Status of assisted living bills

This article originally appeared in the U-T San Diego.


SB 894: License revocation: Sets guidelines for the Department of Social Services, or DSS, to follow when it suspends or revokes a facility’s license, with specifics on how to relocate residents. Author: Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro)

SB 895: Inspections: DSS would be mandated to do unannounced inspections at least annually, to be phased in over three years. Inspections are now required every five years. Author: Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro)

SB 911: Staff training. Requires more training for facility managers and staff. Provides for medical care for residents with certain health conditions. Author: Marty Block (D-San Diego)

SB 1153: Admissions. 
Allows the state to suspend new admissions to a facility that has not immediately fixed major violations, or has not paid a state fine after losing an appeal. Author: Mark Leno (D-San Francisco)

SB 1382: Higher Fees. Calls for an increase in facility licensing fees. Author: Marty Block (D-San Diego)


AB 1454: Visits. Requires that all licensed community care facilities, including assisted living homes, receive annual, unannounced visits. Author: Ian C. Calderon (D-Whittier)

AB 1523: Insurance. Assisted living homes would be required to purchase liability insurance. Authors: Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego)

AB 1554: Complaints. DSS, would be mandated to investigate complaints more quickly, track them and notify complainants of the results. Author: Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley)

AB 1570: Training. More training would be required for home administrators, staff who care for residents, and for staff treating residents with dementia. Author: Wesley Chesbro (D-Santa Rosa)

AB 1571: On-line consumer system. DSS would have to create an on-line system so that consumers could check details on licenses, violations, complaints and other information on facilities. Author: Susan Eggman (D-Stockton)

AB 1572: Councils. This bill, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in July, strengthens laws for resident and family councils in assisted living homes. Author: Susan Eggman (D-Stockton)

AB 1899: License ban. Mandates that if an operator’s license is revoked or given up for abandoning a facility, that operator would be ineligible to have the license reinstated. Author: Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino)

AB 2044: 24-hour supervision: A supervisor or trained substitute would be required at the facility around the clock, with one staff member with CPR and first aid training present at all times. Author: Freddie Rodriguez (D-Chino)

AB 2171: Resident Bill of Rights: Would establish a rights bill similar to the current bill protecting nursing home residents, with rights such as privacy and 90-day transfer, eviction notice. Author: Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont)

AB 2236: Increased fines. Would increase fines levied against homes that violate regulations, now set at a maximum of $150. Top fine in a violation causing resident’s death would rise to $15,000, serious injury to $10,000. Authors: Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego), Mark Stone (D-Monterey)

AB 2632: Criminal checks. Tightens rules for criminal screening of potential employees at assisted living and other community care homes. Author: Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego)

Note: More information on each bill can be found by searching the bill number at this state government site.

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