2004-09-10 / Community

Pheffer ‘Assisted Living’ Bill Passes Legislature

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer has reported that legislation she co-sponsored, the Assisted Living Reform Act, has passed both houses and will soon be delivered to the Governor for his decision.

The legislation defines assisted living and establishes a uniform licensing procedure for assisted living facilities. Prior to receiving a license to operate an assisted living facility, facilities must first become licensed as an adult care facility, then follow additional guidelines in order to become an assisted living facility.

“Assisted living facilities play a major role in the care and well-being of many of our senior citizens. It is essential that we enact legislation such as this to ensure that these facilities are held to the highest of standards and not allowed to slide by at less than adequate regulations,” said Pheffer.

To ensure that residents receive the highest quality care and services, the legislation provides for consumer disclosures and a clear set of consumer rights.

“As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection, I am extremely pleased that the Legislature was able to come together and enact vital consumer protections regarding assisted living facilities,” said Pheffer.

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