Regulatory Reference Categories

There are three categories that a regulatory reference can fall into. 

 

Structure Requirements

These are the initial conditions that must be present and are expected to remain as is.

W198 – "Clients who are admitted by the facility must be in need of and receiving active treatment services."

 

Process Requirements 

These requirements specify the manner in which a facility must operate and do not allow the facility discretion to vary from what is expected.

  W206  (excerpt) – "Each client must have an individual program plan developed by an interdisciplinary team…"

 

Outcome Requirements

These requirements specify the results that must be obtained or events that must occur or not occur following an act.

W247 – "(The individual program plan must also:) Include opportunities for client choice and self-management."