Quote from Jesskanurse
My, you're impatient
Well, I imagine there's a loophole or something that deals with that kind of setting that allows it. They are not in a hospital, they are in a residential environment, and perhaps having parental or guardianship permission is sufficient. I don't know the laws relating to this specifically, but apparently there's something there.
In my child's school, children who are to be given medications prescribed by the children's MDs/NPs have a MAR in the nurse's office. The nurse there administers the prescribed med with the parent's written permission. When the nurse is not there, a substitute is, and it is NOT always a nurse. And the MAR is still kept: the child will receive the routinely-administered dose of the prescribed med at the prescribed time, regardless of the fact that the person handing over the pill is a substitute and not a licensed nurse.
As far as the group home goes, I wouldn't mind if my child were to be receiving the meds prescribed by the child's doctor and supported by myself from a non-licensed person *IF* the person had a clue what the meds were for and what side-effects could occur. I don't like the idea that they are passing meds without a clue, but like I said, I imagine there's some legal loophole allowing it. You said "children with autism", but I'm wondering if they actually are minors...? Or are they adults with guardianships in place? And not all adult group-home residents require guardianships, either: some can act on their own behalf, regardless of having that dx.