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

-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.

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

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