22. a. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law or regulation to the contrary, the commissioner may grant, to a dementia care home that is operating as a rooming or boarding house that provides services to residents with special needs, including, but not limited to, persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders or other forms of dementia, on the effective date of P.L.2015, c.125 (C.55:13B-5.1 et al.), a temporary or permanent waiver of one or more requirements established by regulation of the commissioner for health care facilities licensed pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et seq.) that the commissioner has determined are otherwise applicable to the dementia care home, if the dementia care home can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the commissioner that:
(1)the granting of the waiver would not pose a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of its residents; and
(2)the failure to grant such a waiver would pose a serious financial hardship to the facility.
b.A dementia care home that is seeking a waiver pursuant to subsection a. of this section shall apply for the waiver on a form and in a manner prescribed by the commissioner.
L.2015, c.125, s.22.