[First Reprint]

 

SENATE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR

SENATE, No. 599

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

  ADOPTED JUNE 7, 2012

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  JENNIFER BECK

District 11 (Monmouth)

Senator  STEPHEN M. SWEENEY

District 3 (Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem)

Assemblywoman  VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE

District 37 (Bergen)

Assemblyman  PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR.

District 18 (Middlesex)

Assemblyman  CRAIG J. COUGHLIN

District 19 (Middlesex)

Assemblyman  BENJIE E. WIMBERLY

District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Gordon, Madden, Buono, A.R.Bucco, Allen, Ruiz and Assemblywoman Sumter

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     “Tara’s Law”; provides protections for individuals with developmental disabilities residing in community care residences and for investigations of abuse of individuals with developmental disabilities.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As amended by the Senate on June 28, 2012.

  

 

 

 


An Act concerning individuals with developmental disabilities, designated as “Tara’s Law,” supplementing chapter 6D of Title 30 of the Revised Statutes, and amending various parts of the statutory law.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    (New section)  The Legislature finds and declares that:

     a.     There are 1[more than 600] hundreds of1 community care residences in the State in which an adult or family secures a license from the Department of Human Services to provide care or training, or both, to up to four individuals with developmental disabilities;

     b.    For protection of the 1[approximately 1,200]1 individuals with developmental disabilities residing in these community care residences, there needs to be an increase in the oversight of the persons licensed to operate community care residences, the case managers who are required to conduct monthly visits of these residences, and the day programs that individuals with developmental disabilities are scheduled to, but may not actually, attend;

     c.     It is also important to improve communications with 1[parents and]1  guardians 1and authorized family members1 of individuals with developmental disabilities residing in community care residences so that 1[parents and]1 guardians 1and authorized family members1 know whether 1[their child or ward] the individual1 is receiving good care, attending scheduled day programs, and following the individualized habilitation plan developed for 1[their child or ward] the individual1 ;

     d.    Currently an individual with a developmental disability residing in a community care residence is required to have annual medical examinations; for the protection of an individual who may be suffering injury inflicted by the licensee of the community care residence, the examining physician should be required to take protective custody of the individual and report such action to the Department of Human Services;

     e.     Ensuring that investigators have access to communications concerning allegations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an individual with a disability, and that investigative reports examine the role of those overseeing the persons providing care to individuals with developmental disabilities, would provide needed information for any civil or criminal proceeding that may follow an allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation; and

     f.     It is the policy of this State to: ensure that there is sufficient oversight of community care residences and day programs attended by individuals with developmental disabilities residing in community care residences; protect these individuals from injury that may be inflicted by the very persons charged with providing them with care; and safeguard and report information that may be important for a civil or criminal proceeding that may follow an allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an individual with a developmental disability residing in a community setting.

 

     2.    (New section)  As used in this act:

     “Alternate” means a person 18 years of age or older who assumes the responsibility of a licensee when the licensee is absent from a community care residence.

     1“Authorized family member” means a relative of the individual with a developmental disability authorized by the individual’s guardian, or by the individual if the individual is his own guardian, to receive information pursuant to this act.1

     “Community care residence” or “residence” means a private home or apartment in which an adult or family is licensed by and contracts with the department to provide an individual with a developmental disability with care or training, or both.

     “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Human Services.

     “Department” means the Department of Human Services.

     “Division” means the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Human Services.

     “Licensee” means one or more persons 18 years of age or older who are named on the license issued by the Department of Human Services to operate a community care residence and have overall responsibility for an individual with a developmental disability.

     “Negative licensing action” means an action taken that imposes a restriction on a licensee and may include suspension of admissions, issuance of a provisional license of a residence, reduction in the licensed capacity, non-renewal of license, suspension of a license, or revocation of a license.

     1[“Non-substantiated” means the available information obtained during the investigation of an allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation provides some indication of a finding that an individual with a developmental disability has been harmed or placed at substantial risk of harm by a caretaker or licensee.]1

     “Office of Licensing” or “office” means the licensing unit of the Department of Human Services for programs in the Division of Developmental Disabilities.

     “Special Response Unit” means the unit in the department that is charged with investigation of serious unusual incidents, as defined by applicable rules and regulations of the department, and is responsible for the investigation of a report of abuse, neglect, or exploitation in a community care residence.

     “Substantiated” means the available information obtained during the investigation of an allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation indicates a finding by a preponderance of the evidence that an individual with a developmental disability has been harmed or placed at substantial risk of harm by a caretaker or licensee.

