Get Involved – 7 Urgent NY Legislative and Budget Priorities for Older New Yorkers

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Call/Write and Partner with LiveOn NY, the NY State Coalition for the Aging and the Association of Aging in New York and urge your representatives to support these items!

Budget Priorities

  1. Increase statewide funding for elder abuse prevention programs by $5 million. This will lead to better detection, intervention and expanded capacity for elder abuse specialists to work with law enforcement and increase public awareness.
  2. Eliminate waiting lists for aging services statewide by including $21 million in additional funding to the Community Services for the elderly (CSE) Program. Many older adults are on “waiting lists” for vital services such as meals, in-home personal care services and transportation. While New York is now fully part of   NY Connects  (a centralized destination to go for information and assistance for long-term services and support). However, hat good is that centralized support if all it does is put you on a waiting list?
  3. Increase funding to the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. Residents of long-term care facilities (and their families) need a voice. In addition, this program is a requirement under the Older Americans Act. However, the reality is that due to lack of funding many vulnerable older adults in long term care facilities have no regular Ombudsman and receive no routine visits as required by law.
  4. Create a nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program. The aging services network also supports the allocation of $50 million to create a capital investment program for not-for-profits in the human services field, especially those that serve New York Seniors

Legislative Priorities:  Urge your representative to support these bills.

5. Protect older New Yorkers from financial abuse (S.639- Valesky).Presently in New York State, there is no standard protocol for banks to report elder financial exploitation to Adult Protective Services (APS). This measure would standardize reporting and disclosure protocols. This measure has passed the Senate twice – unanimously – but has failed to even get out of committee in the State Assembly.

6.  Pass the Care Act Caregiver Advise, Record And Enable Act (S.676 – Hannon; A.1323 – Rosenthal). This bill requires hospitals to allow a patient to designate a caregiver in their medical record and to notify and offer to meet with the designated caregiver to discuss the patient’s plan of care prior to discharge or transfer to another facility. The bill also provides that the hospital offer to adequately train the designated caregiver in certain aftercare tasks upon a patient’s discharge home.

7.  Support capital infrastructure improvement and development for older New Yorkers (CIID NY) grant program (S.626 – Valesky).  CIID NY would provide grants to encourage improvements in the operation and efficiency of the aging services provider network in New York State.

 Here is the full list of budget and legislative priorities.

 

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