2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Peace
Co-Patron(s): Carr, Carr, Greason, O'Bannon, Plum, Sickles, Sullivan, Ingram
Long-term Care Ombudsman Program

Item 333 #4h

Item 333 #4h

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Health and Human Resources
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services FY2017 $2,012,645 FY2018 $2,012,645 GF

Page 291, line 19, strike "$33,758,218" and insert "$35,770,863".
Page 291, line 19, strike "$34,819,218" and insert "$36,831,863".


(This amendment provides $2.0 million each year from the general fund to the Department for  Aging  and Rehabilitative Services to expand the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program that is operated at the local level by Area Agencies on Aging.  This amendment would complete statewide funding of this program, and provide sufficient funds for each local program to employ one ombudsman for every 2,000 licensed nursing home and adult care residence beds in the community.  This level of staffing has been recommended by the National Institute of Medicine. Funding will also support four state-level staff to provide oversight, policy guidance, training and technical assistance to the local ombudsmen and to work on statewide long-term care policy issues.)