July 23, 2021
Senate Bill 1388 - Delivery of Respite Services

Applicable to: Mercy Care Complete Care, Mercy Care RBHA, Mercy Care Long Term Care, Mercy Care DD, and Mercy Care DCS CHP                           
On May 10, 2021, Arizona's Governor Ducey approved Senate Bill 1388, which directly impacts the delivery of respite services for behavioral health residential or outpatient clinic. Senate Bill 1388 states the following:

A Behavioral Health Residential Facility or an Outpatient Clinic may provide respite care to a child for increments of fewer than five consecutive days and not more than twelve days in a ninety day period without a medical history and physical examination and for those children receiving only respite services is exempt from all of the following licensure requirements in relation to the child's respite stay:
  1. Providing counseling services.
  2. Providing a discharge order and summary.
  3. Providing medication information to a child for whom medication assistance is required.
  4. Requirements for a review of a child's medication regime by a medical practitioner
  5. Preparing and posting a food menu more than twenty-four hours in advance of food service.
  6. Tuberculosis screening of the child

The respite care provider shall be given a list of the child's medications and allergies and emergency contact information on the child's arrival.

Mercy Care will be adding this important information to our Provider Manual as well.

Please do not hesitate to contact your Mercy Care Network Management Representative with any questions or comments. You can find this notice and all other provider notices on our Mercy Care website.

Thanks for all you do!