State rules let facility bypass requirement for nursing staff

Ken Kobayashi & Susan Essoyan, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 23, 2008 State law requires intermediate-care facilities for the mentally retarded with more than 15 beds to have full-time nurses on staff. Opportunities for the Retarded Inc. has 35 beds for patients who need that level of care, but there are no nurses on the staff. That is because each of the seven homes on its property is classified as a separate facility, although all services - from meals to rehabilitation - are provided centrally. ORI contracts with medical personnel to come in to provide health care. By contrast, the Arc in Hawaii employs three full-time nurses for its clients ... State