Assemblymember Nazarian’s Cultural Competency Training for Professional Fiduciaries Bill Signed by Governor Newsom

For immediate release:

(Sacramento, CA) Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 465, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian’s legislation requiring the prelicensing education courses for licensed professional fiduciaries to include at least 1 hour of instruction in cultural competency every 3 years.

“Unfortunately, LGBTQI+ seniors face unique challenges as they age, and are among the most vulnerable population in our society. These challenges include barriers to receiving formal health care and social support that heterosexual, cisgender adults do not encounter. This new law will ensure that LGBTQI+ seniors get competent and respectful services by professional fiduciaries.” said Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.

Private professional fiduciaries are individuals licensed by the Professional Fiduciaries Bureau. They manage matters for patients and clients including daily care, housing and medical needs, and also offer financial management services ranging from basic bill payments to estate and investment management. Professional fiduciaries provide critical services to seniors and persons with disabilities.

“Cultural competency” would mean understanding and applying cultural and ethnic data to the process of care that includes, but is not limited to, information on the appropriate treatment of, and provision of care to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex [LGBTQI+] communities, ethnic communities, and religious communities.

LGBTQI+ older adults live vibrant, full lives across the U.S. and around the world. While the U.S. census has never captured how many LGBTQI+ people live in America, reports estimate that there are currently around three million LGBTQI+ adults over age 50. That number is expected to grow to around seven million by 2030.

Adrin Nazarian represents the 46th Assembly District, serving the San Fernando Valley communities of Hollywood Hills, Lake Balboa, North Hills, North Hollywood, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Universal City, Van Nuys, and Valley Village