Budget Woes Continue for California DSS

The California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) continues to struggle to develop a budget that balances the fiscal needs of the state with its mission to protect the well-being of the more than 1.4 million residents being served in CCLD-licensed facilities. 

CCLD’s Ben Partington told attendees at this week’s California Assisted Living Association (CALA) conference in San Jose that the department–like every other branch of CA state government–is faced with further budget cuts that will require changes in significant aspects of their operations, must notably the frequency of onsite facility inspections. 

Several years ago CCLD had to reduce the frequency of what had been semi-annual onsite licensing inspections to a random sampling and compliant-response visit strategy that ensured facilities were inspected at least every five years.  Although the budget has not been finalized, the current proposal may push the frequency of visits to every seven years. 

The industry, led by organizations such as CALA and the Small Provider Alliance, has strongly urged CCLD to seek ways to maintain, or preferably increase, the frequency of onsite licensing inspections of licensed facilities.  Regular inspections are a key component to maintaining the quality of care and ensuring a healthy relationship between providers and licensing representatives.  Unfortunately, the budgetary constraints may leave CCLD with no choice but to cut back on visits. 

Stay tuned here at Professional Caregiver for more updates as the budget continues to develop.




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