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Social Adult Day Care

NYC Social Adult Day Care

A Social Adult Day Care program (SADC) -- also known as Social Adult Day Service or SADS -- is defined by the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) as “a structured, comprehensive program that provides functionally impaired individuals with socialization, supervision and monitoring, personal care, and nutrition in a protective setting.” Services are provided in a community-based group setting designed to meet the needs of functionally impaired older adults who can benefit from participating in such congregate settings.

SADS programs that receive funding from the New York State Office on Aging (NYSOFA) are regulated by NYSOFA under 9 NYCRR 6654.20. However, on May 8, 2013, the New York State Department of Health (“NYSDOH”) issued a policy directive that required all SADC providers who contract with Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plans also meet the standards and requirements of 9 NYCRR 6654.20. Local Law 9 of 2015 (see below), expanded that directive, requiring ALL SADC providers in New York City to comply with NYSOFA Standards for SADCs.


Local Law 9 of 2015

In addition to the NYSDOH requirements mentioned above, the New York City Council passed Int. No. 358-A, to regulate Social Adult Day Care on December 17, 2014; this became Local Law 9 of 2015 on January 17, 2015. The key provisions under Local Law 9 are as follows:

  1. Registration – All Social Adult Day Care programs are required to register with the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA). It is the responsibility of each SADC to provide updated registration information as changes occur.
  2. Standards – All Social Adult Day Care programs in New York City must be in compliance with NYSOFA Standards for SADCs.
  3. Civil Penalties – Under this law, DFTA is required to promulgate rules to establish civil penalties for failure to register. Additional civil penalties will be levied for non-compliance with any standards and/or regulations covering SADCs, as established by the NYS Office of the Aging.
  4. Ombudsperson – DFTA is required to establish an Ombudsperson who will be responsible for:

     

    1. Requesting a list of certified SADCs within NYC from the Department of Health;
    2. Establishing a system to receive comments and complaints; Responding to comments and investigating complaints to determine if violations have occurred; and
    3. Forwarding investigation results to appropriate governmental entities, as appropriate.

     

  5. Signage – All Social Adult Day Care programs are required to prominently post a sign onsite, which includes contact information for the Ombudsperson, and a statement that any individual may contact the Ombudsperson with a comment or complaint, regarding any SADC within NYC.

    Download sample signage here (in PDF)
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    Hindi Italian Russian Haitian Creole

NYSOFA Standards for SADCs also protect participant rights.
Download Participant Rights signage here (in PDF)
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To read the full text of Local Law 9, please click here.

 


SADC Registration

All current (as of July 17, 2015) NYC Social Adult Day Care providers must register with the Department for the Aging by no later than November 1, 2015. Registration may be completed online or by mail (see below). Online registrants will receive an email confirmation; mailed registrations will receive a written confirmation of receipt.

All SADC programs established after the registration deadline must register with DFTA within two weeks of establishment.

Online Registration
Registration by Mail

To request a registration form by mail, please contact us by calling 311 or by emailing us at sadc-ombuds@aging.nyc.gov.

Please note that the NYC registration requirement is different than the annual certification required by the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG). For more information regarding the OMIG certification process, please click here.


Change of Information

As required under Local Law 9 of 2015, each registered SADC must submit changes of information to its initial registration filing to DFTA no later than the effective date of such change. Changes may be submitted online or by mail. To request a Change of Information form by mail, please contact us by calling 311 or by emailing us at sadc-ombuds@aging.nyc.gov.


Office of Ombudsperson

Any person wishing to make a complaint or comment regarding any NYC SADC may do so by: Complaint/Comment Portal - Entering a complaint through DFTA’s online portal or call 311.


Useful Resources for those operating a SADC or wanting to learn more about SADCs

New York City Local Law 9 of 2015
9 NYCRR 6654.20
New York State Office on Aging Social Adult Day Resource Page
New York State Office on Aging - Annual Self-Monitoring Process to be Completed Prior to Certification
New York State Department of Health Managed Long Term Care Page
New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General Certification
New York State Adult Day Services Association, Inc. (NYSADSA)