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(1) The community home shall be located to facilitate the use of community resources. If the home is not within walking distance of shopping, recreational and other community services, transportation shall be available either at no cost or at an affordable cost to the resident.

(2) The design, construction and furnishings of the home shall be home-like and encourage a personalized atmosphere for residents.

(3) Each bedroom shall be limited to not more than three persons and shall include:

(a) floor to ceiling walls;

(b) one door which can be closed to allow privacy for residents;

(c) a minimal clear floor space of 7 feet x 9 feet for a single bedroom; 13 feet x 9 feet for a double room; and 13 feet x 17 feet for a three-bed room. The above space requirements do not include closet space; and

(d) at least one window which can be opened.

(4) Lighting shall be available in all living areas as needed.

(5) A comfortable temperature shall be maintained.

(6) The building exterior and yard shall be in good repair and free from hazards such as protruding sharp objects, uncovered wells and cellars and yard maintenance equipment which may be used inappropriately.

(7) All plumbing fixtures shall be in good repair and properly functioning.

(8) The heating system and hot water tank shall be kept in good working order.

(9) All client accessible areas should be located on the ground level or shall be accessible at ground level by floors, ramps and doorways with a clear unobstructed width of not less than 32 inches.

(10) Community homes shall meet the American National Standards for access by handicapped persons. The department hereby adopts and incorporates by reference the American National Standards: specifications for making buildings and facilities accessible to and usable by physically handicapped people. These standards set forth building specifications for access by physically disabled persons. A copy of the standards is available from the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Child and Family Services Division, P.O. Box 8005, Helena, Montana 59604.

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

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