ALFA IN THE STATES
The ultimate goal of ALFA, working with its state affiliates and chapters is to
achieve perfect alignment with ALFA’s public policy positions in all 50 states.
New background screening requirements were passed into law and now provide more
protection for assisted living residents.
A bill to create a new assisted living licensure category that
Rep. Chuck Martin (R-GA) was honored with the 2010 ALFA
Statesman Award for his work on this issue.
ALFA and GA-ALFA mounted a grassroots advocacy effort that
prevented the adoption of proposed regulations that would
have given the state the ability to discharge any resident who
required staff assistance to ambulate. The effort generated
more than 1,000 letters opposing the regulation. Additionally,
250 people attended a hearing to express their opposition to
A new law will allow residents who need assistance with medications to remain
in assisted living. Prior to passage of this law, a resident who needed medication
administration assistance was forced to move to a higher level of care.
The state passed a law that will improve the criminal background check system offering
greater protection for vulnerable seniors.
Ohio Assisted Living Association
Jean Thompson, Executive Director
New York (NYALFA)
seniors may move in and remain in an enhanced assisted living community if the family,
Oklahoma Assisted Living Association
Penny Ridenour, Executive Director
Oregon Health Care Assn**
James A. Carlson, President & CEO
Pennsylvania Assisted Living Assn
Jeremy Adlon, Executive Director
Also, a bill was defeated that would have required independent living communities to
be licensed as assisted living if they provide amenities such as meals and activities,
and have more than 50 percent of their tenants receiving home care from a third party
Rhode Island Assisted Living Assn
Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director
South Carolina ALFA*
Lara Williams, Executive Director
The state issued regulations implementing the Assisted Living Residence Act. Providers
in the state will now be able to become licensed as assisted living and residents will be
permitted to age in place.
Assisted Living Assn of South Dakota
Barbara Szymonski, Chairman
Karen Shayne, Executive Director
Texas Assisted Living Association*
Gail Harmon, Executive Director
ALFA, PALA, PHCA, and PANPHA collaborated to oppose a Pennsylvania Department of
Public Welfare Statement of Policy on Occupancy Codes that would have resulted in the
majority of personal care home (assisted living) residents having to move into a skilled
nursing care facility. The State DPW has agreed to put the Statement of Policy on hold
until a more detailed review can be completed.
Utah Assisted Living Association
Corey Fairholm, Executive Director
South Carolina (SCALFA)
A regulation requiring the removal of residents from assisted living communities who
require hospice services was temporarily suspended.
Virginia Assisted Living Association
Judy Hackler, Executive Director
West Virginia Assisted Living Assn
Nancy Cartmill, Executive Director
Wisconsin Assisted Living Assn
Jim Murphy, Executive Director
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