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Part 14D.  Long‑Term Care Ombudsman Program.

§ 143B‑181.15.  Long‑Term Care OmbudsmanProgram/Office; policy.

The General Assembly finds that a significant number of older citizensof this State reside in long‑term care facilities and are dependent onothers to provide their care. It is the intent of the General Assembly toprotect and improve the quality of care and life for residents through theestablishment of a program to assist residents and providers in the resolutionof complaints or common concerns, to promote community involvement andvolunteerism in long‑term care facilities, and to educate the publicabout the long‑term care system. It is the further intent of the GeneralAssembly that the Department of Health and Human Services, within availableresources and pursuant to its duties under the Older Americans Act of 1965, asamended, 42 U.S.C. § 3001 et seq., ensure that the quality of care and life forthese residents is maintained, that necessary reports are made, and that, whennecessary, corrective action is taken at the Department level. (1989, c. 403, s. 1; 1995, c. 254, s. 1; 1997‑443,s. 11A.118(a).)