California’s protection & advocacy system
For legal assistance call 800-776-5746. For all other purposes call 916-504-5800 in Northern CA
or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.
DRC submitted comments to the Department of Public Health, Licensing & Certification Division, in response to Senate Bill 852, requiring the Department to solicit feedback from stakeholders regarding a recent Bureau of State Audits (BSA) report. Read the BSA Fact Sheet Summary, BSA Summary, and BSA Full Report.
Among other things, the BSA report exposed serious problems with the Department of Public Health’s failure to collect millions in fines and for allowing appeals to be dragged out by the nursing home industry, sometimes for years.
DRC’s investigations into nursing home abuse and neglect mirror the BSA report’s findings. The Department of Public Health takes years to issue citations, even in extreme instances of neglect such as a resident choking to death after the nursing facility failed to initiate CPR or other life saving techniques; and a resident dying after cracking her head from a fall from a bed sling weakened by repeated washings in bleach.
DRC urges the Department of Public Health to adopt the BSA’s reform recommendations, and put in place additional measures to ensure that nursing home residents are protected.
Read a point by point comparison of the three variations of the state budget, as of February 25. For disability-specific items, scroll down to the subtopics of realignment, health and human services.