Feb

21

2014

AB 2171, as introduced, Wieckowski. Residential care facilities for the elderly.

Existing law, the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of residential care facilities for the elderly by the State Department of Social Services. A violation of these provisions is a misdemeanor.

This bill would establish specified rights for residents of residential care facilities for the elderly, including, among other things, to be treated with dignity and respect, to personal privacy of accommodations, medical treatment, personal care and assistance, and to confidential treatment of their records and personal information, as specified. The bill would require, at admission, a facility staff person to personally advise a resident and the resident’s representative, as described, of these and other specified rights and to provide them with a written copy. The bill would also provide that a licensee who violates the provisions of the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Act may be prosecuted by the Attorney General in a civil action for an injunction or civil damages, or both, and would authorize a former or current resident of a residential care facility for the elderly to bring a civil action against any person or entity that violates that act, any regulatory requirements adopted by the department, or any right of the resident, as prescribed.

By expanding the scope of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

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