Section 22-21-34


Published: 2015

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Section 22-21-34

Section 22-21-34Assisted living facility, etc., rising to level of intermediate care.

Under the circumstances listed below, an assisted living facility or a specialty care assisted living facility rising to the level of intermediate care may be subject to a civil money penalty imposed by the Board of Health not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per instance. The imposition of the penalty may be appealed pursuant to the Alabama Administrative Procedure Act. All money penalties imposed pursuant to this section shall be remitted to the Department of Public Health and shall be deposited in the State General Fund. The penalties shall be deposited in the General Fund and shall not be earmarked for the Department of Public Health. Failure of an assisted living facility or a specialty care assisted living facility rising to the level of intermediate care to pay a civil money penalty within 30 days after its imposition or within 30 days after the final disposition of any appeal shall be grounds for license revocation unless arrangements for payment are made that are satisfactory to the State Board of Health. No assisted living facility or specialty care assisted living facility rising to the level of intermediate care may renew its license to operate if it has any unpaid civil money penalties which were imposed more than 30 days prior to the facility's license expiration date, except for any penalties imposed which are still subject to appeal and except for penalties for which arrangements for payment have been made that are satisfactory to the State Board of Health.



(1) A civil money penalty may be imposed for falsification of any record kept by an assisted living facility or specialty care assisted living facility rising to the level of intermediate care, including a medication administration record or any record or document submitted to the State Board of Health, by an employee or agent of the facility, where such falsification is deliberate and undertaken with intent to mislead the Board of Health, or its agents or employees, or residents, sponsors, family members, another state, county, or municipal government agency, or the public, about any matter of legal compliance, regulatory compliance, compliance with fire or life safety codes, or quality of care.



(2) A civil money penalty may be imposed as a result of a false statement made by an employee or agent of an assisted living facility or a specialty care assisted living facility rising to the level of intermediate care to an employee or agent of the State Board of Health, if the statement is made with intent to deceive or mislead the Board of Health, its agents or employees, about any matter of legal compliance, regulatory compliance, compliance with fire or life safety codes, or quality of care. A civil money penalty shall not be imposed if the facility's employee or agent makes a false statement when he or she has no reason to believe the false statement is authorized by the administrator or operator of the facility and if it is likely that the facility's employee or agent made the statement with the intent to cause damage to the facility.

(Act 2001-1058, 4th Sp. Sess., p. 1044, §2.)