NCAL’s 2013 Regulatory Review Available

The National Center for Assisted Living’s (NCAL) 2013 edition of Assisted Living State Regulatory Review has just been released.  The report notes that assisted living regulations, statutes, and policies in 18 states were changed during the past year.  Nine states made major changes to their assisted living regulations last year, with Colorado, Michigan and New Jersey making innovative changes to their survey processes.  More than one-third of states refined or developed assisted living regulations.  The annual report summarizes state assisted living regulations across 21 categories including life safety, physical plant requirements, medication management and move-in/move-out criteria.  The NCAL report is the only source that summarizes the assisted living regulations in 50 states and the District of Columbia that is published to inform the public.

An analysis accompanying the report identified several trends.  California, Florida, Ohio, Oregon and Washington expanded disclosure and reporting requirements while Life safety or physical plant standards were changed in Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon and West Virginia. NCAL provides this complimentary and unique resource to consumers, regulators, legislators, assisted living professionals, aging organizations, media and researchers.  The report also provides contact information for state agencies that oversee assisted living and includes each agency’s website address.  The regulatory update for Virginia was developed in cooperation with Judy McGreal in the Department of Social Services’ Division of Licensing.  The full report, along with an analysis of trends and state-by-state highlights, is available online at www.NCAL.org