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September 2, 2014 > Assisted Living bill clears final hurdle

Assisted Living bill clears final hurdle

Submitted By Sergio Reyes

The California State Senate, on August 27, approved important legislation by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay) that strengthens the notification and inspection procedures and timelines at assisted living facilities in California. SB 895 now proceeds to the GovernorÕs Desk for consideration.

SB 895 will require that RCFEs (Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly) swiftly fix any issues found during facility inspections within 10 days of notification unless specified in a correction plan. This notable bill will also require the California Department of Social Services (DSS) to post online how interested individuals may obtain facility inspection reports, as well as establish that DSS should make inspection reports available online by January 1, 2020. SB 895 will also require DSS to report the estimated costs of conducting annual RCFE inspections and ask the department to create a poster that includes relevant timely information on what agency an individual wishing to file an RCFE-related complaint or emergency notification should contact.

Finally, in order to ensure prompt collaboration with the community-supported office tasked with helping to protect CaliforniaÕs elderly in long term care facilities, DSS would also be required to provide the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman with a precautionary notification when the department begins to prepare to issue a temporary suspension or revocation of a license for a RCFE.

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