We kicked off Step 1 of our long-awaited overhaul of the behavioral health facility licensing requirements this week.  A new law passed last legislative session charges us with facilitating “licensure of integrated health programs that provide both behavioral and physical health services.”  The new law tells us to adopt rules relating to construction, equipment, sanitation, staffing for medical, nursing and personal care services, and record keeping pertaining to the administration of medical, nursing and personal care services, in accordance with generally accepted practices of health care.

Before we start drafting new rules, we’re anxious to get some ideas from stakeholders. This week we posted an electronic comment page to get input using Survey Monkey.  After we review the electronic comments we may meet with representatives of different types of facilities to discuss the current rules and gather more information.  If you are interested in participating, please provide contact information.

To help- here are the Current Rules.