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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 26, HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS

    Chapter 2B: Commission on Alcoholism and Promotion of Temperance abolished

      Section: 26:2B-14: Facilities; license; rules and regulations; filing information; refusal to grant, suspension, revocation, limitation or restriction; hearing; grounds;

           The department shall issue for a term of 2 years, and may renew for like terms, a license, subject to revocation by it for cause, to any person, partnership, corporation, society, association or other agency or entity of any kind, other than a licensed general hospital, a department, agency, or institution of the Federal Government, the State or any political subdivision thereof, deemed by it to be responsible and suitable to establish and maintain a facility and to meet applicable licensure standards and requirements. In the case of a department, agency or institution of the State or any political subdivision thereof, the department shall grant approval to establish and maintain a facility for a term of 2 years, and may renew such approval for like terms, subject to revocation by it for cause.

The department shall in the cases of public facilities, private facilities which contract on a fee-for-service basis with the State, and private facilities which accept for treatment persons assisted pursuant to section 10, promulgate rules and regulations establishing licensure and approval standards and requirements including, but not limited to:

a. the need for a facility in the community;

b. the financial and other qualifications of the applicant;

c. the proper operation of facilities;

d. the health and safety standards to be met by a facility;

e. the quality and nature of the treatment to be afforded patients at a facility;

f. licensing fees, and procedures for making and approving license and approval applications.

In the case of private facilities that neither contract on a fee-for-service basis with the State nor accept for treatment persons assisted by police officers pursuant to section 10, the department shall promulgate rules and regulations establishing licensure standards and requirements but such standards and requirements shall concern only:

a. the health and safety standards to be met by a facility;

b. misrepresentations as to the treatment to be afforded patients at a facility;

c. licensing fees, and

d. procedures for making and approving license applications.

All facilities shall be individually licensed or approved. Different kinds of licenses or approvals may be granted for different kinds of facilities.

Each facility shall file with the department from time to time, on request, such data, statistics, schedules or information as the department may reasonably require for the purposes of this section, and any licensee or other person operating a private facility who fails to furnish any such data, statistics, schedules or information as requested, or who files fraudulent returns thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00.

The department, after holding a hearing, may refuse to grant, suspend, revoke, limit or restrict the applicability of or refuse to renew any license or approval for any failure to meet the requirements of its rules and regulations or standards concerning such facilities. However, in the case of private facilities which neither contract on a fee-for-service basis with the State nor accept for treatment persons assisted by police officers pursuant to section 10, the department, after holding a hearing may refuse to grant, suspend, revoke, limit or restrict the applicability of or refuse to renew any license for the following reasons only:

a. for failure to meet the requirements of its rules and regulations concerning the health and safety standards of such facilities or

b. if there is a reasonable basis for the department to conclude that there is a discrepancy between representations by a facility as to the treatment services to be afforded patients and the treatment services actually rendered or to be rendered.

The department may temporarily suspend a license or approval in an emergency without holding a prior hearing; provided, however, that upon request of an aggrieved party, a hearing shall be held as soon after the license or approval is suspended as possible. Any party aggrieved by a final decision of the department pursuant to this section may petition for judicial review thereof.

No person, partnership, corporation, society, association, or other agency or entity of any kind, other than a licensed general hospital, a department, agency or institution of the Federal Government, the State or any political subdivision thereof, shall operate a facility without a license and no department, agency or institution of the State or any political subdivision thereof shall operate a facility without approval from the department pursuant to this section. The Superior Court shall have jurisdiction in equity upon petition of the department to restrain any violation of the provisions of this section and to take such other action as equity and justice may require to enforce its provisions. Whoever knowingly establishes or maintains a private facility without a license granted pursuant to this section shall, for a first offense, be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00 and for each subsequent offense by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than 2 years, or both.

Each facility shall be subject to visitation and inspection by the department and the department shall inspect each facility prior to granting or renewing a license or approval. The department may examine the books and accounts of any facility if it deems such examination necessary for the purposes of this section. The department is hereby authorized to make a complaint to a judge of any court of record, who may thereupon issue a warrant to any officers or employees of the department authorizing them to enter and inspect at reasonable times, and to examine the books and accounts of, any private facility refusing to consent to such inspection or examination by the department which the department has reason to believe is operating in violation of the provisions of this act. Refusal by the operator or owner to allow such entry and inspection pursuant to such a warrant shall for a first offense be punishable by a fine of not more than $100.00 and for each subsequent offense by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than 2 years, or both.

The director may require public facilities, private facilities which contract on a fee-for-service basis with the State, and private facilities which accept for treatment persons assisted pursuant to section 10 to admit as an inpatient or outpatient any person to be afforded treatment pursuant to this act. The department shall promulgate rules and regulations governing the extent to which the department may require other private facilities to admit as an inpatient or outpatient any person to be afforded treatment pursuant to this act; provided, however, that no licensed general hospital shall refuse treatment for intoxication or alcoholism.

L.1975, c. 305, s. 8.



This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:48.






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