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April 15, 2014 > Corbett Assisted Living Legislation clears Senate Human Services Committee

Corbett Assisted Living Legislation clears Senate Human Services Committee

Submitted By Sergio Reyes

Two important bills by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay) that seek to prevent future tragedies as occurred at the Valley Springs Manor facility in Castro Valley passed from the Senate Human Services Committee on April 8.

SB 894 will bolster and clarify the obligations of the California Department of Social Services (DSS) and licensee when that license is suspended or revoked and ensure the safe relocation of residents when a facility closure occurs. SB 895 will strengthen the assisted living facility inspection process by requiring that unannounced, comprehensive inspections of all residential care facilities for the elderly occur at least annually to ensure the proper quality of care.

In October 2013, over a dozen assisted living residents were left virtually unattended for two days after DSS issued an order to close Valley Springs Manor in Castro Valley in October 2013. DSS issued a report in January 2014 noting the lack of appropriate oversight and follow-up by their department during that facility closure process.

ÒSB 894 and SB 895 strengthen the assisted living facility inspection process, as well as ensure a comprehensive plan that addresses the immediate and long term needs of assisted living residents following a facility closure,Ó Senator Corbett said. ÒI am pleased that my legislative colleagues in the Senate Human Resources Committee have approved these two bills thatÑat their coreÑseek to prevent future instances that may potentially jeopardize the safety of elderly and/or sick residents at assisted living facilities in California.Ó

The two bills are sponsored by the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR).

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