     “Unfounded” means the available information obtained during the investigation of an allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation indicates a finding that there is no risk to the safety or welfare of the individual with a developmental disability.

     1“Unsubstantiated” means the available information obtained during the investigation of an allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation provides some indication of a finding that an individual with a developmental disability has been harmed or placed at substantial risk of harm by a caretaker or licensee.1

 

     3.    (New section)  A community care residence licensed by the Department of Human Services pursuant to N.J.A.C. 10:44B-1.1 et seq. shall be subject to the following provisions:

     a.     If, as a result of an annual inspection of a community care residence by the Office of Licensing that allows for inquiry into the facilities, records, equipment, sanitary conditions, accommodations, and management of an individual with a developmental disability as required by N.J.A.C.10:44B-1.1 et seq, a licensee is required to provide a plan of correction and that plan has not been successfully implemented, as determined by the supervisor 1of the case manager of the individual1 or the office, within 30 days of the date that the licensee submitted the plan to the office, an individual with a developmental disability residing in that residence shall be removed from the residence if the supervisor, in consultation with the office, determines that the licensee’s failure to implement the plan of correction threatens the health and well-being of the individual with the developmental disability.

     b.    If the health, safety, or well-being of an individual with a developmental disability residing in a community care residence is threatened because of a licensee’s noncompliance with the standards adopted by regulation of the department, the individual with a developmental disability shall be removed from the residence, and the licensee shall be subject to negative licensing action by the Office of Licensing.

     c.     (1) The department shall have the authority to impose a penalty in an amount of $350 per day on the licensee for a repeated failure to implement a required plan of correction.  The penalty shall be payable to the Treasurer of the State of New Jersey and shall be used to provide food and care to individuals with developmental disabilities residing in community care residences.

     (2)   If the department determines that a repeated failure to implement a required plan of correction endangers the health and well-being of an individual with a developmental disability, the department may, upon notice and after hearing, revoke the license issued to operate a community care residence.

 

     4.    (New section)  a.  The Department of Human Services shall require a licensee, as a condition of maintaining a license to operate a community care residence, to comply with the following provisions:

     (1)   A licensee shall, 1[biennially] annually1, undergo an examination by a physician to ascertain whether the licensee is physically and mentally capable of fulfilling the job duties of a licensee, as specified on the form listing a licensee’s job duties prepared by the department pursuant to section 5 of this act and completed by the physician pursuant to this subsection.  Upon conclusion of the examination, the physician shall provide the licensee with a statement as to whether the licensee is capable of fulfilling the duties of a licensee, and complete and attach the form on which the physician shall indicate, for each duty, whether the licensee is capable of fulfilling the duty.  1The department may, at its discretion, require further physical or mental health examinations of the licensee.1

     (2)   Upon receipt of the physician statement and completed form, a licensee shall provide the statement and form to the department.  If a licensee fails to provide the statement and form, the commissioner shall have the authority to: stop any payments to the licensee; seek recovery of any payments to the licensee from the date that the statement and form were due; and not resume payment until such time as the licensee submits the statement and form.

     (3)   If, after undergoing the examination, a licensee is unable to provide the physician’s statement and the completed form, the licensing agency shall take negative licensing action against the licensee.

     b.    (1) In the event that an individual with a developmental disability is not capable of managing the individual’s own funds, a licensee who is responsible for making purchases and disbursements on the individual’s behalf shall not make such a purchase or disbursement unless that purchase or disbursement reflects the specific needs of the individual with a developmental disability.  1[A receipt or record, as applicable, of a purchase or disbursement pursuant to this subsection shall be submitted monthly to the Office of Auditing in the department]1.

     (2)   1Over a four-year period, the Office of Auditing in the department shall review a random sample of one month’s worth of receipts or records for purchases and disbursements made on behalf of each individual with a developmental disability.1  The case manager1[,] and1 the case manager’s supervisor1[, and the Office of Auditing]1 shall 1also1 review 1a random sample of1 receipts and records of 1such1 purchases 1[or] and1 disbursements.  If it is determined that a purchase or disbursement does not reflect the specific needs of the individual with a developmental disability, that fact shall be documented and the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee shall be so advised. The commissioner or the commissioner’s designee may instruct the licensing agency to take negative licensing action.

     (3)   (a)  If there is evidence that an inappropriate purchase or disbursement entailed an egregious amount of money, the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee shall report the purchase or disbursement to the Attorney General.

