Bill Text: NJ AR82 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Urges Congress to enact "Responding to Urgent Needs of Survivors of the Holocaust Act."

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2018-02-01 - Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee [AR82 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-AR82-Introduced.html

ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION No. 82

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 1, 2018

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  PAMELA R. LAMPITT

District 6 (Burlington and Camden)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Urges Congress to enact "Responding to Urgent Needs of Survivors of the Holocaust Act."

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Assembly Resolution urging Congress to enact the "Responding to Urgent Needs of Survivors of the Holocaust Act."

 

Whereas, The "Older Americans Act of 1965" (Pub.L. 89-73) (OAA) was enacted in response to Congressional concerns about the lack of community-based social services for senior citizens around the nation; and

Whereas, The OAA gave states authority over grants for community planning, social services, research and development projects for the elderly, and personnel training on aging-related issues; and

Whereas, The OAA also established the Administration on Aging in the Department of Health and Human Services as the federal agency responsible for administering the grants for legal, nutritional, supportive home, community-based social, disease prevention, and health promotion services and programs for the prevention of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation; and

Whereas, In June of 2012, S.3358, the "Responding to Urgent Needs of Survivors of the Holocaust Act" (RUSH Act), was introduced to amend the OAA to ensure that the approximately 127,000 aging Holocaust survivors currently living in the United States can access health care, nutrition, transportation, and community-based support services to enable them to age in place; and

Whereas, Many Holocaust survivors who emigrated to the United States live in poverty and represent an extremely vulnerable at-risk population, more reliant on social services programs than most other older Americans, with a disproportionate number needing services such as personal care, home-delivered and congregate meals, transportation, and mental health support; and

Whereas, The RUSH Act addresses the unique challenges facing aging Holocaust survivors residing both at home and in community based long-term care facilities by ensuring that their religious, cultural, and ethnic needs are met and allowing Holocaust survivors to age with dignity, comfort, and security; and

Whereas, The RUSH Act includes Holocaust survivors on the list of older Americans receiving preference for services under the OAA; authorizes the Administration on Aging, through its Community Living Program, to implement services specifically for aging Holocaust survivors; and establishes a grant program to provide money to nonprofit organizations to create, improve, and expand transportation services for the survivors; and

Whereas, The RUSH Act also authorizes the OAA's Nutrition Program to ensure that home-delivered nutrition services meet the special health related and nutritional needs of program participants with religious, cultural, or ethnic dietary food restrictions and to encourage employees of these programs to observe homebound senior citizens and recognize the warning signs of medical emergencies, injuries, elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation; now, therefore,

 

     Be It Resolved by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    The General Assembly urges the United States Congress to enact S.3358, the "Responding to Urgent Needs of Survivors of the Holocaust Act," which addresses the unique challenges facing aging Holocaust survivors residing both at home and in community-based long-term care facilities, ensures that their religious, cultural, and ethnic needs are met, and allows Holocaust survivors to age with dignity, comfort, and security.

 

     2.    Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of State, shall be transmitted by the Clerk of the General Assembly to the President of the United States, the Assistant Secretary for Aging in the Administration on Aging in the Department of Health and Human Services, and every member of the New Jersey Congressional delegation.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This resolution urges the United States Congress to enact S.3358, the "Responding to Urgent Needs of Survivors of the Holocaust Act," which addresses the unique challenges facing aging Holocaust survivors residing both at home and in community-based long-term care facilities, ensures that their religious, cultural, and ethnic needs are met, and allows Holocaust survivors to age with dignity, comfort, and security.

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