State Assisted Living Policy: 1998. Requirements for Assisted Living Facility Administrators


Regulations in five states do not describe any requirements for the administrators of assisted living facilities or assisted living service agencies. Half the states require that administrators must be at least 21 years of age, six states specify 18 as the age requirement, one state uses 19, and one 25. Seventeen states do not specify an age requirement.

In addition to age, state rules typically set standards for education and training. Eighteen states require a high school diploma or G.E.D., and seven include advanced degree requirements which sometimes vary with the level of care offered by the facility. Ten states have experience requirements, and thirteen identify specific abilities or knowledge that an administrator must have. Licensing or certification of administrators is required by seventeen states. Twenty-two states have an annual requirement for CEUs or hours of in-service training. The number of hours range from six to 40 per year. Finally, twenty-five states include criminal background checks in their requirements for administrators. (See appendix.)

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