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§ 14-110.1. Human service facilities; emergency plans

West's Annotated Code of MarylandPublic SafetyEffective: October 1, 2012

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Public Safety (Refs & Annos)
Title 14. Emergency Management (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 1. Maryland Emergency Management Act (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2012
MD Code, Public Safety, § 14-110.1
§ 14-110.1. Human service facilities; emergency plans
Definition
(a) In this section, “human service facility” means a facility licensed by the State that is:
(1) a nursing home, as defined in § 19-1401 of the Health--General Article;
(2) an assisted living facility, as defined in § 19-1801 of the Health--General Article;
(3) a hospital, as defined in § 19-301 of the Health--General Article;
(4) a related institution as defined in § 19-301 of the Health--General Article;
(5) a State-operated institution for mental disease;
(6) a group home as defined in § 7-101 of the Health--General Article;
(7) an alternative living unit as defined in § 7-101 of the Health--General Article; and
(8) a State residential center as defined in § 7-101 of the Health--General Article.
Emergency plan
(b) A human service facility shall develop an emergency plan.
Contents of emergency plan
(c) An emergency plan shall include procedures that will be followed before, during, and after an emergency to address:
(1) the evacuation, transportation, or shelter-in-place of individuals served by the human service facility;
(2) the notification to families, staff, and licensing authorities regarding the action that will be taken concerning the safety and well-being of the individuals served by the human service facility;
(3) staff coverage, organization, and assignment of responsibilities; and
(4) the continuity of operations, including:
(i) procuring essential goods, equipment, and services; and
(ii) relocation to alternate facilities.
Reimbursement from insurance policies or State or federal funds
(d)(1) This subsection does not prohibit a human service facility from applying for and receiving reimbursement:
(i) under any applicable insurance policy; or
(ii) from any State or federal funds that may be available due to a declared State or federal emergency.
(2) A human service facility is solely responsible for any financial obligation arising from voluntary or mandatory activation of any aspect of the emergency plan developed by the human service facility under this section.
Regulations
(e)(1) On or before November 30, 2007, a State agency that is responsible for the licensing of a human service facility shall adopt regulations governing the development of emergency plans under this section.
(2) Regulations adopted under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be developed in consultation with representatives of:
(i) the Maryland Emergency Management Agency;
(ii) the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems;
(iii) local organizations for emergency management; and
(iv) human service facilities.
Coordination of local emergency planning efforts
(f) For purposes of coordinating local emergency planning efforts, a human service facility shall provide access to the emergency plans developed under this section to local organizations for emergency management.

Credits

Added by Acts 2006, c. 472, § 1, eff. June 1, 2006. Amended by Acts 2012, c. 388, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2012.
MD Code, Public Safety, § 14-110.1, MD PUBLIC SAFETY § 14-110.1
Current with all legislation from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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