A Big Win for Georgia’s Senior Citizens

Wed., May 4, 2011 11:13am

Assisted-Living Home Bill Signed

By Associated Press

Gov. Nathan Deal signed bills on Wednesday to establish a mental health division in Georgia’s court system, and give seniors more options to age in place.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a measure into law Wednesday that creates a mental health division within the court system. The goal is to divert more people to treatment and not to jail. Also signed by the Governor, legislation that gives senior citizens greater options to stay and age in assisted living homes.

SB 178 for the first time creates a category of ‘assisted-living facility’ that fills a void in the continuum of care in Georgia. The legislation has the support of the Georgia Health Association, (ALFA) Assisted Living Federation of America, AARP, UHS Pruitt and many other key stakeholders in senior care delivery, establishes a new licensure category of long-term care provider for assisted living communities and permits the communities to provide additional services to seniors in a setting of their choice.

Gov. Deal signed the bills in Milledgeville Wednesday morning.

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