Ohio Lawmakers Push for Stricter Oversight for Care of the Disabled

by | February 5th, 2014

Abuse and neglect among individuals living in long-term care facilities is often underreported by patients and other employees, who often fear retaliation by their abusers. The Ohio Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy explain lawmakers in the state are working to reduce abuse and neglect by passing legislation that will stiffen the standards for inspection and compliance reports when it comes to the care of the disabled in Ohio.

According to an article from News Net 5, Ohio Senate Bill 270 calls for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (ODDD) to not only increase certain standards of care—such as investigations into the backgrounds of care providers—but to create more transparency by posting reports and inspections online.

The changes were prompted by the discovery of hundreds of cases of health and safety violations committed by caregivers, including failure to perform criminal background checks on employees. Furthermore, an investigation determined there was no way for the public to view the results of care facility and employee inspections. Access to such information can be vital when selecting a care provider for a disabled individual.

The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy recognize the dangers of abuse and neglect. That is why the firm supports any measure aimed at improving the care and safety of the disabled.