The legislature is back in session after the Labor Day weekend and there are several bills that were introduced in mid-August that the Area Agencies on Aging Association in Michigan (4AM) will be monitoring.
House Bills 4885 and 4886, sponsored by Rep. Peter Lucido (R-36th District-Shelby Twp) would increase the maximum penalties and sentencing guidelines for financial crimes against vulnerable adults. The bills have been referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee.
House Bill 4866, sponsored by Rep. Robert Kosowski (D-16th District,Westland), would allow the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), depending on appropriations, to provide grants to public and private non-profit entities for projects that would demonstrate ways to integrate mental health services for older adults into primary care settings such as federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), primary care clinics, and private practice sites.
Another initiative that is just starting up is a statewide conversation on affordable, accessible housing for seniors. The initiative, entitled CLASH (Coalition of Legislators for Affordable Senior Housing), is being spearheaded by Rep. Ronnie Peterson (D- 54th District -Ypsilanti) and an initial conversation in Ypsilanti on Aug. 17 drew 71 participants, including 12 lawmakers and four AAA directors. The conversations are intended to identify all of the issues concerning affordable housing for seniors, brainstorm solutions and gather bipartisan support for legislation and policies, if needed, to implement the solutions.
Reprinted with permission of Area Agencies on Aging Association in Michigan.