Group homes and children's residential facilities; licensure, certain information required. (HB597)

Introduced By

Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Group homes; licensure; certain information required. Requires every applicant for licensure or renewal of a license to establish, conduct, maintain, or operate or continue to operate a group home at which services for individuals with mental health or substance use disorder are offered to submit to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, together with such application, financial information; information about services and staffing; and a statement of (i) the legal name of the applicant and, if the applicant is an association, partnership, limited liability company, or corporation, the names and addresses of its officers, agents, sponsors, partners, shareholders, or members and (ii) the legal name under which the applicant, any entity that operates group homes that is affiliated with or under common ownership or control with the applicant, and any entity that operates group homes and that is affiliated with or under common ownership or control with any officer, agent, sponsor, partner, shareholder, or member of the applicant to which a license to operate a group home has been issued in any other state, together with a list of the states in which such licenses have been issued and the dates for which such licenses were issued. The bill also provides that in the case of an application for licensure as a children's residential facility, such application shall contain information regarding any complaints, enforcement actions, or sanctions against a license to operate a children's residential facility held by the applicant in another state and that the investigation into such application conducted by the Department of Social Services shall include consideration of any complaints, enforcement actions, or sanctions against a license to operate a children's residential facility held by the applicant in another state. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104953D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB597)
01/17/2020Assigned HWI sub: Behavioral Health
01/27/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/2020Committee substitute printed 20106676D-H1
01/30/2020Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
01/30/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB597H1)
02/05/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106676D-H1
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB597H1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/17/2020Assigned Rehab sub: Social Service and Corrections
02/21/2020Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Read third time
02/25/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB597ER)
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB597ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 723 (effective 7/1/20)
04/06/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0723)


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