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State Laws & Regulations
Governing Assisted Living

**Note** When looking up Florida rules, click on the Word document next to “View Chapter”


Chapter 408, Part II, F.S. (Health Care Licensing: General Provisions)


Rule Chapter 59A-35, F.A.C. (Health Care Licensing Procedures)


Chapter 429, Part I, F.S. (Assisted Living Facilities)


Rule Chapter 59A-36, F.A.C. (Assisted Living Facilities)


Crosswalk from previous regulation numbering (58A-5) to the new regulation numbering (59A-36)


Rule Chapter 64E-11, F.A.C. (Food Hygiene)


Rule Chapter 64E-12,F.A.C. (Community Based Residential Facilities)


Rule Chapter 64E-16,F.A.C. (Biomedical Waste)


Rule Chapter 69A-40, F.A.C. (Uniform Fire Safety Standards for Assisted Living Facilities)


Chapter 415, F.S. (Adult Protective Services)


Chapter 435, F.S. (Employment Screening)


ASPEN Regulations (State & Federal)

Licensing & Enforcement

Agency for Health Care Administration, Bureau of Health Facility Regulation

Chequita Byrd, MSW, Health Administration Services Manager 

Assisted Living Facilities Unit

2727 Mahan Drive, MS 30

Tallahassee, FL 32308
850-412-4505 (Office)

Agency for Health Care Administration, Bureau of Field Operations
Kimberly Smoak, Deputy Secretary, Division of Health Quality Assurance 
Phone: (850) 412-4516

Emergency Management

Florida Division of Emergency Management

2555 Shumard Oak Blvd

Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Phone (850) 815-4000

Elder Rights Advocacy

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
State Ombudsman Office
Department of Elder Affairs
4040 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Phone: (888) 831-0404


Tom Wallace, Deputy Secretary for Health Care Finance and Data

2727 Mahan Drive
Mail Stop #8
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Phone: (850) 412-4000

Patient with Healthcare Nurse



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