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- Licensing Scheme for Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities

Licensing Scheme for Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities

  

Residential Care Homes (Persons with Disabilities) Ordinance (Chapter 613, Laws of Hong Kong)
 
 

The Residential Care Homes (Persons with Disabilities) Ordinance (the Ordinance) commenced operation on 18 November 2011 (except Part 2 on sanctions for operating a residential care home without a licence or certificate of exemption) and was fully implemented on 10 June 2013. The Ordinance provides for the control of residential care homes for persons with disabilities (RCHDs) through a licensing system administered by the Director of Social Welfare, to ensure that residents of RCHDs receive services of acceptable standards physically, emotionally and socially.

Any person who operates, keeps, manages or in any other way has control of a residential care home for persons with disabilities without a valid licence or certificate of exemption commits an offence. The maximum penalty on conviction is a fine at level 6 ($100,000 at present) and imprisonment for two years, and in the case of a continuing offence, a further fine of $10,000 for each day can be imposed.

 
 
Licence/Certificate of Exemption (CoE)
 
 

For RCHDs that exist immediately before commencement of the Ordinance (i.e. 18 of November 2011) yet are unable to comply fully with the legislative requirements, the operators may apply for a Certificate of Exemption (CoE) in order to allow time for existing RCHDs to make improvements for meeting the licensing requirements and standards. All RCHDs that are established and operated on or after that date should be subject to regulatory control by way of the issue of a licence rather than CoE, so as to ensure the services of RCHDs meet the statutory standards and to protect the interests of persons with disabilities more effectively. 

The Residential Care Homes (Persons with Disabilities) Ordinance and the Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) Ordinance (Cap. 459) are mutually exclusive. Under the principle of mutual exclusion, any home which fits into the definitions of a residential care home under the above Ordinances is only required to hold one valid licence under either of the Ordinances, and should not apply for licence under both Ordinances simultaneously.

 
 
Licensing-related Information of RCHDs
 
  Licences/Certificates of Exemption
 
 
    Subvented RCHDs
    Self-financing RCHDs
    Private RCHDs
 
  Records of Conviction, Warning and Cancellation / Revocation or Refusal to Renew Licence / Certificate of Exemption
 
 
    Conviction Records of RCHDs
    Warning Records of RCHDs
    Records of Cancellation / Revocation or Refusal to Renew Licence / Certificate of Exemption of RCHDs
 
 
List of RCHDs issued with Licence/CoE
 
 
    Subvented RCHDs and Private RCHDs under the Bought Place Scheme*
    Self-financing RCHDs
    Private RCHDs
 
 

*(Residential Special Child Care Centre (RSCCC) is subject to the registration and control provided under the Child Care Services Ordinance (Cap 243) and Regulations (Cap 243A), which is enforced by the Child Care Centres Advisory Inspectorate of the Department.)

 
 
Circular Letters and/or Guidelines issued by the Licensing Office of Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities
 
 
    Management Letter
 
 
Ordinance, Regulation and Code of Practice
 
 
  The Residential Care Homes (Persons with Disabilities) Ordinance, Cap. 613
  The Residential Care Homes (Persons with Disabilities) Regulation, Cap. 613A
  Code of Practice for Residential Care Homes (Person with Disabilities) January 2020 (Revised Edition)
$d   Code of Practice for Residential Care Homes (Person with Disabilities) - Annexes January 2020 (Revised Edition)
 
Relevant References/Resources of Code of Practice for Residential Care Homes (Persons with Disabilities) January 2020 (Revised Edition)
 
 
$d   Form Templates
 
 
'Tips for Selecting a Suitable Residential Care Home for Persons with Disabilities'
 
  The 'Tips for Selecting a Suitable Residential Care Home for Persons with Disabilities' provides basic reference information and guidelines for persons with disabilities who require residential care service and their family members to select a suitable RCHD by viewing the service provided by RCHDs from different perspectives in order to meet their needs.

The booklet can be browsed here (Chinese version only).
          PDF Document PDF Document                       PDF Document PDF(text-based)
 
 
Guide on Drug Management in Residential Care Homes
 
 
$d   Guide on Drug Management in Residential Care Homes, Chapter 1 - 3 (Chinese Version Only)
          PDF Document  PDF Document
 
$d   Guide on Drug Management in Residential Care Homes, Chapter 4 - 6 (Chinese Version Only)
          PDF Document  PDF Document
 
 
Health Worker Training Course
 
  According to section 4 of the Residential Care Homes (Persons with Disabilities) Regulation, a person who has completed a course of training approved by the Director of Social Welfare in writing is qualified to be registered as a health worker for the purposes of employment at a residential care home for persons with disabilities.
 
   
Information/Form Download
Health Worker Training Courses for Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities Approved by the Director of Social Welfare (as at 1 January 2020)  
(1) Bridging Course for Health Workers of Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities (Course A)
[for health workers registered under the Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) Regulation who are not working in RCHDs]
  PDF Document
(2) Bridging Course for Health Workers of Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities (Course B)
[for health workers registered under the Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) Regulation who are working in RCHDs]
  PDF Document
(3) Combined Health Worker Training Course
[for persons who would like to work as health workers in RCHDs and/or RCHEs]
  PDF Document
Information Brief on Registration as a Health Worker of Residential Care Home for Persons with Disabilities   PDF Document
Application Form - Application for Registration as a Health Worker of Residential Care Home for Persons with Disabilities   
PDF Document

Word Document
MS Word Document
Notes for Applicants - Registration as a Health Worker of Residential Care Home for Persons with Disabilities (Chinese version only)   PDF Document
Data Updating Form for Register of Health Workers of Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities (Chinese version only)   PDF Document
Application for Replacement of Health Worker Registration Certificate of Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities (Chinese version only)   PDF Document
Application for Registration as a Health Worker of Residential Care Home for Persons with Disabilities (to be completed by training institutes/ organisations)(Chinese version only)   PDF Document
Word Document
MS Word Document
Minimum Entry Requirements for Health Worker Training Course (Chinese version only)
PDF Document
Authorization letter for collecting Health Worker Registration Card (Chinese version only)
PDF Document
Submission form for receipt of Health Worker registration fee (Chinese version only)
PDF Document
 
 
 Certificate in Progression Training for Care Workers
   
  Any person who has successfully completed the following training programme is qualified for entry to the Health Worker Training Course approved by the Social Welfare Department.
   
 
 Information/Form Download
PDF Document
Certificate in Progression Training for Care Workers (as at 1 January 2020)   PDF Document
 
 
Licensing Office of Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities (LORCHD)
 
  For any enquiry, suggestion or complaint about the service of RCHDs, please contact LORCHD at the following office hours:
 
  Office Hours
  Monday to Friday :
      8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday
 
  Means of Contact
 
Address Unit 1508, 15/F, Sunlight Tower, 248 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel. No. 2891 6379
Fax. No. 2153 0071
Email [email protected]