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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers


A. The provider shall develop a medication policy and notify parents or guardians of the policy.

B. Before medications are administered, the provider shall develop procedures which adhere to the following:

  1. Staff designated by the provider in writing shall be responsible for the administration of medication including the storage, record keeping, handling and overseeing the child's ingestion or application of medication. Only one staff member in the day care group home at any given time shall be designated for administration of medication:

  2. Staff shall not administer medications to a child without specific written authorization from the child's parent or guardian. Such authorizations shall contain at least the following information:

    a. The name of the child:

    b. The name and prescription number of the medication to be given:

    c. Specific instructions for administering the medication including the dosage, method of administration, the dates and time of day medication is to be given.

    d. Reason the medication is being given:

    e. Signature of parent or guardian; and

    f. Date of authorization; and

  3. Injections shall be administered only by individuals licensed to do so by the state:

  4. The provider shall maintain a record of all medications administered to each child by day care group home staff. The record shall contain:

    a. The name of the child;

    b. The name and prescription number of the medication;

    c. The date and time, dosage, and method by which the medication was administered: and

    d. The signature of the staff member who administered the medication:

  5. The provider shall administer only medications that are provided by the parent or guardian in the original container and are labeled with the individual child's full name;

  6. Medications which have expired or are no longer to be administered shall be returned to the child's parent or guardian within 24 hours;

  7. All prescription and nonprescription medications shall be kept in a locked storage cabinet or in a locked container which is located out of the reach of children:

  8. Medications requiring refrigeration shall be kept in a locked, leak-proof container in the refrigerator:

  9. The provider shall not keep stock supplies of any prescription or nonprescription medication.

C. Medication records shall be maintained for three years and shall be available in the facility for immediate inspection by the Department.

Historical Note

Adopted as an emergency effective July 3, 1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days: Emergency rule readopted effective September 28, 1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 89-3). Emergency rule readopted effective December 27, 1989, pursuant to A.R.S § 41 -1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 89-4). Emergenq rule readopted effective April 3, 1990, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 90-2). Emergency expired.
Emergency rule readopted effective July 9, 1990, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 90-3).
Emergency rule permanently adopted with changes effective Octobers, 1990 (Supp. 90-4).

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