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R510. Human Services, Aging and Adult Services.

Rule R510-400. Home and Community Based Alternatives Program.

As in effect on October 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R510-400-1. Purpose.

(1) The Home and Community Based Alternatives program provides a comprehensive array of quality, client centered services. The services are delivered in a variety of community settings designed to provide a choice of service delivery options to the eligible client who can continue to live in their own home, if their needs for social and medical services can be met. Home and Community Based Alternatives services contribute to improving the quality of life and help to preserve the independence and dignity of the recipient. This rule is intended to clarify the obligations and options available to administrators of the program and to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.

(2) The objective of the Older Americans Act Title IIIB Services is to provide services to frail older clients, including the older client who is a victim of Alzheimer disease and related disorders with neurological and organic brain dysfunction, and to their family.

R510-400-2. Authority.

(1) The Division of Aging and Adult Services is given rulemaking authority by Section 62A-3-104. The Home and Community Based Alternatives program is provided by the Older Americans Act Title IIIB. The Utah State Department of Human Services is the umbrella agency with oversight responsibility provided by the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS). The Home and Community Based Alternatives program is funded from several sources and administered by the Division of Aging and Adult Services.

R510-400-3. Definitions.

(1) Adult means an individual who is 18 years of age or older.

(2) Aging and Aged means an individual who is 60 years of age or older.

(3) Agency means the designated Area Agency on Aging or other sub-contracting agency which may be selected by the Division, if the designated Area Agency on Aging declines to be a contractor or has been determined to be out of compliance with the contract.

(4) Assessment means a complete review of an individual's current strengths and deficits, living environment, social resources and care giving needs.

(5) Assessment Instrument means a document that meets minimum assessment criteria, as approved by DAAS, for documenting the needs of individuals.

(6) Caregiver means an individual who has the primary responsibility of providing care and/or supervision to an adult, three or more times a week.

(7) Care Plan means a written plan which contains a description of the needs of the client, the services necessary to meet those needs, the provider of those services, the funding source, and the goals to be achieved.

(8) Case Management means assessment, reassessment, determination of eligibility, development of a care plan, on-going documentation, arranging client specific services, case recording, client monitoring and follow-up.

(9) Chore Services consists of heavy household chores such as washing floors, windows and walls, tacking down loose rugs and tiles, and moving heavy furniture.

(10) Department means the Utah State Department of Human Services.

(11) Director means the Director of the Agency.

(12) Division means the Utah State Division of Aging and Adult Services.

(13) Emergency means that a vulnerable adult is at risk of death or immediate and serious harm to self or others. Section 62A-3-301(6) through (12).

(14) Equipment, Rent or Purchase means rental or purchase of equipment deemed necessary for the client's care.

(15) Home means an individual's place of residence.

(16) Home Health Aid means basic assistance and health maintenance by an Aide to individuals in a home setting under the direction of appropriate health professionals.

(17) Homemaker Services mean services which provide assistance in maintaining the client's home environment and home management. This includes, but is not limited to, assistance with vacuuming, laundry, dish washing, dusting, cleaning bathroom, changing bed linen (unoccupied bed), cleaning stove and refrigerator, ironing, and garbage disposal; which relate to the client's well being.

(18) Home and Community Based Alternatives Services means a comprehensive array of services that are provided to an individual which enable him to increase self-sufficiency and to maintain their functional independence.

(19) Protective Services means services provided by the Division, including the services of guardian and conservator provided in accordance with Title 75, Utah Uniform Probate Code, to assist persons in need of protection to prevent or discontinue abuse, neglect, or exploitation until that condition no longer requires intervention. The services shall be consistent, if at all possible, with the accustomed lifestyle of the vulnerable adult as provided by Section 62A-3-301(12).

(20) Personal Attendant Services are defined as personal and non-medical supportive services specific to the needs of a medically stable adult experiencing chronic physical or cognitive functional impairments who is capable of directing their own care or who has a surrogate available to direct the care.

(21) Personal Care means assistance with activities of daily living in a home setting to an individual who is unable to perform activities of daily living independently or when the care giver is temporarily absent or requires respite.

(22) Respite means a rest or relief for the primary Caregiver from care giving tasks and responsibilities, to maintain the Caregiver as the primary person delivering care-giving activities.