     (b)   If there is evidence that a case manager was aware of an egregious inappropriate purchase or disbursement and failed to document that fact or notify the case manager’s supervisor, the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee shall notify the Attorney General.

     c.     A licensee shall annually attend a continuing education program conducted or approved by the department, as provided for in section 5 of this act.

     d.    A licensee shall annually take a two-week leave from providing services to an individual with a developmental disability residing in a community care residence, during which time an alternate shall provide care or training, or both, to the individual with a developmental disability.

     1e.   A licensee shall demonstrate to the case manager the licensee’s ability to provide any physical assistance that individuals in the licensed home may require.

     f.     A licensee shall immediately notify the responsible placing agency in the event of a lapse in the individual’s participation or attendance in the individual’s day program that exceeds a duration of five consecutive days, with the exception of a planned vacation or a documented medical reason.1

 

     5.    (New section)  a.  The department may issue a provisional license to operate a community care residence, not to exceed a three-month period, during which time the licensee shall demonstrate the ability to comply with the provisions of this act and the licensing standards adopted by regulation of the department for the operation of a community care residence.

     b.    The department shall conduct, or approve another entity to conduct, a continuing education program for a licensee.

     c.     The department shall prepare a form listing the job duties of a licensee and biennially distribute the form to a licensee for completion by the licensee’s physician in accordance with the provisions of section 4 of this act.  The form shall contain a check list on which the physician shall indicate a licensee’s ability to perform each duty.

 

     6.    (New section)  a.  A case manager conducting a visit to an individual with a developmental disability residing in a community care residence, in accordance with section 8 of P.L.1983, c.524 (C.30:6D-20), shall, upon completion of the visit, provide a written report to the case manager’s supervisor and 1, if requested,1 to the 1[parent or]1 guardian 1or authorized family member,1 as appropriate, of the individual with a developmental disability.  The report, which shall be sent electronically to the case manager’s supervisor and, if practicable, electronically to the 1[parent or]1 guardian 1or authorized family member1, shall include information pertaining to the care and safety of the individual with a developmental disability, including, but not limited to, personal hygiene and grooming, nutritional and clothing needs, overall sanitary and living conditions of the community care residence, and the general well-being of the individual with a developmental disability.

     The reports made pursuant to this subsection may be shared with persons other than the 1[parent or]1 guardian 1or authorized family member,1 if the individual with the developmental disability so authorizes in writing.

     b.    The case manager shall also review the records required to be maintained in a community care residence pursuant to N.J.A.C. 10:44B-1.1 et seq., on a monthly basis.  The case manager’s supervisor shall review the records when the supervisor performs the visit required by section 7 of this act.  The case manager or supervisor, or both, as applicable, shall provide written documentation that the records were reviewed and include that documentation with the records maintained pursuant to N.J.A.C. 10:44B-1.1 et seq.

 

     7.    (New section)  The supervisor of a case manager shall 1[biennially] , over a three-year period,1 visit 100 percent of the individuals with developmental disabilities who are assigned to the case manager and residing in a community care residence, 1[with 50 percent] except that individuals who are their own guardians may decline such visits by providing a written statement to that effect to the department.  One third1 of the visits 1shall be1 conducted in each of the first 1[and second] three1 years.  If, after 1[two] three1 years, the supervisor determines that, based on certain factors, including, but not limited to, the number and age of the individuals residing in the community care residence, whether each individual attends a day program on a regular basis, and lack of complaints after 1[two] three1 years, the individuals in the community care residence are not at risk for abuse, neglect, or exploitation, the visits may be reduced to one visit every 1[three] four1 years.

     a.     The visit shall be conducted by the supervisor 1[together] in coordination1 with a case manager who is unaffiliated with and unfamiliar to the assigned case manager.  The supervisor and unaffiliated case manager shall prepare and provide to the 1[parent or]1 guardian 1or authorized family member1 of the individual with a 1developmental1 disability 1[the] a1 written report pertaining to the care and safety of 1[the] that1 individual 1[with a developmental disability pursuant to section 6 of this act]1.

     b.    The supervisor shall conduct a review of:

     (1)   a member of the household of a community care residence who is 18 years of age or older to determine whether the presence of the person 18 years of age or older in the household changes the character of the community care residence so that it is no longer a positive environment for care or training, or both, of an individual with a developmental disability;

     (2)   a licensee who is 65 years of age or older to determine whether the licensee is capable of continuing to provide care or training, or both, to an individual with a developmental disability; and

