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Health Care & Wellness Committee

HB 1023

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Brief Description: Allowing certain adult family homes to increase capacity to eight beds.

Sponsors: Representatives Macri, Harris, Cody, MacEwen, Pollet, DeBolt, Springer, Kretz, Appleton, Caldier, Slatter, Vick, Stanford, Fitzgibbon, Riccelli, Robinson, Kloba, Valdez, Ryu, Tharinger, Jinkins, Wylie, Goodman, Bergquist, Doglio, Chambers, Senn, Ortiz-Self, Stonier, Frame, Ormsby and Reeves.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Allows adult family homes to increase their bed capacity from six to eight beds if they meet specified licensing standards.

Hearing Date: 1/22/19

Staff: Chris Blake (786-7392).


Adult family homes are community-based facilities licensed to care for up to six individuals who need long-term care. These homes provide room, board, laundry, necessary supervision, and assistance with activities of daily living, personal care, and nursing services.

Adult family homes are licensed by the Department of Social and Health Services and must meet facility standards as well as training requirements for resident managers and caregivers. An adult family home may only admit residents whose needs and preferences the home is able to meet through available staff and reasonable accommodations. Each resident must receive identified care and services in a manner and environment that supports, maintains, or improves the resident's quality of life. The services must be provided by appropriate professionals based upon the resident's assessment and negotiated care plan.

Summary of Bill:

An adult family home provider may increase the home's bed capacity to seven or eight beds.  A provider may apply for a license to operate with seven or eight beds if:

The fee for an application to increase the bed capacity of an adult family home is established at $453.

The increase in bed capacity is permissible if the provider demonstrates financial solvency and management experience for the home.  In addition, the provider must be able to meet safety, health, and operating standards related to the operation of a seven- or eight-bed adult family home, including the mitigation of potential traffic impacts.  The Department must also consider comments related to quality of care and quality of life from current residents, as well as their views on adding more residents to the home.

An adult family home that applies for an increase in capacity up to eight beds must notify all residents and their designated guardians about the increase at least 60 days prior to admitting a seventh resident. The notice must be in writing in a manner or language understood by the residents and their designated representatives.

The Department shall provide written notification to the local jurisdiction in which the adult family home is located regarding the applicant's request to increase bed capacity. In addition, the Department shall conduct an inspection of the home prior to issuing a license to determine if the home is able to meet the needs of eight residents.  The Department may reduce the maximum number of beds to six if there has been serious noncompliance with licensing standards.

To change ownership of a seven- or eight-bed adult family home, the new provider must be a provider of an adult family home that has been licensed for at least 24 months with six residents for at least 12 of those months. In addition, the adult family home that is the subject of the proposed change of ownership must have completed two full inspections that have not resulted in any enforcement actions.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Not requested.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.