Get Updated on the 2022 Legislative Changes to the Assisted Living License

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From the desk of Julie —

Are you com­ply­ing with recent­ly passed changes to Minnesota’s long-term care con­sul­ta­tion ser­vices statute?Many of the pro­vi­sions affect­ing assist­ed liv­ing licensees, become effec­tive August 1, 2022.

 

Here is a sum­ma­ry of the key changes —

  1. Changes to the Assist­ed Liv­ing Bill of Rights. Mod­i­fies the assist­ed liv­ing bill of rights regard­ing per­son­al treat­ment and pri­va­cy. “Res­i­dents have the right to con­sid­er­a­tion of their pri­va­cy, indi­vid­u­al­i­ty, and cul­tur­al iden­ti­ty as relat­ed to their social, reli­gious, and psy­cho­log­i­cal well-being. Staff must respect the pri­va­cy of a resident’s space by knock­ing on the door and seek­ing con­sent before enter­ing, except in an emer­gency unless oth­er­wise doc­u­ment­ed in the resident’s ser­vice plan.”

B. Mod­i­fies the addi­tion­al lan­guage that must be pro­vid­ed with the assist­ed liv­ing bill of rights. “If you want to report sus­pect­ed abuse, neglect, or finan­cial exploita­tion, you may con­tact the Min­neso­ta Adult Abuse Report­ing Cen­ter (MAARC). If you have a com­plaint about the facil­i­ty or per­son pro­vid­ing your ser­vices, you may con­tact the Office of Health Facil­i­ty Com­plaints, Min­neso­ta Depart­ment of Health. If you would like to request advo­ca­cy ser­vices, you may con­tact the Office of Ombuds­man for Long-Term Care or the Office of Ombuds­man for Men­tal Health and Devel­op­men­tal Disabilities.”

 

  1. Changes to the griev­ance pol­i­cy. Removes the require­ment in the post­ed griev­ance pol­i­cy to post the con­tact infor­ma­tion for region­al ombudsman.

B. Adds a require­ment in the post­ed griev­ance pol­i­cy to state that if an indi­vid­ual has a com­plaint about the facil­i­ty or per­son pro­vid­ing ser­vices, the indi­vid­ual may con­tact the Office of Health Facil­i­ty Com­plaints at the Min­neso­ta Depart­ment of Health.

 

  1. Changes to the assist­ed liv­ing con­tract. Mod­i­fies infor­ma­tion that must be includ­ed in an assist­ed liv­ing con­tract, to require “a delin­eation of the grounds under which res­i­dents may have hous­ing ter­mi­nat­ed or be sub­ject to emer­gency relocation.”

B. Also requires the facility’s health facil­i­ty iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber, rather than license num­ber, to be includ­ed on the con­tract in a con­spic­u­ous place and manner.

 

  1. Most areas of 144G that cur­rent­ly ref­er­ence the Office of Ombuds­man for Long-Term Care will now also be required to ref­er­ence the Office of Ombuds­man for Men­tal Health & Devel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties. Doc­u­ments needs to include the fol­low­ing lan­guage:“You may con­tact the Ombuds­man for Long-Term Care for ques­tions about your rights as an assist­ed liv­ing facil­i­ty res­i­dent and to request advo­ca­cy ser­vices. As an assist­ed liv­ing facil­i­ty res­i­dent, you may con­tact the Ombuds­man for Men­tal Health and Devel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties to request advo­ca­cy regard­ing your rights, con­cerns, or ques­tions on issues relat­ing to ser­vices for men­tal health, devel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties, or chem­i­cal dependency.” 

 

Doc­u­ments impact­ed by the new lan­guage:• Notice to res­i­dents (144G.20 Subd.12)• Res­i­dent trans­fer plans regard­ing final revo­ca­tion, refusal to renew, or sus­pen­sion of license (144G.20 Subd. 15)• Notice regard­ing a meet­ing to dis­cuss a resident’s ter­mi­na­tion (144G.52 Subd.2)• Includ­ed as part of the con­tent of notice of ter­mi­na­tion (144G.52 Subd.8)• Includ­ed as part of the con­tent of emer­gency relo­ca­tion (144G.52 Subd.9)• Includ­ed as part of the con­tent of non­re­new­al of hous­ing (144G.53(b))• Includ­ed as part of the con­tent of a coor­di­nate move (144G.55 Subd.1)• Includ­ed as part of the con­tent of a trans­fer with­in the facil­i­ty (144G.56 Subd.3)• Includ­ed as part of the con­tent of a clo­sure plan (144G.57 Subd.3)• Includ­ed as part of the res­i­dent notice regard­ing an approved clo­sure plan (144G.57 subd.5)• Includ­ed as a required ele­ment of the ser­vice plan (144G.70 Subd.4)• Includ­ed in the updat­ed assist­ed liv­ing bill of rights (144G.91 Subd.21)• Includ­ed as a rea­son to pro­hib­it retal­i­a­tion (con­tact with) regard­ing com­plaints (144G.92 Subd.1)• Includ­ed as infor­ma­tion to be includ­ed with every assist­ed liv­ing con­tract (144g.93)

 

What this means for you:The new law will require admin­is­tra­tors and nurs­ing staff to once again update their notices, post­ings, and poli­cies. Con­tracts and ser­vice plans will need to be mod­i­fied, and a new bill of rights will need to be pro­vid­ed. For a full review of all the changes, see the attached link to the Min­neso­ta Depart­ment of Health 06/16/2022 bul­letin. HTTPS://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNMDH/bulletins/31c5092

 

For assis­tance with updat­ing your doc­u­ments please vis­it our web­site at srcaresolutions.net.

 

Julie Dietz, RN, PHNSe­nior Assist­ed Liv­ing Con­sul­tantSe­nior Care Solutionsjulie.dietz@srcaresolutions.net

 


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