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    MDH Seeks Public Comment on the Proposed Regulations of Comprehensive Care Facilities and Extended Care Facilities
    The Maryland Department of Mental (MDH) is seeking informal public comment as it prepares to revise regulations on the oversight of comprehensive care facilities and extended care facilities in Maryland. MDH solicited public input on these regulations in  September, 2013. In addition to correcting the format of the proposed regulations, the following changes were made:

    1) Definitions
    The definition for “audiologist” was reinserted, see B(5). The definitions for “occupational therapist” and “occupational therapy assistant” were updated, see B(48) and (49).

    2) Nursing Services Sections C and I were reinserted, neither were changed from the original regulations.

    3) Prevention and Control Program Section C was updated to reflect the new effective date.

    4) Infection Control – Standard Precautions Section B was updated to reflect the correct handling of waste material.

    5) Emergency and Disaster Plan Paragraph C(1)(c) was added which requires that alert residents be informed of the
    facility’s emergency procedures within 24 hours of admission.

    6) (New) Physical Plant General Requirements Regulation Subsection D(5) and the subsequent paragraphs (a-c) were added outlining an emergency power source for the facility.

    7) Dietetic Service Area Multiple sections were missing in the first posting of the regulations. All of these
    sections have been reinserted.

    MDH welcomes informal public comments on the proposed regulations. Comments will be accepted through March 1, 2014 by Frank Johnson, Director, Office of Policy and Administration, Office of Health Care Quality. Please submit comments via email to
    frank.johnson@maryland.gov or via postal mail to Frank Johnson, MDH Office of Health Care Quality, Spring Grove Hospital Center, Bland Bryant Building, 55 Wade Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228.


    Long Term Care Regulations