May 1, 2018

Accessibility Standards in Assisted Living Facilities

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Long-Term Care Regulatory Provider Letter – PL 18-05

Policy Update Re;  Life Safety Code for Assisted Living Facility

Senate Bill 1049, 85th Legislature, 2017 added §247.0264 to Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 247.

This code affirms the role of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) in the interpretation and enforcement of accessibility standards in assisted living facilities.

Effective since September 1, 2017, a Health and Human Services (HHSC) inspector may not cite a facility during an initial LSC inspection for a violation related to accessibility standards:

  • If an on-site inspection of the facility has been completed by a Registered Accessibility Specialist (RAS) licensed by TDLR.
  • If a violation of an accessibility standard is identified, HHSC will file an online complaint with
    TDLR against the facility and/or the RAS inspector.

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