(23) Risk Score means a score that reflects the amount of risk an individual has of premature institutionalization. Risk score is determined using a DAAS approved assessment instrument that reflects a moderate to high risk of functional, environmental, social resource and care giving needs of an individual.

(24) Screening Tool means an instrument that initially determines the client's level of functioning to determine the need for long-term Home and Community Based Services.

(25) Vulnerable Adult means an elder adult, or an adult who has a mental or physical impairment which substantially affects that person's ability to:

(a) Provide personal protection;

(b) Provide necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, or mental or other health care;

(c) Obtain services necessary for health, safety, or welfare;

(d) Carry out the activities of daily living;

(e) Manage the adult's own resources; or

(f) Comprehend the nature and consequences of remaining in a situation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Section 62A-3-301(26).

R510-400-4. Funding Sources.

(1) The Home and Community Based Alternatives program is funded by a variety of Federal, State and local community dollars, program fees, voluntary and public contributions.

(2) The Older Americans Act Title IIIB Services Programs are funded by Federal dollars allocated by Congress, State matching funds, local matching funds and voluntary contributions.

(3) PROCEDURES-Funding Limitations:

(a) Within each Agency at least 75% of the program funding shall be used to serve clients aged 60 or older.

(b) The Division shall establish the program expenditure limit per client, prior to July 1 of each year.

(c) At the discretion of the Director or designee, waivers of the expenditure limit can be approved using the Expenditure Limit Waiver Process outlined below.

(4) PROCEDURES-Expenditure Limit Waiver Process:

(a) Waivers of the allowed expenditure limit may be granted on an individual basis.

(b) Requests for a waiver must be in writing and approved by the Agency Director or their designee.

(c) Waiver requests, documentation, and accompanying approval or denial must be maintained in the Client's file.

(d) The waiver must be re-approved with each Eligibility Declaration determination.

R510-400-5. Eligibility.

(1) Services may be provided as funds permit to eligible adults as determined by DAAS Policy and Procedures for Home and Community Based Alternatives services.

(2) Older Americans Act Title IIIB Services may be provided to eligible Aging and Aged Adults.

(3) PROCEDURES-Home and Community Based Alternatives Program Eligibility:

(a) The DAAS Eligibility Declaration form shall be used to determine financial eligibility.

(b) Eligibility is determined by the Agency using the following criteria:

(i) Age: Clients must meet the definition of an Adult.

(ii) Income and Assets:

(A) Income and asset guidelines shall be established by the Division prior to July 1 of each year and shall remain in effect until suspended.

(B) The Client's and their spouse's income and assets will be considered in determining eligibility using the DAAS Eligibility Declaration form.

(iii) Frailty level:

(A) The Client's Assessment Risk Score must be at a moderate to high level as measured by a DAAS approved assessment instrument.

(iv) Payer of last resort:

(A) Payer of last resort is the term used to denote that the Alternatives program is liable for payment for care and services only after all other liable third parties have met their legal obligation to pay.

(4) PROCEDURES-Older American Act Titles IIIB Services Program eligibility:

(a) Clients are determined eligible based on age and need. Income and Assets will not be used as a basis for providing services under Older Americans Act Service Programs.

(b) Eligibility is determined by the Agency using the following criteria:

(i) Age: Clients must be 60 years of age or older.

(ii) Need Criterion: The Client must have an Assessment Risk Score at a moderate to high level as measured by a DAAS approved assessment instrument.

R510-400-6. Authorized Services.

(1) The Agency may provide or arrange for an array of Home and Community Based Alternatives services, determined by assessment to be essential to maintain the individual's independence in order for him to remain in the home.

(2) PROCEDURES-Authorized Services:

(a) The Home and Community Based Alternatives services program may also provide an additional array of services based upon client need and which program funding permits that allows clients to remain in their own home. These services include case management and other services such as homemaker, personal care, home health, skilled health care, respite, equipment rental or purchase, emergency response systems or other services as needed. Case Managers, in providing case management and other services as appropriate, are encouraged to use innovation to efficiently and effectively meet client needs.

(b) Older Americans Act Title IIIB Program Services shall be provided as specified in the Older Americans Act 1965 as amended (Sections 306(a)(2)).

R510-400-7. Fees and Voluntary Contributions.

(1) Fees shall be assessed for all clients receiving Home and Community Based Alternatives services. Fees are based on the client's and spouse's adjusted income as determined by the DAAS Eligibility Declaration form and calculated against the Department's Fee Schedule.

