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For Immediate Release:
October 24, 2013
Media Contact:
Betty Aguirre

305-951-0774

County Commissioners urge state crackdown on unlicensed assisted living facilities


(MIAMI) – Alarmed by recent reports of large numbers of unlicensed assisted living facilities operating under deplorable conditions in South Florida and around the state, County Commissioners on Tuesday adopted a resolution sponsored by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa to urge the state to crack down on the disturbing phenomenon.

“The way we treat our elderly goes a long way toward defining us as a society, so we need to make sure seniors are protected from these unscrupulous group home operators,” Chairwoman Sosa said.

The resolution calls on the Governor, the Florida Legislature, the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration and other state agencies to work in close cooperation with local government law enforcement and code enforcement to quickly identify and take action against unlicensed assisted living facilities and group homes.

Last year, state healthcare regulators received more than 200 complaints about unlicensed activity at 62 facilities housing the elderly, including various forms of neglect and abuse, unsanitary and dangerous conditions, overcrowding and unauthorized dispensation of medication.

For more information about the resolution, please contact Chairwoman Sosa’s office at 305-375-4696.