Chairman Stanley Sworn in as Home Care Licensing Commission Member
Rep. Stanley, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, was sworn in as a member of the Home Care Licensing Commission during the group’s first meeting on Wednesday, June 2. The purpose of the Home Care Licensing Commission is to study and make recommendations to establish a statewide licensing process for home care agencies across the Commonwealth. The Commission will study current licensure, reporting, and oversight requirements across the long-term care services industry, specifically related to home care agencies and services and submit a report of its findings and recommendations, including drafts of proposed legislation, by October 1, 2021.
At the meeting this week, Rep. Stanley and the Commission discussed broad goals including addressing existing gaps in oversight which may affect hundreds of providers who do not currently contract with the state’s 28 Aging Service Access Points (ASAPs). Members also discussed the resources needed to provide adequate and effective oversight of home care agency licensure processes as well as strategies and best practices other states are using to address these issues.