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NAELA Public Policy Guidelines

NAELA supports the Older Americans Act and its broad service delivery and advocacy mandates, many of which promote independence for older adults and community-based services and assist individuals living with long-term care needs whether in long-term care facilities, living at home, or in any other environment.

A. NAELA recognizes that the Older Americans Act and all its titles should serve a critical role in providing legal services, ombudsman services, information and referral, social services, individual and group advocacy, employment, and research for older individuals.

B. NAELA supports continued expanded funding in order to keep pace with inflation and ever-increasing demand for the Older Americans Act as the need for legal, social services, and advocacy increases.

C. NAELA advocates to retain civil legal services as a priority for services funded under Title IIIB of the Older Americans Act.

D. NAELA supports the full funding of Title VII for the advocacy needs of every state. This includes funding for the Ombudsman, The Legal Services Developer, the Pension Counseling Program, the Elder Abuse Prevention Program, and any other additional advocacy services to Title VII.

E. NAELA encourages the development and enforcement of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Age Discrimination Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act. Please refer to the Elder Justice Act in the NAELA Public Policy Guidelines.

Resolutions adopted by the NAELA Board of Directors May 6, 1998
Revised November 11, 2004 and June 29, 2007
Posted March 2013