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Assisted Living Administrative Rule Review 7/26

New ADRD Training Requirement Update

DOEA Implementation & AHCA Surveys

This Florida Senior Living Association's Administrative Rule Review reports on recently proposed regulatory changes affecting Florida’s ALFs as a service to FSLA members.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: On June 22, 2023, Governor DeSantis signed into law HB 299, Education and Training for Alzheimer's disease and related forms of dementia. Current required training requirements for Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia vary across health care provider types. The passage of HB 299 seeks to bring consistency to these training requirements regardless of the health care setting.

The bill revises minimum training requirements and timeframes for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, nurse registries, homemaker and companion service providers, adult family-care homes, and adult day care centers. The legislation also makes the training requirements applicable to employees of health care services pools. Additionally, the bill requires the Department of Elder Affairs to offer certain education about Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia to the general public.

FSLA's partner core trainer, Monica Wilson with ICE Bridge, has developed a summary of the bill, and a training table, available to FSLA members.

Regarding immediate actions needed by ALFs and their employees, the long and short is this:

  • Employees hired before July 1, 2023: Have until July 1, 2026, to complete these new training requirements. Also, proof of completion of equivalent training completed before July 1, 2023, substitutes for these new training requirements.

  • Employees hired after July 1, 2023: Must complete the training withing the timeframes identified in the bill. However, until DOEA adopts rules creating new training curricula guidelines, they can use ADRD training curriculum that was approved by DOEA (or its designee) before July 1, 2023.

The bill provides that DOEA may establish training curricula guidelines, requirements for the approval of other qualified training providers, and a process for conducting a sampling of training or training curriculum. Additionally, the bill requires DOEA to to provide 1-hour training at no cost that is available online. These efforts are pending.

FSLA has received several questions from members, and has requested additional meetings with DOEA to discuss faithful implementation of the requirements of HB 299. We have invited other stakeholders to join the discussions, and will keep you informed as additional information becomes available.

Please contact Jason Hand, FSLA's Vice President of Public Policy & Legal Affairs, for more information!

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