In California, $1 Million in Unpaid F...

In California, $1 Million in Unpaid Fines for Assisted Living Centers

There are 1 comment on the ProPublica story from Nov 21, 2013, titled In California, $1 Million in Unpaid Fines for Assisted Living Centers. In it, ProPublica reports that:

A ProPublica review of records from the California Department of Social Services shows the state collected less than half of the more than $2 million in fines it issued against assisted living facilities from 2007 to 2012.

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Hayward, CA

#1 Nov 21, 2013
The max fine for a wrongful death is $150. One California facility director shared that she simply wrote the check because disputing the citation would cost far more than the $150. She considered it simply a cost of doing business and had zero concern or remorse that CCL concluded her facility’s action/inaction killed someone.

Why are CCL inspections and citations not available via the internet?

Why does every food service place in CA display a Health Dept letter grade by the front door, yet CCL has no similar program for Assisted Living Facilities?

Why does California Welfare & Institutions Code 15657.3(d)(2) require an elderly victim to die before a family member can file civil litigation in an effort to stop elder abuse?

Why do law enforcement agencies determine that nearly any from of elder abuse (except that which leaves a visible mark) is a civil matter, especially when W&I15657;.3(d)(2) prevents the civil litigation until after the victim dies?

Why does CA DSS communicated in written letters that completely isolating elders is legal?

Why do CCL inspectors ignore violations that they observe because the observed violation wasn’t what they were told to look for?

There is a LOT more to the story on how California and other states currently treat our elders. Time, accident, and/or negative health event could make any one of us the next elder abuse or dependent adult abuse victim if we don’t demand correction NOW!

Thanks ACT. I have a great new story about a SF woman being abused by the Monterey County Public Guardian.

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