54 of 1999, known as the "Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Centers Act"
became effective November 15, 1999. The Act requires the Department of
Health to license Pediatric Extended Care Centers (PECC).
Act defines a Pediatric Extended Care Center as “…any building or buildings or
other place whether operated for profit or not for profit, which undertakes
through its ownership or management to provide basic non-residential services
to six or more medically dependent or technologically dependent children who are
not related to the owner or operator by blood, marriage or adoption and who
require such services.” Prior to admission a prescription from the
child’s attending physician and consent of a parent or legal guardian.
provided by the Pediatric Extended Care Center include but are not limited to
the development, implementation and monitoring of a comprehensive plan of care,
developed with the involvement of the parent or legal guardian which specifies
the medical, nursing psychological and developmental therapies required by the
medical dependent or technologically dependent child served as well as the
caregiver training needs of the child’s legal guardian.
Pediatric Extended Care Facility must ensure compliance with Act 54 of
1999. In order to meet the Life Safety requirements of the Act, you must
Mr. Charles Schlegel, Director
Division of Safety Inspection
Room 922, Health and Welfare Building
Harrisburg, PA 17108
construction plans for your proposed facility must be submitted to the Division
of Safety Inspection for review and approval.
your facility is within thirty days of final construction in accordance with
the approved Life Safety plans, please complete the enclosed forms, along with
your “Policies and Procedures” and return to the Division of Home Health
together with a check or money order for $500. Also include with your
application evidence that a bond has been posted and please furnish proof of
adequate liability insurance coverage or protection.
If your application is in accordance with Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Centers rules and regulations, the Division will issue you a license. Please keep in mind the length of time for the licensure process depends upon the accuracy of information provided.
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