2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 10. Children
§10-1430.17. Conditional license.
A. The Department of Human Services may issue a conditional license to any group home if the Department finds that a violation exists in such group home. The issuance of a conditional license shall revoke any license held by the group home issued pursuant to the Group Homes for Persons with Developmental or Physical Disabilities Act.
B. Prior to the issuance of a conditional license, the Department shall review and approve a written plan of correction. The Department shall specify the violations which prevent issuance of a regular license and shall establish a time schedule for correction of the deficiencies. Retention of the license shall be conditional on meeting the requirements of the plan of correction. In the alternative or in addition to a conditional license, the Director of Human Services may withhold vendor payments due to a group home under its programs until such time as the corrections are made or a plan of correction for all deficiencies is approved by the Department.
C. Written notice of the decision to issue a conditional license shall be sent to the group home together with the proposed plan of correction. The notice shall inform the group home of its right to an informal conference prior to issuance of the conditional license and its right to a full hearing.
D. If the group home desires to have an informal conference it shall, within four (4) working days of receipt of notice, send a written request for an informal conference to the Department. The Department shall, within four (4) working days from the receipt of the request, hold an informal conference. Following the conference, the Department may affirm or overrule its previous decision, or modify the terms of the conditional license and plan of correction. The conditional license may be issued after the informal conference or after the time for requesting an informal conference has expired, prior to any further hearing.
E. If after the informal conference the group home desires to contest the basis for issuance of a conditional license, or the terms of the license or plan of correction, the facility shall send a written request for hearing to the Department within ten (10) days after issuance of the conditional license and the Department shall then hold the hearing.
F. A conditional license shall be issued for a period specified by the Department, but in no event for more than one (1) year. The Department shall periodically, but not less than semiannually, inspect any group home operating under a conditional license. If the Department finds substantial failure by the group home to follow the plan of correction, the conditional license may be revoked.
G. If the Department determines that a conditional license shall expire without renewal or replacement of the conditional license by a regular license, the Department shall so notify the licensee at least thirty (30) days prior to expiration of the license. The licensee is entitled to a hearing if requested prior to expiration of the conditional license. The provider is entitled to a hearing if requested prior to expiration of the conditional license.
Added by Laws 1987, c. 225, § 17, eff. July 1, 1987. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 236, § 11, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1996, c. 155, § 17, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 1996, c. 354, § 17, eff. Nov. 1, 1996. Renumbered from § 1-818.17 of Title 63 by Laws 1996, c. 354, § 56, eff. Nov. 1, 1996. Amended by Laws 2006, c. 137, § 13, eff. Nov. 1, 2006.
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