§ 950-1-4-.06. Licensing Procedures
(1) Application and Procedure for a License. Application for a license
(a) Any person, group of persons or corporation may request an application form for a license to operate a facility by contacting the Department of Youth Services Licensure and Standards Division, Atten: Licensing Director, by letter.
(b) Applications for a license shall be made on a Departmental approved form and shall contain all information requested on the form including social security number if the applicant is an individual.
(c) With the application form, an applicant must obtain a copy of Minimum Standards for the type of Facility they wish to operate. Minimum Standards are contained in this chapter and/or in the applicable publication for Standards by the American Correctional Association (ACA), including Supplements. The applicant is responsible for obtaining the applicable ACA Standards.
(d) The completed application must be returned to the Department within thirty days from the date of written inquiry if such person, etc., wishes to pursue the plan to operate a Facility.
(e) The applicant must provide a manual for policies and Procedures.
1. Examination and Investigation of Application
(i) Upon receipt of the completed application, a representative of the Department of Youth Services Licensure and Standards Division will examine the premises proposed for the Facility and will investigate the person(s) responsible for the Facility in accordance with the requirements of Section III of the Licensing Manual.
(ii) The examination and investigation will be based on the Minimum Standards and regulations as prescribed and published by the Department.
2. Disposition of the Application
(i) Upon completion of the examination and investigation, a licensing inspection visit will be scheduled and conducted at the Facility.
(ii) When compliance with mandatory and non-mandatory Standards of the Minimum Standards has been met, the Department will issue a full license.
(iii) If denial of license is indicated, the Department will notify the applicant, verbally and in writing, of the decision, pointing out and discussing those areas of the Mandatory Standards that have not been met.
3. Six Month License/Permit
(i) No license may be issued without compliance with all mandatory Standards of the Minimum Standards. If certain areas of the non-mandatory Standards of the Minimum Standards are identified as lacking in the Facility, and if the applicant can demonstrate or document good faith action towards full compliance with the regulation(s), the Department may issue a six-month license/permit to persons making initial application for a license to allow the Facility reasonable time to become eligible for a full license.
(ii) A full license will be issued when the Department determines that mandatory Minimum Standards have been met and at least 90% of non-mandatory standards have been met.
4. Renewal of a License
(i) A License Renewal Application to continue operating a Facility shall be made to the Department ninety days prior to the expiration date of the current license.
(ii) The Department shall Audit all mandatory and non-mandatory Standards of the Facility being licensed.
(iii) A renewal of a license shall be issued, if, upon completion of the Audit 100% of the mandatory Standards and 90% of the non-mandatory Standards and quality of life are in compliance.
5. Department Visits, Inspections and Consultation
(i) Visits to the Facility are made by representatives of the Department to determine continued conformity with licensing Standards and to provide consultative services.
(ii) The licensee shall have the opportunity to submit, in writing, information regarding complaints alleged against him/her and/or the Facility, and shall have the opportunity for a full discussion about such complaints.
(2) Corrective Action
(a) If an Audit indicates non-compliance with the mandatory Standards, or the situation warrants, a Plan of Action may be required to allow the licensee, upon approval, to achieve compliance with the mandatory Standards while continuing to care for Youth. The Plan of Action shall include:
1. A statement of each deficiency
2. A description of how the deficiency shall be corrected
3. The date by which corrections shall be completed
4. Approval of the Department of Youth Services Licensure and Standards Division
(3) Revocation of a License.
Under certain circumstances as determined by the Department, waiver(s) may be issued for non-compliance with non-mandatory Standard(s) .
(a) The Department may revoke or refuse to renew a permit of any Facility or refuse to issue a full license to the holder of a six month license, should the licensee or holder of a six month license/permit do any of the following:
1. Fail to maintain Standards prescribed and published by the Department
2. Violate the provisions of the license issued.
3. Furnish or make any misleading or any false statements or report to the Department.
4. Fail to immediately submit to the Department any reports, or refuse to make immediately available to the Department any Records required by the Department in making inspection of the Facility for licensing or investigative purposes.
5. Fail or refuse to admit authorized representatives of the Department at any reasonable time for the purpose of inspection or investigation.
6. Fail to provide, maintain, equip and keep in safe and sanitary condition premises established or used for care as required by any law, regulation or ordinance applicable to such Facility.
7. Fail to maintain financial Records and resources adequate for the satisfactory proof and care of Youth served in regard to upkeep of premises and provisions for personal care, medical services, appropriate educational services, clothing, learning experiences and other essentials in the proper care, rearing and Training of youth.
(b) If a routine inspection, an inspection conducted in response to a complaint, or conduct for any other reason discloses any condition, deficiency, dereliction or abuse which is, or could be, hazardous to the health, the safety, or the physical, moral, or mental well-being of the youth in the care of the Facility being inspected, the Department shall have the power to revoke without notice the license or approval or six month license/permit.
(c) The Department will not revoke or refuse to renew a license for failure or refusal to submit reports or Records to the Department unless the Department has made written demand on the person, firm or corporation operating the Facility for a period of ten (10) days from the date of such request.
(4) Provisions of the License
(a) Licenses issued by the Department to facilities are valid for one year from the date of issuance, unless revoked by the Department or voluntarily surrendered by the licensee.
(b) Each Facility is licensed for a maximum occupancy capacity. Except under circumstances approved by the Department, the Facility shall not exceed the number specified in the license.
(c) The license is not transferable from one individual or group or corporation to another, or from one building to another.(New Rule: Filed December 17, 2004; effective January 21, 2005. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVII, Issue No. 02, November 30, 2018, eff. December 21, 2018.)
Author: Alabama Department of Youth Services, Office of Licensing and Standards
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 44-1-27(a)(b); 44-1-24(4)(6); 38-13-4.
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