Section 400.619, Florida Statutes 2004
400.619 Licensure application and renewal.--
(1) Each person who intends to be an adult family-care home provider must apply for a license from the agency at least 90 days before the applicant intends to operate the adult family-care home.
(2) A person who intends to be an adult family-care home provider must own or rent the adult family-care home that is to be licensed and reside therein.
(3) The agency shall notify a licensee at least 120 days before the expiration date that license renewal is required to continue operation. The notification must be provided electronically or by mail delivery. Application for a license or annual license renewal must be made on a form provided by the agency, signed under oath, and must be accompanied by a licensing fee of $100 per year.
(4) Upon receipt of a completed license application or license renewal, and the fee, the agency shall initiate a level 1 background screening as provided under chapter 435 on the adult family-care home provider, the designated relief person, all adult household members, and all staff members. The agency shall conduct an onsite visit to the home that is to be licensed.
(a) Proof of compliance with level 1 screening standards which has been submitted within the previous 5 years to meet any facility or professional licensure requirements of the agency or the Department of Health satisfies the requirements of this subsection. Such proof must be accompanied, under penalty of perjury, by a copy of the person's current professional license and an affidavit of current compliance with the background screening requirements.
(b) The person required to be screened must have been continuously employed in the same type of occupation for which the person is seeking employment without a breach in service that exceeds 180 days, and proof of compliance with the level 1 screening requirement which is no more than 2 years old must be provided. Proof of compliance shall be provided directly from one employer or contractor to another, and not from the person screened. Upon request, a copy of screening results shall be provided to the person screened by the employer retaining documentation of the screening.
(5) The application must be accompanied by a description and explanation of any exclusions, permanent suspensions, or terminations of the applicant from participation in the Medicaid or Medicare programs or any other governmental health care or health insurance program.
(6) Unless the adult family-care home is a community residential home subject to chapter 419, the applicant must provide documentation, signed by the appropriate governmental official, that the home has met local zoning requirements for the location for which the license is sought.
(7) Access to a licensed adult family-care home must be provided at reasonable times for the appropriate officials of the department, the Department of Health, the Department of Children and Family Services, the agency, and the State Fire Marshal, who are responsible for the development and maintenance of fire, health, sanitary, and safety standards, to inspect the facility to assure compliance with these standards. In addition, access to a licensed adult family-care home must be provided at reasonable times for the local long-term care ombudsman council.
(8) A license is effective for 1 year after the date of issuance unless revoked sooner. Each license must state the name of the provider, the address of the home to which the license applies, and the maximum number of residents of the home. Failure to timely file a license renewal application shall result in a late fee equal to 50 percent of the license fee.
(9) A license is not transferable or applicable to any location or person other than the location and person indicated on the license.
(10) The licensed maximum capacity of each adult family-care home is based on the service needs of the residents and the capability of the provider to meet the needs of the residents. Any relative who lives in the adult family-care home and who is a disabled adult or frail elder must be included in that limitation.
(11) Each adult family-care home must designate at least one licensed space for a resident receiving optional state supplementation. The 1Department of Children and Family Services shall specify by rule the procedures to be followed for referring residents who receive optional state supplementation to adult family-care homes. Those homes licensed as adult foster homes or assisted living facilities prior to January 1, 1994, that convert to adult family-care homes, are exempt from this requirement.
(12) The agency may issue a conditional license to a provider for the purpose of bringing the adult family-care home into compliance with licensure requirements. A conditional license must be limited to a specific period, not exceeding 6 months. The department shall, by rule, establish criteria for issuing conditional licenses.
(13) All moneys collected under this section must be deposited into the Department of Elderly Affairs Administrative Trust Fund.
(14) The department may adopt rules to establish procedures, identify forms, specify documentation, and clarify terms, as necessary, to administer this section.
History.--ss. 1, 2, ch. 85-195; s. 38, ch. 87-225; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 5, ch. 93-209; s. 23, ch. 95-210; ss. 62, 130, ch. 95-418; s. 8, ch. 98-148; ss. 57, 71, ch. 98-171; s. 4, ch. 98-338; s. 147, ch. 2000-349; s. 67, ch. 2000-367; s. 25, ch. 2001-53; s. 2, ch. 2001-67; s. 148, ch. 2001-277; s. 28, ch. 2003-57; s. 25, ch. 2004-267; s. 8, ch. 2004-298.
1Note.--As amended by s. 57, ch. 98-171. Section 4, ch. 98-338, substituted the word "department" for the existing reference to the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services; s. 400.618(7) defines "department" as the Department of Elderly Affairs for purposes of this part.