Late Tuesday evening, the state Senate unanimously approved Sen. Barbara Bailey’s legislation to allow for expedited processing of applications for adult family homes under certain circumstances.
Senate Bill 6113 is aimed at creating stability for residents. The bill directs the Department of Social and Health Services, who regulate and licenses the facilities, to give priority processing of applications in order to prevent service delivery disruptions.
“Adult family homes are becoming an integral part of our long-term care system and we should be doing everything we can to support a stable living environment,” said Bailey, R-Oak Harbor. “There is a need to provide continuity for residents to ensure they receive the care they need and not be put in jeopardy because of an application.”
Under Bailey’s legislation, the Department of Social and Health Services would be permitted to prioritize applications for change of ownership of an adult family home when requested by the current owner. It also allows for priority processing of applications of provisional licenses.
“These vulnerable populations that access adult family homes need stability,” Bailey said. “This bill allows the regulating agency to remove barriers for operators so that patients remain the priority.”
Adult family homes are residential settings that can house up to six non-related residents and provide a host of service including help with activities of daily living, personal care, and social services.