To protect the residents in long-term health care facilities from potential harm, Public Health should ensure that its district offices have adequate staffing levels for its licensing and certification responsibilities, including staffing levels that allow prompt investigations of complaints. Specifically, by January 1, 2015, Public Health should establish a time frame for fully implementing the recommendations that its consultant identified related to the processing of complaints about long-term health care facilities.
The 2015-16 Budget Act increased CDPH's funding for 240 positions and $14.85 million for LA County to conduct L&C work.
The Center for Health Care Quality has developed a staffing model to identify the needs of each district office, and has used this model to allocate the new 240 new positions.
CDPH's work plan for implementing the consultant's recommendations is available at the link below. The work plan includes a timeline for each recommendation.
The Governor's 2015-16 Budget, updated at the May Revision, includes a request for funding for 237 state positions and $14.85 million for LA County to conduct L&C state and federal work. These requests were based on an analysis completed and documented in L&C's November Estimate.
CDPH agrees with this recommendation but not the January 1, 2015 timeline.
On November 7, 2014, CDPH posted on our website a work plan for implementing the assessment report recommendations.
The work plan includes anticipated timelines for the initiation and completion of each recommendation. On November 13, 2014, CDPH held a stakeholder meeting to discuss and receive feedback on the work plan. CDPH will update the work plan monthly with progress reports and any changes to the timeline.
Public Health did not provide any documentation to support the activities it outlines in its response. It also does not specify when it expects to establish a time frame for fully implementing the recommendations that its consultant identified in August 2014. We believe that Public Health should establish a time frame as soon as possible.
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