States regulate assisted living in very different ways, in part, because they define assisted living differently. Even the names used by states to identify these facilities are different, with common terms including adult homes, enriched housing, senior residences, and congregate housing. An important avenue for advocacy on the state level is working with state leaders to ensure that laws address the state’s unique assisted living situations. It is crucial that laws provide strong protections for consumers, transparency in defining facility and resident rights and responsibilities, and meaningful and effective enforcement mechanisms. For more information, see Robert Mollica’s report for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Residential Care and Assisted Living: State Oversight Practices and State Information Available to Consumers (http://www.ahrq.gov/research/residentcare/residentcare.pdf) or the “Assisted Living State Regulatory Review” published annually by the National Center for Assisted Living (a provider group).