2012 Edition of Assisted Living State Regulatory Review Available

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) has just released the 2012 edition of Assisted Living State Regulatory Review revealing that 16 states made changes to assisted living regulations, statutes, and policies during 2011. According to Karl Polzer, NCAL’s senior policy director and the report’s author, four states—Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, and South Dakota—made major changes last year. A number of states are considering major changes for 2012 while 30% of states actively changed Assisted Living Regulations in 2011.

As in previous years, this year’s report finds many states actively refining and developing assisted living regulations. The report is published every March and is the only annual resource that summarizes state assisted living regulations across 21 categories which include life safety, physical plant requirements, medication management, and move-in/move-out criteria.  Several states reported changes to Medicaid that impact assisted living residents. Other focal points of state regulatory changes include disclosure of information to consumers, infection control, discharge/transfer between sites, move-in and move-out criteria, as well as medication management. As in 2010, many state assisted living regulatory agencies experienced personnel changes. An analysis of regulatory and legislative changes in 2011 and state-by-state highlights can be downloaded here.

The 241-page report is an easy-to-read summary of assisted living regulations in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report also provides contact information for state agencies that oversee assisted living; and includes each agency’s Web site address. The entire report, along with an analysis of trends and state-by-state highlights, is now available on NCAL.org.