The Vermont Statutes Online
The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.
NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.
Subchapter 004 : Receivership Proceedings(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 7202)
§ 7202. Application for receiver
(a) The Commissioner of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living or the Attorney General may file a complaint in the Superior Court of the county in which the licensing agency or the facility is located, requesting the appointment of a receiver when:
(1) a licensee intends to close and has not secured suitable placements for its residents at least 30 days prior to closure;
(2) a situation; a physical condition; or a practice, method, or operation that presents imminent danger of death or serious physical or mental harm to residents exists in a facility, including imminent or actual abandonment of a facility;
(3) a facility is in substantial or habitual violation of the standards of health, safety, or resident care established under State rules or federal regulations to the detriment of the welfare of the residents or clients;
(4) the facility is insolvent; or
(5) the licensing agency has suspended, revoked, or modified the existing license of the facility.
(b)(1) A resident or resident’s representative may petition the licensing agency or the Attorney General to seek a receivership under this section. If the licensing agency or Attorney General denies the petition or fails to file a complaint within five days, the party bringing the petition may file a complaint in the Superior Court of the county in which the licensing agency or the facility is located, requesting the appointment of a receiver on the same grounds listed in subsection (a) of this section. Prior to a hearing for the appointment of a receiver, the Commissioner of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living shall file an affidavit describing the results of any investigation conducted, including a statement of findings with respect to the resident’s petition and the reasons for not filing an action under this section. The Commissioner shall include the two most recent reports of deficiencies in the facility, if any.
(2) If the court finds the grounds listed in subsection (a) of this section are not met, the court may dismiss the complaint without a hearing as provided for in the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure.
(c)(1) The licensing agency shall be deemed a necessary party under Rule 19(a) of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure. A temporary receiver shall be a necessary party after the temporary receiver is appointed and shall remain a party until a receiver is appointed under section 7204 of this chapter. A receiver appointed under section 7204 of this chapter shall be deemed a necessary party under Rule 19(a) of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure.
(2) The entity filing the complaint shall notify the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman and the mortgage holder upon filing of the complaint. (Added 2009, No. 36, § 2; amended 2021, No. 20, § 357.)