Council Approves Margaret Chin’s “Adult Day Care” Oversight Legislation

City Council member Margaret Chin with Council Speaker Mark-Viverito.

City Council member Margaret Chin with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Photo via Chin's Twitter feed.
City Council member Margaret Chin with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Photo via Chin’s Twitter feed.

The City Council yesterday approved legislation sponsored by Council member Margaret Chin to regulate adult social day care centers. In recent years, the privately run facilities have sprouted throughout the city; they’re especially prevalent in Chinatown and the Lower East Side.

The legislation will require the centers to register with the city and to follow state regulations covering their operations. It also requires the city to hire an ombudsman to field complaints about adult day care centers. City agencies will be able to levy fines on businesses that fail to register or that fail to follow regulations.

In a press release, Chin said, “I am proud that our legislation creates the oversight and enforcement necessary to protect the vulnerable seniors who attend social adult day care, while also preventing the misuse or waste of Medicaid funds at these centers.”

The legislation had 48 co-sponsors. Chin is chairperson of the Council’s agiing committee.