(2) Older Americans Act Title IIIB Program participants shall not be assessed fees for receiving Older Americans Act Title IIIB funded services. Clients receiving Title IIIB services shall be given the opportunity to make a confidential donation to the program.

(3) PROCEDURES-Fees:

(a) The Agency shall establish procedures for fee collection. Every reasonable effort shall be made to collect the required fee. Services may be terminated for refusal to pay the required service program fee.

(b) Clients whose income and/or assets are above the maximum eligibility guideline, may purchase Home and Community Based Alternative services at cost.

(c) Waivers for full or partial fees may be granted on an individual basis using the following process:

(i) Case Managers will document the circumstances which necessitate a waiver of the fees.

(ii) The request must be made in writing.

(iii) The Agency Director or their designee must approve the waiver.

(iv) The documentation must be maintained in the Client's files at all times.

(v) All fee waivers must be re-approved with each new request by the Case Manager or on an annual basis.

(A) Clients shall be informed as to the cost of the services they receive under the Home and Community Based Alternatives program and Older American Act Title IIIB Program.

(4) PROCEDURES-Voluntary Contributions:

(a) Each client and family shall be given the opportunity to voluntarily contribute toward the cost of the service program.

R510-400-8. Service Provider Requirements.

(1) Home and Community Based Alternatives Services shall be provided through a public agency, a private licensed Service Provider Agency with at least one year experience in providing home support or home health services, or by an individual providing personal attendant services with demonstrated skills and abilities in providing the required services. The one-year experience requirement may be waived by the AAA Director or designee provided there is adequate documented justification.

(2) PROCEDURES-Service Provider Requirements:

(a) The service provider may be a public or private social service or health care agency.

(b) The agency must have one year of experience in providing in-home services.

(c) The service provider must be appropriately licensed.

(d) The service provider must maintain liability insurance and bonding of all employees.

(e) It is the responsibility of the service provider to:

(i) provide all employees with written instructions based upon the client's Care Plan;

(ii) instruct employees as needed in performing the required tasks

(iii) provide supervision of employees

(iv) inform employees regarding personal liability.

(3) PROCEDURES-Case Load Requirements:

(a) A Case Manager shall be assigned for each Client. Average case load size across all programs the case manager may work shall not exceed fifty (50) clients per available Full Time Equivalent and should be proportionate to the Agency's Case Managers time, case mix, and situation. Exceptions may be made only upon written request to the Division. The Division will review the request and if appropriate, approve a temporary waiver.

(b) Case Manager Qualifications:

(i) Case Management shall be performed by a person with a Bachelor Degree in a social science, health science, or other related field. Exceptions to this requirement may be made for individuals who have year for year experience in these fields, or substitutions on a year for year basis as follows:

(A) additional related education for the experience,

(B) additional full time paid related employment for the education.

(ii) State licensure as a Social Service Worker is recommended as a minimal qualification.

(4) Personal Attendant Services:

(a) Where appropriate, agencies and clients can make use of a Personal Attendant to provide services to clients. Personal Attendant Services are defined as: Personal care and non-medical supportive services, specific to the needs of a medically stable elderly person experiencing chronic physical or cognitive functional impairments, who is capable of directing their own care or who has a surrogate available to direct the care.

(5) Eligibility:

(a) To be eligible for the Personal Attendant Service the individual must be an active consumer on the Home and Community Based Alternatives Program.

(b) The client and their designated Personal Attendant must:

(i) Understand that Personal Attendant services is a service delivery model designed to benefit the designated client.

(ii) Be able to provide management of the employee (personal attendant) to include recruitment, scheduling, discipline and termination, if needed, of individuals eighteen (18) or more years of age.

(iii) Be willing and capable of training and directing the employee.

(iv) Follow-up with the employee regarding First Aid training/certification and provide documentation of such to the Case Manager.

(v) Personal attendant service is available to those clients for whom eligibility has been established and who have an established care plan. Preferably, the client has been receiving services from the Home and Community Based Alternatives program.

(vi) Receive, sign and copy all employee time sheets and submit them to the designated organization by the established deadline. The consumer or the personal representative will be responsible for the verification and accuracy of hours billed by the employee, not to exceed the agreed upon and approved hours on the care plan.

(vii) Complete, maintain and file with the payroll agent all necessary tax information required by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

(viii) Demonstrate the skills necessary to supervise direct service employees.

