(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Kiss, and Delegate Facemyer)

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study of personal care homes in West Virginia.

Whereas, The State of West Virginia leads the nation in the population of elderly citizens; and
Whereas, Many of our state's elderly citizens will be needing affordable personal care; and
Whereas, Because of the strict rules and regulations being enforced by the West Virginia Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification, many of West Virginia's personal care homes are being forced out of business; and
Whereas, Many of West Virginia's elder population and their families prefer these smaller community-based care homes to institutional type care facilities; and
Whereas, The vast majority of individuals in personal care homes would like to have the opportunity to choose the type of care they need; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to review, examine and study the personal care home industry and the effects of the rules and regulations that govern them; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study and to prepare the report be paid from the legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.