Independent living communities; Department of Social Services to study regulation of communities. (HJ118)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; Department of Social Services; regulation of independent living communities. Report. Requests the Department of Social Services to study regulation of independent living communities. The Department shall examine the operations of independent living communities and the level of services provided therein, including residential health care services coordinated through third-party providers, and determine whether some or all independent living communities should be regulated and to what extent and by what agency. The Department shall also determine whether the Commonwealth should establish the Office of the Independent Living Community Ombudsman to receive, record, and respond to complaints submitted by residents and other citizens regarding the operations of independent living communities. Read the Bill »


03/05/2018: Passed the Senate


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18104845D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on Rules
01/19/2018Assigned Rules sub: Subcommittee #1
02/01/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/06/2018Reported from Rules (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Taken up
02/09/2018Amendment by Delegate Bell, R.B. agreed to
02/09/2018Engrossed by House as amended HJ118E
02/09/2018Printed as engrossed 18104845D-E
02/09/2018Agreed to by House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/09/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Reading waived
02/12/2018Referred to Committee on Rules
02/28/2018Reported from Rules
02/28/2018Rereferred to Finance
03/01/2018Reported from Finance with amendment
03/02/2018Reading waived (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2018Fiscal impact review from JLARC (HJ118E)
03/05/2018Read third time
03/05/2018Reading of amendment waived
03/05/2018Committee amendment agreed to
03/05/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/05/2018Agreed to by Senate with amendment by voice vote
03/06/2018Senate amendment rejected by House (0--Y 94-N)
03/06/2018VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 94-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018Senate insisted on amendment
03/07/2018Senate requested conference committee
03/08/2018House acceded to request
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/08/2018Delegates: Bell, Robert B., Orrock, Aird
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: McDougle, Norment, Reeves
03/09/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/10/2018Conference report agreed to by House (95-Y 0-N)
03/10/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate
03/10/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ118ER)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Stephanie Malady writes:

I wonderful friend of mine and her family experienced an avoidable life threatening trauma because an independent living facility failed to meet a critical commitment to one of its residents. My friend's grandmother broke her collarbone while getting into her bed and couldn't move to reach her phone or emergency call button. She lived in an independent living facility in Charlottesville with a daily welfare check-in system. That system failed her, and she laid in her bed for 4 days, languishing without food or water, until a family member found her, barely alive.
Currently, these independent living facilities are not regulated like assisted living facilities within the Commonwealth even though they offer similar contracted services.
I support Bell and Deeds' resolution and the request that the Department of Social Services conduct a study and report their findings on whether independent living facilities would benefit from regulations like assisted living facilities currently have in the Commonwealth.