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Adult Family Home Quality Assurance Advocacy Alert

Do you know someone who lives in an adult family home or assisted living facility?

If you or someone you know lives in an adult family home or assisted living facility, you may want to know about and participate in public meetings to discuss care, caregiver training and licensing issues in these facilities. The meetings are hosted by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

DSHS would like to hear from consumers, providers, advocates and other interested parties about the requirements for the “specialty licensing” of adult family homes and assisted living facilities to serve and care for people who have mental health needs, dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, and/or developmental or intellectual disabilities. There is no charge to participate but registration to attend is requested. For more information please visit this website. If you have questions about registration please contact Angela Regensburg, at (360) 725-3418  or by email at


Background and Project Goals

SSB 5630 enacts recommendations in the AFH Quality Assurance panel report and relates to improvements and expansion of specialty training for AFH and ALF.  With stakeholder input, DSHS will gather data about existing specialty training curricula (Dementia, Mental Health, and Developmental Disabilities).  Current training quality, instructional techniques, learning objectives and training outcomes will be evaluated.  Enhancements to the current training will be identified that support learning objectives, and successful training outcomes.  With stakeholder input, DSHS will determine if specialty training curricula topics should be expanded and if new curricula topics are needed.