(L to R) Kay Dinolfo, Genta Iwasaki, Jim Brasfield, Andrea Reubin, Tim Effinger, Bob Snyder, Edith Cole, Willie Mae Welch, Bud Funk, Amy Nosbisch, Christy Callahan, Kayla Steinke, Iver Gandy, Sheri Bilderback, Bobbie Brantley, June Brown, Susan Press and Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan
5th Annual Advocacy Day for VOYCE
A VOYCE team of 17 advocates, including volunteer ombudsmen, board members and staff, joined ombudsmen from across the state on February 11, 2015 to advocate for long-term care consumers. Displays from each ombudsman region in the state filled the third floor Capitol Rotunda, allowing legislators and their staff to meet with ombudsmen to find long-term care resources for their constituents.
VOYCE and representatives from other Missouri Ombudsman Programs held legislative meetings with legislators in their regions as well as with key leadership in the House and Senate to bring the concerns of long-term care residents to Jefferson City. State Legislators received a "Long-Term Care Constituency Guide" detailing the long-term care communities in their districts and the number of residents living at each location to show how many of their own constituents are being served with long-term care.
Health Care Decision-Maker Legislation (HCDM)
Advocates from across the state discussed the need for designated health care decision-maker legislation in Missouri. As part of a broad coalition, the Missouri Long Term Care Ombudsman Program described how this legislation would fill a void for individuals who are incapacitated and need someone to make treatment decisions on their behalf, but who do not have someone legally appointed to do so through either a Durable Power of Attorney or Guardianship. Nursing home residents who become incapacitated need a decision maker to authorize medical office visits, transfers between nursing homes and referral to hospice or surgery.
Volunteer ombudsmen and staff gave legislators examples of how the needs of long-term care consumers are not being met today since Missouri is one of only seven states without this legislation.
Edith Cole, Susan Press, Genta Iwasaki, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, Tim Effinger, Andrea Reubin, Bobbie Brantley, Willie Mae Welch, Speaker of the House John Diehl, Jim Brasfield, Bud Funk, Sheri Bilderback, Bob Snyder, Iver Gandy and June Brown
Edith Cole, Tim Effinger, Susan Press, Genta Iwasaki, Jim Brasfield, June Brown, Iver Gandy, Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, Willie Mae Welch, Bobbie Brantley, Sheri Bilderback, Andrea Reubin, Bob Snyder, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan and Bud Funk
Genta Iwasaki, Christy Callahan, Iver Gandy, Edith Cole, Andrea Reubin, Bud Funk, Willie Mae Welch, Jim Brasfield, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, Bobbie Brantley, Sheri Bilderback, Tim Effinger, Bob Snyder, June Brown and Susan Press
VOYCE Board Treasurer Bud Funk and Rep. Deb Lavender
Volunteer Ombudsmen Edith Cole and Iver Gandy, Regional Ombudsman Coordinator Kayla Steinke, Volunteer Ombudsmen Willie Mae Welch and Bobbie Brantley
Senator Jill Schupp and VOYCE Executive Director Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan
Volunteer Ombudsman Bob Snyder and Rep. Sue Allen
Rep. Bill Otto, Ombudsman Coordinator Amy Nosbisch, VOYCE Board President Tim Effinger
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