The Department and Authority may consider variance requests regarding these rules.
The outcomes of a fitness determination made pursuant to these rules is not subject to variance. Challenges to fitness determinations may only be made by SIs through contested case hearing rights set forth in these rules.
The Department or Authority may grant a variance to any section of these rules based upon a demonstration by the QE that the variance would not pose a significant risk to physical, emotional, or financial well-being of vulnerable individuals.
The QE requesting a variance must submit, in writing, an application to the BCU that contains:
The section of the rule from which the variance is sought;
The reason for the proposed variance;
The alternative practice, service, method, concept, or procedure proposed;
A plan and timetable for compliance with the section of the rule from which the variance is sought; and
An explanation on how the welfare, health, or safety of individuals receiving care will be ensured during the time the variance is in effect.
The Assistant Director or designee for the Department and Authority’s Shared Services, Office of Human Resources shall approve or deny the request for a variance.
BCU shall notify the QE of the decision within 60 calendar days of the receipt of the request and shall provide a copy to other relevant Department or Authority program offices.
Appeal of the denial of a variance request must be made in writing to the Department or Authority’s Director, whose decision is final.
The Department or Authority shall determine the duration of the variance.
The QE may implement a variance only after receipt of written approval from BCU.
Granting a variance does not set a precedent that must be followed by the Department or Authority when evaluating subsequent variance requests.