NEWS from the Elder Justice Coalition
Obama FY16 Budget Boosts Elder Justice Funding
President Obama released his FY 2016 budget proposal yesterday, February 2. The President's budget again proposed $25 million for the Elder Justice Initiative. According to the Administration for Community Living, the "funding will support demonstration grants to enhance state APS data systems; provide significant, on-going technical assistance to states to facilitate their participation on a regular basis in a national APS data collection efforts; enhance State APS services; and conduct research and oversight."

 

Bob Blancato, EJC National Coordinator, said, "The Elder Justice Coalition commends the President for his unflinching support for elder justice in America.  This is the fifth consecutive budget where he has requested funds to help implement the Elder Justice Act which he signed into law in 2010.  Progress was made in 2014 when Congress approved a first-time direct appropriation for the Act of $4 million.  Support for the full Elder Justice Initiative is needed; it has always been a bipartisan issue and we hope to get the support of Congress for his full request."

 

The budget proposal contained level funding proposals for the Ombudsmen, Elder Rights Support, and Social Services Block Grant Programs.


 

 

Program

FY 2014 enacted (mil)

FY 2015 enacted (mil)

FY 2016 proposed (mil)

Ombudsmen/Elder Rights (OAA)

20.7

20.7

20.7

Elder Rights Support (OAA)

3.9

3.9

3.9

Elder Justice Initiative

0

4

25

Social Services Block Grant (SSBG)

1700

1700

1700

 


 

For more information on elder rights funding, see page 151 of the ACL Congressional Justification

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