Membership Information

Membership in the Empire State Association of Assisted Living is open to operators of licensed Adult Homes, Enriched Housing Programs and Assisted Living Residences in New York State, and to any individual, company or corporation that has an interest or is involved in assisted living in New York State. The Association offers two types of membership. 

1) Provider membership for existing or prospective adult home, enriched housing and assisted living providers. 

2) Industry Partner membership is available for vendors and other assisted living stakeholders. 

All applicants are reviewed and considered by the Association's Board of Directors.


Membership policy per the ESAAL Bylaws: If a member, or any entity in which a member or the principals of such member shall have an ownership interest of ten (10%) percent or more, is the licensed operator of, administrator of, or provides management or administrative services to a licensed NY adult care facility, then each of such above-referenced facilities must join and become members of ESAAL.

For more information regarding membership, or any of the benefits and services outlined below, please contact Karen Thornton at (518) 371-2573 or via email at [email protected]

To review ESAAL's membership benefits and services, click the categories below.

Important Information

Download Provider Membership Application

Download Industry Partner Membership Application

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Regulatory Compliance

Association staff and our legal counsel provide ESAAL members with extensive experience in achieving and maintaining regulatory compliance and in interacting with the New York State Department of Health throughout the survey process. One of ESAAL members most utilized benefits is assistance in the development of plans of correction and responses to inspection reports. ESAAL members have the advantage of tapping into the experience of other providers who face similar regulatory challenges. We share that collective experience with our members in a variety of ways, including our monthly newsletter and our regional membership meetings.

Professional Development

Need CEUs? ESAAL offers educational opportunities to members, at low cost or free of charge, at our annual conference and trade show, annual regional membership meetings and special seminars that address hot industry topics such as quality improvement programs, case management and medication management. For educational programming, contact Cara Groff at (518) 371-2573 or via email at [email protected]

Information Resource

ESAAL is the first stop for members seeking access to a range of important industry information, including copies of regulations and regulatory interpretations, reports on industry trends and best practices in assisted living operations, and research data that members can use for benchmarking purposes. We provide timely member alerts, policy and procedure samples and up to the minute guidance on important issues. For more information, contact Lisa Newcomb, Executive Director at (518) 371-2573 or via email at [email protected].

Lobbying New York State Government

Hinman Straub attorneys have decades of experience in providing legislative and state agency representation to a wide variety of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and local governments. On behalf of ESAAL and its members, Hinman Straub was instrumental in effecting passage of New York State's new Assisted Living Law and the first State increase of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for adult home and enriched housing residents in 17 years.