Community care facilities provide an important service to their residents, but when they are mismanaged it can lower the quality of care provided and cause disruption within the neighborhoods where they are located. Recent state budget cuts reduced the frequency of unannounced visits by the Department of Social Services to licensed facilities.
Assembly Member Ian Calderon (D-Whittier)’s AB 74 increases unannounced visits by the Department of Social Services for community care facilities, residential care facilities for the elderly, family day care homes and child care centers over a three-year period.
Under existing law, at least 20 percent of these facilities, in addition to those not already inspected more frequently for performance, licensing or other reasons, to be subject to annual unannounced inspections. This bill would:
- Require 30 percent of such facilities, based upon random sampling, to be subject to unannounced visits by July 1, 2016, and in no case less than once every three years;
- Require an additional 20 percent, based upon random sampling, to be subject to unannounced visits by July 1, 2017, and in no case less than once every two years.
- Require the department to conduct annual unannounced visits on all of these facilities after July 1, 2018.
The League’s AB 74 support letter
is available online.