Keep funding for local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs in the 2024 Budget Act

Both the Assembly and Senate included $9.25 million in annual funding for local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program staff and volunteers in their versions of the 2024 Budget Act. This funding would come from existing reserves controlled by CDPH that already fund our programs, so it would not impact California’s budget deficit. But Governor Newsom is proposing to transfer some of the reserves we’re seeking to the General Fund to backfill his cuts to other programs that do not necessarily benefit older adults or adults with disabilities.

We need your help ensuring the Legislature and Governor keep this funding for Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs in the Budget Act in line with the goals of California’s Master Plan on Aging and World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15).

Without this funding, long-term care residents relying on our Ombudsman programs to protect their health, safety, rights, and quality of life will suffer. These sources of funding for Ombudsman programs have not increased for 10 years. Yet there is already a critical lack of access to Long-Term Care Ombudsman services across the State. This is especially troubling considering that Ombudsman investigate reports of elder and dependent adult abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities and instances of abuse and neglect increased during the pandemic when there was a lack of Ombudsman presence in facilities.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Call and email your state legislators’ offices
  2. Call the Governor’s office at 916-445-2841
  3. Share CLTCOA’s calls to action via social media and email
  4. Ask your partners/supporters to do the same

Script for phone calls:

“My name is ___________, and I’m calling from ___________ to ask for your support for the $9.25 million in annual funding for local Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs in the 2024 Budget Act before by June 15, which is also World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. These programs cannot effectively investigate reports of elder and dependent adult abuse in long-term care facilities without it.”

Click here for script for emails (PDF document)

THANK YOU to the following aging and disability advocacy organizations that have supported our request thus far:

AARP California
Alzheimer’s Los Angeles
Alzheimer’s Orange County
Alzheimer’s San Diego
Area 1 Agency on Aging
Area 1 Agency on Aging Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Area 2 Agency on Aging Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Area 4 Agency on Aging
Area Agency on Aging of San Benito & Santa Cruz Counties
Bishop Care Center Family Council
Bishop Care Center Resident Council
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
California Assisted Living Association
California Collaborative for Long-Term Services & Supports
California Council of the Blind
California Department of Aging’s Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
California Elder Justice Coalition
California Health Advocates
California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Association (sponsor)
California Senior Legislature
Caring Across Generations
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Catholic Social Services Guild
Choice in Aging
Consumer Attorneys of California
Council on Aging Southern California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Disability Rights California
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
El Dorado County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
ElderHelp of San Diego
Empowered Aging
Essential Caregivers Coalition
Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County
Fresno-Madera Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Hand in Hand
Imperial County Area Agency on Aging Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Justice in Aging
Kings County Commission on Aging Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Lake County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program of Santa Barbara County
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Services of San Luis Obispo County
Long-Term Care Services of Ventura County Ombudsman Program
Merced County Area Agency on Aging Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County, Inc.
On Lok
PASSAGES Area 3 Agency on Aging Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Placer Independent Resource Services
Senior Advocacy Services
Senior Services Coalition of Alameda County
Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging
Stanislaus County Department of Aging & Veterans Services
WISE & Healthy Aging

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