42 U.S. Code § 1397m–1 - Adult protective services functions and grant programs
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(a) Secretarial responsibilities
(1) In general
The Secretary shall ensure that the Department of Health and Human Services—
(A) provides funding authorized by this part to State and local adult protective services offices that investigate reports of the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders;
(B) collects and disseminates data annually relating to the abuse, exploitation, and neglect of elders in coordination with the Department of Justice;
(C) develops and disseminates information on best practices regarding, and provides training on, carrying out adult protective services;
(b) Grants to enhance the provision of adult protective services
There is established an adult protective services grant program under which the Secretary shall annually award grants to States in the amounts calculated under paragraph (2) for the purposes of enhancing adult protective services provided by States and local units of government.
(2) Amount of payment
(A) In general
Subject to the availability of appropriations and subparagraphs (B) and (C), the amount paid to a State for a fiscal year under the program under this subsection shall equal the amount appropriated for that year to carry out this subsection multiplied by the percentage of the total number of elders who reside in the United States who reside in that State.
(B) Guaranteed minimum payment amount
(i) 50 States Subject to clause (ii), if the amount determined under subparagraph (A) for a State for a fiscal year is less than 0.75 percent of the amount appropriated for such year, the Secretary shall increase such determined amount so that the total amount paid under this subsection to the State for the year is equal to 0.75 percent of the amount so appropriated.
(3) Authorized activities
(A) Adult protective services
Funds made available pursuant to this subsection may only be used by States and local units of government to provide adult protective services and may not be used for any other purpose.
(B) Use by agency
Each State receiving funds pursuant to this subsection shall provide such funds to the agency or unit of State government having legal responsibility for providing adult protective services within the State.
(4) State reports
Each State receiving funds under this subsection shall submit to the Secretary, at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may require, a report on the number of elders served by the grants awarded under this subsection.
(c) State demonstration programs
The Secretary shall award grants to States for the purposes of conducting demonstration programs in accordance with paragraph (2).
(2) Demonstration programs
Funds made available pursuant to this subsection may be used by States and local units of government to conduct demonstration programs that test—
(D) whether training on elder abuse forensics enhances the detection of elder abuse by employees of the State or local unit of government; or
To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, a State shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.
(4) State reports
Each State that receives funds under this subsection shall submit to the Secretary a report at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require on the results of the demonstration program conducted by the State using funds made available under this subsection.
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