2012 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB1301 (Conference Report)

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Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (language only)

Item 284 #2c

Item 284 #2c

Health And Human Resources
Aging, Department for the

Page 212, after line 44, insert:
"Q. Notwithstanding § 2.2-703, Code of Virginia, the Department for the Aging may administer the state Long-Term Care Ombudsman program in accordance with Public Law 89-73.  The department shall ensure the ombudsman operates with programmatic independence and autonomy consistent with federal law."

(This language amendment provides authority for the Department for the Aging to operate the state Long-Term Care Ombudsman program. The federal Older Americans Act requires that each state operate such a program. The Code of Virginia currently requires that a non-profit entity administer the program in Virginia; however the non-profit organization responsible for operating the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program has indicated that they will no longer be doing so. This language amendment is needed so that the Commonwealth meets the federal mandate in the absence of any appropriate non-profit meeting the requirements of the Code of Virginia.)