2005 Connecticut Code - Sec. 19a-535a. Residential care home. Transfer or discharge of patients. Appeal. Hearing.

      Sec. 19a-535a. Residential care home. Transfer or discharge of patients. Appeal. Hearing. (a) As used in this section, a "facility" means a residential care home, as defined in section 19a-490.

      (b) A facility shall not transfer or discharge a resident from the facility unless (1) the transfer or discharge is necessary to meet the resident's welfare and the resident's welfare cannot be met in the facility, (2) the transfer or discharge is appropriate because the resident's health has improved sufficiently so the resident no longer needs the services provided by the facility, (3) the health or safety of individuals in the facility is endangered, (4) the resident has failed, after reasonable and appropriate notice, to pay for a stay or a requested service, at the facility or (5) the facility ceases to operate. In the case of an involuntary transfer or discharge the resident and, if known, his legally liable relative, guardian or conservator shall be given a thirty-day written notification which includes the reason for the transfer or discharge and notice of the right of the resident to appeal a transfer or discharge by the facility pursuant to subsection (d) of this section. No resident shall be involuntarily transferred or discharged from a facility if such transfer or discharge presents imminent danger of death.

      (c) The facility shall be responsible for assisting the resident in finding appropriate placement. A discharge plan, prepared by the facility, which indicates the resident's individual needs shall accompany the patient.

      (d) (1) For transfers or discharges effected on or after October 1, 1989, a resident or his legally liable relative, guardian or conservator who has been notified by a facility, pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, that he will be transferred or discharged from the facility may appeal such transfer or discharge to the Commissioner of Public Health by filing a request for a hearing with the commissioner within ten days of receipt of such notice. Upon receipt of any such request, the commissioner or his designee shall hold a hearing to determine whether the transfer or discharge is being effected in accordance with this section. Such a hearing shall be held within seven business days of receipt of such request and a determination made by the commissioner or his designee within twenty days of the termination of the hearing. The hearing shall be conducted in accordance with chapter 54.

      (2) In an emergency the facility may request that the commissioner make a determination as to the need for an immediate transfer or discharge of a resident. Before making such a determination, the commissioner shall notify the resident and, if known, his legally liable relative, guardian or conservator. The commissioner shall issue such a determination no later than seven days after receipt of the request for such determination. If, as a result of such a request, the commissioner or his designee determines that a failure to effect an immediate transfer or discharge would endanger the health, safety or welfare of the resident or other residents, the commissioner or his designee shall order the immediate transfer or discharge of the resident from the facility. A hearing shall be held in accordance with the requirements of subdivision (1) of this subsection within seven business days of the issuance of any determination issued pursuant to this subdivision.

      (3) Any involuntary transfer or discharge shall be stayed pending a determination by the commissioner or his designee. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, the determination of the commissioner or his designee after a hearing shall be final and binding upon all parties and not subject to any further appeal.

      (P.A. 89-348, S. 2, 10; P.A. 90-230, S. 96, 101; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 97-112, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 90-230 added "and, if known, his legally liable relative, guardian or conservator" to Subsec. (b)(5); P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 97-112 amended Subsec. (a) to redefine "facility" as a residential care home and replace reference to Sec. 19a-521 with Sec. 19a-490.

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