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Window Openings Building Code Changes

Working collaboratively with the Office of the State Fire Marshall, the California Assisted Living Association (CALA) helped secure changes to the 2019 Building Codes.

The change is published and takes effect Jan. 1, 2020. Local jurisdictions may immediately use the printed code as an alternate means of protection. However, they are under no obligation to do so. It is completely at their discretion.

This change increases security for residents in memory care while maintaining overall fire and life safety. The prior code did not consider the special needs of those with dementia.


An Act Concerning Alzheimer’s Disease And Dementia Training And Best Practices (SB 827) – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR


Continuing Care Retirement Communities Contracts (HB 1033) – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR


Amendment to Health Care Worker Background Check Act (SB 1965) – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR


Notification of the Appointment of a Temporary Operator in Certain Adult Care Facilities (S 1193)  – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR


Creates the State Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia Advisory Council (PUBLIC CHAPTER 364)

This eleven-member council was given four tasks:

  1. To research the current status of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Tennessee
  2. To assess available industries, services, and resources to serve persons, families and caregivers impacted by these diseases
  3. To develop a strategy to mobilize a response to needs identified
  4. To prepare a report to Governor Lee by Jan. 15, 2020.

The council must meet at least twice between now and the end of the year. The council will include two legislators, a representative from the Tennessee Health Care Association and one from LeadingAge, a licensed medical professional, a representative from the TennCare Bureau, the Commissioner of Health, an appointee by Governor Lee, a caregiver, a representative from the Alzheimer’s Association, and a member of the public.

Creation of Elder Abuse Task Force (PUBLIC CHAPTER 135)  


Administrator Training and Licensure Requirements

The Virginia Board of Long-Term Care Administrators convened a Regulatory Advisory Panel (RAP) to review current requirements for training and licensure of administrators of assisted living communities and nursing homes. The creation of the Regulatory Advisory Panel was initiated by request from the Virginia Assisted Living Association (VALA) to consider current workforce challenges of employing and training administrators with a specific request for the board to consider allowing an additional pathway to licensure that focused on employment experience instead of higher educational background. Judy Hackler of VALA served on the RAP, and public comments were welcomed from industry stakeholders including Maribeth Bersani with Argentum, Ed Corbeil with Commonwealth Senior Living, and Amy Feather of The Kensington Falls Church. The RAP considered numerous factors including those listed below and will share the considerations and recommendations to the Virginia Board of Long-Term Care Administrators at their September 2019 meeting.

Special Care Unit Staffing (SB1410 / HB2521) SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Emergency Operations (SB 1077 / HB 1815)  – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR


Concerning Long-Term Services and Supports (HB 1087) – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR


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