     (3)   a licensee who experiences a life-changing event that causes a changed physical or mental condition of the licensee, to determine whether the licensee is able to provide care or training, or both, to an individual with a developmental disability.

     c.     The supervisor shall prepare a written report of a review conducted pursuant to subsection b. of this section and the report shall be made part of the records maintained in a community care residence pursuant to N.J.A.C. 10:44B-1.1 et seq.

     d.    If, based on the supervisor’s and unaffiliated case manager’s review and input from family members or the guardian of the individual with a developmental disability residing in the community care residence, the supervisor determines that the individual would benefit from a change in the individual’s case manager, the supervisor shall assign a different case manager to the individual.

     e.     If, as a result of a visit or review conducted pursuant to this section, a supervisor determines that a licensee is not capable of providing care or training, or both, to an individual with a developmental disability, the supervisor shall so advise the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee who shall instruct the licensing agency to take negative licensing action.  In such a case, the supervisor shall provide a copy of the written report prepared pursuant to section 6 of this act and any written report prepared pursuant to subsection c. of this section to the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee.

     1f.    The Office of Licensing shall annually conduct routine unannounced visits of 10 percent of community care residences Statewide. These visits shall include a review of financial records, including receipts for purchases and disbursement.1 

 

     8.    (New section)  Before taking negative licensing action pursuant to this act, the department shall give notice to a licensee personally or by mail to the last known address of the licensee with return receipt requested.  The notice shall afford the licensee the opportunity to be heard and to contest the department’s action.  The hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.).

 

     9.    Section 3 of P.L.2010, c.5 (C.30:6D-75) is amended to read as follows:

     3.    a.  A case manager or case manager’s supervisor in the department, a person employed or volunteering in a program, facility, community care residence, or living arrangement licensed or funded by the department, or a person providing community-based services with indirect State funding to a person with a developmental disability, as applicable, having reasonable cause to believe that an individual with a developmental disability has been subjected to abuse, neglect, or exploitation by a caregiver shall report the same immediately to the department by telephone or otherwise.  Such report, where possible, shall contain the name and address of the individual with a developmental disability and the caregiver responsible for the care, custody, or control of the individual with a developmental disability, and the guardian, or other person having custody and control of the individual and, if known, the condition of the individual with a developmental disability, the nature and possible extent of the individual’s injuries, maltreatment, abuse, neglect or exploitation, including any evidence of previous injuries, maltreatment, abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and any other information that the person believes may be helpful with respect to the injuries, maltreatment, abuse, neglect, or exploitation of the individual with a developmental disability and the identity of the alleged offender.

     b.    Within the department, the commissioner shall maintain a unit to receive and prioritize such reports, initiate appropriate responses through timely and appropriate investigative activities, alert appropriate staff, and ensure that findings are reported in a uniform and timely manner.

     c.     (1)  A 1[case manager or case manager’s supervisor in the department, a]1 person employed or volunteering in a program, facility, community care residence, or living arrangement licensed or funded by the department, or a person providing community-based services with indirect State funding to a person with a developmental disability, as applicable, who fails to report an act of abuse, neglect, or exploitation against an individual with a developmental disability while having reasonable cause to believe that such an act has been committed, is a disorderly person.

     (2)   A case manager or case manager’s supervisor in the department who fails to report an act of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an individual with a developmental disability while having reasonable cause to believe that such an act has been committed, shall be guilty of a disorderly person’s offense, unless the abuse, neglect, or exploitation results in the death of an individual with a developmental disability, in which case the case manager or case manager’s supervisor shall be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.

     d.    In addition to any penalty imposed pursuant to this section, a person convicted under this section shall be subject to a penalty in the amount of $350 for each day that the abuse, neglect, or exploitation was not reported, payable to the Treasurer of the State of New Jersey, which shall be used by the department to fund the provision of food and care to individuals with developmental disabilities residing in community care residences.

     e.     A case manager or case manager’s supervisor who is charged with failure to report an act of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an individual with a developmental disability while having reasonable cause to believe that such an act has been committed, shall be temporarily reassigned to duties that do not involve contact with individuals with developmental disabilities or other vulnerable populations and shall be terminated from employment if convicted.

     In the case of a case manager or case manager’s supervisor who is employed by the department, the case manager or supervisor shall retain any available right of review by the Civil Service Commission.

