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Important Organizations

The following are organizations dedicated to improving the quality of living in long term care facilities.

National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR)
The NCCNHR was formed in 1975 due to growing concern about issues plaguing the nation’s nursing homes such as substandard conditions and inadequate staffing. The organization is a grassroots movement concerned with encouraging citizens and advocates to fight for quality long term care.

The NCCNHR has 200 member groups and over 1,000 individual members representing 42 states and various facets of the long term care advocacy community including local citizen action groups, state and local long-term care ombudsmen, legal services programs, religious organizations, professional groups, nursing home employees’ unions, concerned providers, national organizations, and growing numbers of family and resident councils.


National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC)

The National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center is operated by the NCCNHR and provides support to the 53 State Long Term Care Ombudsman Programs and their statewide networks of almost 600 regional (local) programs.

The Center’s objectives are to enhance the skills, knowledge and management capacity of the State programs to enable them to handle residents’ complaints and represent resident interests (individual and systemic advocacy).