Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd. • Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-3646 • Fax (405) 521-6684 • Internet: www.okdhs.org
340:110-3-157. Physical facility and equipment

Revised 11-1-13

(a) New construction.  Special consideration is given when choosing the site for new construction as to water availability for firefighting and access to all areas of the building for rescue.

(b) Square footage.  Habitable living area is provided as in (1) - (4) of this subsection, and does not include offices, bathrooms, kitchens, laundries, hallways, furnaces, or utility areas.

  • (1) There is a total of 150 square feet of habitable living area, including sleeping space, for the first resident and 100 square feet for each additional resident.
  • (2) Each sleeping room for more than one resident has 70 square feet for the first resident and 50 square feet for each additional resident.
  • (3) Each sleeping room intended for one resident contains 110 square feet.
  • (4) All areas counted as habitable space have a minimum ceiling height of seven feet, six inches.

(c) Basements.  Basements cannot be used for sleeping quarters.

(d) Mobile homes.  Facilities cannot be located in mobile homes.

(e) Storage of personal belongings.  Adequate space for storage of personal belongings for each resident is provided.

(f) Staff sleeping quarters.  Staff sleeping quarters are separate from those of the residents, but near enough to assure supervision.

(g) Staff space.  Facilities provide sufficient space separate from space used for program and treatment activities for administrative activities, individual counseling sessions, and other staff functions required by the program design.

(h) Bathrooms.  Bathrooms are maintained in a clean and sanitary condition with adequate ventilation.

  • (1) At least one flush toilet, hand sink, and bathtub or shower in good working condition is available for every six residents.  Bathrooms are convenient to sleeping quarters, living, and recreation rooms.
  • (2) Flush urinals may be substituted for not more than one-half the required number of toilets when provided to serve males only.
  • (3) Hand sinks, bathtubs, and showers have cold and hot water with temperatures between 100 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • (4) Toilet paper, soap, and individual sanitary towels are provided within easy access of residents.

(i) Diaper changing.  A non-porous changing pad in good repair is used when changing diapers.  The diaper-changing surface is used only for diaper changing and is sanitized after each diaper change.  Staff members wash and scrub their hands thoroughly with dispensable soap and warm running water after each diaper change.

(j) Sanitation and safety.  All habitable and non-habitable areas are maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, free of litter and hazards.

  • (1) Harmful substances and objects that are not essential to facility operation are not kept on the premises.  Other poisonous, flammable, or harmful materials are kept under lock when not under the supervision of an authorized adult.
  • (2) All firearms are stored unloaded in a locked container, cabinet, or closet.  Ammunition is stored in a locked area separate from firearms.
  • (3) Every closet door can be opened from inside the closet.
  • (4) Every bathroom door lock can be unlocked from the outside in an emergency.  The opening device is readily accessible to staff.
  • (5) All rooms used by residents are maintained at an indoor temperature between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • (6) Indoor and outdoor recreational equipment and supplies are maintained in good condition, and play areas are free of hazards at all times.
  • (7) Floors, walls, ceilings, doors, and windows are maintained in good condition.
  • (8) The exterior foundation, roof, and walls are weather-proofed and maintained in good condition.
  • (9) All areas used by residents are well-lighted.
  • (10) The safety and sanitary conditions of house parent quarters is the responsibility of the facility.

(k) Furnishings and decor.  The facility supplies comfortable furniture, as appropriate, for all living areas.  Furniture for residents’ use is of sufficient quantity and appropriately designed to suit the age, size, and capabilities of the residents.

  • (1) Each resident has an individual bed that is large enough to accommodate the resident adequately.  Each bed has its own mattress and bedding.
    • (A) Cribs, including portable cribs that can be folded or collapsed without being disassembled, meet the current Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) full-size and non-full size crib standards per Sections 1219 and 1220 of Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
    • (B) Verification of compliance with CPSC standards is maintained for duration of crib use.
    • (C) Crib or port-a-crib mattresses fit snugly with no more than one inch between the mattress and crib.
  • (2) Every bedroom and bathroom window is equipped with window treatments as needed for privacy.
  • (3) Broken, defective, or recalled furnishings and equipment are repaired or replaced.

(l) Telephones.  An operable telephone is readily accessible to each living unit for emergency use.

(m) Health regulations.  The facility complies with licensing regulations for buildings, utilities, grounds and food service sanitation per OAC 340:110-3-163 and 340:110-3-164 and is inspected annually by the appropriate state agency.

(n) Fire safety.  The facility complies with the state fire marshal’s office regulations for construction and fire safety and is inspected annually by the state fire marshal’s office or its designee.

(o) Environmental quality.  A facility not on local water and sewage supply systems is inspected annually by the Department of Environmental Quality.


Last Updated:  4/14/2014