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(1) The department will issue a license for a community home to any license applicant meeting requirements established by these rules. However, the department may waive in whole or in part procedures for verifying compliance with the requirements of these rules upon receiving written documentation that:

(a) another state agency has already licensed or otherwise approved the operation of the community home, or

(b) a national or state recognized certification process has already been completed and has resulted in certification, accreditation, or other approval of the operation of the community home.

(c) Waiver of procedures for checking compliance as provided in this subsection may occur only where procedures proposed to be waived are clearly already provided for in the accreditation or approval process relied on by the licensing representative. Waiver of procedures must not result in the reduction of standards imposed through licensing requirements.

(2) The department will determine based upon a licensing study whether an applicant meets the requirements.

(3) The department will deny a license to any applicant that fails to meet the requirements established by these rules unless the department determines it is appropriate to issue a provisional license.

(4) The department will issue a license annually on the expiration date of the previous year's license if:

(a) the provider makes written application for issuance at least 30 days prior to the expiration date of its current license; and

(b) the provider continues to meet all requirements established by these rules, as determined by the department after a licensing study and upon receipt of certification by the state fire marshal and local health authority.

(5) A community home may be licensed for two through eight residents.

(6) The department may in its discretion issue a provisional license for any period, not to exceed 6 months, to any license applicant that has met all applicable requirements for fire safety and has submitted a written plan approved by the department to comply fully with all minimum requirements established by these rules within the time period covered by the provisional license.

(a) The department may renew a provisional license if the license applicant shows good cause for failure to comply fully with all minimum requirements within the time period covered by the prior provisional license, but the total time period covered by the initial provisional license and renewals may not exceed 1 year.

History: Sec. 53-19-112, MCA; IMP, Sec. 53-19-111, MCA; NEW, 1985 MAR p. 1774, Eff. 11/15/85; TRANS, from Dept. of SRS, 1987 MAR p. 1492, Eff. 7/1/87; AMD, 1992 MAR p. 2277, Eff. 10/16/92; TRANS, from DFS, 1998 MAR p. 667.

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