(1) The department shall consider the following factors in the course of reviewing and making decisions on applications for construction or establishment of nursing home beds for ethnic minorities.
(a) Conformance with applicable review criteria in WAC 246-310-210
, and 246-310-240
(b) Which competing applications best meet identified needs, consistent with the purpose of concurrent review as stated in RCW 70.38.115
(c) The relative degree to which the long-term care needs of an ethnic minority among Washington residents are not otherwise being met. This includes consideration of the legislature's finding that certain ethnic minorities have special cultural, language, dietary, and other needs not generally met by existing nursing homes which are intended to serve the general population;
(d) The percentage of low-income persons who would be served by the proposed project; and
(e) The impact of the proposal on the area's total need for nursing home beds.
(2) To be eligible to apply for and receive an award of beds from the ethnic nursing home bed pool, an application must be to construct, develop, or establish a new nursing home or add beds to an existing nursing home that:
(a) Shall be owned and operated by a nonprofit corporation. At least fifty percent of the board of directors of the corporation are members of the ethnic minority the nursing home is intended to serve;
(b) Shall be designed, managed, and administered to serve the special cultural, language, dietary, and other needs of the ethnic minority; and
(c) Shall not discriminate in admissions against persons who are not members of the ethnic minority whose special needs the nursing home is designed to serve.
(3) An applicant not awarded beds in a concurrent review shall not be given preference over other applicants in any subsequent concurrent review on the basis of the prior review and decision when that applicant submits a new application for another review.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.38 RCW. 96-24-052, § 246-310-136, filed 11/27/96, effective 12/28/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 70.38.135 (3)(c). 92-05-057 (Order 244), § 246-310-136, filed 2/14/92, effective 3/16/92.]