Residential care settings (a.k.a. assisted living communities) are licensed and regulated at the state level, and all states have at least one category of residential care. Each year, NCAL publishes the "Assisted Living State Regulatory Review," to summarize the regulations and policies on assisted living in each state.
NCAL did not be publish its 2014 State Regulatory Review because the federal government worked on a similar report.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), contracted with RTI International to update the "Residential Care and Assisted Living Regulations and Policy" compendium, which was last updated in 2007.
The purpose of this compendium is to summarize and compare states’ residential care setting regulations. It includes information similar to that included in NCAL's annual "State Regulatory Review," as well as a discussion of relevant Medicaid policy.