(a) No regional center may pay a rate to any ARFPSHN for any consumer that exceeds the rate in the State Department of Developmental Services approved community placement plan for that facility unless the regional center demonstrates that a higher rate is necessary to protect a consumers health and safety, and the department has granted prior written authorization.
(b) The payment rate for ARFPSHN services shall be negotiated between the regional center and the ARFPSHN, and shall be paid by the regional center under the service code Specialized Residential Facility (Habilitation).
(c) The established rate for a
full month of service shall be made by the regional center when a consumer is temporarily absent from the ARFPSHN 14 days or less per month. When the consumers temporary absence is due to the need for inpatient care in a health facility, as defined in subdivision (a), (b), or (c) of Section 1250 of the Health and Safety Code, the regional center shall continue to pay the established rate as long as no other consumer occupies the vacancy created by the consumers temporary absence, or until the individual health care plan team has determined that the consumer will not return to the facility. In all other cases, the established rate shall be prorated for a partial month of service by dividing the established rate by 30.44 then by multiplying the quotient by the number of days the consumer resided in the facility.