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After years of research, planning, lobbying and negotiating, HB 987, a bill that improves the quality of care in Georgia's senior care homes, has been unanimously passed by the legislature and was signed by Governor Kemp on Tuesday. HB 987 provides necessary safeguards to make assisted living facilities and personal care homes safer for older Georgians including: higher staffing ratios, initial and annual training for staff, dementia-specific training, higher fines for death or serious physical harm, and requirements for the handling of COVID-19 in senior care facilities. Read more HERE.

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The Georgia Department of Public Health has created a website with accurate and up-to-date information regarding the spread of COVID-19 throughout Georgia and resources for individuals who might be experiencing symptoms or want to stay protected. The site also has links with information for Long-Term Care facilities, healthcare professionals, human services, and first responders. As this pandemic continues to affect our communities throughout the state, it is important to have the most current and accurate information to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Please click HERE for access to the DPH COVID-19 website. 

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The Center for Victim Research recently released an Elder Abuse Synthesis Brief discussing current trends in elder abuse. Click the link to read an overview of the Center's findings. 

New brief from National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) in collaboration with the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA), "Mandated Reporting of Abuse of Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities," is now available. This brief focuses on mandated reporting of abuse of older adults and adults with disabilities to Adult Protective Services (APS).

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