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Interim work on elder abuse prevention commences
By Patti Cullen, CAE, President/CEO, Care Providers of Minnesota
August 24, 2018 | All members
After months of informal discussions, meetings with external stakeholder groups, discussions with members at regions and committee meetings, and email exchanges, we are now moving ahead on 2019 session work in the area of “improving safety and protection for elders and vulnerable adults.” Since adjournment of the last legislative session, many of us have continued to talk and think about how to move forward with needed changes in both policy and practice—in state law, regulatory agencies, and provider practice.
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Commissioner Jan Malcolm has been closely involved in these discussions within the administration as well as with various stakeholder groups, including Care Providers of Minnesota. Last week, Commissioner Malcolm sent an invitation to key stakeholders, asking a number of workgroups to form on the following topics:
- Licensure approaches for assisted living facilities
- An assisted living report card
- Certification of dementia care units
- Prevention strategies to improve quality and safety in care settings and communities
- Consumer rights
- Electronic monitoring in care facilities
On each of these topics, a great deal of work has already been done by one or more groups so none of the workgroups will be starting from ground zero. Commissioner Malcolm’s view of the workgroups is that they should be open to anyone interested in participating. These are informal and not officially appointed. The kick-off meeting is on August 23, 2018. The Association will be represented on each of those groups and sharing information as it becomes available with the membership. IF you have a particular interest in any of the areas above and/or would like to attend the workgroup meetings or receive information from the meetings, send an email to Patti Cullen (firstname.lastname@example.org
) and I will be sure our designated staff members for that workgroup includes you in their work!
In addition, for those of you who enjoy tracking legislative committees, there is an interim Senate Health & Human Services Finance & Policy Committee hearing at 10:00 AM on August 29 to receive updates from MDH and the Department of Human Services (DHS) where Commissioner Malcolm will report on this process.
Patti Cullen, CAE – 952-851-2487 –email@example.com