Operating a residential care facility for the elderly in Southern California requires substantial compliance with Title 22 and the Health and Safety Code. However, some responsible RCFE’s are targeted by the Department, Community Care Licensing and their local LPA. Once targeted by these regulatory authorities citations, fines and unannounced visits are soon to follow. With a quick accrual of Type A and B citations some of these targeted RCFE’s face revocation of their license.
If you have received an Accusation from the Department notifying you of a pending license revocation action you have a short deadline to file a Notice of Defense to preserve your right to a formal Administrative Hearing. If you or your attorney do not file the Notice of Defense before the deadline your license may be revoked without a hearing. Accordingly, it is often in your best interest to file your Notice of Defense immediately to preserve your right to a formal administrative hearing.
Attorney Michael Benavides is a professional license defense attorney with substantial experience defending RCFE’s in license revocation actions against the Department of Social Services. After graduating with an LLM in Law and Government with Certification in Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice and Health Law & Policy he represented RCFE’s with capacities of 6 to 30 beds in license revocation proceedings.
RCFE’s in Southern California often face substantial fines in license revocation actions. Accordingly, in addition to saving the RCFE license another goal in settlement is often the reduction or elimination of fines. For many clients this reduction or elimination of fines for Type A and B citations is possible, though of course never guaranteed.
If you have been served with an Accusation from the Department of Social Services call RCFE license defense attorney Michael Benavides at (916) 596-1018.