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  Richard Tritschler
General Counsel

(850) 414-2342

Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice for the Department. The General Counsel renders legal opinions, reviews all contracts, grants and inter-agency agreements, and helps formulate agency policy.

The General Counsel’s office also is responsible for promulgating all long-term care rules for assisted living facilities, adult family care homes, adult day care centers, hospices, and Alzheimer’s trainer and training standards for nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care facilities. Finally, the office promulgates rules for Department programs as needed and provides legal representation in cases filed against the Department and the Secretary, as well as cases filed by the Department. The General Counsel’s office responds to constituent letters, phone calls and emails of a legal nature and provides referrals to appropriate resources and also serves as the Department’s primary public records point of contact.