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In response to media reports regarding alleged deficient practices in some of Georgia’s long-term care facilities, House Bill 987 (“HB 987”) was signed into law on June 30, 2020, amending Title 31 of the O.C.G.A. The new law contains a number of measures intended to increase protection for residents in assisted living communities and personal care homes. These measures are discussed in an article titled, “Georgia Assisted Living Communities and Personal Care Homes Now Must Contend with Additional Compliance Obligations and Larger Fines,” previously published by the CHOW team of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP.1
Among the new measures is a requirement that applicants for initial facility licenses or changes of ownership submit an Affidavit of Financial Stability. This requirement only applies to licenses for assisted living communities and personal care homes with 25 beds or more. Although the form Affidavit provides that the requirement is effective July 1, 2021, we are only now beginning to see the Georgia Department of Community Health (“Department”) enforce this requirement. On February 3, 2022, the Department updated the Assisted Living Communities Licensure Application Packet and Personal Care Home Application Packet to include the Affidavit.
The single-page Affidavit must be completed and signed by a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”), licensed in the state of Georgia, who can state that he or she has personally reviewed the financial resources of the applicant for licensing and can attest that the applicant has the financial resources to operate as a going concern for the next two years. The CPA’s signature must be notarized. The application materials for both assisted living communities and personal care homes, including the Affidavit, are available on the Department’s Licensure Forms & Applications webpage. For more information, please contact Hedy Rubinger or Sarah Steputis.
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