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PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES FOR 2000 2002
Virginia Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

PRIORITY 1

  • Encourage development of services and programs to provide protection for elders who are abused, neglected, exploited or at risk.
  • Support development of minimum staffmg standards in long-term care settings including assisted living and nursing facilities.
  • Provide full funding for adult protective services statewide.
  • Require banks, financial institutions and credit lenders to be mandated reporters of financial exploitation.
  • Enforce the penalty for failure of mandated reporters to report to adult protective services.

PRIORITY 2

  • Promote quality improvement and availability of services to vulnerable adults and their families.
  • Implement a uniform training plan for adult protective service workers that will provide minimum standards and continuing education.
  • Adequately fund the Virginia Caregivers Grant Program.
  • Support addition of elder abuse prevention to the cuuiculum for certified nurse aides.
  • Support legislation that mandates the medical examiner investigate all unattended deaths in institutional settings including nursing facilities and adult care residences.

ENDORSEMENTS

VCPEA endorses and Supports:

  • Funding to the Department for the Aging for statewide expansion of the Public Guardianship Program.
  • An increase in the maximum reimbursement for the Auxiliary Grants Program.
  • An increase the Department of Medical Assistance Services personal care reimbursement rate.
  • Elimination of the $5.00 filing fee for annual guardian reports.

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