Section .0100 - Children's Foster Care Camps

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Published: 2015

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SUBCHAPTER 70J - MINIMUM LICENSING STANDARDS FOR

SPECIALIZED RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

 

SECTION .0100 - CHILDREN'S FOSTER CARE CAMPS

 

10A NCAC 70J .0101        APPLICABILITY

In addition to the rules in 10A NCAC 70I .0100 through .0615,

the rules in this Section apply to all persons licensed or seeking licensure

for a children's foster care camp as defined in 10A NCAC 70I .0201.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-10.5; 143B-153;

Eff. July 1, 1999 (See S. L. 1999, c.237, s.1130);

Amended Eff. November 1, 2009; October 1, 2008.

10A NCAC 70J .0102        ADMISSION

CRITERIA

In order to be considered for admission into a foster care

camp, a child shall meet the following criteria:

(1)           be between the ages of eight and 17 years old;

(2)           be physically able to participate in a camping experience;

and

(3)           voluntarily consent to admission,

recognizing/understanding the need for a therapeutic camping experience.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-10.5; 143B-153;

Eff. July 1, 1999 (See S. L. 1999, c.237, s.11.30).

 

10A NCAC 70J .0103        PERSONNEL

(a)  Direct service personnel and supervisory personnel, in

addition to supervision and training specified in 10A NCAC 70I .0405(f)(2)(B),

(C) and (4)(C), shall be provided supervision and training in the following

areas:

(1)           rescue evacuation, updated every three

years; and

(2)           basic emergency water safety course, with

certification documented in the camp files and updated every three years.

(b)  There shall be a minimum of two counselors for each 10

children participating in activities involving water, including swimming,

boating, canoeing, and rafting.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-10.5; 143B-153;

Eff. July 1, 1999 (See S. L. 1999, c.237, s.11.30).

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008.

 

10A NCAC 70J .0104        SERVICE PLANNING

Each child shall have a medical assessment, within 60 days

prior to admission, documenting the child's ability to participate in the

activities of a therapeutic camping experience in an outdoor setting.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-10.5; 143B-153;

Eff. July 1, 1999 (See S. L. 1999, c.237, s.11.30).

 

10A NCAC 70J .0105        SERVICE DELIVERY

(a)  An itinerary shall be on file at camp for any

off-campus activity lasting longer than 24 hours.  The itinerary shall include

participants' names, daily schedule, list of check-in points, selected routes

and telephone numbers of emergency resources along each route (sheriffs,

hospitals, rescue squads). 

(b)  Education.

(1)           Each camp shall provide an alternative

education experience and the educational program shall comply with the special

education requirements of the Department of Public Instruction; or, each camp

must be registered as and meet the requirements for a non-public school. 

(2)           Education in a camp setting must be

monitored and evaluated pursuant to either public or non-public school

educational testing requirements to determine the child's achievement level.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-10.5; 143B-153;

Eff. July 1, 1999 (See S. L. 1999, c.237, s.11.30).

 

10A NCAC 70J .0106        BUILDINGS AND GROUND EQUIPMENT

(a)  Facilities.

(1)           All sleeping units must provide at least

the following space:

(A)          50 square feet per person;

(B)          30 inches between sides of beds.

(2)           All camper sleeping facilities shall be

limited to one level structures.

(3)           Any structure, sleeping or otherwise, with

an occupancy of more than 12 persons, including staff, shall have at least two

separate and independent means of exit.

(4)           Open flame lighting shall not be used in

sleeping shelters for lighting and heating.

(b)  Grounds:

(1)           There shall be potable water available at

each camp site.

(2)           At each children's camp there shall be

provided a minimum of:

(A)          one shower head for each 20 children;

(B)          one flush toilet for each 20 children;

(C)          one urinal for each 30 male children (urinals may

not be substituted for flush toilets);

(D)          one handwashing facility, adjacent to toilet

facilities, for each 20 children; and

(E)           a wilderness latrine facility approved pursuant to

the rules of the Commission for Health Services.

(3)           The hot water temperature at all fixtures

used by residents shall be maintained at a minimum of 100 degrees F (38 degrees

C) and shall not exceed 116 degrees F (46.7 degrees C).

(c)  Equipment:

(1)           Laundry facilities or equipment shall be

available at each camp for all staff and children.

(2)           Gasoline, kerosene, and other flammable

materials shall be stored in covered safe containers, labeled for contents.

(3)           Power tools:

(A)          All power tools, including mowers and trimmers, must

have safety devices and be used according to manufacturer's instruction,

maintained in good repair, and used only by those persons trained and

experienced in their safety.

(B)          Campers shall receive safety instructions before

using such equipment.

(C)          When campers are using such equipment, a trained and

responsible adult must be present.

(D)          When not in use, all power tools shall be stored in

a locked place not occupied by children.

(4)           Fire extinguishers shall be available in

all areas so designated by fire safety officials, shall be properly charged and

shall have current inspection labels.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-10.5; 143B-153;

Eff. July 1, 1999 (See S.L. 1999, c. 237, s. 11.30);

Amended Eff. September 1, 2011; July 18, 2002.

 

SECTION .0200 - EMERGENCY SHELTER CARE PROGRAM

 

10A NCAC 70J .0201        APPLICABILITY

In addition to the rules in 10A NCAC 70I .0100, .0200,

.0300, .0400, .0501, .0600 and .0900, the rules in this Section apply to all

persons licensed or seeking licensure for an emergency shelter care program as

defined in 10A NCAC 70I .0201.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-10.5; 143B-153;

Eff. July 1, 1999 (See S.L. 1999, c. 237, s. 11.30);

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008; July 18, 2002.

