CALA Mission Statement

The mission of the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) is to enhance the quality of life for those we serve. This shall be accomplished by serving as an active resource for our membership through the proactive development and implementation of continuing educational services and professional development efforts for the membership while supporting and advancing the common business interests of Assisted Living service providers in Connecticut.

CALA Vision Statement

The vision of the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA) is to be the recognized resource leader for Assisted Living providers, residents, legislators, the public and other related provider organizations in Connecticut. This shall be achieved by demonstrating the highest degree of compassion, respect, integrity, innovation, professionalism, and accountability.

Connecticut Assisted Living Association Values Statement

  • Accountability – Conducting business and providing care and services consistent with the expectations of those we serve.
  • Compassion – Understanding the special needs of those we serve by promoting dignified quality care.
  • Integrity – Honesty in all our interactions with our customers.
  • Innovation – Pro-active service delivery through continuous improvement and feedback from our customers.
  • Professionalism – Our commitment to the highest standards and character in our relationships with those we serve and others with whom we interact.
  • Respect – Treating people in a manner that recognizes their past history and their contributions to Assisted Living.

Our Consumer’s Guide

Questions and answers about Assisted Living in Connecticut, click to download.

Our History

2009 CALA launches the Institute for Senior Living Education (ISLE)
2008 Legislation passed that allows CALA to certify programs for Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).CALA develops board of director orientation package and board of director self evaluation processCALA posts record year in 2008 with best ever participation and support of CALA’s Conference & Trade Show, best ever participation at CALA’s Annual Golf Outing, best ever attendance at CALA’s Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner, and best ever participation of provider members.CALA holds first ever nurse recognition luncheon. In expressing thanks to the 23 nurses in attendance, Chris Carter, CALA president stated “without you and the care and services you provide to our residents, our communities would just be fancy real estate.”
2007 CALA launches its web based legislator search engine for use by members in grass roots advocacyCALA transitions to an E-NewsletterCALA holds strategic planning retreat and forms work teams to explore opportunities for organizational growth
2005 CALA celebrates its 10th Anniversary with “The Year of the Caregiver” and initiates its Caregiver Recognition Event at Mystic SeaportCALA holds its first annual golf outing at The Tradition golf course
2004 The Retreat is the first stand-alone, purpose built state funded demonstration project site to open and receive residents
2003 Quality Guidelines Committee completes work on suggested Guidelines for providers that address Advance Directives/End of Life, Negotiated Risk Agreements, Disclosure, Falls Risk, Dementia Care, Elopement Prevention, and Move Out/DischargeLaw passed to allow subsidized Assisted Living services in state funded congregate housing settings
2002 CALA publishes “Questions and Answers about Assisted Living in Connecticut: A Consumer Guide” for use by members and distribution to the public
2001 First Hartford Courant Special Supplement produced in collaboration with CALA describing Assisted Living in CT and profiling providers statewideState adopts public policy to construct 300 new units of Assisted Living utilizing resources and financing provided by DSS, CHFA, and DECD
2000 CALA forms SALSA Committee
October 1999 CALA becomes 34th state affiliate of ALFA
April 1999 Christopher Carter hired as part time executive director
January 1999 Gaffney Bennett & Associates hired as CALA’s contract lobbyist
1997 First new purpose built Assisted Living – Laurel Gardens of WoodbridgeFirst CALA newsletter published
1996 Legislature changes law that would have required Certificate of Need for Assisted Living
February 13, 1996 CALA granted tax exempt status by IRS
1995 First Assisted Living Service Agency license issued to Whitney Center in HamdenFirst stand alone Assisted Living opens – Shady Oaks in Bristol (conversion)
December 7, 1995 First CALA annual meeting Officers: Karen Anderson, president, George Prouty, Vice President, Jennifer Rannestad, Treasurer, Martha Everett Meng, Secretary
May 22, 1995 CALA’s Certificate of Incorporation filed with Secretary of State
January 26, 1995 Introduction of DPH Assisted Living regulation at first CALA conference “From Concept to Reality” Held at the Waterbury Sheraton – Presented by DPH and the Advisory Committee on CCRC’s. Co-sponsored by CANPFA, CT Association for Home Care, CAHCF, CT Association of Adult Day Centers, National Association of Senior Living Industries, and the Assisted Living Facilities Association of America
1992-1995 Working group formed to develop Connecticut’s Assisted Living regulations including those named above and Vicky Carlson, Jeannette Schreiber (Wiggin & Dana). Also included was Betty Burns, DPH Chief of Staff who provided the “glue” and was the steward of the process to keep the group working constructively towards a regulation that would dovetail with the regulation for home health care and be contained within the Public Health Code vs. being described in statute
Dec. 21, 1991 Edith Prague (then Gov. Weicker’s Commissioner on Aging) calls Martha Meng to request meeting to discuss new concept of Assisted LivingFirst meeting held following Martha’s call to George Prouty and David Vail with those named above and DPH Commissioner Susan Addis, Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Gloria Shaffer, Steve Bongard, Chairman of Commission on Hospitals and Health Care (now OHCA)
1981 Paul and Terry Klaassen open first Sunrise Assisted Living home in Oakton, VA and coin the term “Assisted Living.”