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Please help us show our Board of Supervisors how much they are appreciated!

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to let you know that we have a time certain for our Appreciation Presentation to the Board of Supervisors.

We are scheduled for July 28, 2015 at 10AM

I hope as many of you will come as possible. As I have expressed on several occasions, they have been in the fight with us from the beginning to help restore funding to the Ombudsman Program. Ventura County is the only county in CA that has been consistent and resolute since 2008 to stand with us on our funding reinstatement. Although we did not receive as much as we hoped, for the first time since 2008, we have been put back into the general fund. For those of you who may not know, we were in the general fund from 1986 until 2008 when we were suddenly, without any discussion, eliminated. Since that time some of the local programs have worked to reinstate the funds. This is the first year we have seen any real improvement, and we want to thank those who have helped us get here.

Please come out and help us show our Board of Supervisors how much they are appreciated.

Sylvia

Sylvia Taylor-Stein
Executive Director
Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, Inc.,
Ombudsman Program
2021 Sperry Avenue Suite 35
Ventura, CA 93003
T: 805-656-1986 ext 102
Fax: 805-658-8540
www.ombudsmanventura.org

Posted in California.


Ombudsman Program funding

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce that we have the final approval of the state
budget. The Legislators and Governor have approved the new budget with
the following increases for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs statewide:
$ 1,000,000 General Funds (On-Going)
$ 1,000,000 Citation Penalty Account (One-time only)
$ 400,000 Quality Assurance Fees (On-Going)
—————–
$ 2,400,000

While we would have loved to receive the full request of $ 6,000,000
that the Assembly unanimously approved, this is the first time since 2008 that we
have received State General Funds. It is a start. We will try again
next budget year to ensure that care facility residents have access to
the Ombudsman Program.

Thank you to everyone who helped us with phone calls and letters! You
have made a difference!

Best wishes,
Sylvia

Sylvia Taylor-Stein
Executive Director
Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, Inc.,
Ombudsman Program
2021 Sperry Avenue Suite 35
Ventura, CA 93003
T: 805-656-1986 ext 102
Fax: 805-658-8540
www.ombudsmanventura.org
a 501 (c) 3 Public Benefit Corporation

Posted in Budget Proposals, California.


CRUCIAL- PROTECT SENIORS: CALL THE GOVERNOR TODAY!

Dear Friends,

We are at a crucial point in our long fight to restore funding for the
Ombudsman Programs in California. Last week we received the very good
news that by unanimous and bi-partisan vote from the California Budget
Conference Committee we have been placed in the state’s final budget
to be presented to the governor.

Now we need the Governor to say Yes.

CALL GOVERNOR BROWN TODAY AT 916-445-2841 AND SAY,

“I URGE THE GOVERNOR TO SUPPORT THE FULL BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN”.

AS A FRIEND OF THE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM IN VENTURA COUNTY, YOU KNOW HOW
IMPORTANT TO OUR ELDERLY AND DISABLED IN LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES THIS
PROGRAM IS, IN PROVIDING THEM WITH AN ADVOCATE MANDATED TO FIGHT FOR
THEIR RIGHTS AND NEEDS, AND RESOLVE COMPLAINTS OF NEGLECT AND ABUSE ON
THEIR BEHALF.

MANY OF THOSE WHO BUILT THIS STATE AND SO MUCH OF WHAT WE ENJOY HERE IN
CALIFORNIA NOW LIVE IN OUR LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES. THEY NEED AND
DESERVE AN ADVOCATE IN THIS VERY DEPENDENT AND VULNERABLE SEASON IN
WHICH THEY FIND THEMSELVES, BUT SADLY 60% OF THOSE LIVING IN OUR NURSING
HOMES HAVE NO FAMILY OR FRIENDS WHO EVER VISIT OR LOOK OUT FOR THEM.
THE OMBUDSMAN MAY VERY WELL BE THE ONLY EXTENDED FAMILY OR FRIEND THEY
HAVE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES! BUT THE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM IS IN
TROUBLE ACROSS THE STATE DUE TO LACK OF STATE FUNDING FOR THE PAST SEVEN
YEARS, AND AS A RESULT MANY RESIDENTS ACROSS CALIFORNIA SUFFER AS THEIR
NEEDS GO UNMET, AND COMPLAINTS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT GO UNHEEDED AND
UNADDRESSED.

OUR GOAL IS 3500 CALLS INTO THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE IN THE NEXT 24
HOURS. IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE TO MAKE THE CALL AND GIVE YOUR SUPPORT.

WE NEED YOUR HELP. PLEASE MAKE THAT CALL TODAY. ON BEHALF OF ALMOST
300,000 RESIDENTS IN LONG TERM CARE IN CALIFORNIA, WE THANK YOU SO
MUCH!!

SYLVIA

PLEASE FORWARD THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

Sylvia Taylor-Stein
Executive Director
Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, Inc.,
Ombudsman Program
2021 Sperry Avenue Suite 35
Ventura, CA 93003
T: 805-656-1986 ext 102
Fax: 805-658-8540
www.ombudsmanventura.org
a 501 (c) 3 Public Benefit Corporation
All Donations are 100% Tax Deductible

Posted in Budget Proposals, California.


Psychiatric Drug Overuse Is Cited by Federal Study

Hi Everyone,

More information on the use of Anti-psychotic drugs for elderly persons with dementia. These drugs are dangerous and we are so glad to see this widespread problem receiving this kind of attention. Read Psychiatric Drug Overuse Is Cited by Federal Study

Sylvia

Sylvia Taylor-Stein
Executive Director
Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, Inc.,
Ombudsman Program
2021 Sperry Avenue Suite 35
Ventura, CA 93003
T: 805-656-1986 ext 102
Fax: 805-658-8540
www.ombudsmanventura.org
a 501 (c) 3 Public Benefit Corporation
All Donations are 100% Tax Deductible

Posted in California, Drugs, Federal Government, Newspapers/Books.


US Attorney Sues SNFs for Overmedicating Residents

Hi Eveyone,

The US Attorney in San Francisco has filed a false claims act lawsuit against two Watsonville nursing homes that used to be operated by Country Villa .

You must read this complaint starting on page 19 and you will see the dreadful horrors that happened to residents as a result of off label, unnecessary, and fraudulent drugging. Just open the link below and click on “Country Villa Complaint” at the bottom of the page. It will open up the complaint and then go to pg 19 and start reading.

This is why we absolutely must continue to advocate for least drugging in our nursing homes in Ventura County! This has to stop!
Thank you for all you do and please share this with your facilities, colleagues, medical directors, and everyone who can benefit from this. Please share!!

Read “Federal Government Sues Nursing Home” PDF here…

Sylvia
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Sylvia Taylor-Stein
Executive Director
Long Term Care Services of Ventura County, Inc.,
Ombudsman Program
2021 Sperry Avenue Suite 35
Ventura, CA 93003
T: 805-656-1986
Fax: 805-658-8540
www.ombudsmanventura.org
a 501 (c) 3 public benefit corporation

All donations are 100% tax deductible

Posted in Federal Government, Law Suit, Nursing Home.