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May 24, 2022

In this Issue:

  1. Webinar Tomorrow - Responding to CMS's Request for Information on Staffing
  2. ACL Releases Funding Notice for State LTC Ombudsman Programs
  3. Resources for Older Americans Month - Age My Way

Webinar Tomorrow - Responding to CMS's Request for Information on Staffing

On April 15, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the implementation of a minimum staffing standard in nursing homes.  The RFI contains seventeen questions, with some questions having several parts.  CMS has promised to propose a minimum staffing standard within one year, and the RFI asks the public to comment on various aspects of a proposed minimum.

To ensure that CMS receives significant support for a minimum standard, join Consumer Voice, along with representatives from Justice in Aging, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Long Term Care Community Coalition, and California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, for a webinar tomorrow May 25, 2022 at 3:00 pm EST during which attendees will be provided with model comments, tips on how to respond to the RFI, and a general overview of the RFI questions.

This webinar will be geared to organizational advocates at the national, state, and local levels.  However, all are invited to attend. 

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ACL Releases Funding Notice for State LTC Ombudsman Programs

The Administration for Community Living has released the American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding notice for State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs.  The purpose of this funding opportunity for State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs is to enhance their capacity to respond to and resolve complaints about abuse and neglect, especially in board and care facilities and similar adult care homes, including assisted living facilities. Residents of these types of homes are less likely to have the benefit of federal oversight or regulation or clear requirements for preserving and respecting their rights during the COVID-19 public health emergency, thus making the Ombudsman program presence essential. These funds will allow Ombudsman programs to develop capacity through activities such as hiring staff and recruiting and training volunteers to conduct visits and investigate complaints, develop resident and family councils, and provide information, assistance and education on resident rights and prevention of abuse and neglect.

The notice is currently available for public inspection and will be posted in the Federal Register tomorrow.

Resources for Older Americans Month - Age My Way

May is Older Americans Month. This year's theme - Age My Way - provides an opportunity to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities.  Consumer Voice has several resources related to care planning, participating in one's community, and making connections.

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