Licensure of assisted living facilities; credit references. (HB202)

Introduced By

Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Licensure of assisted living facilities; credit references. Updates requirements relating to applications for licensure as an assisted living facility, replacing the requirement for at least one letter of credit with the requirement for at least one credit reference. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/26/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101003D
12/26/2013Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/10/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB202)
01/14/2014Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2014Read first time
01/16/2014Read second time and engrossed
01/17/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (93-Y 0-N)
01/17/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (93-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2014Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
01/17/2014Passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
01/17/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
01/20/2014Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/14/2014Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N)
02/17/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/18/2014Read third time
02/18/2014Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB202ER)
02/20/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB202ER)
02/20/2014Signed by Speaker
02/22/2014Signed by President
03/05/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 118 (effective 7/1/14)
03/05/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0118)


spotter writes:

This makes perfect sense, but who is enforcing our assisted living regulations?

Please google the notorious Scott Schuett for the long-running saga of Licensing's efforts to shut down the operator of six dangerous, filthy so-called assisted living facilities in the Hampton Roads area, with 400 victims. Despite at least three deaths and numerous serious injuries, it took over a year and a half, from March 5, 2012 to October 1, 2013 to shut these hellholes down.

Who put these helpless vulnerable victims in these appalling facilities? Our local social services and adult protective services workers, including the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services. Our local community services boards, including the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board and the Western Tidewater Community Services Board. Our local public guardianship programs, including Jewish Family Service of Tidewater and Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia public guardianship programs, in one case in direct violation of a court order.

Who represented Scott Schuett? In one case where a Williamsburg judge kicked Licensing out of court, Governor McDonnell's former law firm, Poole Mahoney, and former Delegate, now General District Court Judge, Sal Iaquinto.

Who paid for these victims to be dumped in these appalling facilities? The Commonwealth of Virginia, through the auxiliary grant program administered by the Virginia Department of Social Services. Ninety percent of Scott Schuett's 400 residents received auxiliary grant funds.

This is state-funded, state-sponsored abuse and neglect. This minor tweak of the Licensing requirements for assisted living facilities is a good idea as far as it goes, but it does not begin to scratch the surface of what needs to change to protect these helpless, vulnerable elderly and disabled citizens.