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Resident Rights for AFC Family Homes
R 400.1403 Licensee and applicant rights
(1) A licensee or an applicant shall have the right to be treated with courtesy, dignity, and fairness by the adult foster care licensing division staff of the department and shall not be discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, handicap, marital status, or source of funding.
(2) The department shall provide a licensee or an applicant with written notice regarding appeal rights as provided by Act No. 306 of the Public Acts of 1969, as amended, being S24.201 et seq. of the Michigan Compiled Laws, and the act, when there is official notification of the intent to take an adverse action against an applicant or a licensee.
(3) A licensee or an applicant shall be informed of, and shall have the right to bring to the attention of the supervisor of the licensing representative, any alleged misapplication of enforcement of regulations by a licensing representative or any substantial differences of opinion as may occur between the licensee or the applicant and any licensing representative concerning the proper application of the act or these rules. A meeting with the supervisor shall be afforded upon request. This subrule notwithstanding, the licensee or the applicant may contact any other official of the department regarding issues relating to the licensing activities of the department. Any contact with the supervisor or any other departmental official shall not result in any retaliation by the licensing representative.
(4) All written communications, scheduled and unscheduled visits, routine licensing investigations and complaint investigations shall be conducted according to department policy and the provisions of the act.
(5) A licensee or an applicant may request, under the provisions of Act No. 442 of the Public Acts of 1976, as amended, being S15.231 et seq. of the Michigan Compiled Laws, copies of department policies or other documents governing the licensing activities of the department.
(6) A licensee or an applicant shall be afforded the opportunity to have a conference with the licensing representative before the conclusion of a routine licensing investigation or complaint investigation and, as soon as practicable thereafter, shall receive a written response indicating the findings of the licensing representative or any other licensing official.
(7) A licensee or an applicant shall have the right to review a licensing study report in which refusal to renew, revocation, or denial of license issuance is being recommended, before that report is finalized, except in situations where the department finds cause to invoke a summary suspension action. The licensee or the applicant shall have the right to submit a written response within 15 calendar days to the licensing study report. The final licensing study report shall include the licensee's or the applicant's written response, and the response shall be considered a part of the official record and shall be subject to disclosure under the provisions of Act No. 442 of the Public Acts of 1976, as amended, being S15.231 et seq. of the Michigan Compiled Laws.
(8) A licensee or an applicant shall have the right to provide a written response to the findings of the licensing representative or other department official in the event of a licensing investigation report or a complaint investigation report. Unless otherwise requested by the licensee or the applicant, in writing, the written response shall become a part of the department's official licensing record and shall be public information according to the provisions of Act No. 442 of the Public Acts of 1976, as amended, being S15.231 et seq. of the Michigan Compiled Laws and the act.
(9) A licensee or an applicant may request, in writing, a declaratory ruling as to the applicability of a rule as provided in section 63 of Act No. 306 of the Public Acts of 1969, as amended, being S24.263 et seq. of the Michigan Compiled Laws and the act.
(10) The department shall provide advice and technical assistance to the licensee or the applicant to assist the licensee in meeting the requirements of the act and these rules. The department shall offer consultation upon request in developing methods for the improvement of service.
(11) The department shall provide a licensee or an applicant with a written copy of the rights outlined in subrules (1) to (10) of this rule at the time of license application or license renewal.
History: 1984 MR 8, Eff. Sept. 15, 1984.