 

10A NCAC 70J .0202        ADMISSION PROCEDURES

(a)  At the time of admission, a residential child care

facility shall obtain the following information:

(1)           the name, sex, race, birth date and birth

place of the child;

(2)           when available, the parents' names,

addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, races, religion and marital status;

(3)           when available, the names, addresses and

telephone numbers of siblings and other relatives; a record of the child's

prior placements with names of care givers, addresses and dates of care; and

(4)           if the child has had prior placements, the

names of care-givers, addresses and dates of prior placements.

(b)  Within 72 hours of admission, the facility shall obtain

the following:

(1)           a written agreement for admission from the

parents, guardian or legal custodian;

(2)           consent for release of information;

(3)           consent for emergency medical treatment;

and

(4)           consent for family time/visitation.

(c)  Within two weeks of admission, the facility shall obtain

the following:

(1)           a medical examination report from a

licensed medical provider which includes a signed statement by the licensed

medical provider specifying the child's medical condition and medications

prescribed and indicating the presence of any communicable disease which may

pose a risk of transmission in the facility; and

(2)           a social summary from the agency placing

the child which includes background information on the child, his/her family,

his/her presenting problems, and current circumstances.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-10.5; 143B-153;

Eff. July 1, 1999 (See S. L. 1999, c.237, s.11.30);

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008.

 

10A NCAC 70J .0203        ADMISSION CRITERIA

A residential child care facility shall enter into and

obtain a written agreement from the child's parents or guardian, or legal

custodian within 72 hours of the child's admission which contains the

following:

(1)           a statement documenting the parent's,

guardian's or legal custodian's authority to place the child and designating

the parent's, guardian's or legal custodian's consent for the child's

admission;

(2)           completed application for services that

includes demographic information on the child and the child's parents or

guardian;

(3)           information which sets forth the role and

responsibilities to be performed by the staff in the facility during the

child's stay in the program;

(4)           information that specifies the expectations

of the parents, guardian or legal custodian during the child's stay in the

program;

(5)           specification of the anticipated length of

the child's stay; and

(6)           specification of the projected goals for

the child's parents or guardian during the child's stay in the program.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-10.5; 143B-153;

Eff. July 1, 1999 (See S. L. 1999, c.237, s.11.30);

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008.

 

10A NCAC 70J .0204        RECORDKEEPING

Client case record.  An individual case record shall be

maintained on each child that contains the following:

(1)           written consent for placement;

(2)           documentation of placement authority;

(3)           completed application for services that

includes demographic information on the child and the child's family;

(4)           consents for release of information,

emergency medical treatment, family time/visitation;

(5)           a medical examination report completed

within two weeks after admission unless the child's health status indicates the

completion of a medical examination report sooner and copies of subsequent

medical examination reports;

(6)           medical records and immunization records;

(7)           intake study and related documents;

(8)           out-of-home family services agreement and

biweekly reviews;

(9)           family contact and visitation plan,

including type, duration, location both on-site and off-site and frequency, as

well as any rationale for restrictions on family involvement.  The facility

shall maintain documentation of all family time;

(10)         birth certificate or other documentation

that verifies the child's birth;

(11)         court orders;

(12)         documentation of medical insurance;

(13)         consents for time-limited, audio-visual

recording signed by both the child and parent or guardian , or legal custodian;

(14)         progress notes; and

(15)         discharge summary including date of

discharge, time of discharge and the name, address, telephone number, and

relationship of the person or agency to whom the child was discharged, a

summary of services provided during care, needs which remain to be met and

plans for the services needed to meet these goals.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-10.5; 143B-153;

Eff. July 1, 1999 (See S. L. 1999, c.237, s. 11.30);

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008.

 

10a NCAC 70J .0205        SERVICE PLANNING

Within one week of admission, an out-of-home family services

agreement shall be developed and reviewed every other week, thereafter, by the

shelter home staff, parents, guardian, or legal custodian of the child.  The out-of-home

family services agreement shall include:

(1)           the expectation and goals to be reached by

the child while in care;

(2)           the tasks and activities of the shelter

home staff to meet the needs of the child while in care;

(3)           the tasks and activities of the parents,

guardian or legal custodian to meet the needs of the child while in care;

(4)           the projected discharge plan;

(5)           the projected length of stay; and

(6)           the signatures of the shelter home staff,

the child's parents, guardian or legal custodian and child, if 12 years of age

and older. 

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-10.5; 143B-153;

Eff. July 1, 1999 (See S. L. 1999, c.237, s. 11.30);

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008.

 

10A NCAC 70J .0206        DISCHARGE SERVICES

(a)  A residential child-care facility shall establish a

policy which specifies that no child shall remain in care longer than 90 days. 

An exception may be made to this policy if the facility has a policy which specifies

the length of time and the circumstances by which a child will remain in

shelter care longer than 90 days.

(b)  Prior to discharge, the staff of the residential child-care

facility shall develop a plan with the child to determine if follow-up services

will be provided, the type of services to be provided and the timeframe for

conducting these services.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-10.5; 143B-153;

Eff. July 1, 1999 (See S. L. 1999, c.237, s.11.30);

Amended Eff. October 1, 2008.