Patricia L. McGinnis

Patricia L. McGinnis  is the Co-founder and Executive Director of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), a San Francisco-based statewide consumer advocacy organization formed in 1983.  A former teacher, Ms. McGinnis  received her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1977.  She has been involved with long term care reform issues for over 35 years and has written and lectured extensively on issues such as nursing home and assisted living care, financial planning, elder abuse, residents’ rights, family councils and the use of restraints in nursing homes.

Ms. McGinnis is also an adjunct professor in San Francisco State University’s Graduate Gerontology Program. Through administrative and legislative advocacy, CANHR has been instrumental in the enactment of major policy, regulatory and legislative changes that have resulted in significant protections for California’s elders. CANHR has also become a clearinghouse in California for long term care and elder financial abuse issues. Policy-makers, legal services staff, and consumers rely on CANHR’s expertise in this area. Ms. McGinnis was named a Gerbode Fellow at the U.C. Berkeley School of Social Welfare in 1991 and was awarded the first annual America’s Award by the America’s Award Foundation in 1990.

 Ms. McGinnis and California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform have received numerous awards and recognitions for their nursing home advocacy, most recently, the 2015 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Award for CANHR’s Campaign to Eliminate the Inappropriate Use of Psychotropic Drugs and Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.

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