SENATE HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND SENIOR CITIZENS COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 3153

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED: †FEBRUARY 9, 2021

 

††††† The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee reports favorably Senate Bill No. 3153.

††††† This bill requires the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (ombudsman) to establish a long-term care advocacy and educational training program.†

††††† Under the amended bill, the ombudsman would be required to establish, in consultation with the Department of Health, an annual long-term care training program.† At a minimum, the program is to address the following subjects:† the rights of residents of long-term care facilities; fostering choice and independence among residents of long-term care facilities; identifying and reporting abuse, neglect, or exploitation of residents of long-term care facilities; long-term care facility ownership; updates on State and federal guidelines, laws, and regulations that pertain to long-term care facilities; and issues, trends, and policies that impact the rights of long-term care residents.† The annual training program is to be completed by the ombudsmanís investigative and advocacy staff, the ombudsmanís volunteer advocates, and Department of Health long-term care facility surveyors, inspectors, and complaint investigators.† Subject to the availability of staff and funding, the training program is to be offered to residents of long-term care facilities, those residentsí family members, advocacy organizations, government agencies, and long-term care facility employees.† To develop and implement the training program, the ombudsman may contract or consult with a non-profit organization that possesses expertise on the rights of residents in long-term care settings.

††††† As reported by the committee, Senate Bill No. 3153 is identical to Assembly Bill No. 4484(1R) which was also reported by the committee on this date.