(1) Providers must have a written grievance procedure, approved in writing by the department prior to implementation, for resolution of grievances brought by persons receiving developmental disabilities services.
(2) The procedure must provide for resolution of a grievance within 45 days of receipt of the grievance. Resolution may be extended beyond 45 days only with written approval by the department.
(3) The person must exhaust the provider's grievance procedure before appeal of the matter may be made to the department under the provisions of ARM 37.5.304, 37.5.305, 37.5.307, 37.5.311, 37.5.313, 37.5.316, 37.5.318, 37.5.322, 37.5.325, 37.5.328, 37.5.331, 37.5.334, and 37.5.337.
(4) Upon entry into a program and annually thereafter, the provider must advise the person of their right to present grievances. The provider must assist persons, as may be necessary, in utilizing the grievance procedure.