LGBTQI+ Designated Representatives & Facility Staff Courses

NJHA and LeadingAge NJ & DE are pleased to announce two education programs designed to assist nursing homes, assisted living communities and dementia care homes with meeting the statutory requirements concerning the rights of LGBTQI+ older adults who reside in facilities.

P.L. 2021 c.33 was enacted earlier this year, requiring facilities to designate two representatives– one from management and one representing direct care – to be points of contact and to coordinate the facility’s overall staff education plan related to the law.

In partnership with SAGECare LGBTQ aging cultural competency training program, we have developed two programs to help facilities comply with the law – one tailored to the designated facility representatives and one designed for your entire team.  Please see the details below and follow the specific instructions closely; retain this email for your reference. Please note that while this is a joint program, payment should be submitted directly to HRET, address is listed below. 

LGBTQI+ Residents’ Rights: Designated Representative Education

According to the law, education of your two Designated Representatives must be completed by Feb. 28, 2022.  Here is important information about the education program to comply with this requirement:

  • The program is being offered in two parts:  Part one is a self-paced online module (approximate length is 2 hours) and part two is a 1.5 hour live session via webinar. Both parts must be completed in sequential order no later than Feb. 28, 2022.
  • Each Designated Representative must complete both parts, but they must do the self-paced module first and pass the quiz at the end with a score of 80 or higher before they can select their live session date.
  • Attendance in each live session via webinar will be limited to 40.  As sessions fill up, additional dates will be made available for registration.  Designated Representatives should choose a live session date close to the date on which they complete the self-paced module.  If your first choice is not available, please go back to the registration page and choose another date.
  • Once an individual registers for the program, there will be no refunds or credits permitted.
  • The person taking the course MUST be the person who registered for the course with the same email address as the one used to register. Replacement attendees must be approved by the NJHA team at least 7 days in advance.
  • It is strongly recommended that facilities have at least 4 people attend the Designated Representative program to ensure that the facility remains in compliance in the event that one or more of your Designated Representatives can no longer serve in that role.
  • Registration must be completed through njha.com/edpower.  If you do not already have an account in the learning management system, we have attached a “how to” guide.
  • The registration fee per person is $299.  Payment is accepted generally via credit card; if there are circumstances that require another form of payment, please contact the NJHA team at onlineeducation@njha.com .
  • 5 continuing education credits will be available for LNHAs, CALAs and nurses.  The course will help fulfill the ethics credits required for LNHAs (4 credits every renewal cycle).
  • All course materials are available on the learning management system.

LGBTQ+ Residents’ Rights: Facility Level Education

We strongly recommend that your Designated Representatives complete their education program (above) before you begin using the facility level course.  The Designated Representatives will be integral to facilitating this course for your staff.

According to the law, education for your entire facility staff must be completed by Sept. 3, 2022 and then every two years thereafter.  New hires must participate in this education within 12 months of their start date, unless they have documentation of having completed the education within the previous two years. The program is a 40-minute, on-demand webinar with 20 minutes estimated for discussion between sections of the video.  There are five accompanying resources and tools for facilitators and/or designated representatives to use in teaching the course.  It can be used with groups or by individuals, as determined by the facility.

  • Organizations will register using a specific registration form (available on the learning management system) and will pay a fee for unlimited use of the program until Sept. 30, 2022.  The fee is based on the number of facilities owned/operated/managed by an organization, with an overall cap on the fee. Please use your learning management system account to access the course registration page at www.njha.com/edpower
  • Facilities will be responsible for tracking attendees’ completion of the program as part of their overall training plan.
  • We will not issue certificates or CEUs for this program. Facilities may choose to provide attendees with certificates.
  • All course materials are available on the learning management system.
  • Assistance is available from the NJHA team at onlineeducation@njha.com or 609-275-4030.

LeadingAge New Jersey & Delaware, NJHA and SAGECare have developed these two programs with facilities’ needs in mind.  We look forward to your participation and feedback.