(ix) Provide training to their employee(s) in the areas of confidentiality and services to be provided related to the individual's plan of care. If additional training is needed, the consumer or personal representative will request this from their Case Manager.

(x) Actively participate with the Case Manager in the monitoring and revision of the consumer Care Plan.

(xi) Provide a back-up service plan to the Case Manager that states clearly the manner in which services will be provided as a back-up when the employee is not able to provide services. Back-up services may be provided by individuals who are not employees and who will not be eligible for payment for services provided.

(xii) Develop and maintain in the home of the consumer a notebook that includes a copy of:

(A) The current Care Plan;

(B) The Employee Agreement;

(C) The Consumer/Personal representative Letter of Agreement;

(D) All payroll agent's forms and time sheets;

(E) The Back-up Plan; and

(F) The Training Plan, as needed.

(xiii) Provide periodic feedback to the Case Manager regarding the quality of service being provided by the employee and how effectively the service meets the needs identified in the Care Plan. The consumer or personal representative will report immediately to the Case Manager any abuse or exploitation of the consumer by the employee.

(xiv) Notify the Case Manager when consumer needs change in order to adjust the Care Plan as appropriate.

(xv) Obtain prior authorization for services from the Case Manager.

(xvi) Follow applicable sections of the Home and Community Based Alternatives Program policies and procedures as provided by the Case Manager.

(xvii) Furnish requested copies of all documents related to employment or services that are collected by the consumer and/or the personal representative to the Case Manager and/or payroll agent.

(xviii) Report issues of non-compliance, consumer or personal representative and employee(s) conflict, and/or other significant occurrences to the Case Manager.

R510-400-9. Client Assessment.

(1) The initiation of a DAAS approved Screening Assessment to establish a risk score shall be ten working days or less from the initial referral. Enough information shall be gathered with the client, family or referral source to determine potential eligibility and whether they shall be referred for an Assessment or referred to another agency or community resource.

(2) PROCEDURES-Assessment:

The DAAS approved Assessment shall be completed by the Case Manager to confirm and identify the need for services(s).

(a) Nursing Assessment: An additional assessment or file review by a Registered Nurse may be completed to identify the appropriate level of intervention necessary.

(b) Reassessment: Annually, the Case Manager will complete the areas indicated in the DAAS approved Assessment Instrument for reassessment of the client's service need(s) during the same calendar month as the original assessment whenever possible.

(c) PROCEDURES-Family and Other Support System Involvement:

(i) The client's family and/or personal support systems shall be encouraged to participate in the Assessment unless the client and case manager determine that they not be included or it is the client's request that they not be included.

R510-400-10. Care Planning.

(1) The client Care Plan shall be developed based upon their current situation and needs as identified in the DAAS approved Assessment.

(2) PROCEDURES-Care Planning:

(a) A standardized Care Plan form designated by the Division shall be used.

(b) The Care Plan will be developed with the client's input.

(c) The Care Plan shall include methods, services to be provided, amount and frequency of services being authorized, together with the payment source.

(d) The Care Plan will be signed and dated by the Client or their legal representative, the Case Manager and when applicable, the Registered Nurse.

(e) The Care Plan shall be updated annually at the time of the reassessment or more frequently when changes occur with the service need(s).

(f) All support systems, both formal and informal shall be included as part of the Care Plan.

(g) A copy of the Care Plan shall be given to the client with the original maintained in the client's case file.

(h) Service(s) shall be authorized in the care Plan at the minimum level and for the least amount of service hours that will adequately meet the client's needs.

(i) Home and Community Based Alternatives services shall supplement, but not replace or duplicate, support systems that are in place in sufficient quantity to meet client's needs.

(j) Case Managers should be aware of available agency and community services and should be responsible for coordination of services provided to the client.

(3) PROCEDURES-Service Authorization:

(a) An Agency Service Authorization Form or the Care Plan must be sent to the Serviced Provider requesting specific services for the client.

R510-400-11. Case Management.

(1) Case Management shall be provided to all recipients of Home and Community Based Alternatives services.

(2) PROCEDURES-Case Management:

(a) Case Management shall include an assessment, annual reassessment, three quarterly review and monthly contacts. Other visits or contacts shall be made and documented in accordance with the client's need or as directed in the Care Plan.

(b) A monthly or more frequent contact shall be made with the client, service provider, and/or the client's family.

