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:
Providing counseling services.
Providing a discharge order and summary.
Providing medication information to a child for whom medication assistance is required.
Requirements for a review of a child's medication regime by a medical practitioner
Preparing and posting a food menu more than twenty-four hours in advance of food service.
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.