The Residential Health Care Facility (RHCF) Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) Review Program was introduced as a result of Florida State Legislature, requiring certain health care facilities to prepare and annually update a comprehensive emergency management plan. These facilities include:
- Adult Day Care Centers (ADC)
- Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)
- Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC)
- Residential Treatment Centers(RTC)
- Skilled Nursing Homes (SNF)
State law requires that the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) develop and adopt minimum criteria for the CEMP. The law also requires that the CEMPs be reviewed and approved by Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management (DEM).
The AHCA has a local office here in Palm Beach County. The agency's contact information is as follows:
5150 Linton Boulevard, Suite 500
Delray Beach, Florida 33445
Information on Submitting a CEMP
Effective October 1, 2018, all Healthcare Plan Submissions (CEMP/EEC) will ONLY be accepted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Submitting a new plan or revision is easy. Documents are provided in the sidebar to assist with the development and submission of new Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans and the annual updates to the CEMP. These Include:
- Submission check lists to aid in preparing your submission.
- A Generator Information Template for new generators, or for when information changes.
- Facility license specific crosswalks to ensure compliance with AHCA Criteria
Use the checklist and crosswalk to ensure your submission is organized and complete.
AHCA Criteria Cross-Walk
The crosswalk documents identify the minimum criteria to be used when developing CEMPs for residential health care facilities. The cross-walk serves as the required plan format for the CEMP, and will also serve as the compliance review document for Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management upon submission for review and approval pursuant to Chapter 252, Florida Statutes (F.S.). These criteria satisfy the basic emergency management requirements of 400, Part II, Florida Statutes, but are not designed to provide specific emergency medical planning guidance.
The Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management will begin charging for two hours of review time for all healthcare CEMPs effective 1 October 2015. All plan submissions will be charged $62.50 based on two hours at $31.25 per hour (FL Ch. 27P-20). This change is necessitated to fully cover the time spent on CEMPs including, but not limited to: administrative and data entry work, database and technology support, binder and update packet processing, training and consulting to facilities that occurs beyond time spent reviewing plans.
New to CEMPs?
Please review our online trainings in the sidebar .