2014 California Legislation
All bills are sponsored by California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform unless otherwise noted.
The following bills are proposed to protect the health, safety and security of California’s RCFE residents and to strengthen and enhance the ability of the Department of Social Services’ Community Care Licensing Agency to enforce the laws and regulations governing these facilities.
SB 894 (Corbett) RCFE Suspension/Revocation of Licenses (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would strengthen and clarify the obligations of the department and the licensee when a license is suspended or revoked and would create timelines for the safe relocation of residents when a facility’s license has been suspended or revoked.
SB 895 (Corbett) Inspections/evaluations of RCFEs (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would require Community Care Licensing to conduct unannounced, comprehensive inspections of all residential care facilities for the elderly at least annually and as often as necessary to ensure the quality of care provided. The inspection must evaluate each facility for compliance with all laws and regulations governing residential care facilities for the elderly.
SB 911 (Block) Training and qualifications of RCFE staff (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would increase the qualifications and training requirements for RCFE administrators and staff and require facilities who accept and retain residents with restricted or prohibited health conditions to employ trained medical personnel on a full or part-time basis as appropriate.
SB 1153 (Leno) Ban on Admissions (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
A new statute and penalties for non-compliance, including authorizing the Department of Social Services to suspend the admission of new residents in facilities where there is a substantial probability of harm.
SB 1218 (Yee) Increased Penalties for Violations (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would increase civil penalties against RCFEs for violations of laws and regulations from the current maximum of $150. The fines would vary the minimum and maximum penalties, depending on the seriousness of the violation. SB 1218 would also establish the Emergency Resident Relocation Fund, and require 50% of the revenue from the civil penalties to be deposited into the Fund for relocation and care of residents when a facility’s license is revoked or suspended.
AB 1554 (Skinner) Responding to Consumer Complaints (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would require the Department to start and complete complaint investigations in a timely manner, give complainants written notice of findings and provide complainants an opportunity to appeal.
AB 1571 (Eggman) Consumer Information System (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill will require that the Department of Social Services/Community Care Licensing establish an on-line RCFE Consumer Information system to include specified updated and accurate license, ownership, survey, complaint and enforcement information on every licensed RCFE in California with components to be phased in over a five (5) year period ending June 30, 2019. This bill also would require complete disclosure of ownership and prior ownership of any type of facility, including NFs, and any similar entity in other states, including history of compliance or non-compliance and require cross check with DPH.
AB 1572 (Eggman) Resident & Family Councils (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill will amend current laws to enhance the rights of resident councils and family
councils in RCFEs.
AB 2171 (Wieckowski) Statutory Bill of Rights (Factsheet) (Text of bill)
This bill would create a statutory, comprehensive, modern bill of rights for residents of residential care facilities for the elderly and give the Attorney General, residents, or the public the right to seek injunctive relief to stop violations of residents’ rights.
Other Bills dealing with RCFEs – not sponsored by CANHR
AB 1436 (Waldron): Consumer Information - Would require DSS to post inspection reports and plans of correction on a consumer web site.
AB 1454 (Calderon): Annual Inspections – would require annual inspections using the key indicators.
AB 1523 (Atkins) RCFE Liability Insurance
Require Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, as a condition of licensure, to obtain and maintain liability insurance. (Sponsored by Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform,
AB 2044 (Rodriguez): RCFE Inspections, Complaints and Training: Would require annual inspections of RCFEs and timely response to complaints, and would increase the training requirements for RCFE staff.
For details on specific bills, go to: www.leginfo.ca.gov
Page Last Modified: February 25, 2014