In-Home Care Providers
On May 8, 2011, the Governor signed into law the In-Home Care Providers Act. The Act defines what an in-home care provider is, and provides certain requirements for licensure. It also directs the Department to promulgate regulations for the licensure of in-home care providers. The requirements for licensure become effective when the General Assembly approves the regulation. A copy of the Act is provided on this website.
In the summer of 2011, several presentations were given to in-home care provider groups. A presentation was also given during a stakeholders meeting that was held on September 29, 2011. A copy of the stakeholders presentation is provided on this website.
A small group of stakeholders was selected from the large stakeholders group to help the department staff produce the initial draft of the regulation. The small group met with Department staff twice in January 2012.
The first draft of the regulation was presented to the Health and Environment Board on May 8, 2012. The draft regulation was published in the State Register on May 25, 2012. The Department accepted comments from the public until the close of the comment period on June 25, 2012.
A public hearing was held at the DHEC Board meeting on October 11, 2012. The Board approved the regulation with the provision the section concerning drug testing and the section on health assessments be reconsidered by staff.
Staff presented the changes to the two sections of the regulation to the Board on November 8, 2012. The Board approved the regulation, as presented, to be sent to the legislature for review and approval.
On January 17, 2013, the regulation was permanently withdrawn by the Department. The regulation will be promulgated at a date to be determined in the future.
- Licensure of In-Home Care Provider Act (pdf)
- Summary of comments and Department responses (pdf)
- Comment Response Document (Addendum A) (pdf)
- Comment Response Document (Addendum B) (pdf)
- In-Home Care Providers Regulation (pdf)
For additional information, contact: Division Director Gwendolyn Thompson - (803) 545-4370