Recent reports of widespread abuse and neglect at California assisted living facilities have prompted calls for better state oversight of community care facilities. Assemblyman Ian Calderon says his bill would help the state spot trouble early.
“There are a lot of facilities that will get licensed and nobody will come by for five years to do an inspection and so they might be in violation of some laws, but they just don’t know it,” says Calderon. “And so this will also aid in catching a problem early and keep it from growing into a bigger problem.”
About a decade ago, the Department of Social Service’s budget was cut by about five million dollars a year. Mandatory surprise inspections at assisted living, foster care and other facilities soon went way down.
The California Assisted Living Association says it endorses Calderon’s bill.
A legislative committee will take up the measure in the next few weeks.
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