(A) The following standards are mandatory:
(1) The CRC is constructed to provide for physically handicapped persons.
(2) Each living unit is designed so that individual rooms, day rooms, and program staff offices are in close proximity to children for purposes of communication and interaction.
(3) Living units are designed for single- or double-occupancy sleeping rooms.
(4) With the exception of the auditorium/gymnasium, the CRC shall contain air conditioning and a back-up ventilation system.
(5) The CRC operates with living units of no more than fifteen children each, based on the annual average daily population.
(6) Handicapped children are housed in a manner that provides for their safety and security. Housing units used by them are designed for their use, and provide the maximum possible integration with the general population. Appropriate programs and activities are accessible to handicapped children who reside in the CRC.
(7) The CRC is within one-half mile of public transportation or other means of transportation are available.
(8) The total indoor activity area provides space for at least one hundred square feet per child based on the annual average daily population.
(9) There are at least fifteen square feet of floor space per person for those occupying the dining room or dining area.
(10) When the CRC provides food service, the kitchen is a separate and distinct area with ten square feet per child or two hundred square feet, whichever is less.
(11) There is an outdoor recreation area well-maintained and adequately designed to accommodate regularly scheduled recreation and group athletic activities.
(12) Space is available for religious services.
(13) When medical services are provided in-house, the CRC has a medical room with medical examination facilities available.
(14) There is storage space provided for the storage of children's property and personal belongings.
(15) When there is a medical room separate from the living unit, such room shall be equipped to provide for washing, drinking, toilet use, and safety needs of children.
(16) There are adequate areas for clothing, bedding, and CRC supplies.
(17) Closets for storage of cleaning supplies and equipment are located in each principal area and are well ventilated.
(B) The following standards are recommended:
(1) A needs assessment study is prepared in conjunction with appropriate local and state bodies.
(2) The CRC site location is determined with participation from the community in which it is to be located.