section .1400 special care units for mental health disorders



The following definitions shall apply throughout this Section:

(1) "Special care unit for persons with a mental health disability" means an entire facility or any section, wing or hallway within an adult care home separated by closed doors from the rest of the home a special care unit as defined in G.S. 131D-4.6, that is, "a wing or hallway within an adult care home, or a program provided by an adult care home," that is designated or advertised especially for special care of residents with a mental health disability.

(2) "Care coordinator" means a staff person in a special care unit who oversees resident care and coordinates, supervises and evaluates resident services to assure that each resident receives services appropriate to the individual's needs.

(3) "Mental health disability" means a lessened capacity to use self-control, judgment, and discretion in the conduct of an individual's affairs and social relations that is related to a diagnosed mental illness and which makes it necessary or advisable for the individual to be under treatment for the mental illness and to receive care, supervision, and guidance.


History Note: Authority G.S. 131D-2.16; 131D-4.5; 131D-4.6; 131D-8; 143B-165;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000.