CHA News Article

Guidance Issued on Long-Term Care Facility Residents’ Rights in California
New law takes effect Jan. 1

The California Department of Public Health has released the attached All Facilities Letter notifying long-term care facilities that Senate Bill 219 (Chapter 483, Statutes of 2017) will take effect Jan. 1. The bill prohibits facility staff from discriminating against or denying care to seniors based on a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression or HIV status. Facilities are also required to post a notice, detailed in the letter, with their current nondiscrimination policy. Existing law requires long-term care facilities to protect residents’ rights; this bill enhances and reiterates existing protections.