NEWS from the Elder Justice Coalition
NEWS: FY2016 Federal Funding Bill Passes
The House and Senate approved spending levels from the FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill this morning, and now the bill will be sent to the President for his signature. The bill contains funding levels that are favorable for elder justice programs. It will fund these programs through September 30, 2016.

Funding for these programs increased:
  • Elder Justice Initiative will double from $4 million to $8 million 
  • Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Crime Victims Fund cap increased by almost $700 million to $3 billion, after cuts of $1.5 billion were proposed
  • National Family Caregiver Support Program increased by $5 million
  • Native American Caregiver Support increased by $1.5 million 


Funding for the following programs was held level at FY 2015 levels:
  • Social Services Block Grant at $1.7 billion
  • OAA Long Term Care Ombudsman Program at $20.6 million
  • OAA Title VII Elder Rights Support Activities at $3.8 million

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