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CA SB 875

Title: Health and care facilities: residential care facilities for the elderly: referral agencies.
Author: Steven M. Glazer

Summary
SB 875, as amended, Glazer. Health and care facilities: residential care facilities for the elderly: referral agencies. The California Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Act generally requires the State Department of Social Services to license, inspect, and regulate residential care facilities for the elderly and imposes criminal penalties on a person who violates the act or who willfully or repeatedly violates any rule or regulation adopted under the act. The act prohibits a placement agency, as defined, from placing an individual in a licensed residential care facility for the elderly if the individual, because of a health condition, cannot be cared for within the limits of the license or requires inpatient care in a health facility. The act requires an employee of a placement agency who knows, or reasonably suspects, that a facility is improperly operating without a license to report the facility to the department, and requires the department to investigate those reports. The act further requires a placement agency to notify the appropriate licensing agency of any known or suspected incidents that would jeopardize the health or safety of residents in a facility. The act specifically makes a violation of these requirements a crime.Existing law requires a referral agency to obtain a license from the State Department of Public Health in order to refer a person to any extended care facility, skilled nursing home, or intermediate care facility. Existing law exempts a local public agency performing referral services without cost from these provisions. Under existing law, a violation of these provisions is subject to a civil penalty and suspension or revocation of the license.This bill would additionally require a referral agency to obtain a license from the State Department of Social Services in order to refer a person to a residential care facility for the elderly. The bill would prohibit an extended care facility, skilled nursing home, intermediate care facility, or residential care facility for the elderly from paying a commission or fee to a referral agency that is not licensed, as specified. The bill would prohibit a referral agency from holding any power of attorney or any other property of a person receiving referral services, or to receive or hold a client’s property in any capacity. With respect to a residential care facility for the elderly, the bill would require a referral agency to disclose specified information to each person receiving its services, and to maintain records of those disclosures for a period of 3 years, as specified. The bill would specify that a referral agency licensee would be subject to specified provisions relating to placement agencies for residential care facilities for the elderly. By expanding the definition of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would also require referral agencies to maintain liability insurance in specified amounts. The bill would also make it unlawful for an employee, independent contractor, or other person who is acting on behalf of a governmental agency, hospital, or other health care institution to offer, provide, or accept a payment, rebate, refund, commission, preference, or discount as payment, compensation, or inducement for referring patients, clients, or customers to a facility or licensee.Existing law makes specified persons mandated reporters of elder or dependent adult abuse, including administrators, supervisors, and licensed staff of a facility that provide care or services for elder or dependent adults. Under existing law, failure to report physical abuse, abandonment, abduction, isolation, financial abuse, or neglect of an elder or dependent adult is a misdemeanor.The bill would include owners, operators, and employees of a referral agency as mandated reporters. By expanding the crime of failure to report elder or dependent adult abuse, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.The California Constit

Status
June 11 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.

Bill Documents
CA SB 875 - 01/11/24 - Amended Senate
01/11/24 - CA SB 875 (01/11/24 - Amended Senate)


CA SB 875 - 01/03/24 - Amended Senate
01/03/24 - CA SB 875 (01/03/24 - Amended Senate)

CA SB 875 - 04/11/23 - Amended Senate
04/11/23 - CA SB 875 (04/11/23 - Amended Senate)

CA SB 875 - 02/17/23 - Introduced
02/17/23 - CA SB 875 (02/17/23 - Introduced)

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  • Steve Glazer - D
    Senator - State Senate - CA

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