The Department of Elder Affairs has published the latest notice of change in the development of the administrative rule governing assisted living community operations.
Please note: This notice of change is not the final rule, but it does represent the revisions to the earlier proposed rule the department incorporated as a result of oral and written testimony provided at numerous rule hearings. Many of the concerns expressed by Florida Argentum and our members were acted upon by the department, although some do remain.
There are several options for the next steps in the final rule development:
– A rule hearing may be requested, although that request is not required to be honored by the agency,
– A rule challenge can be brought within 20 days of the notice being published in the Florida Administrative Register, or
– If a hearing is not granted and no challenge is brought, the department may file the rule with the Secretary of State for final adoption between 21 and 45 days after publication of the Notice of Change.
As of today, options are being considered and the final rule is not yet effective. Please contact us with any questions or concerns and stay tuned!