TALA is committed to ensuring that assisted living’s voice is heard at the Texas Capitol and by state regulators.
TALA monitors and aggressively advocates to protect and promote the interest of assisted living in Texas through legislative initiatives. During the recent 85th Legislative Session, TALA worked with key legislators to ensure enactment of membership priorities: Life Safety Code survey reform and fair Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR). The Life Safety Code bill (SB 1049) will establish a consistent life safety regulatory framework that is more predictable, is not overly duplicative with other state agencies, and provides for conflict avoidance with local authorities. The IDR bill (SB 924) will establish a more fair and balanced Informal Dispute Resolution process for assisted living communities by outsourcing IDR and allowing greater access to survey information.
During the 85th Legislative Session, TALA also provided input and impacted other legislation that will affect assisted living communities. A list of that legislation can be viewed here: 85th AL Impact Legislation
Grass Roots Development
Having people at the Capitol informed about assisted living issues gives us an edge during the legislative session. Getting legislators and their staff out to your Texas communities helps them understand the incredible work that assisted living providers are doing and understand the challenges you face.
Please contact TALA if you would like to host a legislator for a tour or invite them to an event at your community.
On the Regulatory Horizon
Texas faces big changes this year as the agency that monitors senior living, the Department of Aging and Disability Services, will cease to exist as 9/1/2017. The Department of Aging and Disability Services will be consolidated into Texas Health and Human Services. The consolidation began almost two years ago and is one part of a major revamp to the state’s health agencies. The regulatory arm of the Department of Aging and Disability Services will be placed in the Regulatory Services Division of Texas Health and Human Services.
Additionally, Texas is taking some positive steps towards how it views change of ownership. The Texas Health and Human Services agency is reviewing their current process to better reflect how ownership of senior living communities is held.
TALA will monitor implementation of the significant legislation from the 85th – we will be involved with various Texas Health and Human Services’ work groups to provide input, submit testimony, and testify as needed.
Please contact TALA’s VP of Public Policy, Diana Martinez, if you have any questions about public policy or want to get involved.