Obama Budget Includes
Elder Justice Act Funding
The Elder Justice Coalition today praised President Obama’s FY 2012 budget which proposed more than $20 million in first time funding for programs included in the Elder Justice Act of 2010. Former NCPEA President and present-EJC National Coordinator Bob Blancato called it a “significant development to have the President include funding in the first full fiscal year since the law was passed.”
Since the time the Elder Justice Act was signed into law in March of 2010, the Elder Justice Coalition has held meetings focused on the FY 2012 budget with Obama Administration officials including from the Office of Management and Budget, the White House Health Reform Office and the Administration on Aging.
Adult Protective Services (APS)-$16.5 million for State Adult Protective Services demonstrations to improve operations. Of these funds, $1.5 million will be targeted for coalition building, training and technical assistance, elder rights program development and research for preventing and addressing elder abuse within Tribal nations according to AoA.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program-an additional $5 million to improve resident advocacy to elders and adults with disabilities who live in long-term care settings.
The Coalition said it hoped the amount in the President’s budget would be the floor and not the ceiling in terms of funding for the Elder Justice Act. It pledged to accelerate its work with Congress to ensure at least this floor funding as they move to enact spending bills for the fiscal year that begins on October 1st.
The Coalition indicated that its focus will be on the following Committees:
House Budget Committee (http://budget.house.gov/)
Senate Budget Committees (http://budget.senate.gov/)
House Appropriations Committee (http://appropriations.house.gov/)
Senate Appropriations Committees (http://appropriations.senate.gov/)