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Legislative Advocacy

Alaska SB86 (July 2012)
Alaska passed SB86 this last legislative session and the Governor signed it into law in July 2012, enhancing protections for vulnerable adults. In particular, Alaskans can now petition the court for protective orders from financial abuse (that’s new for this state). The Alaska State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Diana Weber, worked with the court system and representatives from the Elder Fraud and Assistance office, the state Attorney General’s Office, the state Office of Public Advocacy, and APS to draft the forms, which are now available on the court system’s website.  The links to the forms are below:

Connecticut State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Testifies on Financial Exploitation (June 2016)

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Protecting Older Americans from Financial Exploitation.  Connecticut State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Nancy Shaffer, testified. Many older adults and individuals with disabilities can be targets for financial exploitation, a growing form of abuse. You can view the hearing in its entirety here.

IL LTCOP Presentation on Legislative Advocacy

Legislative Advocacy: How to Effectively Engage LTC Ombudsman Statewide Training - PPT

Sample Factsheets to Legislators about the LTCOP:

Oregon Legislative Advocacy Example

If you are looking for a simple outreach strategy that will promote your program, recognize new volunteer LTCO and inform legislators of your program's activities and of their constituents' service, you may want to adopt the a practice from the Oregon LTCOP in which the LTCOP sends an email to the state legislators of the district where the volunteer will be assigned as well as email legislators of districts in which they need more volunteers.

Texas Local Ombudsman Speaks to HHS Senate Committee (February 2016)

Listen to local Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Karen Magruder, speak to the Health and Human Services Senate Committee about the need for better protection for residents in Assisted Living Facilities.
Note: Play 2/18 "Senate Committee on Health and Human Services" at 6 hours 56 minutes.

Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman Outcomes (November 2011)

Read the newsletter here.

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