(cf: P.L.2010, c.5, s.3)

 

     10.  Section 4 of P.L.2010, c.5 (C.30:6D-76) is amended to read as follows:

     4.    a.  Upon receipt of a report pursuant to section 3 of this act, the department shall designate an entity, as established by the commissioner, that shall immediately take such action as shall be necessary to ensure the safety of the individual with a developmental disability and to that end may request appropriate assistance from local and State law enforcement officials or contact Adult Protective Services to provide assistance in accordance with the provisions of P.L.1993, c.249 (C.52:27D-406 et seq.).

     b.    The commissioner shall adopt rules and regulations necessary to provide for an investigation of a reported incident and subsequent substantiation or non-substantiation of an allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an individual with a developmental disability by a caregiver, by maintaining a Special Response Unit to investigate serious unusual incidents, as defined by applicable rules and regulations, in facilities or community programs licensed, contracted, or regulated by the department. During its investigation of an allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an individual with a developmental disability by a caregiver, the Special Response Unit shall make a good faith effort to notify the caregiver of the possibility of the caregiver’s inclusion on the registry, and give the caregiver an opportunity to respond to the department concerning the allegation.

     c.     The Special Response Unit, the department, or other investigating entity shall forward to the commissioner, or [his] the commissioner’s designee, a substantiated incident of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an individual with a developmental disability for inclusion of an offending caregiver on the central registry.  The Special Response Unit, the department, or other investigating entity shall also forward to the commissioner, or the commissioner’s designee, all 1[non-substantiated] unsubstantiated1 incidents of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an individual with a developmental disability.  As soon as possible, and no later than 14 days after receipt of the incident of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee shall review the incident.  The offending caregiver of a substantiated incident shall be included on the central registry as expeditiously as possible.  The Special Response Unit shall retain a record of all 1[non-substantiated] unsubstantiated1 incidents.

     d.    Upon the initiation of an investigation, the department shall: (1) ensure that any communication concerning the alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an individual with a developmental disability between a caregiver, case manager of the caregiver, the case manager’s supervisor, or a person at the appropriate Regional Office of the Division of Developmental Disabilities is identified, safeguarded from loss or destruction, and maintained in a secure location; and (2) contact the Office of the Attorney General, which shall determine whether to participate in the investigation.

     e.     The Special Response Unit shall issue a written report of the investigation that includes the conclusions of the unit, the rationale for the conclusion, and a detailed summary of any communication secured pursuant to subsection d. of this section.  The report shall also include an assessment of the role of any case manager of a caregiver or the case manager’s supervisor, if applicable, in the allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and a recommendation about whether any civil or criminal action should be brought against the case manager or supervisor.  The report shall be made part of the record for review in any civil or criminal proceeding that may ensue.

     A written summary of the conclusions of the investigation shall be provided to the1[parent or]1 guardian 1or authorized family member1 of the individual with a developmental disability who is the subject of the alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

     f.     A licensed provider in another state shall be permitted access to the central registry.

(cf: P.L.2010, c.5, s.4)

 

     11.  (New section)  The Special Response Unit shall compile data about any investigation conducted as a result of a report made pursuant to section 3 of P.L.2010, c.5 (C.30:6D-75), concerning abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an individual with a developmental disability residing in a community care residence, and shall issue an annual report as provided in this section.  The report, which shall be made available on the website of the department and contain non-identifying information, shall, at a minimum, include:

     a.     the number of individuals with developmental disabilities residing in community care residences who were the subject of an allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and the number of substantiated, 1[non-substantiated] unsubstantiated1, and unfounded allegations;

     b.    the number of deaths, if any, of individuals with developmental disabilities who were residing in community care residences and were the subject of a report of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and the cause of death;

     c.     the number of case managers or case managers' supervisors who have been reassigned or terminated, or both, as a result of an investigation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an individual with a developmental disability residing in a community care residence; and

     d.    the number of case managers or case managers' supervisors against whom a civil or criminal action has been brought as a result of an allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an individual with a developmental disability residing in a community care residence.

