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Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday approved new rules for residential care facilities aimed at protecting senior citizens from substandard conditions. The governor approved 9 bills that his office said in a statement are meant to “protect the health and safety of seniors residing in assisted living facilities across the state”. Signed bills include one that requires residential care facilities for the elderly to remedy license deficiencies within 10 days of notification. Sen Corbett introduced SB 895, the measure also requires the California Department of Social Services to post online how families and residents can obtain inspection reports. Corbett introduced the bill after the California Department of Social Services issued an order to close Valley Springs Manor in Castro Valley last year, but 19 assisted living residents were left without adequate care for two days. ‘Assisted living Residents and their families deserve to know that the facilities and the state will do all they can to ensure the ongoing safety of elderly and sick residents”. Corbett said in a Statement. Other Bills Signed by the governor will:
-Increase training requirements for administrators of residential care facilities. (SB 911)
-Permit suspension of new admissions to residential care facilities that have been cited for violations that pose a risk to the health and safety of residents.(SB 1153)
-Prohibit the reinstatement of a license for residential care facilities for licensees who abandon a facility. (AB 1899)
-AB 2236 – Care Facilities: Civil Penalties- Revises existing state law authorizing the Department of Social Services to levy fines against community care facilities (CCF), residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE), and child care facilities for violations that constitute physical abuse or result in serious bodily injury or death.
Establishes, beginning July, 1 , 2015 a new framework for civil penalties applicable to violations determined by the department to constitute physical abuse for all facilities licensed by the department. On and after July 1 2015, all residential care facilities for the elderly, except those facilities that are an integral part of continuing care retirement community, shall maintain liability insurance covering injury to residents and guests in the amount of at least one million dollars. Per occurrence and three million dollars in the total annual aggregate, caused by the negligent acts or omissions to act, of or neglect by, the licensee or its employees.
Source: By Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times