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Jerry Brown signs bills increasing training, staffing requirements for assisted living facilities

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation increasing training and staffing requirements for the operators of assisted living facilities in California, his office said Sunday.

Assembly Bill 2044, by Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona, requires managers of residential care facilities to have at least one administrator or other qualified employee on the premises at all times. The measure also requires that someone certified in CPR and first aid be on duty.

The measure was one of 11 related bills Brown’s office announced action on Sunday.

Among other bills, the Democratic governor signed Assembly Bill 1570, by Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata, requiring applicants for licenses to operate residential care facilities for the elderly to complete 80 hours of coursework and a state-administered exam of at least 100 questions.

Existing law requires applicants for licenses to complete a certification program that includes at least 40 hours of classroom instruction.

Proponents of the regulations cited growing demand for residential care centers over the past 30 years. According to a legislative analysis, there were more than 7,500 licensed residential care facilities for the elderly in California with a capacity to serve more than 176,000 residents.

It has been nearly 25 years since existing licensing certification requirements have been changed, according to the analysis.

Brown signed the bills without comment.

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