The Adult Care Licensure Section of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation, has been reorganized, according to remarks made by Section Chief, Megan Lamphere, at the October Annual Meeting of the N.C. Assisted Living Association. The changes affect the physical offices of the Section, personnel assignments and surveys, among other things, and are designed to streamline the Section’s work and increase efficiency. Below are highlights of some of the changes.

Section Reorganization and Office Closures

The Section has closed its satellite offices in Clinton and Asheville, effective October 2015. In addition, survey staff formerly housed at those offices will now be working remotely from their homes. In tandem with this change, the Section responsibilities have been reorganized into a Western Branch and an Eastern Branch and the State has been “reorganized” into 8 geographical sections for purposes of surveys and survey responsibilities. They consist of a West Mountain, East Mountain, North West and South West section, all housed under the Western Branch, and a Central, North East, Central East and South East section, all housed under the Section’s Eastern Branch.

Management Assignments

The changes include new titles and expanded responsibilities for some long-time Section leadership personnel. In addition to Section Chief, Megan Lamphere, the Section’s Senior Management Team now includes:

New County Liaison Position

The Section has also created a new County Liaison Position and has hired Karisa Merrill to serve in this role. The County Liaison will:

Dealing With Abrupt Facility Closures

In 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services, of which the Section is a part, created a Response “HUB Team” to deal with sudden closures of licensed facilities, including adult care homes and mental health group homes. There has been an increase in the occurrence of adult care homes closing quickly with little or no notice which has required activation of the HUB team. Such closures may result from bankruptcy and foreclosure actions by lenders; a provider’s failure to pay utility bills; abandonment of a facility by the licensee and/or owner; the expiration of a provisional license; or action on the part of the Adult Care Licensure Section in response to dangerous conditions in a facility or a provider’s substantial noncompliance with applicable statutes and regulations.

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