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Elder Justice
  • H.R. 3590 contains the Elder Justice Act (EJA), which will:
    • Establish an Elder Justice Coordinating Council to make recommendations to the Secretary of HHS on the coordination of activities of federal, state, local and private agencies and entities relating to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation Recommendations are due in 2 years;
    • Provide $400 million in first time dedicated funding for Adult Protective Services (APS);
    • Provide $100 million for state demonstration grants to test a variety of methods to detect and prevent elder abuse;
    • Provide $26 million for the establishment and support of Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Forensic Centers to develop forensic expertise and provide services relating to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation;
    • Provide $ 32.5 million in grants to support the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and an additional $40 million in training programs for national organizations and state long-term care ombudsman programs;
    • Authorize $67.5 million in grants to enhance long-term care staffing through training and recruitment and incentives for individuals seeking or maintaining employment in long-term care, either in a facility or a community based long-term care entity.