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The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL) is a unique collaborative of 11 diverse national organizations that work closely together to promote excellence in assisted living.
What CEAL does -
PRACTICE • Serves as an objective national center to disseminate current resources covering a wide array of information including research reports, training materials, consumer information, case studies, consensus documents and more to foster and promote quality improvement.
PUBLIC POLICY • Provides a forum to discuss issues affecting assisted living
TECHNICAL EXPERTISE • Provides technical expertise about assisted living to help inform research projects and national policy initiatives
RESEARCH • Promotes research in gaps areas affecting assisted living
CEAL was created as an outgrowth of a national initiative known as the Assisted Living Workgroup (ALW). The ALW was formed at the request of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging in 2001. Nearly 40 organizations representing a broad range of stakeholders came together over the course of 18 months to develop consensus recommendations to assure quality in assisted living. The 110 approved recommendations were presented to the Aging Committee in April 2003.
The first ALW recommendation was to form and fund an entity to continue the work of the ALW and to serve as an ongoing information clearinghouse. Eleven of the key stakeholder organizations involved in the ALW formalized this recommendation to create CEAL. CEAL was incorporated in the District of Columbia in November 2004 and subsequently granted 501(c) (3) nonprofit status by the IRS.
The mission of CEAL is to foster high quality assisted living by bringing together diverse stakeholders to:
Discuss issues and, where possible, bridge research-policy-practice;
Identify, develop, and disseminate resources to facilitate quality improvement in assisted living and act as an objective resource center;
Identify gaps in research and promote research in areas needed to support quality practices in assisted living; and
Promote access to high quality assisted living for low- and moderate-income individuals.