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7/9/2020 AARP honors several legislators with Capitol Caregiver Awards
STATE HOUSE – AARP have awarded their Capitol Caregiver Awards to several members of the Rhode Island General Assembly who were instrumental in passing legislation concerning caregivers during the 2019 legislative session. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards were postponed from March 31 to July 8 and the presentation was held as a virtual event.

Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick), Sen. Adam J. Satchell (D-Dist. 9, West Warwick), and Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) were recognized for supporting legislation (2019-0031A / 2019-H 5909A) that establishes the Supported Decision-Making Act, which is a less restrictive alternative to guardianship for utilization of the probate courts.

Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence) and Rep. Julie A. Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) were honored for sponsoring the Family Caregiver Support Act (2019-S 0294 / 2019-H 5867) which requires annual reports to track the number of caregiver assessments given as part of the assessments conducted for Medicaid long term services and supports the creation of a family caregiver support association by the division of elderly affairs.

Sen. Walter S. Felag (D-Dist. 10, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton) and Representative Casimiro received the award for sponsoring legislation (2019-S 0438 / 2019-H 5385) that increased respite care funding from $140,000 to $325,000 in the state budget.

Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne (D-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence) and Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick) were presented with the award for their sponsorship of legislation (2019-S 0845A / 2019-H 6114A) which requires that all persons seeking appointment as a limited guardian or guardian of adults be required to undergo a criminal background check.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903