By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. a Freehold Township, Monmouth County New Jersey Elder Abuse Attorney
The Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. § 3001 et seq., as amended) (the “OAA”) expresses the nation’s commitment to protecting vulnerable older Americans. In 1992, Congress created and funded the Vulnerable Elder Rights Protection Act which includes provisions for a long-term care ombudsman programs and state legal assistance development.
In 2000, provisions were added to the Federal law encouraging states like New Jersey to foster greater coordination of elder abuse laws with law enforcement and the courts.
In the 2006 the Older Americans Act, added new language emphasizing collaborative approaches to addressing elder mistreatment when developing programs and long term strategic plans for elder justice activities. New language expands the options for New Jersey to use some federal funding for detection, assessment, intervention in, investigation of, and response to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, in addition to prevention and treatment.
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