In case you missed it, we did. A first-in-the-nation law was signed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker this past July requiring elder service providers that receive either state funding or licensure to complete training in how to provide inclusive care to LGBT older adults. Congratulations Massachusetts you continue to set yourself apart as one of the most progressive and affirming places for LGBTQ persons in the country.
Bill S.346 reads as follows:
An Act relative to LGBT awareness training for aging services providers.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Chapter 19A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 41 the following section:-
Section 42. The department shall develop a curriculum and training program on the prevention and elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and on improving access to services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders and caregivers. The training program shall be completed by all providers of services who contract with or receive funding from the department, Aging Service Access Points or the MassHealth Office of Long Term Care, or whose services are certified by the department.
SECTION 2. The training curriculum established pursuant to section 42 of Chapter 19A of the General Laws shall be completed within 9 months of enactment of the legislation, and a provider shall commence the training program within 12 months of employment.