Assisted Living Licensure in Minnesota
Through the hard work and dedication of Elder Voice Advocates, the Minnesota Department of Health, and many others, we passed legislation that protects elders.
The Assisted Living Licensure law under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 144G & MN Rule 4659 was passed by the 2019 Minnesota Legislature. The law establishes regulatory standards for housing and services for assisted living facilities, and assisted living facilities with dementia care. The goal is to ensure the health, safety, well-being, and appropriate treatment of residents. The Minnesota Department of Health has now adopted rules for all assisted living facilities to promote person-centered care, ensure resident rights are protected, resident choice is allowed, and public health and safety is ensured.
Elder Voice Celebrates Assisted Living Licensure
Special thanks to Judy Meyer for her work on this video.
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We are thrilled to have achieved this landmark legislation and we know diligent enforcement will be needed to ensure quality, accountable care for our loved ones in assisted living.
Legislative representation at the Minnesota legislature is the one area we are unable to secure foundation funding. Additionally, we will not be able to rely on the lobbying support from other advocacy groups to offset the deep pockets of the industry who have many lobbyists fighting for their interests, and against the residents and families interests. Therefore, we are dependent on the donations from our supporters. We need funding for advocacy work with public policy makers such as:
Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Public policy makers
Elder Voice Advocates (“Elder Voice”) is working to assure quality care for elders and vulnerable adults who reside at a long-term care facilities. Additionally, we work to strengthen the protections such as prohibitions on retaliation, arbitrary terminations, and establishment of a victims maltreatment fund. This requires constant vigilance on the developments in the long-term care industry and the public policy threats and opportunities.
There are three levels of advocacy, starting with the base level of defensive advocacy and moving up to the most aggressive level.
We seek to support a number of bills in the next legislative session. As the Minnesota Department of Health plans for next year, we want to continue supporting issues like pay increases for facility staff, increases in government payments for elderly waiver residents, & programs for marginalized communities.
Fights attempts to pass blanket legal immunity to long-term care providers, reverse licensure laws & other harmful regulation.
This requires fact- finding and education of harmful impacts to elders and vulnerable adults for legislators, regulators, and other supportive advocates.
Promote legislation focused on minimum staffing levels, training requirements, stronger electronic monitoring protections, increased funding for Minnesota Department of Health to enforce licensure, increased penalties for violations, & more.