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Florida ALFA, the Florida chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America, announced that thanks to its collaboration with the Agency for Health Care Administration, a new policy initiative in the state has taken effect that creates an expedited initial licensure process for assisted living communities.

The initiative will help ensure that older adults who need additional care and services can move into their new assisted living communities sooner thanks to a more streamlined licensure application process. The initiative also establishes a point of contacts and communications between AHCA’s field office staff and new providers.

“Last fall, FL ALFA was informed that lengthy delays in scheduling the initial licensure onsite surveys were creating a negative financial impact on consumers and providers,” said Gail Matillo, president and CEO of FL ALFA. “As a result, FL ALFA began working with AHCA and developers to address the problem. This new initiative will prioritize the scheduling of initial licensure surveys with a goal of completing the survey within 30 days of the approved application.”


Matillo noted that the removal of the delays will relieve the anxiety and stress for potential residents and their family members who are ready to make the move into a community.  “In addition, the initiative eliminates waste of operating costs for the community while it waits for initial licensure when it is fully staffed, stocked and ready for residents to move in,” she said.


“Together, FL ALFA and AHCA are working to establish a regulatory environment that prepares Florida for the future wave of seniors and encourages new business development and job growth,” concluded Matillo.



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