13-R158

2013 -- S 0481

Enacted 03/20/13

 

 

S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N

RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO PROVIDE ENHANCED LONG-TERM CARE SERVICES AND BENEFITS FOR RHODE ISLAND VETERANS

     

     

     Introduced By: Senators Pearson, Cote, Bates, Pichardo, and Ottiano

     Date Introduced: February 28, 2013

 

     

 

     WHEREAS, In its February 2012 annual report to the General Assembly, the Division of

Veterans Affairs predicted an increased demand for long-term nursing and dementia care

services, emphasizing that Rhode Islandís veteran population of 72,835 is aging; and

     WHEREAS, Half of all veterans in this state are over 65 years of age; and

     WHEREAS, The 2012 annual report concludes that the increase in older veterans will

increase the need for veterans services; and

     WHEREAS, In 2012, over 75 percent of Rhode Island voters approved a state ballot to

provide $94,000,000 for the construction of a new Veteransí Home and renovations to existing

facilities; and

     WHEREAS, Not all senior veterans meet the eligibility for the State Veteranís Home or

instead desire to remain in their home environment; and

     WHEREAS, Rhode Islandís increase in older veterans will substantially increase the

need for long-term care services, particularly for nursing home and dementia placement; and

     WHEREAS, The Rhode Island Senate has resolved and requested that the Congress of

the United States pass legislation to establish funding for individual states, including Rhode

Island, to implement a home and community based veterans program; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

respectfully requests that the Rhode Island Department of Human Services:

     1. Further explore joint State and United States Veterans Administration funding

opportunities to implement recommendations from the Presidentís Joining Forces Initiative, to

strengthen behavioral healthcare systems and supportive in-home long-term care services for our

Veterans and their families.

     2. Provide additional training programs for frontline healthcare and case managers on

veteransí long-term and behavioral care benefits.

     3. Develop clear and concise information about veteranís benefits for long-term care

services and options; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the Rhode Island Veterans' Home Bristol,

Rhode Island.

     

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