In a little-publicized line-item veto last month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger eliminated state funding for California’s long-term care ombudsman program.
The $3.8 million cut represents half the funding for ombudsman services. The program investigates elder abuse and other complaints on behalf of 250,000 residents of California’s 1,300 nursing homes and more than 8,000 assisted living facilities.
“We are in a very difficult financial environment, as evidenced this week,” said Sarah Ludeman, spokeswoman for theCalifornia Department of Aging, which administers the program. “Each area will try to do the best they can with the money left.”
The cut came days after the federal government issued a report condemning conditions in nursing homes.