Data & Research

Data-Driven, and Evidence-Based

Knowledge is Power

CARR's Data and Research articles keep consumers and interested professionals

apprised of trending issues in the both the data and research arenas.

CARR Contributes to CHCF Think Tank

Data & Research

California Healthline recently asked CARR and other experts in the field "How should California regulate its growing RCFE industry?".  Provided here is CARR's submission.  You can read all of the submissions by visiting

The Need for Data-Driven Practices

The primary focus surrounding California’s RCFE industry is policy reform.  In CARR’s view, modification of regulatory language may do little to affect the performance of facilities without accompanying improvements to the oversight and enforcement practices of California’s Department of Social Services (DSS).  CARR’s five years spent reviewing the public documents strongly suggests a department significantly weakened by the absence of evidence-based practices. 

CARR's Public Document Archive for Thesis or Dissertation

Data & Research

CARR was the first to harvest California public records on assisted living facilities (ALF), and to maintain a database of all public records in its possession.  Unlike other databases, CARR’s data is not supplied by facilities themselves.  Rather, the data is collected from the public documents in individual ALF files maintained by the California’s Department of Social Services (DSS), Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD), and San Diego Regional Office

CARR obtains access to facility files by submitting California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests to various CCLD regional offices.  Documents we ask for are:

Value of Public Documents

Data & Research

The value of CARR's Facility Search is that you are able to read the evaluations state inspectors (LPAs) have written about the regulatory compliance of any facility on our site.  You can also access the public documents of assisted living facilities by submitting a California Public Records Act Request to your local CCL Regional Office, or you can now view some public records online at Licensed Care/Start Facility Search, then enter the name of the facility you are interested in.  

The benefit of reviewing the public file is that consumers don't have to rely on a facility's assertion that the "food is delicious," or that they "have sufficient staff at all times".  You can now conveniently read the state's evaluations (LIC 809s) and complaint reports (LIC 9099s) for yourself to evaluate whether those assertions, and others, are correct.