ELDER JUSTICE ACT UPDATE
In August, House and Senate Democrats authored stand-alone legislation to reauthorize the Elder Justice Act. H.R. 8079 approves funding for programs to prevent, investigate, and prosecute elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. When first signed into law, the Elder Justice Act authorized initiatives involving the federal coordination of agencies focused on elder abuse prevention and the administration of new grant activities, as well as protections for residents of long-term care facilities. More details about the history of the Act can be found here. Unfortunately, the Act has received less than 10% of the funding that was originally approved—especially with respect to achieving its main goal of dedicated funding for the agency that serves vulnerable seniors in every state known as Adult Protective Services, or APS. Moreover, some of the more significant provisions of the legislation, including creation of forensic centers that would make a significant difference in investigating and identifying elder abuse, have never been funded. This new legislation, if signed into law, would make a real difference in fulfilling the mission of the Elder Justice Act.