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Ecumen Advances Sanctuary Services Bill at State Capitol

Ecumen advanced legislation last week to launch a pilot project that will provide, short-term shelter, safety and advocacy for older adults affected by elder abuse.  

The bill provides funding to develop a three-year pilot program that will utilize Ecumen housing and care centers as designated sites for Minnesota’s Sanctuary Services to promote the welfare of older adults living in and around our communities.

Ecumen anticipates piloting the project at four regional sites: Detroit Lakes, North Branch, Apple Valley, and Mankato. Ecumen will join the SPRiNG Alliance to assist in providing additional services, such as advocacy and case management. At the end of each year of the pilot, results will be reported to the Legislature.

The bill passed the Senate Family Care and Aging Committee. Its next stop will be the Senate Committee on Human Services Reform. 

Thank you to Ecumen for leading through public policy. LeadingAge Minnesota is proud to support you at the Capitol and we look forward to the important work you will do through this innovative program.

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