Monning's Bill Passes, Protecting Elderly from Relocation
September 30, 2011
When family members of elderly residents at Chanticleer Home in Santa Cruz found out the state was planning to shut down the 48-bed assisted living facility in April 2010, they had two harrowing weeks to find options for their family members to go.
Supporters persuaded the Department of Social Services to keep the home open after hearings on the matter, but Assemblymember Bill Monning (D-Carmel) took heed of "the displacement anxiety that community faced." The incident inspired Monning's AB 313, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law today.
Chanticleer had been subject to state Department of Social Services monitoring for about two years following the death of a resident in her 80s after a fall. Monning's bill requires residential care facilities to provide written notification to residents and their families when the process of revoking or suspending a license is initiated, or criminal action is brought against a facility.
“Now, residents and their families will be provided with enough time to make alternative housing arrangements if their home is in jeopardy of closing,” Monning said in a statement. “These protections will ensure residents have enough time to prepare for a move and minimize the impact of transfer trauma.”