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R501. Human Services, Administration, Administrative Services, Licensing.

Rule R501-11. Social Detoxification Programs.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

Table of Contents

R501-11-1. Authority.

Pursuant to 62A-2-101 et seq., the Office of Licensing, shall license social detoxification programs according to the following rules.

R501-11-2. Purpose.

A social detoxification program offers room, board and specialized rehabilitation services to persons who are in an intoxicated state, or withdrawing from alcohol or drugs. In social detoxification, individuals are assisted in acquiring the sobriety and a drug free condition necessary for living in the community and the program places an emphasis on helping the individual obtain further care after detoxification.

R501-11-3. Definition.

Social detoxification Program means a short-term non-medical treatment service for individuals unrelated to the owner or provider in accordance with 62A-2-101(18).

R501-11-4. Administration.

A. In addition to the following rules, all social detoxification programs shall comply with R501-2, Core Rules.

B. A current list of enrollment of all registered consumers shall be on-site at all times.

R501-11-5. Staffing.

A. Each program shall have an employed manager who is responsible for the day to day resident supervision and operation of the facility. The responsibilities of the manager shall be clearly defined. Whenever the manager is absent there shall be a substitute available.

B. Professional staff shall include at least one of the following individuals who have received training to work with substance abusers:

1. a licensed physician, or a consulting licensed physician, or

2. a licensed mental health therapist, or a consulting licensed mental health therapist, or

3. a licensed psychologist or consulting licensed psychologist, and

4. a licensed substance abuse counselor or unlicensed staff who work with substance abusers shall be supervised by a licensed clinical professional.

C. The program shall have a staff person trained, by a certified instructor in standard first aid and CPR, on duty with the consumers at all times. Training shall be updated as required by the certifying agency.

R501-11-6. Direct Service.

Program service records shall contain the following:

A. name, address, telephone number and admission date,

B. emergency information with names, addresses and telephone number, of a preferred individual and next of kin. Services will not be refused if a person is too intoxicated to provide accurate and detailed emergency information. The program shall obtain thorough information as soon as the client is able to report, and

C. a statement indicating that the consumer meets the admission criteria.

R501-11-7. Physical Environment.

A. The program shall maintain appropriate documentation of compliance with the following items as applicable:

1. local zoning ordinances, for "I" occupancies only,

2. local business license,

3. local building codes,

4. local fire safety regulations, and

5. local health codes.

B. The program shall provide written approval from the appropriate local government agency for new program services or increased consumer capacity.

C. Building and Grounds

1. The program shall insure that the appearance and cleanliness of the building and grounds are maintained.

2. The program shall take reasonable measures to ensure a safe physical environment for consumers and staff.

R501-11-8. Physical Facility.

A. Staff Quarters: A 24 hour live-in staff shall have separate living space with a private bathroom.

B. The program shall have space to serve as an administrative office for records, secretarial work and bookkeeping.

C. Sleeping Space.

1. Large rooms may be used as dormitory style bedrooms.

2. A minimum of 50 square feet per consumer shall be provided in a multiple occupant bedroom. Storage space shall not be counted.

3. A minimum of 70 square feet per individual shall be provided in a single occupant bedroom. Storage space shall not be counted.

4. Sleeping areas shall have a source of natural light, and shall be ventilated by mechanical means or equipped with a screened window that opens.

5. There shall be an escape window for each sleeping room unless there are two ways to exit the room.

6. Each bed, none of which shall be portable, shall be solidly constructed and be provided with clean linens after each consumer stay and at least weekly.

7. Sleeping quarters serving male and female residents shall be structurally separated.

D. Bathrooms

1. Bathrooms shall meet a minimum ratio of one toilet, one lavatory, and one tub or shower for each eight residents. These shall be maintained in good operating order and in a clean and safe condition.

2. Toilets and baths or showers shall allow for individual privacy. They shall also accommodate consumers with physical disabilities, as required by the state building code.

3. Bathroom mirrors shall be secured to the walls at convenient heights.

4. Each bathroom shall be properly equipped with toilet paper, towels, soap and other items required for personal hygiene.

5. Bathrooms shall be ventilated by mechanical means or equipped with a screened window that opens.

R501-11-9. Equipment.

A. Furniture and equipment shall be of sufficient quantity, variety and quality to meet program and consumer needs.

B. All furniture and equipment shall be maintained in a clean and safe condition.

R501-11-10. Laundry Service.

A. Programs which provide for common laundry of linens and clothing, shall provide containers for soiled laundry separate from storage for clean linens and clothing.

B. Laundry appliances shall be maintained in good operating order and in a clean and safe condition.

R501-11-11. Food Service.

A. One person shall be responsible for food service. If this person is not a professionally qualified dietician, annual consultation with a qualified dietitian shall be obtained.

B. The person responsible for food service shall maintain a current list of consumers with special nutritional needs, record in the consumer's service record information relating to special nutritional needs, and provide nutrition counseling where indicated.

C. Kitchens shall have clean and safe operational equipment for the preparation, storage, serving and clean up of all meals.

R501-11-12. Medication.

A. The program shall have locked storage for medications.

B. The program shall have locked storage for hazardous chemicals and materials according to the direction of the local fire authorities. Any flammable or hazardous chemicals or materials shall be stored in appropriate well-ventilated storage area.

C. The program shall have designated qualified staff, who shall be responsible to:

1. administer or supervise medication,

2. supervise self-medication,

3. record medication, including time and dosage, according to prescription, and

4. record effects of medication.

R501-11-13. Specialized Services.

A. The program shall not admit those who are currently experiencing convulsions, in shock, delirium tremens, in a coma, or unconscious.

B. The program shall complete a preliminary screening at the time an individual presents for service to determine appropriateness for social model detox. The intake evaluation is completed within seven days.

C. Consumers shall demonstrate recent evidence of a Tuberculosis screening or be tested for Tuberculosis within one weeks. Clients who exhibit signs of possible active tuberculosis will be screened immediately with assistance from the local health department. Health department recommendations will be followed. Program staff will be tested every six months.

D. Once the client has completed the acute detox period as demonstrated by reasonable physical and psychological stability, case managers will conduct an evaluation to determine the treatment referral.


licensing, human services, substance abuse

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

January 30, 2003

Notice of Continuation

October 4, 2017

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

62A-2-101 et seq.

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R501, please contact the promulgating agency (Human Services, Administration, Administrative Services, Licensing). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.