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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 30. Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Chapter 60. Chapter 60 Grants to Area Agencies on Aging
9/19/2020

22VAC30-60-580. Substate Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs.

A. An Area Agency on Aging shall obtain approval of its Area Plan for Aging Services from, and shall execute a contract with, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services before it operates a substate ombudsman program. Such contract shall be in the form of an agreement incorporating as the scope of services the approved Area Plan for Aging Services or approved amendments thereto, signed by both parties. The contract shall provide assurances by the Area Agency that adequate legal representation, should any be necessary, shall be supplied on behalf of representatives of the substate ombudsman program acting in the scope of their services.

B. The actions of the representatives of the substate ombudsman program when acting on behalf of the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman pursuant to the duly executed contract, shall be governed, with regard to confidentiality requirements and rights of access, by the provisions of 22VAC30-60-570 B through 22VAC30-60-570 D.

C. The authority of the substate ombudsman program shall be limited to the geographic area specified in the approved Area Plan for Aging Services or in an approved area plan amendment, recognized as the scope of services of the contract.

D. The following steps will be observed under the circumstances described:

1. Staff of the substate ombudsman program shall comply with the complaint handling and reporting procedures established by the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, in accordance with 22VAC30-60-570 A and instructions provided by the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

2. Staff of the substate ombudsman program shall forward all complaints to the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman within three working days of the date on which the complaint is received by the substate ombudsman program.

3. Staff of the substate ombudsman program shall forward all complaints regarding long-term care services provided directly by or under contract by the Area Agency on Aging to the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman within one working day of the date on which the complaint is received by the substate ombudsman program.

4. Staff of the substate ombudsman program shall forward all complaints regarding the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman to the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services within one working day of the date on which the complaint is received by the substate ombudsman program.

E. If the substate ombudsman program utilizes volunteers to visit long-term care facilities, such utilization must be indicated in the Area Plan for Aging Services and specified in the contract. Such volunteers shall be screened and trained by the substate ombudsman program prior to their assuming their responsibilities.

F. Each volunteer in a substate ombudsman program shall sign an agreement with the program which specifies the responsibilities of the volunteer, in accordance with the Area Plan for Aging Services, as approved, and the executed contract.

G. The substate ombudsman program shall assure that each volunteer has fulfilled the minimum training requirements established by the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and has signed the agreement required by 22VAC30-60-580 F.

H. The substate ombudsman program shall submit accurate and timely reports in accordance with instructions provided by the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

Statutory Authority

§ 51.5-131 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 3001 et seq.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 29, Issue 02, eff. October 24, 2012.

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