Since its inception in 1983, the Florida Adult Day Services Association (FADSA) has provided leadership, education, planning and development of adult day services across Florida. Through the promotion of quality day services ranging from respite programs to adult day health centers, FADSA has established a reputation as a leader in education, training and advocacy within the long-term care industry.
Who We Are
The Florida Adult Day Services Association was established in 1983 to unite centers in providing leadership, advocacy, education, and the advancement of adult day health services in Florida. Since its inception, adult day services have evolved from social models to comprehensive, person centered care centers offering a number of additional levels of care.
FADSA represents the adult day services industry of Florida in Tallahassee with our Legislative advocate, Asztalos and Associates. Beginning with the legislation that enacted the Adult Day Care Center statute, to the 2012 enactment of the Specialized Alzheimer’s AdultDayCareCenter license, FADSA representatives have worked with legislators and attended State hearings to insure that changes were in the best interest of our industry.
FADSA has represented the industry on the State Planning Committee, Purple Ribbon Task Force, and Rule changes in 2014 and 2016. It is also notified by the Department of Elder Affairs and Agency for Health Care Administration when there will be changes in the rules that regulate our industry, to allow us to be proactive.
In 2016, Chapter 58A-6.01 was opened to promulgate Chapter 429.918 “Specialized Alzheimer’s Services Adult Day Care Act,” FADSA was present at the workshop to provide input and oversight on what would regulate the compliance of licensure. In addition, testimony was given on recommendations of subject matter for the additional four hours of required Alzheimer’s training that would be most beneficial for adult day health care staff.
FADSA Officers of the Board and Board Members are considered the experts in the field and are consulted on matters relevant or related to adult day health care.
There are 281 licensed adult day health centers in Florida with a total license capacity of 14,676.
Members are the essence of our association. Members are the voice of change, advocacy, and advancement.
Board of Directors
Jose "Joe" Chi
Joe Chi is one of the essential links between Asia and the Americas Hemisphere.
Born in Cuba of Chinese background, traveling the world continuously since 1970 and having lived in Miami, Florida, USA for over 50 years, he is in a perfect position to act a bridge between the commercial, social and cultural spheres.Civically on a local governmental level, Joe Chi has tackled societal issues of underdevelopment , welfare, unemployment and nutrition.
In the Senior Health Care field as President of FADSA, the Florida Adult Day Care Association, he gathered major governmental, academic and senior healthcare entities to focus on the innovative solutions to Senior Healthcare issues.
2710 NW 24 St
Mami, FL, 33142
+1 (786) 554-8001
Jason "Jacinto" Abdala
I’ve been serving as CEO and director of CORAL WEST ADULT DAY CARE since 2010 I’ve also been serving our senior Comunity as one of the founders of the fadsa miami task force.
Very involved in many aspects of our industry leading our community to a higher level of care bringing positive and innovated changes to our industry, staying in touch with all aspects of senior wellness.
I was also awarded in 2013 from the minority chamber of commerce micro business man of the year and in 2019 received a recognition award for leading in advocacy for FADSA and presently sit on several committees and serve as chairman and Vice President for Fadsa.
2370 SW 67 Ave
Miami, FL, 33155
+1 (395) 216-4434
CEO and Administrator of Senior Center Adult Day Care and Senior Center II Adult Day Care.
Over 10 years of experience in the Adult Day Health Care industry with one adult day care center specialized in Alzheimer and Dementia patients. Since 2010 I have been caring and advocating for elders with disabilities and their wellbeing.
I have an AA Degree in Child with Developmental Disabilities from Miami Dade College. I became a Case Manager in 2016 and worked with different organizations in the advocacy of seniors in our community. I have been also servecing our senior as one of the founders of FADSA Miami Task Force since 2018. My goal as Treasure of FADSA is to provide my knowledge and experience to better serve our association.
3925 SW 82nd AVE.
Miami, FL 33155
+1 (305) 982-8217
I became a medical assistant in 1987. Throughout the years I decided to return to college and obtained AA’s degree in Health Education. I worked in the field with HIV patients in the women’s health clinic in Bronx Lebanon Hospital until 2004. I moved to Miami Florida in July 2004 and established a business named Raymond’s Group Home. We serviced clients with Developmental Disabilities.Later on decided to continue serving the Elderly to give the caregivers a sense of relief in knowing that their loved ones are in a safe environment. Living Life was established in 2014 to present.
