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RULE §553.18Increase in Capacity

(a) A license holder must not increase a facility's licensed capacity without approval from DADS.

(b) The license holder must submit an application for an increase in capacity in accordance with §92.12 (relating to General Application Requirements) and the fee required in §92.4 of this chapter (relating to License Fees).

(c) The license holder must arrange for an inspection of the facility by the local fire marshal and provide the signed fire marshal approval to DADS.

(d) After DADS' review of an application and after the applicant notifies DADS in writing that the facility is ready for a Life Safety Code (LSC) inspection, DADS staff conduct an on-site LSC inspection of the facility to determine if the facility meets the LSC licensure requirements in Subchapter D of this chapter (relating to Facility Construction).

(e) If the facility fails to meet the LSC licensure requirements within 120 days after the LSC inspection, DADS denies the application for an increase in capacity.

(f) After a facility has met LSC licensure requirements, DADS staff conduct an on-site health inspection to determine if the facility meets the licensure requirements for standards of operation and resident care in Subchapter C of this chapter (relating to Standards for Licensure).

(g) DADS issues a new license with an increased capacity within 30 days after DADS determines that all licensure requirements have been met. DADS may grant approval to occupy the increased capacity once DADS determines that all licensure requirements have been met.

(h) In order to meet the residents' health and safety needs in the event of a fire, natural disaster, or catastrophic event, DADS may grant approval to temporarily exceed a facility's licensed capacity provided the health and safety of residents are not compromised and the facility can meet the required health care service needs of all residents. A facility may exceed its licensed capacity under this circumstance, monitored by DADS, until residents can be transferred to a permanent location. DADS will issue authorization for the temporary increase in the facility's licensed capacity. The authorization to temporarily increase the capacity ends when the facility receives written notice from DADS ending the authorization.

Source Note: The provisions of this §553.18 adopted to be effective January 15, 2009, 34 TexReg 240; transferred effective May 1, 2019, as published in the Texas Register April 12, 2019, 44 TexReg 1886

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