It's official! A historic $100 million in emergency funding for elder justice programs was part of the omnibus and emergency funding bill signed into law by President Trump last week.
Within this approved funding, $50 million is dedicated to supporting the work of state Adult Protective Services programs. The legislation specifically directs the funds to be spent for activities authorized under the Elder Justice Act during the pandemic. This is the largest amount of dedicated funding ever provided to Elder Justice Act programs.
These funds recognize the importance of supporting the work of Adult Protective Services as well as others on the front lines, such as long-term care ombudsmen, in the effort to prevent rates of elder abuse from increasing during the pandemic and to protect those who are abused.
Click here for our original statement when the funding passed the Senate and House.