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Gov. Brown Signs Elder Abuse Legislation into Law

As San Diego elder abuse attorneys, we are pleased that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed several key pieces of legislation into law that will dramatically improve oversight over the state’s assisted-living facilities.

The legislation, known as the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Reform Act of 2014, was introduced after numerous media reports detailed deplorable conditions and poor oversight at assisted-living facilities throughout the state. In one of the most shocking cases, patients were left behind when a San Castro facility was forced to close its doors.

“The horrible stories of abandonment, abuse and neglect in these facilities sparked this reform package and these new laws are a positive step forward to securing safer environments for our seniors,” Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, a primary sponsor of one of the bills, stated. “With such a growing senior population and so many facilities to look after, the state must remain vigilant…”

Among the measures approved by Gov. Brown, AB 271 would create a statutory bill of rights for residents of residential care facilities for the elderly. Other laws would require facilities to fix problems identified during inspections within 10 days in most cases and make operators who have had their licenses revoked or forfeited for abandoning a facility permanently ineligible for reinstatement of a license.

A full list of the bills can be found in our prior post, “California Assisted-Living Facility Reform Bills Await Governor’s Signature.”