House Bill 1040 is now headed to the South Dakota Governor’s desk.  The Bill, which passed the SD Senate on February 7, adds “community living home” to the definition of a regulated health care facility, bringing such facilities under the guise of South Dakota’s laws and regulations governing health care institutions under Title 34 of the South Dakota Code.

The Bill defines a “community living home” as any family-style residence whose owner or operator is engaged in the business of providing individualized and independent residential community living supports for compensation to at least one unrelated adult, but no more than four, and provides one or more regularly scheduled health related services, either administered directly or in collaboration with an outside health care provider.

If signed, the Bill will require operators of community living homes to apply for and receive a license prior to commencing operation.