(c) Assessment and quarterly review, reduction and/or termination of service should be done face to face when possible, with the exception of when the client moves out of the area, enters a nursing facility or dies. Telephone and electronic contacts can be used to communicate adjustments to care plans or service orders, or changes of status.

(d) The Case Manager will record all client contacts and significant changes with a progress note.

(e) The Case Manager is expected to maximize the client's informal support systems.

(f) The Case Manager shall make quarterly reviews during the third month following the Assessment and every third month thereafter. Quarterly Reviews shall be conducted in the client's home and will document the following:

(i) A review of the services being delivered.

(ii) Changes in the client's condition.

(A) Progress toward Care Plan objectives and goals.

(B) Appropriateness of services.

(3) The client's satisfaction and concerns with the service provision.

(4) Status of rental/purchased equipment.

R510-400-12. Record Keeping.

(1) The recipient of Home and Community Based Alternatives program shall have an individual case file that include client eligibility, assessment of the client's needs, care plan, quarterly reviews, progress notes, and when applicable legal documents addressing guardianship, advanced directives or powers of attorney.

(2) PROCEDURES-Confidentiality of Records:

(a) All information and records generated within the Home and Community Based Alternatives Program and Older American Act Title IIIB Programs shall be retained and released in accordance with the Government Records Management Act (GRAMA), pursuant to Section 63G-2-101, et seq.

(b) Information that pertains to Home and Community Based Alternatives program and Older Americans Act Title IIIB Programs shall be classified as "private."

(c) Information that is medical, psychiatric, or psychological in content shall be classified as "controlled."

(d) Clients' case files and service authorizations must be secured in a locked file at the Agency or designated Service Provider.

(e) Home and Community Based Alternatives program and Older Americans Act Title IIIB Programs case records, files, authorizations, and supporting program documentation, shall be kept for five years following termination of services or until all audits initiated within the five years have been completed, whichever is later. After the end of the specified retention period, the documents shall be destroyed according to GRAMA document destruction requirements.

(3) PROCEDURES-Sharing of Records:

(a) The Case Manager shall provide a copy of the completed Care Plan to the client. The completed Assessment may be provided to the Service Provider.

R510-400-13. Client Rights and Responsibilities.

(1) The Agency shall have the responsibility to develop a method to inform all eligible clients of their rights and responsibilities. This shall be evidenced by a signed Clients Rights and Responsibilities Form in the case file.

(2) PROCEDURES-Client Rights:

Client rights shall include:

(a) To be fully informed of their rights and responsibilities governing personal conduct while participating in the programs. This shall be evidenced by a signed and dated Clients Rights and Responsibilities form in the client's file.

(b) To be fully informed of services and related fees for which the Client may be responsible and to be informed of all changes in fees.

(c) To be afforded self-determination through participation in the development of the Care Plan. This includes the right to refuse service(s), referrals to health care institutions or other agencies, and to refuse to participate in research studies.

(d) To be assured confidential treatment and maintenance of records. Clients have the right to approve or refuse the release of their records. However, all information and records generated in these Programs shall be shared pursuant to GRAMA, Section 63G-2-101, et seq.

(e) To be treated with consideration, respect, dignity and individuality, including privacy in care for personal needs.

(f) To be assured that personnel who provide services, are either licensed, certified or registered with the appropriate governmental entity and that they have demonstrated the ability to correctly implement the services for which they are responsible.

(g) To receive proper identification from the individual providing services.

(3) PROCEDURES-Client Responsibilities:

Client Responsibilities shall include:

(a) The Client has the responsibility to report to the Case Manager, any changes in their circumstance that may impact eligibility or need for services.

(b) The Client is responsible for keeping appointments and when unable to do so for any reason, to notify the Case Manager or Service Provider.

(c) The Client is responsible for their actions and their consequences. If she refuses service of does not follow the instructions in the Care Plan, future service may be withheld until she agrees to correct any identified problem(s).

R510-400-14. Grievance Procedures.

(1) The Agency shall have the responsibility to develop procedures for Client Grievance and Fair Hearing.

(2) PROCEDURES-Client Grievance:

Agency Grievance and Fair Hearing Procedures shall address the following process:

(a) An eligible client or clients who has made application for Program Services, whose service has been denied, reduced, or terminated shall be given the opportunity to grieve through a fair hearing when he believes that their interests in laws, regulations, standards or criteria related to the program were violated. Grievance and Fair Hearing procedures shall follow the Agency's contractual agreement with the Division.

