Faculty member works to support LGBT cultural competency training bill

AB 663 (Gomez) requires that the directors of skilled nursing and assisted living centers have 5 hours of cultural competency training on LGBT older adult issues.

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Valerie Leyva, a professor at CSU Stanislaus, provided the following quote to the bill’s sponsor (California Senior Legislature):

“LGBT residents of long term care facilities are often victims of neglect and discrimination, disabling them from getting the care they require. The number of LGBT elders in the US will nearly double in the next several years. We need to ensure that this community does not suffer unnecessarily by not getting the treatment and care they rightfully deserve. This Bill will require that an additional five hours of sensitivity training be added to the already 35 hours of training administrators and staff are required to receive. This Bill was a product of an MSW grad student working with me doing the initial research into this issue. She received class credit, and I received a well thought out legislative proposal.”

For further info on AB 663, contact:

Shirley Krohn
California Senior Legislature

John Scribner
Office of Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez