On Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11pm, Governor Inslee signed the states operating budget, avoiding a government shut down. This operating budget DID include the full funding for the Adult Family Home Council’s 2017-2019 negotiated rate increases.
This budget also includes:
- Additional increases for Private Duty Nursing adult family homes
- Increases to Registered Nurses delegation rates
- NO increase to AFH licensing fees
While the legislature is still grappling with the Capital Budget and the Hirst decision (Water Right Wars) we are proud to report that we were successful in participating in advocating for some good legislation while stopping bad legislation.
Senate Bill 5118 – This bill increases the Personal Needs Allowance and will increase with the cost of living expenses along with all other state employees. Requires the personal needs allowance to be adjusted for economic trends and conditions by increasing the allowance by the percentage cost-of-living adjustment for old-age, survivors, and disability social security benefits. The AFH Council helped advocate for this legislation.
Senate Bill 5060 & House Bill 1383 – Concerning the number of adult family homes permitted in residential neighborhoods. Requires the rules and standards for adult family homes to recognize the additional vehicular traffic and need for services that adult family homes require in residential neighborhoods. Requires the rules and standards adopted by the department of social and health services to provide that no more than two adult family homes may be located within a four block area of a residential community.
House Bill 2027 – Concerning the regulation of adult family homes. Requiring DSHS inspections to include interviewing AFH neighbors. For the purpose of assessing an adult family home’s ability to promote a residential home-like environment within the neighborhood by maintaining exterior standards related to a well maintained and uncluttered outdoor area, each inspection must include an interview with at least three neighborhood residents who live within five hundred feet of the adult family home, unless the location of the adult family home makes the interviews impractical.