Conn. Agencies Regs. § 19-13-D13 - Chronic and convalescent nursing homes and rest homes with nursing supervision with authorization to care for persons with manageable psychiatric conditions as determined by a board qualified or certified psychiatrist

Chronic and convalescent nursing homes and rest homes with nursing supervision licensed under section 19-33 of the general statutes complying with this section may be authorized to accept persons suffering from manageable psychiatric conditions as determined by a board qualified or certified psychiatrist when such persons have been evaluated by a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in Connecticut who has completed graduate residency training approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and when this physician has recommended in writing that the person may be appropriately cared for in the nursing home:

(a) In all chronic and convalescent nursing homes of any size and rest homes with nursing supervision of sixty one beds or more there shall be in attendance at all times a registered nurse, or a nurse with special training or experience in the care of mental patients. In rest homes with nursing supervision of sixty beds or less the registered nurse or a nurse with special training or experience in the care of mental patients may be a consultant. Consultation shall be at least eight hours per week.
(b) A person suffering from a manageable psychiatric condition as determined by a qualified psychiatrist may be admitted to such a nursing home or rest home with nursing supervision only on a written certificate. Such certificate shall give the name and location of the nursing home or rest home with nursing supervision to which admission is sought, the name and address of the person in charge, the name, age, sex and residence of the patient, the name and address of a responsible relative or guardian, the diagnosis of the mental condition according to standard classified nomenclature of mental disease, the prognosis of the case and previous admissions to psychiatric hospitals and shall express the opinion that the patient may be cared for in such nursing home without injury to the patient or persons or property. These certificates shall be kept in a manner approved by the commissioner of health.
(c) The following rules apply to the care of patients:
(1) Patients shall be treated kindly at all times.
(2) No patient shall be restrained, either by physical or chemical means, except on written order of a physician. Should such physical or chemical restraint be required, the physician shall record in the patient's clinical record the order for such restraint and the reason that such restraint is required as well as the suitability of the patient for continued stay in a chronic and convalescent nursing home or a rest home with nursing supervision. The physician shall be required to renew the order for such restraint and to indicate the reason for such restraint at least every ten days. The nursing staff shall be required to record all physicial restraints used by type, frequency of use and each time they are checked to ensure the patient's health and safety are not being jeopardized. Licensed nurses may use physical restraints to protect the patient, or others in the institution, if such nurse or nurses deem that this action is necessary. This action may be done without a physician's order providing that the physician is notified as soon as the patient is safely under control and the physician shall visit the institution to take appropriate action in regard to the nurse's decision within eight hours of the notification.
(3) If a patient's condition changes so that he may do injury to himself, other persons or property, arrangement shall be made for his immediate transfer to a more suitable institution.
(4) No patient may be held contrary to the commitment laws of Connecticut.
(d) Classification of civil penalty violation for chronic and convalescent nursing homes and rest homes with nursing supervision with authorization to care for persons with manageable psychiatric condition as determined by a board qualified or certified psychiatrist. Any chronic and convalescent nursing home or rest home with nursing supervision with authorization to care for persons with manageable psychiatric conditions as determined by a board qualified or certified psychiatrist as defined in Section 19a-521 Connecticut General Statutes found by the Commissioner of Health Services to be in violation of one of the following provisions of the Regulations of the Connecticut State Agencies known as the Public Health Code shall be subject to the class of violation indicated below and penalties indicated in Section 19a-527 Connecticut General Statutes:
(1) A violation of the following provisions shall result in a Class B violation:
(A) 19-13-D13 (b);
(B) 19-13-D13 (c) (2);

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Conn. Agencies Regs. § 19-13-D13
Effective March 1, 1988

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