NURSING HOME REFORM
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. Provides that the Department
of Public Health shall discipline facility employees, agents, or
administrators that fail to report the abuse or neglect of a resident.
Provides for Departmental review of nursing home residents with a
mental illness to determine the appropriateness of placement, the
adequacy of treatment and oversight, and the safety of other residents
and of the staffing policies of all nursing homes to ensure that all
nursing homes have an adequate number of staff with the appropriate
specialized training needed to care for mentally ill patients.
Provides that the Department shall review its current licensing and
certification policies for nursing homes and its penalties for
violation to deter facilities from repeated violation of licensure and
certification requirements. Amends the Mental Health and
Developmental Disabilities Code. Provides that the Department of
Human Services shall review its policies and procedures and the
policies and procedures of the Department of Public Health and the
Department of Public Aid to determine the adequacy of patient
assessments and treatment plans that include nursing home placements.
Provides that the Department may impose a moratorium on discharges of
appropriate residents from mental health facilities operated by the
State or a political subdivision thereof pending the review.
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE
Last action date: 01-01-09
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 0 SENATE - 0
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