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2015 was a year of consolidation: continuing to build a foundation and infrastructure for the future. The First Amendment Coalition’s Free Speech and Open Government award gave CARR’s work and personnel credibility and stature. Passage and signing of AB 1523 (requiring mandatory liability insurance of all RCFEs in the state) into law gave CARR additional credibility as an agent for change. Both achievements elevated the platform for our work, our voice, and our influence in our community and in Sacramento. Through the competitive bid process, CARR won the RCFE Rating System (RRS) Pilot Program contract from the County of San Diego, Aging and Independence Services. The contract initially funded the 6-month pilot effort; it also contains three one-year options for program continuation. The RRS effort was lead by Principal Investigator, and CARR co-founder Chrisy Selder. Under her leadership and vision, CARR met the County’s challenge of creating a fair, uniform and robust rating system for assisted living facilities. The effort allowed us to meet with and listen to many RCFE providers who are interested in distinguishing themselves from others in the industry. Through this program, CARR is expanding its footprint in the community, as well as expanding its technical knowledge and understanding of the industry. We were yet again a field site for interns: from San Diego State University and Cal State Fullerton in Southern California, to American River College in Sacramento. Our students gained invaluable insights into regulatory practices through their harvesting of public records from the state’s assisted living facility files; CARR gained more public documents to be provided to consumers via our website. In our continued efforts to grow the Board of Directors, CARR added a new member, Cindy Hasz. We now have a fully functioning and supportive board who understands both the consumer and policy issues of assisted living. We continue to work towards organizational sustainability. I believe our prospects for finding sustainable funding have never been better. With great confidence, I believe our best work is ahead of us. I am optimistic for what’s ahead, for the opportunities to expand our influence and continue to amplify the voices of consumers. As always, we offer thanks to all who helped and supported our work in 2015. We could not do what we do without you.

Chris Murphy, Executive Director

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Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) will give consumers the information necessary to •Hold owners and administrators accountable for providing high-quality, safe, competent and compassionate resident care, and •Hold the state of California, through its Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division’s management, supervisors, and inspectors, accountable for consistent and rigorous enforcement of the regulations for RCFEs.

CARR provides access to regulatory compliance documents and other information about RCFEs located in California by publishing public documents, obtained through Public Records Act (PRA) requests from Community Care Licensing. CARR also advocates for meaningful reform to RCFE regulations in California to ensure consistency in the delivery of quality care to residents, and to assure consistent and rigorous enforcement of the regulations.

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Dr. Joaquin Anguera. Adjunct Professor SDSU since retiring from County of San Diego, Aging & Independence Services, Gerontologist. He was recently appointed by Governor Brown to the California Commission on Aging. Ms. Judy Wenker, Esq. She has an extensive professional background as an environmental attorney for Getty Oil, long-time local philanthropist, volunteer, and activist for elder justice and civic issues.

Col. Richard Shigley. USMC Retired. Col Shigley is a strong support of CARR’s work, and aligns with consumer’s interests in shopping for assisted living services. He sits on several boards in the San Diego region.

Christina L Selder. CARR cofounder, and Principal Investigator, Gerontologist, policy wonk, social media and digital marketing operative, and data maven.

Ms. Cindy Hasz. LVN, and owner of Grace Care Management. Patient and resident advocate, Ms. Hasz is CARR’s newest board member. She understands the long-term care industry from the inside out, providing valuable insight into policy issues and family care issues.

Chris Murphy. CARR cofounder, Executive Director, workhorse, Gerontologist, visionary, CARR’s in-house graphics department, and a fierce watchdog.

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CARR’s CARR’s unique unique combination combination ofof public public records records experience, experience, insights, insights, and and industry industry knowledge knowledge manifested in two significant ways: The launch of Assisted Living 101, a consumer-friendly manifested in two significant ways: The launch of Assisted Living 101, a consumer-friendly tool tool explaining explainingterminology terminologyrelated relatedtotoassisted assistedliving livingininCalifornia, California,and andininSan SanDiego DiegoCounty’s County’saward awardtoto CARR CARRfor forthe thedevelopment developmentofofaaPilot PilotRCFE RCFERating RatingSystem Systemfor forSan SanDiego DiegoCounty’s County’sassisted assistedliving living facilities. facilities.

Inspired by the 2013 “Deadly Neglect” series of the UTSanDiego, San Diego County Supervisors Jacob and Cox launched an effort to develop a rating system for assisted living facilities. The award was made to CARR following a competitive bid process. For 6 months, CARR worked to craft a fair, robust and uniform rating system grounded in data and statistical analysis. We were not alone in this effort. We worked with many stakeholders to assure the rating system accommodated the needs of both consumers and providers. Because the county’s program is voluntary for providers, it was important that their voices were heard and reflected in the rating system. We successfully completed the Pilot project on time and within budget. The County may exercise its option for Phase II – Year 1 sometime in the Spring of 2016. This work is innovative, groundbreaking, and represents the first rating system of its kind in California. Copyright 2016 Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR). All Rights Reserved.

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• Shopping Versus Being Sold To • Using the Web to Research Assisted Living Placements

• San Diego County Council on Aging, Senior Resource Fair • County of San Diego, Aging & Independence Services, Vital Aging Expo • East County Action Network’s Spring into Health Living • Sharp Hospice Education Conference • Jewish Family Services, Health Fair • Wheelchair Dancing Expo

• San Diego NBC Universal Channel 4 Affiliate • Orange County Register

• La Mesa Foothill Democratic Club with Speaker Toni Atkins • La Mesa Soroptimist Public Affairs event on Aging Your Way • Las Primeras • Teamster’s Local 481 • Clairemont Democratic Club • Association of University Women’s Policy Committee • Central San Diego Parkinson’s Support Group • SDSU Gerontology Policy Class • East County Action Network

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CARR & State Coalitions: CARR is a regular

Video Surveillance: Community Care

Licensing (CCL), without statutory authority, issued guidelines allowing video surveillance inside assisted living facilities. CARR feels strongly that the issue of surveillance should be debated by legislators to assure all stakeholders are heard. But CCL acting under its ‘Program Flexibility’ authority created an incomplete and half-baked policy on the use of surveillance cameras inside RCFEs. Advocating on behalf of stronger consumer protections, and stronger enforcement tools CARR prepared a Position Paper on Video Surveillance. The paper was sent to advocates state wide, as well as to Department of Social Services’ Deputy Director Pam Dickfoss. The Position Paper is available on CARR’s website.

participant on two key statewide advocacy conference calls: the RCFE Advocacy Coalition Stakeholder Meeting, held quarterly, and the RCFE Stakeholder Conversations on Medication Aides.

Elder Abuse Advocacy: CARR was one

among expert stakeholders who participated in a series of discussions on how to address elder abuse inside assisted living and long term care settings. Discussions resulted in content for law enforcement training videos. This was a unique opportunity for CARR to work along side law enforcement professionals from many statewide jurisdictions, regional and Sacramento-based ombudsman, and allied professionals who see, and work to combat, elder abuse.

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CARR continues to work towards financial stability. In 2015 we moved closer to achieving that goal. CARR has written accounting guidelines and follows Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures (GAAP). Tax returns require Board approval and a resolution is necessary to file taxes with the IRS and California DOJ’s Registry of Charitable Trusts. All accounting is done in QuickBooks Pro, Not-for-Profit Module. Ending 2015, CARR had no debt.

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