§ 950-1-6-.04. Physical Plant
(1) Section A - SAFETY CODES AND FACILITY SIZE
(a) The Facility conforms to all applicable state and local building codes.
(b) Staff offices are located so that the staff is readily accessible to juveniles.
(c) The Facility does not exceed its licensed capacity.
(d) The Facility complies with the regulations of Zoning, Health, and the State or Local Fire Safety Authority, whichever has primary jurisdiction over the Facility.
(2) Section B - HOUSING
(a) Each sleeping room has at a minimum:
1. some degree of privacy for the juvenile
2. thirty square feet of unencumbered floor space per occupant
3. no more than three persons in a sleeping area
4. access to toilets and a wash basin with hot and cold running water twenty-four hours a day
5. a bed, mattress, pillow, desk, chair or stool, and adequate storage space
6. natural light
7. temperatures that are appropriate to summer and winter comfort zones
8. access to writing and seating space
(i) "UNENCUMBERED SPACE" is usable space that is not encumbered by furnishing or fixtures. At least one dimension of the unencumbered space is no less than seven feet.
(b) Living rooms with space for varied activities are available.
(c) The Facility has, at a minimum, one operable toilet for every eight juveniles. Urinals may be substituted for up to one-half of the toilets in all-male facilities.
(d) Juveniles have access to operable showers with temperature- controlled hot and cold running water, at a minimum ratio of one shower for every eight juveniles, unless local building or health codes specify a different ratio. Water for showers is thermostatically controlled to temperatures ranging from 100 degrees Fahrenheit to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure the safety of juveniles and to promote hygienic practices.
(e) Juveniles with disabilities are housed in a manner that provides for their safety and security. Housing used by juveniles with disabilities is designed for their use and provides for integration with other juveniles. Programs and services are accessible to juveniles with disabilities who reside in the Facility.
(f) The Facility has, at a minimum, one operable wash basin with hot and cold water running water for every eight juveniles.
(g) The Facility has, at a minimum, one operable washer and one operable dryer for every sixteen juveniles.
(3) Section C - YOUTH CARE STAFF QUARTERS
(a) Living quarters for a live-in staff member shall be located in close proximity to the sleeping area of the juveniles.
(b) The live-in staff shall be provided with convenient, attractive and comfortable living quarters.
(c) Staff shall have bathroom facilities separate from those used by juveniles.
(4) Section D - PROGRAM AND SERVICE AREAS
(a) Adequate space and furnishings to accommodate activities, such as group meetings of the juveniles, are provided in the Facility.
(b) Adequate private Counseling space is provided in the Facility.
(c) Written policy, procedure, and practice provide for adequate and appropriate areas for visiting and recreation programs.
(d) When the Facility has a kitchen, the kitchen, dining, and food storage areas are properly ventilated, furnished, and cleaned.
(e) Adequate dining space is provided for juveniles.
(f) Toilet and wash basin facilities are available to food service personnel and juveniles in close proximity of the food preparation area.
(g) Space is provided in the Facility to store and issue clothing, bedding, cleaning supplies, and other items required for daily operations.
(h) Adequate space is provided for storing the personal property of juveniles.
(i) Temperatures in indoor living and work areas are appropriate to summer and winter comfort zones.
(j) Reasonable accommodation is made to ensure that all parts of the Facility that are accessible to the public are accessible and usable by staff and visitors with disabilities.
(k) The Facility is controlled by appropriate means to provide that juveniles remain safely within the Facility to prevent access by the general public without proper authorization.(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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