ASSEMBLY MILITARY AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 5854

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED: †JUNE 14, 2021

 

††††† The Assembly Military and Veteransí Affairs Committee reports favorably Assembly Bill No. 5854.

†††† 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.