This bill was reintroduced in the Senate by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) as S.192 on January 20, 2015.
This bill will amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to require the Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs to review the procedures when it comes to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also will require the Administration on Aging to assist states and other agencies on aging create and update current practices in relation to the issues above. The Assistant Secretary of Aging will ensure that training occurs before the practices are implemented to prevent and discover abuse.
PFLAG Talking Points
- LGBTQ elders need our support. If this bill were to pass, the amendment would create better practices and protections for people in the elderly community.
- LGBTQ elders need services. The community of LGBTQ elders, a group that has typically been a more vulnerable population, will be receiving services that will be better suited to their needs.
- Those serving LGBTQ elders need training that is culturally competent. The trainings that would be implemented as a result of this bill will better address the needs of more specific communities, like the LGBTQ community. within the elderly population.