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(a) A residential child care facility must have a discharge policy that describes both regular discharge procedures and emergency discharge procedures, including reasonable accommodations that may be made to prevent an emergency discharge.
(b) A residential child care facility shall prepare a discharge summary and attachments that include
(1) a summary of services provided, an assessment of goal achievement, and identification of child and family needs that remain to be met;
(2) the child's medical and other records required by 7 AAC 50.455(f) ;
(3) recommendations for the child and the child's family following discharge from the facility, including provisions for aftercare and referrals;
(4) the date and reasons for discharge, the name, address, telephone number, and relationship of the person or agency to whom the child is being discharged, except that a runaway child age 16 or older may be discharged to the child's self; and
(5) an inventory of the child's personal possessions and clothing at discharge.
(c) A residential child care facility shall prepare the discharge summary required under (b) of this section no later than seven days before a regular discharge and shall submit a copy to the placement worker or parent and to the child, if appropriate. Any changes in the discharge summary that occur following the preparation of the summary may be submitted as an addendum within seven days after discharge. If the discharge was an emergency discharge, the summary must be completed within seven days of the discharge and include the circumstances leading to the emergency discharge.
(d) A facility shall limit emergency discharge to situations where the health or safety of a child or other children would be endangered by the child's continued residence at the facility.
(e) A facility shall provide suitable clothing and send all of the child's money and personal possessions with the child upon discharge. Suitable clothing includes at least three complete sets of clean and seasonable attire, one warm coat or insulated jacket, one pair of shoes in good repair and appropriate to the season, and one pair of gloves and one hat. For an infant, two or more warm blankets may replace the outerwear in the suitable clothing list.
(f) When a child is discharged from a facility, the facility shall send all of the child's personally significant records, including the child's mental health, medical, dental, treatment, immunization, school records, report cards, photos, and drawings, with the child when the child leaves the facility; the records are sent through the child's placement worker.
History: Eff. 1/1/96, Register 136; am 3/1/98, Register 145
Authority: AS 44.29.020
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