Pediatric Extended Care Centers
Services provided by the Pediatric Extended Care Center (PECC) 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.
Act 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).
The 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.
A 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 contact:
Mr. Charles Schlegel, Director
Division of Safety Inspection
Room 922, Health and Welfare Building
Harrisburg, PA 17108
Phone: 717-787-1911 or visit the
building safety page.
Architectural construction plans for your proposed facility must be submitted to the Division of Safety Inspection for review and approval.
When 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.
Pediatric Extended Care Center Application for Licensure
Initial Application for PECC License
You must also provide administrative, personnel, and care and service policies.
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.
Mail completed forms to:
Please note change of address
Pennsylvania Department of Health
555 Walnut St.
7th Floor, Suite 701
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Please call us at 717-783-1379