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Concerning pediatric transitional care centers (Fain, Keiser, Rivers)

Creates a pediatric transitional care center license and requires a center, in order to be licensed, to demonstrate that it is capable of providing services for children who:
(1) Are no more than two years of age;
(2) Have been exposed to alcohol or other drugs before birth;
(3) Require twenty-four hour continuous residential care and skilled nursing services as a result of prenatal substance exposure; and
(4) Are referred to the center by the department of
social and health services and regional hospitals

1ST SUBSTITUTE COMPARED TO ORIGINAL:
-Provides that Pediatric Transitional Care Services will be regulated by DOH under thechapter regulating private establishments, which includes facilities for the treatment of chemically dependent persons.Modifies staffing ratios to provide:
*one registered nurse to be on duty at all times
*one registered or licensed practice nurse to eight infants
*one trained caregiver to four infants
-Defines the term "trained caregiver" as a person trained by the establishment providing transitional care services and clarifies they are not medical providers but must work under the supervision of a health care professional.
-Exempts currently operating establishments from construction review for initial licensure.
-Reduces the age of eligibility for children to enter the establishment from two years to one year.

EFFECT OF COMMITTEE STRIKER AMENDMENT:
Rules for pediatric transitional care services must include timelines for initial and ongoing parent-infant visits to help develop attachment and bonding between the parent and child.

Hearing Date: Friday, March 10, 2017 -- 10:00 am

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5152&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)