Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett introduced two important corresponding bills that will help prevent future tragedies as occurred at Valley Springs Manor in Castro Valley.
SB 894 will strengthen and clarify the responsibilities of the California Department of Social Services (DSS) and licensee when a license is suspended or revoked. It will ensure the safe relocation of residents when a facility closes. SB 895 will reinforce the inspection process of an assisted living facility. These annually inspections will be unannounced and thorough to ensure proper quality of care.
In October 2013, over a dozen residents were left unattended for two days after DSS ordered Valley Springs Manor to close. According to a press release statement, DSS issued a report noting the lack of appropriate oversight and follow-up by their department during the facility closure process.
“SB 894 and SB 895 are a direct result of the tragic gaps in care that occurred in Castro Valley at the Valley Springs Manor facility. Particularly since the California Department of Social Services recently admitted that their oversight and response at the facility was inadequate, I believe that there continues to be an urgent need for increased protections for residents at these facilities,” Senator Corbett said. “We must ensure that families have the peace of mind of knowing that there are safeguards in place to protect their loved ones when they are residents of assisted living facilities, as well as if and when those facilities are closed by the state.”