Anti-Scald Directive

TO: DDS Regional Directors, STS Director, Private Providers, CO Quality Management Personnel
FROM: Daniel A. Micari, Director, Quality Management Services
DATE: March 25, 2011
RE: Directive:  Thermostatic Mixing Valves Installation

This Directive is to advise that all providers who support individuals in Continuous Residential Support (CRS) settings shall install thermostatic mixing valves in these residential locations.

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has set the standard of an acceptable thermostatic mixing valve to mean, an ASSE 1017 certified valve.  This valve must be installed at the hot water heating source.  Some exceptions have been made due to the circumstances of some residential locations, which are in apartment settings.  In these situations, access to the hot water source may be limited.  Therefore, providers who support individuals in these sites have been advised by DDS to install ASSE 1016 certified valves or ASSE 1070 certified valves at each point of use.

Consistent with this longstanding practice in Community Living Arrangements (CLA’s), these thermostatic mixing valves are to be installed at the primary heating source (e.g., furnace, hot water heater), depending on the system in the home.

Additionally, all new CRS’s are required to have these thermostatic mixing valves installed as a condition of authorized operation.

Finally, please be advised that thermostatic mixing valves do not diminish the need to be vigilant relative to hot water safety, nor does this Directive change requirements for hot water temperature monitoring as outlined in the DDS Safety Alert, dated December 27, 2004, HOT WATER TEMPERATURE SAFETY AWARENESS. 

NOTE:  The purchase and installation of the thermostatic mixing valve, may be reimbursed under the Rent Subsidy program as a cost relating to routine maintenance.  If an individual does not receive rent subsidy, this would also be potentially allowable under the one time funding provision, for Continuous Residential Supports for maintenance.

These installations should be completed by July 1st, 2011.