California State Ombudsman announces support for SB 345 at the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care Tuesday.
May 7, 2012
California State Ombudsman, Joseph Rodrigues, announced his support for SB 345 at the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care Tuesday.
SB 345 aligns state and federal law regarding the ombudsman's office. It emphasizes the ombudsman's ability to advocate on behalf of long-term care recipients, something advocates say has been politically challenging, since the agency is housed within the Department of Aging, which makes Rodrigues an employee of the state. The new guidelines, both sides said, would give Rodrigues a little more autonomy -- for instance, to oppose cutbacks to the department.
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