Amendments to Ontario Regulation 79/10 under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007
Bill or Act:
Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007
Summary of Decision:
Firstly, the Director under the LTCHA may designate reunification priority access beds for persons who meet the requirements to be placed in category 1 (crisis) on the waiting list for admission and are seeking to be reunified in a long-term care home with their spouse/partner. Placement co-ordinators must keep separate waiting lists for these beds. Requirements to be placed on the waiting lists and priority for admission to these beds are set out.
Secondly, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care or Director under the LTCHA is required to disclose personal information about an individual to a health regulatory college and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers for the purpose of the administration or enforcement of legislation that relates to these colleges, where the Minister or Director is of the opinion that it is advisable to do so.
Thirdly, the Director under the LTCHA may designate specialized units in a long-term care home on his or her own initiative, after considering the input of the local health integration network and the licensee of the long-term care home. The Director is only able to designate a specialized unit on his or her own initiative if the licensee of the home agrees with designation and the Director is satisfied with licensee's compliance with requirements under the legislation.
Fourthly, the Ministry may serve a document by using a commercial courier.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care posted proposals regarding the above matters on the Regulatory Registry between September 11th and October 26th, 2017. During the same period, the Ministry posted a Notice of Proposed Initial Draft Regulations on the Ministry website for the proposals relating to reunification priority access beds and the disclosure of personal information. All feedback received was reviewed and considered. Based on the feedback received, changes were made to support a simplified process.
Summary of Proposal:
The amendments allow for the designation of reunification priority access beds (RPABs) for spouses / partners in crisis, require the disclosure of personal information in certain situations, permit the Director under the LTCHA to designate specialized units on his or her own initiative, and permit the Ministry to serve a document by use of a commercial courier.
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Long-Term Care Homes Division
1075 Bay Street, 11th Floor, Suite 1100
Toronto, ON M5S 2B1
January 1, 2018