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Following successful completion of a six month pilot program to develop a uniform rating system using public documents data for California assisted living facilities, CARR received a one-year follow-on contract to launch the program.  The San Diego County sponsored program is called "Choose Well", and will offer consumers direct contact with providers volunteering to participate.  Facilities who join the program will have their facility rated, using the Choose Well Scoring tool; they will receive a Facility Profile Page where the facility can promote the amenities, care, services, price range, and philosophy of care that make them a distinguished provider in the county.  

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"CARR is honored to be the County of San Diego's vendor entrusted with developing a fair rating system deserving the confidence of the public and providers." --Chris Murphy, CARR's Executive Director

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 5, 2015 -- The County of San Diego, Aging & Independence Services awarded Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) a fixed price contract for a pilot project to create a rating system for the County's assisted living facilities, and to develop a consumer-friendly website to display the ratings and facility information.  The pilot program is a six-month effort with a current contract value of $50,000.

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On 13 July, 2016, the San Diego Union Tribune' published three articles about care, staffing and death in Elmcroft La Mesa.  The articles were penned by Paul Sisson, staff writer on health care issues.  Elmcroft La Mesa is a licensed Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) licensed by California's Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (CDSS/CCL).  The state has initiated administrative law procedures for revoking Elmcroft's license as a result of the deaths that Mr. Sisson discusses in his articles.  You will find links to these articles below.

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CARR  is one of the four grant recipients under the 2017 San Diego Foundation's Age Friendly Communities Program - a partnership between The San Diego Foundation and The Del Mar Healthcare Fund at The San Diego Foundation.  The grant project's findings will move San Diego towards receiving an Age Friendly/Livable Community for All Ages designation from the World Health Organization/AARP.

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CARR would like to extend our warmest congratulations to our Board of Director's member, Dr. Joaquin Anguera, for his recent appointment by Governor Brown to the California Commission on Aging.  CARR has had the privilege of collaborating with Dr. Anguera for the past 7 years and knows firsthand how beneficial Dr. Anguera's experience and perspective will be to California's senior community.

Dr. Anguera, 72, of San Diego, has been a professor at San Diego State University since 1999.  He has served in several positions at the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency's Aging and Independence Services from 1974 to 2005, including the position of deputy director.

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Perilous Quarters - Paul SissonOn 13 July, 2016, the San Diego Union Tribune' published three articles about care, staffing and death in Elmcroft La Mesa.  The articles were penned by Paul Sisson, staff writer on health care issues.  Elmcroft La Mesa, is an Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) licensed by California's Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (CDSS/CCL).  The state has initiated administrative law procedures for revoking Elmcroft's license as a result of the deaths that Mr. Sisson discusses in his articles.  You will find links to these articles below.

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The Orange County Register's, Lily Leung, reviews Orange County's most troublesome assisted living facilities in the context of state oversight and regulation.  She investigates facilities with poor compliance histories located in Orange County, and looks at issues of insufficient staffing, and other quality-of-care matters.  CARR contributed to this article. Read the entire article  here. 

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Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division (DSS/CCLD) launched its new centralized complaint hotline this past week. The hotline's objective is to streamline the complaint process for consumers, and to assure information about complaints is consistently collected across all complaint report types.  Once a complaint is filed through the central call office, it is reviewed by a field-seasoned CCL inspector; within a few hours after the complaint has been reported, it is directed to the appropriate regional field office for investigation.  Once in the regional office, the agency must initiate its investigation within the 10-day regulatory time frame.