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Standards of Care Applying to Emergency Care Facilities Provision Of Emergency Housing
Length of Stay: Length of stay shall be determined by the temporary care facility, consistent with the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan goals for emergency care - to encourage the client's attainment of long-term self-sufficiency through the optimal utilization of housing and services offered through the Continuum of Care's Primary and Advanced stages of care. Clients are expected to reside at temporary care facilities for a short period of time (i.e., seven (7) to sixty (60) days). Extension of a maximum length of stay, set by the temporary care facility, shall be made on a case-by-case basis, predicated on the client's demonstrated commitment to the goals established by the client with the assistance of case management in his or her individualized Continuum of Care Plan. Violations of temporary care facilities house rules may be grounds for terminating a client's length of stay and/or privilege of re-admission.
Separate Sleeping Quarters and Personal Hygiene Facilities: Separate sleeping quarters and personal hygiene facilities shall be maintained for (a) single male adults; (b) single female adults and (c) families.
Quality of Housing: Temporary care facilities shall maintain safe, clean and sanitary conditions and opportunity to safe keep papers, documents and valuables. Beds, pillows and bed coverings (e.g., sheets and blankets) shall be clean and sanitary (e.g., free of infestation).
Personal Hygiene Facilities: Personal hygiene facilities shall be made available to each client. Such personal hygiene facilities shall be kept clean and sanitary and maintained in operable working condition at all times, subject to periodic temporary interruptions due to maintenance or repair.
Resident Participation in General Housekeeping: Clients may be required to participate in the general housekeeping of the temporary care facility.
- Provision of Meals: Clients shall be provided a minimum of two meals a day, one of which must be a hot meal.
- Meal Standard: All meals served shall be nutritionally sound and balanced in compliance with standards and/or regulations adopted and/or issued by the local public authority responsible for the regulation of facilities which serve meals at residential facilities.
Provision of Clothing: Temporary care facilities shall assist clients in obtaining at least two sets of appropriate clothing (both under and outerwear) and shoes. Appropriate clothing in the instance of underwear and socks shall mean new or previously unused items.
Donated Clothing: Donated clothing must be washed/sanitized prior to distribution to clients.
Immediate Health Screening: To reduce risk of harm to other clients and staff, temporary care facilities shall arrange for health screenings for communicable, air-borne diseases, such as tuberculosis, within thirty-six (36) hours of the client's entry into the facility. Clients determined to pose a direct threat to the health of others shall be quarantined and referred for appropriate medical treatment.
Full Medical Assessment and Evaluation: Temporary care facilities shall arrange for a full medical assessment and evaluation (i.e. complete physical) for each client within seventy-two (72) hours of the client's entry into the facility.
Facilities Standards and Licensing/Certification
Temporary Care Facilities in General: Temporary care facilities shall comply with all local and state ordinances, regulations and laws governing residential facilities and secure necessary licensing as may be required under such local or state law.
Food Preparation and/or Dining Facilities: Food preparation and/or dining facilities located at temporary care facilities must comply with all local and state ordinances, regulations and laws governing facilities which serve meals to the public in a residential facility or otherwise. Temporary care facilities must secure necessary licensing or certification as may be required by the local public authority responsible for the regulation of facilities which serve meals to the public.
Environmental/Structural Controls and Procedures to Prevent/Control Spread of Communicable Diseases: Temporary care facilities shall comply with all local and state ordinances, regulations and laws governing the prevention and/or control of the spread of communicable, air-borne diseases within residential facilities which may include the implementation of structural or environmental measures and quarantining, notification and health screening procedures.
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