(b) The Agency shall assist the client in following the correct procedures to grieve any adverse decision and request a fair hearing.

(c) Any client shall be given the opportunity to appeal to the State level, when she believes that laws, regulations, standards or criteria related to the programs were violated and have not been resolved the Agency process.

R510-400-15. Applicant Lists.

(1) The Agency shall maintain an active applicant list when funding dictates that services cannot be provided for all who have been identified as needing services.

(2) PROCEDURES-Applicant Lists:

(a) The applicant list will be comprised of those persons who have been screened using the DAAS approved Demographic Intake and Risk Screening form and have at least a moderate risk score at the time of screening.

(b) Prioritization of the applicant list shall be ranked by a high to moderate risk score, and the clients with the highest risk are provided services first as funding becomes available.

(c) The applicant list will be re-prioritized with each new potential client added.

(d) For applicants who do not meet applicant list criteria, information will be provided on other community resources that may be available.

R510-400-16. Termination of Services.

(1) The Agency shall allow for the interruption, transfer and for termination for the client receiving Home and Community-based Alternatives Services or Older Americans Act Title IIIB Services as changes in client needs, Agency Provider, circumstances or conditions occur.

(2) PROCEDURE-Temporary Interruption of Service:

(a) Program Services may be interrupted for temporary periods (e.g. Hospitalization, out-of-state visiting, etc.): Such discontinuance of service shall not exceed 90 consecutive days. After this period, the case will either be closed and reopened as a new case with no priority other than Risk Score, or will be reviewed by the agency to determine a resumption of services.

(b) Waivers of time limit of the temporary interruption may be granted on an individual basis.

(c) Requests for a waiver must be in writing and approved by the Agency Director or his designee.

(d) Waiver requests, documentation and accompanying approval or denial must be maintained in the client's file.

(3) PROCEDURE-Termination of Service:

(a) When a client terminates service, the Case Manager will document in the case file the circumstances that precipitated the termination.

(b) Services may be terminated due to the following circumstances:

(i) When health and safety needs can no longer be met.

(ii) Death of the client.

(iii) Program funding does not allow services to continue.

(iv) The client transfers out of the original planning and service area. The client may re-apply at the new planning and service area and services may be provided as funds permit to eligible adults as determined by DAAS Policy and Procedures for the Home and Community Based Alternatives program services.

(v) The client's financial situation improves beyond eligibility criteria, in which case agencies are encouraged to investigate options for transferring the client to other appropriate programs when discontinuing services. However, in this transfer, the client should not be given special preferences that would place them ahead of other potential clients in an applicant list situation.

(vi) Client chooses to leave the program.

(vii) Client refuses to comply with the care plan, exhibits inappropriate behaviors, or does not pay monthly fees.

R510-400-17. Purchase and Rental of Equipment.

(1) Equipment may be purchased or rented if it is deemed necessary for the client's care, providing no other funding source is available.

(2) Purchased equipment is the property of the Agency. The Agency will develop policy and procedures that address the disposition, inventory and repair of equipment.

(3) PROCEDURE-Purchase or Rental of Equipment:

(a) The Case Manager shall have the client and/or the client's representative sign an agreement if the equipment is to be returned to the Agency when it is no longer needed.

(b) The agency's policy will address the disposition, inventory and repair of equipment.

(c) Equipment shall be reviewed quarterly as part of the quarterly review to assess the need for continued use and condition of equipment.

R510-400-18. Contract Compliance.

(1) The Division is responsible for monitoring Home and Community Based Alternatives Services and Older Americans Act Title IIIB Programs. Each Agency shall be monitored annually.

(2) PROCEDURE-Scheduling:

(a) The Agency shall be notified at least 10 working days prior to an annual monitoring review. The Division will notify the Agency of the procedures, scheduling, monitoring standards and any other relevant information concerning the monitoring visit.

(3) PROCEDURE- Division Monitoring Procedures:

(a) In preparation for the monitoring visit, the Division shall review any corrective action reports, correspondence identifying technical assistance needs, and other pertinent information.

(b) The Division will monitor service program activities, case records, service expenditures, caseloads and contractual provisions.

(c) The Division will review randomly selected case records and interview the clients and Agency Case Managers as necessary to complete the monitoring process.

