Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging & Disability Issues – 2015 Addendum Report
This document comprises the first requirement of the Committee: an addendum report due to the legislature by December 10, 2015. The second requirement mandates that the Committee issue final recommendations by December 10, 2016.
As required by ESSB 6052, the addendum report to the legislature must include the following:
1. A description of the oversight role for Residential Care Services, the Long-Term Care Ombuds, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Disability Rights Washington;
2. An overview of the process for reviewing and responding to findings by Residential Care Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services from the provider perspective and the perspective of a state agency; 3. A description of the process for notifying the Office of the Governor and the Legislature when problems with quality of care, client safety and well-being, or staff safety arise within community or institutional settings; 4. A compilation of findings since fiscal year 2010 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Residential Care Services, at residential habilitation centers, nursing facilities, supported living, assisted living, group homes, companion homes, adult family homes, and all other community based providers; 5. An annotated and detailed list of all responses to findings by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Residential Care Services, specific to the audits of the nursing facility at Lakeland Village since fiscal year 2010; 6. A review of the regulation of continuing care retirement communities and ways to protect those who reside in them, including the consideration of effective disclosures to residents; 7. The needs of older people and people with disabilities for high quality public and private guardianship services and information about assisted decision-making options; 8. Options for promoting client safety through residential care services and methods of protecting older people and people with disabilities from physical abuse and financial exploitation; and 9. A description of the method in place to ascertain the outcome of responses to findings.