"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.
CARR was featured in SDSU's Magazine, its May 2015 edition, under the NewsCenter feature: "Heroines for the Elderly". View the article here. CARR co-founders are both Master's graduates from SDSU's Gerontology department, were mentored by Dr. Mario Garrett, and since 2009 have been using their degrees to leverage their advocacy for reform of the assisted living industry in the state. CARR also has an active intern program with SDSU's Schools of Social Work and Criminal Justice. CARR heavily relies on the interns we receive each semester.
On 2 March 2015, Kamala D Harris, Attorney General of California signed an Amended Felony Complaint containing 14 counts each of Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse against Valley Springs Manor RCFE Licensee Herminigilda Noveda Manuel, and the facility's Administrator, Edgar Babael. In October 2013, these individuals abandoned the Valley Spring Manor, leaving 14 medically needy and some bedridden residents to fend for themselves.
Out of 30 nominations nationwide, CARR and Sacramento Bee investigative reporter, Charles Pillar, were selected as the 2014 FAC's Free Speech & Open Government Awardees.
This was the first year the First Amendment Coalition selected a 501(c) 3 advocacy organization for the award. Traditionally, the award is given to journalists recognizing their work in promoting government transparency for the public good. CARR was selected unanimously for "demonstrating the effectiveness of advocacy using government data and the internet". CARR is pleased to have its work recognized by this award-winning organization and to be so closely affiliated with others "dedicated to advancing free speech, more open and accountable government and public participation in civic affairs".
KQED's California Report aired a series of reports on the most comprehensive reform of assisted living facility regulation in 30 years. Provided here are links to their reporting.
August 1, 2014: Down to the Wire: Lawmakers Have 4 weeks to Act on Assisted Living Reform http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/08/01/down-to-the-wire-lawmakers-have-4-weeks-to-act-on-assisted-living-reforms/
The entire "Deadly Neglect" series published by the U-T San Diego on 9 September 2013 is available on its website (Search "Deadly Neglect"). In the alternative, below are links to each of the articles CARR scanned directly from the hardcopy newspaper. Apologies for the mismatched pages and scan sizes, but its all there.
Visitors to CARR's site, and our Twitter and Facebook followers are encouraged to read the ProPublica article "Elderly, At Risk and Haphazardly Protected" by AC Thompson and Jonathan Jones. The article is a litany of inadequate consumer protections and lack of meaningful state oversight for assisted living facilities throughout the US.
CARR's Chrisy Selder and Chris Murphy were interviewed by Peggy Peattie, a photo journalist with the UT. The linked video is among eight on the UT website - each offering a different perspective about assisted living: families who have lost loved ones due to poor care, a private attorney who litigates assisted living matters, Paul Greenwood - Assistant DA, County of San Diego - one of the nation's leading prosecutors of elder abuse, and an interview with a provider. Please check out these videos, as they add dimension to the series of three feature investigative articles running Sunday through Tuesday (9/8/13 - 9/10/13).
CARR's Chrisy Selder (right) and Chris Murphy were invited to appear on UT-TV's Roger Hedgecock show on Thursday 22 August, 2013 promoting the then-upcoming series on assisted living at the UT will launching in the next few weeks (Deadly Neglect). The interview touched on problematic features of the state's regulation of assisted living facilities (also known as residential care facilities for the elderly). Stay tuned to this space for additional links to the UT's assisted living series launch. (This video link is reproduced with the permission of the UT.)
All you web-savvy users can now easily access www.rcfereform.org using your ipad. And because your ipad defaults to Safari as the browser, you will optimally see the site and all its contents. So now, while you are out and about, taking tours of the RCFEs of interest to you, you are now able, with a login, to access the public documents on our site, in real time while. Use our public documents to inform the questions you ask the facility administrator or licensee. Also, this site is easily and dynamically displayed on your phone, tablet or other platform.