(1) The adult family home must allow each resident to stay in the home, and not transfer or discharge the resident unless:
(a) The transfer or discharge is necessary for the resident's welfare and the resident's needs cannot be met in the home;
(b) The safety or health of individuals in the home is or would otherwise be endangered;
(c) The resident has failed to make the required payment for his or her stay; or
(d) The home ceases to operate.
(2) Before a home transfers or discharges a resident, the home must:
(a) First attempt through reasonable accommodations to avoid the transfer or discharge, unless agreed to by the resident;
(b) Notify the resident and representative and make a reasonable effort to notify, if known, an interested family member of the transfer or discharge and the reasons for the move in writing and in a language and manner they understand;
(c) Record the reasons in the resident's record; and
(d) Include in the notice the items described in subsection (5) of this section.
(3) Except as specified in (4) of this section, the home must give notice of the transfer or discharge at least thirty days before the resident is transferred or discharged.
(4) The home may make the notice as soon as practicable before transfer or discharge when:
(a) The safety and health of the individuals in the home would be endangered;
(b) An immediate transfer or discharge is required by the resident's urgent medical needs; or
(c) A resident has not resided in the home for thirty days.
(5) The home must include the following in the written notice specified in subsection (2) of this section:
(a) The reason for transfer or discharge;
(b) The effective date of transfer or discharge;
(c) The location where the resident is transferred or discharged;
(d) The name, address, and telephone number of the state long-term care ombudsman;
(e) For residents with developmental disabilities, the mailing address and telephone number of the agency responsible for the protection and advocacy of developmentally disabled individuals; and
(f) For residents who are mentally ill, the mailing address and telephone number of the agency responsible for the protection and advocacy of mentally ill individuals.
(6) The home must give residents enough preparation and orientation to ensure a safe and orderly transfer or discharge from the home.
(7) If the home discharges a resident in violation of this section, the home must readmit the resident to the home as soon as a gender-appropriate bed becomes available.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.128.040 and chapters 70.128 and 74.34 RCW. 07-21-080, § 388-76-10615, filed 10/16/07, effective 1/1/08.]