Alfred Johnson, Director of the Bureau of Assisted Living within the Department of Health Services, introduced two new staff to the Bureau on Tuesday at the Assisted Living Forum. The new staff, Lori Smithback and Chquota Carter, will help in centralizing the licensing process. This comes as part of the process improvement project which started a couple of years ago – taking a look at licensing process at the Bureau. These two positions will review all new licensing applications and follow up with initial visits and submission errors. This also allows more time for the surveyors to follow up with complaints and perform regular or follow up surveys in their regions.
In addition to the centralization, an attesting document will be provided to applicants to make sure you have everything in place to be able to license your facilities (i.e. sprinklers, ramps, etc.) The Bureau has also updated the licensing applications. As of August 1, 2015, new applications are available on the DHS website.
Alfred Johnson also introduced all of the Bureau’s staff that were in attendance at the Assisted Living Forum, including Michelle Crockett, who is the new Regional Director for the Southeast Region.
After the Johnson’s department announcements, Kim Marheine from the Board on Aging and Long Term Care joined Johnson in an insightful presentation about Resident Rights to Treatment and Care. The presentation will be made available at a later time on the AL Forum’s webpage.
Before lunch, Johnson gave the newest data, as of June 2015, of the State of Assisted Living. This presentation will also be available in the future on the AL Forum’s webpage. Here are some highlights:
- Assisted living in Wisconsin continues to grow – pending applications are coming in at a very high rate
- Largest growth is independent AFH operators
- Serious complaint allegations have increased mostly relating to abuse, neglect, and misappropriation
- Repeat and /or uncorrected citations are on the rise
- 11 % of facilities equal 100% of the complaints
More information about the Assisted Living Forum Webpage