Legislation to prevent elder abuse

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Bipartisan legislation was introduced this week that takes concrete steps to protect Minnesota seniors. The Governor, joined by DFLers and Republicans, held a joint press conference to unveil legislation that contains a package of robust proposals developed in response to reports from the Office of the Legislative Auditor and the Governor’s consumer workgroup on elder abuse.

The bill has four major components: improving licensure, enforcement, reporting, and investigations; strengthening and expanding the rights of older and vulnerable adults and their families; enhancing criminal and civil enforcement rights; and creating new licensing frameworks for assisted living facilities and dementia care.

Minnesota seniors deserve safe, quality care. This truly bipartisan proposal will take the critical and necessary steps needed to prevent abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities. It is a multi-pronged approach that will hold providers accountable for the care they provide, strengthen and improve the reporting system though the Department of Health’s Office of Health Facility Complaints, and empower seniors and their families. (SF3088)

Republicans in the Senate also unveiled separate legislation this week addressing elder abuse. This partisan approach has shut out the consumer voice and has garnered criticism from industry and advocates alike.