10.63.06.10

.10 Discontinuation of Program Operations.

A. If a program licensed to provide community-based behavioral health services intends to discontinue operations, the program director shall, no less than 60 calendar days before the program intends to discontinue operations, submit to the Departmentís licensure unit, the Administration, and the CSA, LAA, or LBHA, as appropriate, its written plan for:

(1) Cessation of operations, including relevant dates;

(2) Informing participants in the program or their guardians of the planned discontinuation and of other behavioral health service options;

(3) Transitioning participants in the program to other behavioral health services;

(4) Storing and protecting all records; and

(5) Notifying employees, contractors, consultants, and consumers of its cessation of operations.

B. Within 30 days after receipt of the programís request to discontinue operations, the Departmentís designated approval unit shall:

(1) Notify the program in writing whether its plan is acceptable; and

(2) If the plan is unacceptable, meet with the program and the CSA, LAA, or LBHA as appropriate, to make a plan that protects the health, safety, and welfare of the individuals served by the program and program staff.

C. The program may not discontinue operations until the Departmentís designated approval unit authorizes the discontinuation.

D. Once the Department has approved the discontinuation plan, the program shall implement the plan.

E. At all times during the discontinuation process, the program shall cooperate with the Administration, the Departmentís designated approval unit, and the CSA, LAA, or LBHA, as appropriate.

F. If a program that is discontinuing operation does not comply with §§A—E of this regulation, the Department may deny any future application for a license that the program, or principals of the program, may submit.

G. If a program licensed to provide community-based behavioral health services intends to discontinue a service, the program director shall provide immediate notification to the:

(1) CSA;

(2) LAA;

(3) LBHA; or

(4) OHCQ.