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New York Consolidated Laws, Social Services Law - SOS § 461-s. Enhancing the quality of adult living program for adult care facilities

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1. The commissioner of health shall establish the enhanced quality of adult living program (referred to in this section as the “EQUAL program” or the “program”) for adult care facilities.  The program shall be targeted at improving the quality of life for adult care facility residents by means of grants to facilities for specified purposes.  The department of health, subject to the approval of the director of the budget, shall develop an allocation methodology taking into account the financial status and size of the facility as well as resident needs.  On or before June first of each year, the department shall make available the application for EQUAL program funds.

2. No payment shall be made under the program to a facility that has received official written notice from the department of a proposed revocation, suspension, limitation or denial of the operator's operating certificate.

3. Prior to applying for EQUAL program funds, a facility shall receive approval of its expenditure plan from the residents' council for the facility.  The residents' council shall adopt a process to identify the priorities of the residents for the use of the program funds and document residents' top preferences by means that may include a vote or survey.  The plan shall detail how program funds will be used to improve the physical environment of the facility or the quality of care and services rendered to residents and may include, but not be limited to, staff training, air conditioning in residents' areas, clothing, improvements in food quality, furnishings, equipment, security, and maintenance or repairs to the facility.  The facility's application for EQUAL program funds shall include a signed attestation from the president or chairperson of the residents' council or, in the absence of a residents' council, at least three residents of the facility, stating that the application reflects the priorities of the residents of the facility.  The department shall investigate reports of resident abuse and retaliation related to program applications and expenditures.

4. EQUAL program funds shall not be expended for a facility's daily operating expenses, including employee salaries or benefits, or for expenses incurred retrospectively, except that expenditures may be incurred prior to the approval of the facility's application for such fiscal year, provided that:  (a) consistent with subdivision three of this section, the residents' council approves such expenditure prior to the expenditure being incurred, and the facility provides with its application documentation of such approval and the date thereof;  and (b) the expenditure meets all applicable requirements pursuant to this section and is subsequently approved by the department.  EQUAL program funds may be used for expenditures related to corrective action as required by an inspection report, provided such expenditure is consistent with subdivision three of this section.

Cite this article: - New York Consolidated Laws, Social Services Law - SOS § 461-s. Enhancing the quality of adult living program for adult care facilities - last updated January 01, 2021 |

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