Storing residents’ medications does not constitute operation of personal care home.

Topic: Health Law, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: 1537427  , Decision Date: 2015-07-08 
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The Department of Community Health sought to fine the owners of an informal “halfway house” $104,000 for allegedly operating an unlicensed personal care home.  However, the “assistance” provided by the owners – storing the residents’ medications in a personal vault and taking them out of the vault twice a day for the residents to self-administer – was insufficient to show “assistance with or supervision of self-administered medication” such as would constitute unlawful operation of an unlicensed personal care home.