(d) A minimum of 10% or ten case records (whichever is the largest of the case load) will be reviewed. At times more records, up to 100% of program records, may be reviewed if the Division finds significant program inconsistencies, errors in documentation, inadequate provision of service, or any other aspect that the Division deems necessary.

(e) An exit interview will be conducted with the Agency Director or designee. The purpose of this interview is to present findings of the monitoring visit. The findings shall include:

(i) Overall evaluation of the performance of the Home and Community Based Alternatives Services Program.

(ii) Contractual, Policy and Procedure deficiencies.

(iii) Situations where additional review of case files of other documentation is necessary.

(iv) Areas where a plan of correction will be needed.

(v) Identify and recognize positive or innovative aspects of the Agency's service program.

(vi) Client comments.

(g) The Division may request a Department fiscal/contract audit of the Agency. This audit may be requested when the Division documents problems concerning:

(i) Budget balance

(ii) Agency Service Provider sub-contract monitoring.

(iii) Case Management supervision.

(iv) Provider/Client complaints.

(v) Timely payment for service.

(vi) Intake and referral.

(vii) Access problems.

(viii) Eligibility problems.

(h) PROCEDURE-Division Monitoring Report:

(a) The Division shall provide the Agency with a written report of its formal findings within 10 working days of the monitoring visit.

(b) The report will include contractual, policy and procedural compliance status and areas of special concern.

(c) The Division will require a corrective action plan that addresses noncompliance issues as needed.

(4) PROCEDURE-Responding to Reports:

(a) The Agency may appeal issues of disagreement to the Division within 10 working days from receipt of the report. If the Division, upon appeal, concludes that a corrective action must take place, the Agency will implement the action.

(b) A correction action plan will be implemented in accordance with an agreed upon time schedule, but will not exceed 90 days from the time the Division approves the plan.

(c) The Division will provide technical assistance to the Agency, as requested, to complete the correction action plan. The Agency will notify the Division upon implementation of the corrective action plan. The Division may make additionally monitoring visits to the Agency to review records and assure that the corrective action plan requirements were met.

(d) The Division may enact the termination clause of the DHS contract if a corrective action plan is not implemented by the Agency.

R510-400-19. Emergency Interim Service.

(1) Home and Community Based Alternatives Services may be provided to clients when circumstances warrant the emergency provision of service.

(2) PROCEDURES-Emergency Interim Service:

(a) The existing emergency will be identified and documented.

(b) Services may begin immediately and will continue until assessment determines appropriate service needs and levels for the client.

(c) The DAAS approved Assessment will be completed within 5 working days from the initiation of the Emergency Interim Service.

(3) PROCEDURES-Adult Protective Services clients:

(a) Emergency Interim Services may be provided to Adult Protective Services clients when abuse, neglect or exploitation has been substantiated and Home and Community Based Alternatives Services would help eliminate the abuse, neglect or exploitation.

(b) Emergency Interim Services may be provided for up to sixty (60) days under Protective Eligibility. Client financial eligibility, waiting list and fee criterion may be waived or disregarded with substantiated Adult Protective Service Cases.

(c) When as Adult Protective Services Worker determines that the Emergency Interim Services are needed, she will contact the Agency.

(d) As soon as possible, the client shall be assessed for eligibility according to the Home and Community Based Alternatives Services program standards. If during the 60 days the client is determined to no longer meet the Protective Eligibility, the APS Worker shall make referrals in collaboration with the Agency Case Manager to other appropriate agencies for services.

(e) The Agency will ascertain whether it is able to meet the emergency needs relating to the client's disability and/or protective need.

(f) Emergency Interim Services are considered an intermediate step while the Adult Protective Services Worker, works with the client to resolve their current crisis and/or problem. The client's case will remain with the Adult Protective Service Worker during the Emergency Interim Service period. Services will be coordinated between the APS Worker and Agency Case Manager.

(4) PROCEDURES-Protective Eligibility:

(a) The client's situation is an emergency and requires immediate intervention.

(b) The client is capable of consenting to and accepts services.

(c) The client in unable to consent and the Department has a court order authorizing the service referral.

KEY

elderly, home care services, long-term care alternatives

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

June 30, 2015

Notice of Continuation

June 30, 2017

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

62A-3-101 through 62A-3-312


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R510, please contact the promulgating agency (Human Services, Aging and Adult Services). 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.