§16-5L-17. Availability of legal counsel.

The state commission on aging shall establish and maintain procedures to ensure that:

(a) Adequate legal counsel is available to the long-term care ombudsman program for advice, consultation and representation as necessary for any state or regional long-term care ombudsman or ombudsman volunteer in connection with the performance of the ombudsman's or ombudsman volunteer's official duties; and

(b) The long-term care ombudsman program has the ability to pursue administrative, legal and other appropriate remedies on behalf of residents of long-term care facilities.