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Success in 2019!
For over two years, the Minnesota Elder Justice Center collaborated with a variety of stakeholders to develop this comprehensive system of assisted living licensing and resident protections. Along with other organizations, MEJC helped craft consensus legislation known as the 2019 Eldercare and Vulnerable Adult Act (Minn. Stat. 144G) that will expand the rights of residents and their families.
Among many new resident safeguards, the law will ensure:
- Residents of assisted living settings have protections against unfair discharges and evictions;
- Residents of nursing homes and assisted living settings will be protected from retaliation;
- Residents of nursing homes and assisted living settings will have the right to install a camera in their own rooms to monitor care; and
- Assisted living settings must be licensed by 2021 under new requirements, which include stricter training and staffing standards, physical plant requirements, and dementia care standards.
The new law also makes investments in critical programs such as the long-term care ombudsman’s office and county-based adult protection units, for which MEJC staff advocated at the Capitol.