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Chapter 388-145 WAC

Last Update: 5/4/05

EMERGENCY RESPITE CENTERS

WAC Sections

PURPOSE
What is the purpose of this chapter?
What definitions apply to this chapter?
GENERAL INFORMATION
What is an emergency respite center?
What services may be provided or arranged for by the emergency respite center?
Are there services an emergency respite center may not provide?
What age children may a center serve?
Who may place children at a center?
APPLICATION
Is a license required?
How old do I have to be to apply for a license?
What personal characteristics must a person have to provide care to children at a center?
What personal information may I be required to provide to be licensed?
How do I apply for a license?
What is required to document completed background checks on staff?
What first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training is required?
What HIV/AIDS and bloodborne pathogens training is required?
How long do I have to complete the licensing application packet?
LICENSING AND PROGRAM APPROVAL
Does the department need to approve the program I offer?
May a facility have more than one type of license?
What hours may a center be open?
How does the department decide how many children a center may serve?
Will the department grant exceptions to the licensing requirements?
CORRECTIVE ACTION
Does the department issue probationary licenses?
When is a license denied, suspended or revoked?
Are there any other reasons that could potentially cause me to lose my license?
What happens when a licensor is notified that a licensee has received a noncompliance support order from the division of child support?
How will the department notify me if my license is denied, suspended, or revoked?
What may I do if I disagree with the department's decision to deny, suspend or revoke my license?
POSTING LICENSE AND REPORTING CHANGES
Where do I post my license?
What changes to my center must I report to my licensor?
FIRE SAFETY
Must I comply with the requirements of the Washington state patrol fire protection bureau to receive a license?
Do I need to notify the local fire department of the location of my center?
Are local ordinances part of the licensing requirements?
Are there other fire safety requirements for inside a center?
What are the requirements for smoke detectors?
What are the requirements for a fire evacuation plan?
What fire prevention measures must I take?
What are the requirements for fire drills?
What fire safety procedures do center staff need to know?
What are the requirements for fire sprinkler systems?
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
Does an ERC need approval from the department of health to operate?
What are the physical structure safety requirements for a center?
What are the requirements for the location of a center?
What are the requirements for emergency aid vehicle access to my center?
What steps must I take to ensure children's safety around outdoor bodies of water?
What measures must I take for pest control?
What are the requirements regarding pets and animals at a center?
Are alcoholic beverages allowed at a center?
Is smoking permitted around children?
May I have firearms at a center?
May I use wheeled baby walkers?
STORAGE OF MEDICATIONS AND CHEMICALS
Are there requirements for the storage of medications?
Are there requirements for storing dangerous chemicals or other substances?
FIRST-AID SUPPLIES
Are first-aid supplies required?
MEDICAL CARE AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
What are the requirements for medical policies and procedures for a center?
Must all children accepted for care have current immunizations?
What must I do to prevent the spread of infections and communicable diseases?
How do I manage medications for children?
May I accept medicine from a child's parent or guardian?
When may children take their own medicine?
FOOD/DIET/MENUS
Are there general menu requirements?
How often must I feed children at a center?
How do I handle a child's special diet?
Do you have special requirements for serving milk?
What home canned foods may I use?
What requirements must I meet for feeding babies?
ROOM REQUIREMENTS
Are there room requirements?
What does the room temperature at a center need to be?
What are the kitchen requirements?
May I use the kitchen for activities for children?
May a room be used for more than one purpose?
What are the general requirements for bedrooms?
BEDS AND CRIBS
What are the requirements for beds?
Are there requirements for the use of cribs?
DIAPER CHANGING AND BATHING FACILITIES
What are the requirements for diapers and diaper-changing areas?
What are the requirements for bathing facilities?
TELEPHONE/LIGHTING/VENTILATION/WATER/WASTE DISPOSAL
Do I need a telephone?
What are the lighting requirements?
What are the requirements for ventilation?
What are the requirements about drinking water?
What are the requirements for sewage and liquid wastes?
LAUNDRY, SINKS, AND TOILETS
What are the requirements for laundry facilities?
What are the requirements for washing clothes?
Do I need a housekeeping sink?
What are the requirements for handwashing sinks?
What are the requirements for toilets?
Must a center have toilet training equipment for children?
INDOOR PLAY AREAS
What are the requirements for indoor play areas?
OUTDOOR PLAY AREAS
What are the requirements for an outdoor play area?
What are the size requirements for an outdoor play area?
What are the requirements for playground equipment?
TRANSPORTATION
Are there requirements to follow when I transport children?
CLIENT RECORDS
What does the department require for keeping client records?
What written information is needed before a child is admitted to a center?
CLIENT PROTECTION
What are the requirements for protecting a child under my care from abuse or neglect?
What are the nondiscrimination requirements?
Do I have to admit or retain all children at the center?
CLIENT RIGHTS
Do I have responsibility for a child's personal hygiene?
Do I have responsibility for a child's personal items at the center?
DISCIPLINE
What requirements must I follow when disciplining children?
What types of disciplinary practices are forbidden?
Does the department require a written statement describing my discipline methods?
PHYSICAL RESTRAINT
What types of physical restraint are acceptable?
What types of physical restraint are not acceptable for children?
What must I do following an incident that involved using physical restraint?
What incidents involving children must I report?
STAFFING RATIO
What is the ratio of child care staff to children at a center?
SUPERVISION OF CHILDREN
What are the requirements for supervision of children at a center?
STAFF POSITIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS
What are the responsibilities of the director?
Are there general qualifications for all staff in an emergency respite center?
What are the minimum qualifications and training requirements for center staff?
May one person hold two positions at a center?
Who must be on the premises while children are in care at a center?
Are child care assistants allowed to provide care to a group of children without supervision?
Are volunteers allowed to provide child care to children without supervision?
Do volunteers count in the staff-to-child ratio respite center?
Are professional consultants and case managers needed?
What clerical, accounting and administrative services do I need?
What support and maintenance staff do I need?
ON-GOING STAFF TRAINING
Is in-service training required for staff?
PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AND TOYS
What are the requirements for an activity program?
What activities must I provide to children?
What types of toys must I provide?