In the Beginning. . .
In early 2009, Christine Murphy began reviewing RCFE public records maintained at the local offices of Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD). As she collected data, she made two observations:
(1) Having been through the process of placing her mother in a local RCFE several years earlier, she realized that if she would have had access to the information she was seeing in the public file, her placement decision may have been different; and (2) she recognized the process for requesting and obtaining the public documents for any given RCFE was cumbersome and lengthy. She also found the file documents to be unfamiliar, out of context, and difficult to understand.
From these observations, the idea emerged: A website allowing immediate access to an assisted living facility’s public documents, thereby eliminating the state's cumbersome request-and-return policy, and an organization that offers essential, unbiased information for the consumer of long-term care. Bringing public records about assisted living facilities to the web was CARR's first achievement. Once the state began posting public records in 2015, CARR discontinued that program. However, nearly eleven years later, CARR continues to harvest public records from CCLD's San Diego Regional Office for Adult and Senior Care facilities, through its intern program with San Diego State University (SDSU). CARR uses these documents for research and analysis and to inform its legislative reform efforts. Please contact CARR to request records and data sets.
CARR was co-founded in 2009 by Christine Murphy and Christina Selder, both MSGs from SDSU. The organization is incorporated as a California public benefit corporation, in good standing. In January 2011, CARR received its designation by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 Public Charity. Ms. Selder has since left the organization.