For Medicaid residents in Washington State, the Department of Social and Health Services uses a need-focused system for residents. The system is adjusted according to the geographic location and is based on 17 levels of care. Assisted living facilities determine their rates for private pay residents separately, and the rates may differ.
Laws and Guidelines for Assisted Living Facilities In WA
As assisted living facilities must meet certain guidelines, and staff must have appropriate qualifications. All AFL staff must be certified as home care aides. They must have completed 75 hours of training and must participate in continuing education for 12 hours per year.
Assisted living facilities are inspected every 18 months at a minimum. If complaints have been filed, inspections may happen more frequently. Homes that are not in compliance with licensing requirements may accrue civil fines, have their licenses revoked, or have criminal allegations reported to law enforcement.