A bill sponsored by state Rep. Laura Cox to update constitutional language in Michigan’s Adult Foster Care Licensing Act was signed today by the governor.
In February of 2015, an Executive Reorganization Order was signed by Gov. Snyder that combined the departments of Human Services and Community Health into the Department of Health and Human Services. Because of this change, existing Michigan law needed to be updated to reflect the updated department name.
The bill also includes language that requires the state to notify the local clerk and fire chief of an emergency closure of an adult foster care facility to ensure the orderly discharge and transfer of residents.
Cox included this language in the bill following the aftermath of the emergency closure of Ashley Court, an adult foster care facility in Livonia that occurred earlier this year.
“My goal is to protect the residents of this community. With this legislation as well as the efforts of the hard working police and fire departments, we will make sure the unfortunate events that occurred following the Ashley Court closure will not happen again with any other facility,” Cox said.
Special Note: The legislation discussed in this news release is House Bill 5774 which is now Public Act 525 of 2016.