§ 6400.45. Staffing.

 (a)  A minimum of one staff person for every eight individuals shall be awake and physically present at the home when individuals are awake at the home.

 (b)  A minimum of one staff person for every 16 individuals shall be physically present at the home when individuals are sleeping at the home.

 (c)  An individual may be left unsupervised for specified periods of time if the absence of direct supervision is consistent with the individual’s assessment and is part of the individual’s ISP, as an outcome which requires the achievement of a higher level of independence.

 (d)  The staff qualifications and staff ratio as specified in the ISP shall be implemented as written, including when the staff ratio is greater than required under subsections (a), (b) and (c).

 (e)  An individual may not be left unsupervised solely for the convenience of the residential home or the direct service worker.


   The provisions of this §  6400.45 amended under sections 911 and 1021 of the Public Welfare Code (62 P.S. § §  911 and 1021).


   The provisions of this §  6400.45 amended through January 22, 1982, effective March 1, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 384; amended August 9, 1991, effective November 8, 1991, 21 Pa.B. 3595; amended August 27, 2010, effective August 28, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 4935. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (262084).

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  6000.304 (relating to provisional license factors); 55 Pa. Code §  6400.232 (relating to awake staff persons); and 55 Pa. Code §  6400.273 (relating to exceptions).

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