The Spokesman-Review requested two years’ worth of government records for nearly 70 boarding homes in Spokane and Kootenai counties, a classification that includes assisted living facilities and centers that serve people with disabilities and mental illness.
Those records have been posted online at spokesmanreview.com/records/ assistedliving, where they will be continuously available and updated annually.
Such records can be difficult for the average person to obtain. Washington records were previously available only by submitting a records request with the local office of the Washington state Department of Social and Health Services, or by visiting a facility and asking to see its latest inspection. Idaho’s Department of Health & Welfare began posting inspection reports last June, but that agency’s Web site contains only nine months’ worth of inspections.
The reports posted at spokesmanreview.com are issued by inspectors for the two state agencies, who visit facilities to determine whether they are complying with regulations for care, quality of life, safety, food quality and sanitation.
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