N.J. Admin. Code § 10:47-7.1 - Individual Habilitation Plan

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

(a) Within 30 days of admitting a developmentally disabled individual, the facility shall develop an Individual Habilitation Plan (IHP).
(b) Each individual's IHP shall be developed by the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT).
1. One member of the IDT shall be designated the plan coordinator.
(c) The IDT shall elicit and respect the individual's or guardian's preferences.
(d) Where the individual's rights are restricted, they shall be documented in the IHP.
1. The IHP shall indicate when restrictions may be lessened or rights restored.
2. A review date, not to exceed 90 days, shall be established.
3. The individual or guardian shall be advised of their right of appeal, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 10:48-1.
(e) An IHP shall be based upon an assessment of the individual's capabilities.
1. The results of screenings and evaluations shall be used in the development of the IHP.
2. Findings shall be recorded in terms that are clearly understood by all participants.
i. The results of each assessment shall be interpreted to the individual and/or to the parents/guardian as requested.
3. The assessment process shall be adapted to the age, cultural background, language, ethnic origin and means of communication used by the individual and the family.
i. Assessment should be conducted in a setting familiar to the individual.
4. Each individual's assessment shall be reviewed and updated at least annually.
(f) The IHP shall address the person's development in the following areas, as appropriate:
1. Physical development and health;
2. Dietary needs;
3. Sensorimotor development;
4. Affective development;
5. Social skills;
6. Communication skills;
7. Auditory functioning;
8. Cognitive development;
9. Adaptive behaviors or independent living skills necessary for the individual to be able to function in the community;
10. Recreation and use of leisure time; and
11. Vocational skills.
(g) Each IHP shall be reviewed and revised as needed, but at least annually.
(h) The scheduling of the IDT meeting shall facilitate the participation of the individual, and his or her family members or other persons who represent the individual.
(i) The IHP shall include at least the following:
1. A cover page;
2. A summary of assessment information;
3. A summary of progress toward previous IHP goals and objectives;
4. The identification of individual's preferences, capabilities and needs;
5. Goals;
6. Behaviorally stated, measurable, sequential objectives;
7. Clearly stated method(s) of achieving each objective;
8. The identification of IDT members and persons responsible for ensuring the delivery of services/programs described in the plan;
9. A listing of all current and planned services/programs and their dates of initiation, frequency, and anticipated duration;
10. Barriers to meeting the individual's needs;
11. Guardianship status; and
12. The signatures of all IDT members in attendance at the meeting.
(j) The IHP shall be part of the individual's record, as defined in N.J.A.C. 10:41, and shall be subject to the confidentiality provisions of that chapter.
(k) The individual or his or her parent or guardian shall be provided a copy of the IHP.
(l) Each agency serving the individual shall receive a copy of the IHP.
(m) Any recommendation in the IHP may be appealed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 10:48.
(n) Behavior management plans shall be part of the IHP, in accordance with 10:47-7.5.
(o) The current IHP shall be filed in the individual's record.
1. A copy of the current IHP shall be accessible to all staff working with the individual. The IHP shall contain progress notes by each discipline providing service to the individual.
2. The plan coordinator shall review the IHP as needed, but at least quarterly, comment on progress notes recorded and verify implementation through direct observation.
i. The findings shall be documented in the progress note section of the IHP.
(p) Any proposed changes in the IHP shall be recommended in writing to the plan coordinator.
1. All changes in the IHP shall be communicated to the team members.
2. If the plan coordinator determines that proposed changes result in significant differences in the IHP, he or she shall schedule a meeting of the IDT.
(q) Any major change in an individual's residential service and/or supports shall include the utilization of the IDT.
1. In the case of a planned transfer or discharge, at least 30 days prior to the anticipated discharge date, at a minimum:
i. An addendum to the IHP shall update the existing plan and include the specifics of the transition;
ii. The development of the discharge plan shall include the licensee, the individual and his or her guardian, as appropriate, the IDT and a representative of the placing agency;
iii. The discharge plan shall assess the individual's continuing needs and recommend a plan for provision of follow-up services in the individual's new environment;
iv. The appropriate Division regional office shall be notified; and
v. The individual's full records shall be transferred.
2. Should the licensee and the placing agency determine a residence is no longer suitable or no longer meets the needs of an individual, the individual shall not be maintained at that residence, provided substantive evidence is given to the placing agency.
i. All discharges of private placements shall be reported in writing to the licensing agency within five days.


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