New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules
He - Department of Health and Human Services
Subtitle He-P - Former Division of Public Health Services
Chapter He-P 800 - RESIDENTIAL CARE AND HEALTH FACILITY RULES
Part He-P 814 - COMMUNITY RESIDENCES AT THE RESIDENTIAL CARE AND SUPPORTED RESIDENTIAL CARE LEVEL
Section He-P 814.12 - Complaints

Universal Citation: NH Admin Rules He-P 814.12

Current through Register No. 12, March 21, 2024

(a) The department shall investigate complaints that allege:

(1) A violation of RSA 151, He-P 814, or rules adopted under RSA 126-A:20;

(2) That a person or entity is operating as a CR without being licensed; or

(3) That an person or entity is advertising or otherwise representing the CR as having or performing services for which it is not licensed to provide, pursuant to RSA 151:2, III.

(b) When practicable, the complaint shall be in writing and contain the following information:

(1) The name and address of the CR, or the alleged unlicensed person or entity;

(2) The name, address, and telephone number of the complainant; and

(3) A description of the situation that supports the complaint and the alleged violation(s) of RSA 151, He-P 814, or rules adopted under RSA 126-A:20.

(c) Investigations shall include all techniques and methods for gathering information which are appropriate to the circumstances of the complaint, including, but not limited to:

(1) Requests for additional information from the complainant;

(2) A physical inspection of the premises;

(3) Review of any records that might be relevant and have probative value; and

(4) Interviews with individuals who might have information that is relevant to the investigation and might have probative value.

(d) For the licensed CR, the department shall:

(1) Provide written notification of the results of the investigation to the licensee along with an inspection report if areas of non-compliance were found as a result of the investigation;

(2) Notify any other federal, state, or local agencies of suspected violations of their statutes or rules based on the results of the investigation, as appropriate;

(3) Notify the licensee in writing and take no further action if the department determines that the complaint is unfounded or does not violate any statutes or rules; and

(4) Require the licensee to submit a POC in accordance with He-P 814.13(c) if the inspection results in areas of non-compliance being cited.

(e) For the unlicensed person or entity, the department shall:

(1) Provide written notification to the owner or person responsible that includes:
a. The date of investigation;

b. The reasons for the investigation; and

c. Whether or not the investigation resulted in a determination that the services being provided require licensing under RSA 151:2, I(e) ;

(2) Require the owner or person responsible to submit a completed application for a license in accordance with RSA 151:7-a, II, within 7 days from the date of the notice required by (1) above; and

(3) Issue a written warning to immediately comply with RSA 151 and He-P 814 if the owner of an unlicensed facility does not comply with (2) above.

(f) Any person or entity who fails to comply after receiving a warning as described in (e) (3) above shall be subject to an action by the department for injunctive relief under RSA 151:17 and an administrative fine as described in He-P 814.14(c) (1) .

(g) Complaint investigation files shall be confidential in accordance with RSA 151:13, and shall not be disclosed publicly but shall be released by the department on written request only:

(1) To the department of justice when relevant to a specific investigation;

(2) To law enforcement when relevant to a specific criminal investigation;

(3) When a court of competent jurisdiction orders the department to release such information; or

(4) In connection with any administrative or judicial proceedings relative to the licensee.

#9288, eff 10-3-08

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