(a) The State shall designate a sole State agency to develop and administer the State
plan required under this part and serve as the effective visible advocate for the
elderly within the State.
(b) The State agency shall have an adequate number of qualified staff to carry out the
functions prescribed in this part.
(c) The State agency shall have within the State agency, or shall contract or otherwise
arrange with another agency or organization, as permitted by section 307(a)(12)(A),
an Office of the State Long–Term Care Ombudsman, with a full-time State ombudsman
and such other staff as are appropriate.
(d) If a State statute establishes a State ombudsman program which will perform the functions
of section 307(a)(12) of the Act, the State agency continues to be responsible to
assure that all of the requirements of the Act for this program are met regardless
of the State legislation or source of funds. In such cases, the Governor shall confirm this through an assurance in the State
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