Support AB-1663: Assembly Committee on Judiciary

The Britney Spears conservatorship case exposed deep flaws within California’s probate conservatorship system – demonstrating how easily people can become trapped in a conservatorship and how difficult it is to escape. People with disabilities and older adults are often caught in the pipeline to conservatorship, a system that strips them of basic civil rights and their ability to advocate for themselves.

AB 1663 (Maienschein): The Probate Conservatorship Reform and Supported Decision-Making Act

Background: The Britney Spears conservatorship case exposed deep flaws within California’s probate conservatorship system – demonstrating how easily people can become trapped in a conservatorship and how difficult it is to escape. People with disabilities and older adults are often caught in the pipeline to conservatorship, a system that strips them of basic civil rights and their ability to advocate for themselves.

AB 1663 Sample Support Letter

If submitting electronically, please copy the text below, and we encourage you to add your personal stories and perspective to it. If submitting by mail you can DOWNLOAD A WORD FILE to edit and print out. Your support letter can be uploaded using the Position Letter Portal at https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/. You will have to create an account if you do not already have one. 

AB 1502 (Muratsuchi and Wood): Skilled Nursing Facility Ownership and Management Reform

California has a growing problem of nursing homes being operated by unsuitable, unapproved, and unaccountable persons and entities. AB 1502 would reform ownership and management of skilled nursing facilities by establishing suitability standards for persons and entities seeking to own, operate, or manage skilled nursing facilities in California and directing the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to thoroughly screen all applicants and related parties.

AB 1502 Sample Support Letter – Senate

If submitting electronically, please copy the text below, and we encourage you to add your personal stories and perspective to it. If submitting by mail you can DOWNLOAD A WORD FILE to edit and print out. Your support letter can be uploaded using the Position Letter Portal at https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/. You will have to create an account if you do not already have one.  Senator Richard Pan, ChairSenate Health Committee1021 O Street, Room 3310Sacramento, CA 95814 RE: AB 1502 (Muratsuchi and Wood) – Support Dear Chairman Pan: I urge you and the members of the Senate Health Committee to support AB 1502 (Muratsuchi and Wood), The Skilled Nursing Facility Ownership and Management Reform Act of 2022.

AB-1502 Fact Sheet

The Problem: Residents’ lives are endangered because California allows unfit and unscrupulous operators to acquire and operate skilled nursing facilities. Operators no longer need a license to own or run nursing homes in California. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) allows chain operators to acquire and operate skilled nursing facilities without prior approval and permits them to continue operating facilities after denying licenses due to findings that they are unfit.

California moves to toughen state’s nursing home oversight

This article is related to AB 1502, Sponsored by CANHR By Don Thompson, AP News, January 31 2022 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday moved to strengthen the state’s oversight of nursing homes, barring anyone from operating a skilled nursing facility without a license. Democratic Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi said his bill would give the California Department of Public Health stronger authority to block unqualified and unethical owners by shutting down what he said is an increasing number of for-profit nursing home chains operating unlicensed nursing homes.

Bill Ending ‘Zombie Licenses’ for Nursing Homes Moves Forward in California Legislature

This article is related to AB 1502, Sponsored by CANHR By JW August, Times of San Diego, January 27 2022 If you want to drive a car in California you need a driver’s license. In San Diego County all dogs must be licensed.  But if you own a nursing home, you can buy another home or chain of facilities, and no license is required.  Unlike a driver who is in multiple accidents or an animal that’s attacked someone, there are no rules when it comes to the purchase or sale of nursing homes, no matter how ugly the track record of the firm buying or selling a nursing home.

AB-1502 Sample Support Letter

If submitting electronically, please copy the text below, and we encourage you to add your personal stories and perspective to it. If submitting by mail you can DOWNLOAD A WORD FILE to edit and print out. Your support letter can be uploaded using the Position Letter Portal at https://calegislation.lc.ca.gov/Advocates/. You will have to create an account if you do not already have one.  Assemblymember Chris Holden, Chair Assembly Appropriations Committee 1021 O Street, Suite 8220 Sacramento, CA 95814  RE: AB 1502 (Muratsuchi and Wood) – Support Dear Chairperson Holden:  I urge you and the members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee to support AB 1502 (Muratsuchi), The Skilled Nursing Facility Ownership and Management Reform Act of 2022.

CANHR Editorial December 2021 – Will the Legislature Finally Say “No More” to Unscrupulous Nursing Home Owners?

In early January, Californians will get a first look at whether state legislators have found the will and independence to prevent corrupt nursing home operators from buying up facilities throughout the state. That is when the Assembly Health Committee will hear AB 1502 (Muratsuchi), the CANHR sponsored bill to reform nursing home ownership in California. The stakes are high for current and future nursing home residents in California.

Press Release: Governor Newsom Signs Five of Six Nursing Home PROTECT Plan Reform Bills

CONTACTS: Patricia McGinnis, Executive Director, CANHRpatm@canhr.org (415) 974-5171  Anthony Chicotel, Senior Staff Attorney, CANHRtony@canhr.org (415) 974-5171 Governor Newsom Signs Five of Six Nursing Home PROTECT Plan Reform Bills Berkeley, CA – This week Governor Newsom signed into law five out of six reform bills that respond to the tragic conditions nursing home residents face in California and the growing public awareness during the pandemic that residents are often being neglected, abused, mistreated and exploited.

Urge the Governor to Sign Nursing Home Reform Bills!

For the first time in over a decade, the legislature has passed multiple major nursing home reform bills and Governor Newsom is weighing whether to sign them.  Please help support better nursing home care by writing to the governor and urging him to sign SB 650, AB 849 and AB 279.   SB 650 (Stern), the Corporate Transparency in Elder Care Act, is co-sponsored by California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, SEIU, and AARP and would require nursing homes to account for public funds that corporate chains are increasingly diverting from resident care through shadowy side transactions with related parties.

SB-650 Sample Support Letter to Governor

If submitting electronically, please copy the text below, and we encourage you to add your personal stories and perspective to it. If submitting by mail you can DOWNLOAD A WORD FILE to edit and print out. Governor Gavin NewsomState Capitol, 1st FloorSacramento, CA 95814 sent via email to leg.unit@gov.ca.gov RE: SB 650 (Stern) – Signature Requested Dear Governor Newsom: I am writing in support SB 650, a bill that will bring much-needed corporate transparency to public nursing home spending.