ALFA 2014 Statesman Award
Rhode Island State Senator Joshua Miller accepted the ALFA Statesman Award, a distinction that honors a state legislator who has made an exceptional commitment to advocate on behalf of senior living residents
Senator Miller was first elected to the Rhode Island State Senate on November 7, 2006. Representing two of largest cities in the state, he now serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and is a member of the Senate Committee on Education.
In 2013, Sen. Miller sponsored legislation to modernize Rhode Island Assisted Living Licensing Act. At the time, Rhode Island's Assisted Living Residence Licensing Act did not permit residents to receive basic health services directly from appropriately trained/qualified assisted living staff members. Because of this statute, residents were at risk of being prematurely moved through the continuum of care to more costly institutional settings. As the bill’s sponsor and Chair of the Committee with jurisdiction over assisted living legislation, Sen. Miller brought all of the various interested parties together and crafted legislation that allows assisted living communities to provide limited health services to their residents. This legislation will enable assisted living residences to continue to provide the services that their residents need in a less costly, community-based setting.
ALFA 2014 Horace D'Angelo Jr. Memorial AwardHorace D'Angelo was a founder of ALFA, a long standing board member, and a board member of the Michigan Assisted Living Association. His vision was to support resident centered regulatory oversight through grassroots advocacy that included a strong national organization - ALFA - working jointly with ALFA state affiliates and chapters across the country. The ALFA Horace D'Angelo, Junior Memorial Award honors passionate advocates for seniors.
This year’s winners were Karen Peck of Brookdale and Maureen McNamara of Brightview Senior Living. Karen and Maureen were instrumental in gaining passage of landmark legislation in Rhode Island last year. Prior to their efforts, Rhode Island operated under a statute that forced many assisted living residents to move out of their homes prematurely. Through many hours of meetings, drafting and redrafting of legislation, compromise and creativity, a new law was passed to modernize the Rhode Island Assisted Living Act.
Karen and Maureen were instrumental in keeping workgroups on target and focused. When a stalemate seemed to threaten victory, they continued their efforts and secured a compromise. Along with the Rhode Island ALFA Affiliate Executive Director Kathleen Kelly, and all of its members, they never lost sight of the end goal; to achieve true aging in place for assisted living residents in Rhode Island.