Special Care Unit (SCU) Moratorium Exception Request Process

For the period beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019, Session Law 2017-57, Section 11G.3 imposed a moratorium on Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Health Service Regulation issued SCU licenses. The moratorium does allow for exceptions.

The following is the process to submit a request to the Secretary of DHHS for an exception for an SCU license:

  1. All requests for the SCU license exception must be sent to the DHSR Assistant Chief of Healthcare Planning, as listed below in Item 4. Requests may not be amended after they are submitted. Requests will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.

  2. At a minimum, the following information should be provided in the request:

    1. Clearly identify on Page 1 that the request is for the SCU moratorium licensure exception;

    2. Facility name, site address, license number (if applicable), FID number (if known), and service area for which the request is being made. (The service area is the county in which the facility is located.);

    3. Name, address, email address, and phone number of the requestor. If a certificate of need was previously issued for the project, a copy of it should be included with the request as an attachment;

    4. Description of the adverse effects on the population of the service area that are likely to occur if the request is not granted;

    5. Identification of alternatives to the request that were considered and a description of why these alternatives were found not feasible;

    6. Evidence that granting licensure would not result in unnecessary duplication of services in the service area;

    7. Evidence that the requested licensure is consistent with the basic principles of safety and quality, access, and value, as described below with an emphasis on measures that are evidence-based, objective and quantifiable.

      1. Safety and Quality: Avoidance of injury or death, practices to decrease injury, clinical outcome measures, patient satisfaction;

      2. Access: Addressing the needs of the medically underserved (those whose barriers to access include, but are not limited to, geography, low income, limited or no insurance coverage, disability, age, race, ethnicity, culture language, education, and health literacy);

      3. Value: Cost, affordability, health benefit utilizing standardized safety and quality measures when available.

    8. Other information that demonstrates why immediate licensure for the SCU beds in question is necessary.

  3. The recommended maximum page length for requests is 10 pages. The preferred data sources to be used for requests are as follows:

  4. Requests should be emailed to DHSR.SMFP.Petitions-Comments@dhhs.nc.gov. Faxes will not be accepted. If you do not have email capacity, mail the requests to
    • Amy Craddock, PhD, Assistant Chief, Healthcare Planning
      Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section
      2704 Mail Service Center
      Raleigh, N.C. 27699-2704
  5. For questions related to the preparation of the request, you may contact DHSR Healthcare Planning at 919-855-3865.