facility or unit meets the requirements of Subchapter F of this chapter (relating to Additional Licensing Standards for Certified Alzheimer's Assisted Living Facilities) based on an on-site health inspection, during which HHSC observes the facility's or unit's provision of care to at least one resident who has been admitted to the Alzheimer's facility or unit.

(e) A facility or unit may not exceed the maximum number of residents specified on the Alzheimer's certificate issued to the facility by HHSC.

(f) A facility must post the facility's or unit's Alzheimer's certificate in a prominent location for public view.

(g) An Alzheimer's certificate is valid for three years from the effective date of approval by HHSC.

(h) HHSC cancels an Alzheimer's certificate if:

  (1) a certified facility, or the facility in which a certified unit is located, undergoes a change of ownership; or

  (2) HHSC determines that a certified facility or unit is not in compliance with applicable laws and rules.

(i) A facility must remove a cancelled certificate from display and advertising and surrender the certificate to HHSC.

Source Note: The provisions of this §553.27 adopted to be effective August 31, 2021, 46 TexReg 5017

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