An “Adult Residential Facility for Persons with Special Healthcare Needs,” or “SB 962 Home,”Section 4684.50 and Health & Safety Code sections 1538.55 and 1567.50. “SB” just means Senate Bill. is a home designed to meet the unique needs of people with developmental disabilities with a combination of specialized health care and intensive support needs.
Each SB 962 home serves up to five people. A resident of an SB 962 home can receive specialized health services, including:
- nutritional support (total parenteral nutrition, gastrostomy feeding, and hydration),
- kidney dialysis, and
- special medication regimes, such as injections, intravenous medications, management of insulin dependent diabetes, catheterization, indwelling urinary catheter management, pain management, and palliative care.Section 4684.50(g)(1)-(14).
All SB 962 homes must have:
- Licensed nurses on staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Section 4684.63(a)(1)(A).
- An Individual Health Care Plan developed for each resident.Section 4684.68. The plan must be updated at least once every six months.Section 4684.68(a)(12).
- Face-to-face visits with the resident by a regional center nurse at least once a month.Section 4684.70(d).
- Examinations by the resident’s primary care physician once every 60 days, or more often if required.Section 4684.63(a)(2).
Priority for SB 962 placements was given to people living in state developmental centers. But, the law allows a person not residing in a developmental center to move to an SB 962 home if:
(1) there is a vacancy,
(2) no developmental center resident meets the requirements for admission, and
(3) the placement is necessary to protect the person‘s health or safety.Section 4684.65(b)(3)