Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Standards for Licensed Assisted Living Facilities [22 VAC 40 ‑ 73]
Action Update Standards to Add Appeal Process for Discharges
Stage Fast-Track
Comment Period Ended on 9/27/2023
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9/25/23  3:38 pm
Commenter: Teresa Skehan

Fast-tracking regulations on ALF Discharge Appeals process

I believe that our advocacy for seniors must never take a back seat.   We must have strong protection and appeal rights for assisted living residents.  An appeal is the right to examine; to shape a point-of-view.  We must support the appeal process and all it entails. 

Assisted living facilities cannot have the latitude to discharge occupants and send them to unacceptable domains such as: shelters for the homeless, shelters unfit and ineffectual in caring for residents with particular needs.  The time is now.  Assisted living residents must have the protection of an appeals process; the protection of which has to be rapid and functional.

That is why I endorse the proposed regulation.

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