LSI schedules inspection appointments based on the expiration of the foster care or group home license. As LSI covers the entire state, appointments are scheduled to maximize inspection time and minimize drive time for the inspectors. LSI also offers pool fence consultations with applicants/licensees to help ensure pool fences meet rule (R21-8-113).
Rules R21-6-201 and 211 place certain requirements on the foster home licensing agencies, specifically to ensure the applicant/licensee has “information to help the applicant to prepare for the Life-Safety Inspection” and to “conduct a preliminary inspection of the applicant’s or foster parent’s home to assess compliance with Life-Safety Rules (R21-8-101 et seq.). OLR will schedule the inspection only after a verification of compliance inspection is completed by the licensing agency.
It is also imperative that LSI be notified of any changes in address, email or phone numbers after the inspection request is received. Should an applicant/licensee chose to close the application or license after the inspection has been scheduled, LSI should be notified immediately as this will allow us to reschedule another inspection for a potential foster parent awaiting licensure.
Unfortunately most of the 3246 Life-Safety Inspections completed in 2015 showed significant deficiencies. This required either OLR or the Licensing Agency to make additional visits to the home to verify the deficiencies were brought into compliance which can significantly lengthen the licensing time-line.
Questions regarding Life-Safety Inspections can be sent to: LSIQuestions@azdes.gov.