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Careful planning along the way can make the process easier and quicker and will allow you to begin admitting paying residents as soon as possible.
It takes an average of 4 months or more to obtain a facility license after submitting a complete application.
There are many steps you must finish before you will be ready to submit an application. Are you familiar with those steps?
Important NEWS for California CCF's
If you want to open a Regional Center CCF, serving adults, seniors, or children that have a developmental disability, you will need to complete vendorization with one of 21 Regional Centers after you obtain your license.
Vendorization includes demonstrating experience with the DD population, taking classes, and other time consuming steps that you should initiate right away. Do you know what these steps are?
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There were new laws in 2014-2015 that may affect your CCF.
AB-261, which adds Health and Safety Code, Section 1569.652, prohibiting RCFE's from requiring advance notice for terminating an admission agreement upon the death of a resident.
AB-620, which adds Health and Safety Code, Section 1507.15, requiring CCF's to have an absentee notification plan for missing residents.
AB-633, which adds Health and Safety Code, Section 1799.103, preventing CCF's from adopting or enforcing a policy prohibiting an employee from voluntarily providing emergency medical services.
AB-937, which adds Probate Code, Section 2351, protecting the rights of a conservative in a CCF.
AB-581, which adds Health and Safety Code, Sections 1539, 1568.07, and 1569.37, prohibiting CCF's from discriminating or retaliating again a party who initiated a complaint, grievance, or request for inspection.
AB-1572, which adds Health and Safety Code, Section 1569.157 and 1569.158, mandating that RCFE's assist in the establishment of resident/family councils.
AB-2044, which adds Health and Safety Code, Section 1569.618 and 1569.625, requiring RCFE's to have an administrator, facility manager, or designated substitute be present at the facility at all times.
AB-2171, which adds Health and Safety Code, Section 1569.261 - 1569.269, requiring RCFE's to notify and post the Resident's Bill of Rights.
There is power in knowledge and numbers. Learning the laws and rules that apply to CCF's and networking with others in the field will increase your chances of success.
Although CCF's are by definition provide non-medical care, Title 17 allows for exceptions for some relatively easily managed conditions.
Examples of these conditions in an ARF are use of inhalation-assistive devices, catheters, and insulin-dependent diabetes, and gastrostomies. In RCFE's, they include the administration of oxygen, diabetes, IPPBM's and contractures. RA Mears Consulting can provide you with the necessary documentation for such exceptions or waivers.
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