The penalties prescribed and authorized by this act shall be recovered in a summary civil proceeding, brought in the name of the State in the Superior Court pursuant to the Penalty Enforcement Law (N.J.S. 2A:58-1 et seq.).
The commissioner may, in his discretion and subject to rules and regulations, accept from any licensee an offer in compromise in such amount as may in his judgment be proper under the circumstances in lieu of any suspension of any license by the commissioner. In no case shall the penalty be compromised for a sum less than $250.00 for the first offense and $500.00 for the second and each subsequent offense; provided, however, that any penalty of less than $250.00 or $500.00, as the case may be, may be compromised for a lesser sum.
All penalties collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in a special fund which is designated as the "Health Care Facilities Improvement Fund." The fund shall be dedicated for use by the commissioner to make corrections in a health care facility which is in violation of a licensure standard and in which the owner or operator is unable or unwilling to make the necessary corrections. The owner of the facility is required to repay the fund any monies plus interest at the prevailing rate that were expended by the State to correct the violation at the facility. If the owner fails to promptly reimburse the fund, the commissioner shall have a lien in the name of the State against the facility for the cost of the corrections plus interest and for any administrative cost incurred in filing the lien.
The department may maintain an action in the name of the State to enjoin any person, firm, partnership, association or corporation from continuing to conduct, manage or operate a health care facility without a license, or after suspension or revocation of license, or in violation of rules and regulations promulgated hereunder.
L. 1971, c. 136, s. 16. Amended by L. 1986, c. 96, s. 2, eff. Aug. 27, 1986.