State Sen. Edith Prague said she will re-introduce a bill this year that would make it easier to hold the owners of nursing homes criminally responsible for abuse and neglect of patients in their facilities.
“You can’t sue the state, but the nursing home owners who cut back on staffing I feel should be held responsible,” she said. The bill passed the state Senate last year, but died in the House.
Prague said a public hearing will be held in front of the Select Committee on Aging on Feb. 16 in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The time and room have not been set yet.
Prague’s bill would require the Department of Public Health to include a notice in nursing home applications telling owners they could be held criminally accountable for abuse and neglect of residents by their employees.
Godialis said one issue is that many nursing homes in Connecticut are owned by people who live outside the state and believe they can’t be responsible for neglect if they don’t see it or participate in it.
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Bill Would Hole Nursing Home Owners Criminally Responsible for Abuse, Neglect