 

     12.  (New section)  a.  A provider of a day program for individuals with developmental disabilities shall submit to the division a copy of its monthly report of individuals with developmental disabilities who reside in community care residences and attend a day program sponsored by the provider.  The report shall be submitted no later than 14 days after the end of each month.

     b.    A provider of a day program for individuals with developmental disabilities shall not seek reimbursement from the department for an individual with a developmental disability who resides in a community care residence and is scheduled to attend a day program sponsored by the provider, but has not attended the program for 30 consecutive days.  A provider who seeks reimbursement in violation of this subsection shall refund a payment received from the department on behalf of that individual, and shall be subject to a penalty of $1,000 per day, per individual listed on the monthly attendance report as being in attendance, but who was not in attendance.  The penalty shall be sued for and collected in a summary proceeding by the commissioner pursuant to the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.).

     c.     If an individual with a developmental disability who resides in a community care residence and is scheduled to attend a day program is absent from the program for 30 consecutive days, the provider of the day program shall, no later than 14 days after the end of the 30 days, notify the appropriate regional office administrator.

     d.    The division shall, no later than 28 days after the end of each month, provide a copy of the monthly report submitted by a provider pursuant to this section to:

     (1)   the appropriate regional office administrator; and

     (2)   the supervisor of a case manager assigned to an individual with a developmental disability who resides in a community care residence and is scheduled to attend the day program.

     e.     The division shall provide:

     (1)   a 1[parent or]1 guardian 1or authorized family member1 of an individual with a disability, who resides in a community care residence and is scheduled to attend a day program, with information pertaining to the individual's monthly attendance at the day program1, if requested1.  The information shall be provided no later than 28 days after the end of 1[each] the1 month 1in which the information was requested1; and

     (2)   a random sampling of the monthly reports to the Special Response Unit, which shall audit attendance of individuals with developmental disabilities who reside in community care residences and are scheduled to attend a day program.

     f.     A regional office administrator shall bi-annually conduct an on-site audit of attendance of individuals with developmental disabilities who reside in community care residences and are scheduled to attend a day program in the office's region.

 

     13.  (New section)  a.  A physician examining or treating an individual with a developmental disability residing in a community care residence or the chief executive officer, or his designee, of a hospital or similar institution to which the individual has been brought for care or treatment, or both, is empowered to take the individual into protective custody when the individual has suffered serious physical injury or injuries, or the individual's condition constitutes a life-threatening emergency, as defined in section 2 of P.L.2003, c.191 (C.30:6D-5.2), and the most probable inference from the medical and factual information supplied is that the injury or condition was inflicted upon the individual by another person by other than accidental means, and the person suspected of inflicting, or permitting to be inflicted, the injury upon the individual is a licensee or alternate of a community care residence where the individual resides and to whom the individual would normally be returned.

     b.    The physician or the chief executive officer, or his designee, of a hospital or similar institution taking an individual with a disability into protective custody shall immediately report the action and the condition of the individual with a developmental disability to the department by calling its emergency telephone service.

     c.     A physician or chief executive officer, or his designee, who fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be subject to a penalty of $500.  The penalty shall be sued for and collected in a summary proceeding by the commissioner pursuant to the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.).

 

     14.  (New section)  a.  An agency or organization that causes a written, individualized habilitation plan to be developed pursuant to section 10 of P.L.1977, c.82 (C.30:6D-10), on or after the effective date of this act, for an individual with a developmental disability residing in a community care residence shall not include the Social Security number of the individual with a developmental disability on the plan.  In the case of an individualized habilitation plan developed prior to the effective date of this act, the Social Security number of the individual with a developmental disability residing in a community care residence shall be removed from the plan within 60 days of the effective date of this act.

     b.    An agency or organization that violates the provisions of subsection a. of this section shall be subject to a penalty of $250 for the first offense and $500 for each subsequent offense.  The penalty shall be sued for and collected in a summary proceeding by the commissioner pursuant to the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.).

     c.     In addition to the requirements for the development, revision, and review of an individual habilitation plan pursuant to sections 10 and 12 of P.L.1977, c.82 (C.30:6D-10 and C.30:6D-12), a plan developed, revised, or reviewed for an individual with a developmental disability residing in a community care residence shall be provided to the licensee of the community care residence, the case manager of the individual with a developmental disability residing in the community care residence, and the case manager's supervisor.  If a  1[parent or]1 guardian 1or authorized family member1 of the individual is unable to attend the development, revision, or review of the plan, a copy of the plan shall be provided to the  1[parent or]1 guardian 1or authorized family member1 of the individual, and the  1[parent or]1 guardian 1or authorized family member1, as appropriate, shall sign and return a copy of the plan to the agency or organization responsible for the development, revision, or review of the plan.

 

     15.  The Commissioner of Human Services shall adopt rules and regulations, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), to carry out the provisions of this act.

 

     16.  This act shall take effect on the 180th day after the date of enactment, but the Commissioner of Human Services may take such anticipatory administrative action in advance thereof as shall be necessary for the implementation of this act.