We have received news from the California Assisted Living Association (CALA) and Aging Services of California regarding significant temporary changes at Community Care Licensing (CCL). Due to ongoing severe budget issues CCL is re-prioritizing its limited resources to prioritize complaint investigations and facility inspections. Although CCL has not yet released an official announcement about these changes, Aging Services of California has allowed us to share the following with you from an update they sent yesterday. Aging Services obtained the information directly from Mary Jolls, CCLDs Senior Care Program Administrator:
- New Applications to be Held
New applications for RCFEs will be accepted, checks will be cashed, however processing will be delayed indefinitely. Exceptions may be granted for facilities that currently care for clients and the facility is unlicensed. An example would be a facility that has been cited for operating without a license and has opted to become a licensed RCFE. Applicants that have a current orientation certificate will be granted an extension of the certificate if it should expire while these provisions are in effect. Applicants will also not be charged any fee increases or additional fees if they should change while these provisions are in effect.
- Orientations Canceled
Starting October 1, all orientations held at the district offices for new license applicants are canceled until further notice.
- Appeals Held
All new and existing citation appeals will be held indefinitely. Letters will be sent to licensees explaining reasons for the delay.
- Collaborative Activities Scaled Back
All collaborative activities will be scaled back significantly. Meetings with DSS where multiple representatives might attend will only be allowed to send one DSS rep. All internal training will also be suspended.
- Phone Coverage Limited
Main lines at the district offices will only be answered between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM. A duty officer will be available from 8 AM to 5 PM to handle complaints only.
These changes are expected to be temporary until a budgetary solution can be found. Clearly these changes are likely to create a number of issues for providers and their residents around the state. We will keep you posted as we learn more from CCL.