Chapter 213
2019 -- S 0302 SUBSTITUTE A
Enacted 07/15/2019

A N   A C T

Introduced By: Senators Coyne, Miller, Satchell, Lynch Prata, and Gallo
Date Introduced: February 13, 2019

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
     SECTION 1. Section 23-17.4-16.2 of the General Laws in Chapter 23-17.4 entitled
"Assisted Living Residence Licensing Act" is hereby amended to read as follows:
     23-17.4-16.2. Special care unit and limited health services disclosure by residences.
     (a) Any assisted-living residence which that offers to provide or provides services to
residents with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia by means of an Alzheimer's special care unit
and/or limited health services shall be required to disclose the type of services provided, in
addition to those services required by the rules and regulations for the licensing of assisted-living
residences. Disclosures shall be made to the licensing agency and to any person seeking
placement in an Alzheimer's special care unit and/or any person receiving limited health services
from an assisted-living residence. The information disclosed shall explain that additional care is
provided in each of the following areas:
     (1) Philosophy. The Alzheimer's special care unit and/or delivery of limited health
services shall develop a written statement of its overall philosophy and mission which that
reflects the needs of residents afflicted with dementia and/or needing limited health services.
     (2) Pre-occupancy, occupancy, and termination of residence. The process and criteria for
occupancy, transfer, or termination of residency from the unit and/or the termination of limited
health services.
     (3) Assessment, service planning, and implementation. The process used for assessment
and establishing the plan of service and its implementation, including the method by which the
plan of service evolves and is responsive to changes in condition.
     (4) Staffing patterns and training ratios. Staff training and continuing education practices.
     (5) Physical environment. The physical environment and design features appropriate to
support the functioning of cognitively impaired adult residents.
     (6) Resident activities. The frequency and types of resident activities.
     (7) Family role in providing support and services. The involvement in families and family
support programs.
     (8) Program costs. The cost of care and any additional fees.
     (b) The licensing agency shall develop a standard disclosure form and shall review the
information provided on the disclosure form by the residential care and assisted-living facility to
verify the accuracy of the information reported on it. Any significant changes in the information
provided by the residential care and assisted living facility will be reported to the licensing
agency at the time the changes are made.
     (c) Upon completion of the disclosures required pursuant to this section, a person who
does not otherwise meet the requirements for the special care unit or program, may choose to
reside in the unit or area in accordance with ยง 23-17.4-16.
     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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