Did you know that new legislation was signed into law last year that is designed to protect America’s senior citizens from abuse? The Elder Justice Act, signed by President Obama in March of 2010, is a major step towards preventing abuse of the elderly. This is the first time that such efforts have been officially coordinated at the federal level.
A Brief Overview of the Elder Justice Act
- Within the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, there will now be Elder Justice Coordinating Council (EJCC) which will oversee coordination of elder abuse issues throughout the government.
- An Advisory Board to the EJCC, comprised of experts on elderly abuse and exploitation, will be formed to advice the council and compile a yearly report on elderly abuse with recommendations for governments at the federal, state, and local levels.
- Allows for grants to long term care facilities to ensure that they have sufficient training and knowledge on elderly abuse issues and how to combat and prevent abuse of senior citizens.
- Increased coordination among long term care facilities, the government, and elderly abuse officials at all levels.
In short, the act will help unify a system of preventing elderly abuse nationwide. This is a huge step in the fight to prevent the abuse and exploitation of America’s senior citizens.