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DOH Issues Updated ACF Legal Services and Community Resources Guide

The Department of Health (DOH) has issued a new Dear Administrator Letter (DAL) announcing an update to the Adult Care Facility (ACF) Legal Services Agencies and Community Resources Providing Resident Advocacy Services Guide. Updates include the Long Term Care Ombudsman and Office for the Aging Local Offices Directories. DOH asks that you update your copy with this information. As a reminder, ACF Regulations found in 18 NYCCR Part 487.5(f)(5), 488.5(e)(7) and 490.5(f)(7) require that “in addition to the prescribed termination notice, the operator shall furnish to the resident a list of agencies, including the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, providing free legal services and agencies engaged in resident advocacy services within the geographic vicinity of the facility. Such lists must be provided or approved by the Department and shall include names, addresses and telephone numbers.”

Click here to view the DAL and here to access the updated guide.

Any questions regarding this resource can be directed to DOH’s Division of ACF/Assisted Living Surveillance at 518-408-1133.

Contact: Diane Darbyshire, ddarbyshire@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8828