On November 15, 2017, Governor Mark Dayton announced he would form a group to address abuses in senior living facilities. His announcement followed a five-part series in the Star Tribune which brought increased attention to the matter.
A press released dated November 30, 2017 outlined more details of the group: "[This] independent work group will be led and convened by AARP Minnesota, in conjunction with other senior organizations [such as Elder Voice Family Advocates], to provide guidance on how the state can better serve Minnesota seniors. Recommendations of the work group will inform legislative proposals ahead of 2018 Legislative Session. Among requested recommendations are strategies to protect the rights of residents and families, connect them to resources, and improve communication about allegations of abuse."
The work group will engage other consumer-oriented organizations in addition to AARP, including Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota, the Minnesota Elder Justice Center, and the grass-roots Elder Voice Family Advocates.
The group published its final report on January 29, 2018.