Christina Selder 
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Re: “The Death of Jeannie Newstrom

As of 2014, DSS/CCL set forth goals to improve its operations & oversight. A summary can be viewed here: http://abgt.assembly.ca.gov/sites/abgt.assembly.ca.gov/files/April%202%202014%20Sub%201%20Agenda%20-%20CCL%20and%20State%20Hearings%20-mc(4).pdf

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Posted by Christina Selder on 08/06/2016 at 11:56 AM

Re: “The Death of Jeannie Newstrom

Deeply, deeply disturbing. Until California's Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (DSS/CCL) accepts that it can no longer limit its oversight to "basic care & supervision", assisted living residents will remain at risk for similar neglect. DSS/CCL continues to accommodate & authorize higher levels of care in California's assisted living facilities without orchestrating simultaneous shifts--that are of equal proportion--in their staff, procedures, policies & implementing regulation language. And so dangerous opportunities for events like the one in this article remain. For example: If the Department can only afford a handful of nurses to oversee 7,000+ facilities statewide, if they are only able to inspect facilities once every five years (not annually as the article stated), and if they cannot independently rally figureheads to mandate a higher level of proven expertise or staffing ratios for facility operators who chose to care for a sicker resident population, then why, as an example, do they continue to issue waivers & exceptions where facilities can have 100% of their capacity on hospice & as bedridden? Why do they continue to expand the scope of care in the field beyond their current (oversight) capabilities? There are facilities in California who are doing a stellar job, and then there are others who either don't know what they are doing or don't care. It is the state's responsibility to construct a system that works (i.e. keeps residents safe) given all the moving parts. A tall order, yes; but over the last 8 years it has come to our attention that some of the most common sense solutions continue to get overlooked and/or tabled, and in our humble opinion, it is because the Department is disproportionately focused on protecting itself rather than residents. [You can learn more about the authors of this comment, by visiting www.rcfereform.org]

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Posted by Christina Selder on 08/04/2016 at 9:43 PM

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