On Tuesday morning, Governor Mark Dayton announced his $14.9 million dollar proposal to keep Minnesotans in privately-owned residential care facilities healthy and safe.
The proposal would add more robust licensing requirements for residential care facilities, enhanced inspections and investigative process, better communication with seniors and their families, and strengthen the rights for seniors and their families.
Dayton's office laid out the following plans:
Dayton called on AARP Minnesota to help study the problem of elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state last year after multiple reports of abuse.
In addition, Dayton had directed the Departments of Health and of Human Services to work together to reduce the backlog of pending reports and allegations, as well as improve the operations of the Office of Heath Facility Complaints.
The OHFC has now eliminated the backlog of more than 2,300 previously un-reviewed complaints, and has completed 448 investigations into privately-owned residential care facilities since January 1st.
This has been partly due to a new interim system, which electronically processes more than 400 complaints received each week, which was started in February.
New protections could be coming for Minnesota's most vulnerable citizens.
Gov. Mark Dayton and other state lawmakers plan to announce Tuesday new proposals for protecting the health and safety of seniors and vulnerable adults.
This comes a week after a scathing report criticized a state agency tasked with investigating allegations of maltreatment by nursing homes and other care facilities. That report said the Office of Health Facility Complaints, "has not met its responsibilities to protect vulnerable adults in Minnesota."
Dayton plans to make his announcement at 11 a.m.
We'll bring you the latest as it is made available.