1835 Nw 112th Ave
Miami, FL 33172
+1 (305) 463-0391
CEO/Owner and Administrator of Granda’s Adult Day Care.
As an owner of an adult day care I’ve learn of the need for centers for the elder in our community to stay active and care for and I plan to continue helping others in this industry to move forward by working together with FADSA.
16267 SW 88th St
Miami FL. 33196
+1 (305) 386-8356
Health Care Attorney and Corporate Attorney.
Rafael A. Gaitan (“Ralph”) is the managing partner and one of the founders of the firm. He is a seasoned heath care attorney representing providers in state and federal actions.
Mr. Gaitan is also the firm’s senior corporate attorney advising a diversity of companies across the globe on business, compliance and litigation matters.Ralph Gaitan has over twenty years of experience in the health care industry. As a sought after health care attorney, Mr. Gaitan represents clients in all aspects of health care practice
Offices in Miami, FL and Charlotte, NC
+1 (786) 440-8115
Chairman of National and Regional Operations
With over 15 years of experience in Healthcare and half of those focusing on Adult Day Health Services, Mr. Gonzalez has played a vital role in policymaking, advocacy, access to ADH Services at a local and national level. As part of the Board of Directors for the National Adult Day Association (NADSA) and the Florida Adult Day Association (FADSA) Mr. Gonzalez has worked tirelessly with national and local leaders to shed light on the importance of ADH Services while directly working with the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA), Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), and Governor's Office to create guidelines, resources, and as act liaison between ADH Centers and Governmental agencies. Mr.Gonzalez holds a major Healthcare Services Administration with a minor in Information Technology and is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner providing Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders training to students and staff.
+1 (561) 292-0506
Dr. Dennis Rod
Director of Governmental Affairs
A graduate of Miami Dade College and the University of Miami, Miami, Florida, Denis Rod has his degrees in Education, Clinical Psychology and Cultural Anthropology.
Denis Rod has served for over 30 years our community and he has served it very well. He is an active participant at the county and the city level. He is very well known to the constituents of Miami’s District 4 - every last Thursday of the month you can find Denis Rod holding town hall style meeting in his district. He constantly and relentlessly toils for the underprivileged and the needy. He is a certified COP (Citizen on Patrol) and is active in his area. He has always been a strong supporter of our Public Library System and our Public School System working throughout his career to improve the services they give to this community.
Dr. Denis Rod is a community activist in South Florida. CAMACOL CABA - Community Affairs & Business Advocacy Director. FADSA - governmental affairs director for adult services association for the 67 counties.
+1 (305) 244-2708
Florida Task Force
Isabel S. Acevedo
Social Affairs Secretary
President/CEO and Operator of Xclusive Senior Day Care Center, Inc.
My first job was in 1987 at Miami Dade Community College-North Campus, as a Financial Aid Student Loan Advisor.
Years later I was offered a job at Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee, as an Outreach representative for South Florida. Overall, I have 25 years of experience in state and federal financial aid.
In April of 2009, I founded Xclusive Senior Day Care Center, Inc. with the purpose of providing the South Florida elderly community the unique opportunity to reach a higher quality of life regardless of level of ability.
During these 11 years my center has been recipient of two proclamations from the Mayor of Hialeah Gardens, Yioset De La Cruz.
12975 W. Okeechobee Road Unit #3 & 4
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33018
Ozzie A. Herrera
Social Media Director
Owner and administrator at Social Center Adlut Daycare.
Born and raised in Hialeah went to Hialeah High class of 99 also played baseball and a full scholarship to play baseball at SPJC. Have my degree in business administration.
My mission is to help the seniors and their family as much as I can helping seniors live better , happier and longer.
On My time off I like spending time with my family and also fishing and playing sports love to stay healthy and workout and enjoy the out door.
My greatest skills is working on social media and marketing working creating activities and events.
I think that if you love what you do you’ll never work another day in your life that’s my model.
+1 (786) 426-1096