ASSEMBLY, No. 5854

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED JUNE 3, 2021

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman† VINCENT MAZZEO

District 2 (Atlantic)

Assemblyman† JOHN ARMATO

District 2 (Atlantic)

Assemblywoman† ANNETTE CHAPARRO

District 33 (Hudson)

Senator† VIN GOPAL

District 11 (Monmouth)

Senator† JOSEPH A. LAGANA

District 38 (Bergen and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman Tully, Assemblywoman Swain, Assemblyman Benson, Assemblywomen Reynolds-Jackson, Murphy, Timberlake, Assemblymen Space, Wirths, Johnson, Assemblywomen Lopez, Vainieri Huttle, Jasey, Senators Connors, Cruz-Perez, O'Scanlon and Pou

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Requires position of resident advocate at each State veteransí memorial home.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act concerning State veteransí memorial homes and supplementing Title 38A of the New Jersey Statues.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† a. †The Division of Veteransí Healthcare Services in the Department of Military and Veteransí Affairs shall establish a position to be known as a resident advocate at each State veteransí memorial home.† The resident advocate shall have a direct reporting relationship to the director of the division.

†††† b.††† The resident advocate shall:

†††† (1)†† act as a liaison between the State veteransí memorial home and each of the residents at the State veteransí memorial home;

†††† (2) receive complaints from residents at the State veterans memorial home; and

†††† (3)†† respond to any concerns or grievances from the residents at the State veteransí memorial home and, if appropriate, submit concerns or grievances to the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

†††† c.†††† A resident advocate who receives an oral or written complaint from a resident at a State veteransí memorial home shall log the complaint from the resident on a written or electronic form. †The division shall develop, publish, and distribute the written and electronic form to be used by the resident advocate. †At a minimum, the written and electronic form shall contain spaces for the following information:

†††† (1) the name of the resident submitting the complaint;

†††† (2) the nature of the complaint;

†††† (3) whether the complaint is an emergency that requires an immediate response, a critical situation that requires a reasonably prompt response, or a noncritical situation that requires an appropriately timely response; and

†††† (4) a plan of action for the complaint and an estimate time frame within which the action will be taken.

†††† d.††† A resident advocate who fills out a form under subsection c. of this section shall provide one copy of the form to the resident submitting the complaint and one copy to the administrator of the State veteransí memorial home. †The resident advocate shall also retain the advocateís copy for not less than one year after the complaint is resolved.

†††† e.†††† A State veteransí memorial home shall make every reasonable effort to make the resident advocate at that memorial home easily identifiable by posting the name and work hours of the resident advocate and shall make every reasonable effort to assure that the plan of action prepared by the resident advocate under paragraph (4) of subsection c. of this section is carried out within the time frame set forth in the plan of action.

†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill requires the Division of Veteransí Healthcare Services in the Department of Military and Veteransí Affairs to establish a position to be known as a resident advocate at each State veteransí memorial home.† The bill also requires that the resident advocate would have a direct reporting relationship to the director of the division.

†††† Under the bill, the resident advocate would:

†††† (1) act as a liaison between the State veteransí memorial home and each of the residents at the State veteransí memorial home;

†††† (2) receive complaints from residents at the State veterans memorial home; and

†††† (3) respond to any concerns or grievances from the residents at the State veteransí memorial home and, if appropriate, submit concerns or grievances to the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

†††† The bill also requires the division to develop, publish, and distribute a written and electronic complaint form to be used by the resident advocate to record any received complaints from the residents at the State veteransí memorial home and establishes a record retention requirement for those complaints.

†††† Currently, the three State veteransí memorial homes are the following: The New Jersey Veterans' Memorial Home-Menlo Park; the New Jersey Veterans' Memorial Home-Vineland, and the New Jersey Veterans' Memorial Home-Paramus.