Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate Became Law
12/31/2019        

Independent Living Community Ombudsman, Office of; established, report.

Establishes, in the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Office of the Independent Living Community Ombudsman, to promote and protect the interests of residents of independent living communities in the Commonwealth. The bill defines "independent living community" as any congregate care housing arrangement reserved for residents 55 years of age or older who do not require assistance with activities of daily living from staff of the independent living community and that includes the provision of two or more of the following services: meals, transportation, laundry, or housekeeping, when such services are provided pursuant to an agreement between the resident and the congregate care housing provider or between the resident and a third party that delivers such services at the premises of the independent living community.

Date Version PDF TXT
12/31/2019 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100226D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20100226D
    HOUSE BILL NO. 324
    Offered January 8, 2020
    Prefiled December 31, 2019
    A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 51.5-142.1, relating to the Office of the Independent Living Community Ombudsman.
    ----------
    Patrons-- Ayala, Levine, Samirah and Simonds
    ----------
    Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
    ----------

    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 51.5-142.1 as follows:

    51.5-142.1. Office of the Independent Living Community Ombudsman established; responsibilities.

    A. As used in this section, "independent living community" means any congregate care housing arrangement reserved for residents 55 years of age or older who do not require assistance with activities of daily living from staff of the independent living community that includes provision of two or more of the following services: meals, transportation, laundry, or housekeeping, when such services are provided pursuant to an agreement between the resident and the congregate care housing provider or between the resident and a third party that delivers such services at the premises of the independent living community. "Independent living community" does not include a congregate care housing arrangement in which nursing or medical care, medication administration, assistance with medication administration, or assistance with activities of daily living are provided.

    B. The Department shall establish an Office of the Independent Living Community Ombudsman. The Office of the Independent Living Community Ombudsman shall promote and protect the interests of residents of independent living communities in the Commonwealth. All state agencies shall assist and cooperate with the Office of the Independent Living Community Ombudsman in the performance of its duties under this section.

    C. The Office of the Independent Living Community Ombudsman shall:

    1. Make available on a website maintained by the Office information regarding independent living communities;

    2. Answer inquiries from residents of independent living communities and others by telephone, mail, electronic mail, and in person;

    3. Assist residents of independent living communities in understanding their rights and the processes available to them to ensure those rights;

    4. Upon request, assist residents of independent living communities in utilizing the procedures and processes available to them to ensure their rights;

    5. Receive, review, and attempt to resolve complaints from residents of independent living communities, including attempts to resolve such complaints in collaboration with independent living communities, residents of independent living communities, and other stakeholders;

    6. Compile and make available on a website maintained by the Office data on independent living community resident complaints received pursuant to subdivision 5;

    7. Provide information to the public, state agencies, legislators, and other stakeholders regarding the problems and concerns of residents of independent living communities and make recommendations for resolving those problems and concerns;

    8. Analyze and monitor the development and implementation of federal and state laws, regulations, and policies relating to independent living communities and recommend any changes thereto that the Office deems necessary;

    9. Disseminate information about the availability of the Office of the Independent Living Community Ombudsman to assist residents of independent living communities and potential residents of independent living communities, as well as the public, with any concerns regarding independent living communities;

    10. Report annually by December 1 to the Governor and the General Assembly on the activities of the Office of the Independent Living Community Ombudsman and any significant developments in federal or state law, regulations, or policies relating to independent living communities; and

    11. Take any other actions necessary to fulfill the duties of the Office of the Independent Living Community Ombudsman as set forth in this section.

    Picture Name From Date Type
    Hala S. Ayala D-Richmond Sponsor
    Shelly A. Simonds D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Ibraheem S. Samirah D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Mark H. Levine D-Richmond Cosponsor
    Date Branch Action
    01/16/2020 House House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (6-Y 0-N)
    01/14/2020 House House: Assigned HWI sub: Social Services
    12/31/2019 House House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100226D
    12/31/2019 House House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
    Summary
    Congress - Bill Number Major Title
    Branch Vote Date Yes No Not Voting
    Wiki





    Start Description.
    Establishes, in the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Office of the Independent Living Community Ombudsman, to promote and protect the interests of residents of independent living communities in the Commonwealth. The bill defines "independent living community" as any congregate care housing arrangement reserved for residents 55 years of age or older who do not require assistance with activities of daily living from staff of the independent living community and
    End Description.

    Bill TEXT Points.
    This Bill has been listed with the following Subjects from Texts:
    Aging


    Ombudsman
    1, relating to the Office of the Independent Living Community Ombudsman


    End Bill TEXT Points.
    Date Bill Major Title
    Committee Name
    Subject Type