FAIRFIELD- State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) today hailed unanimous passage by the Aging committee of a proposal to better promote the protection of our state elder population and those with disabilities.
Rep. Kupchick, who proposed a similar bill (5954) to establish an Elder Abuse Registry submitted testimony in favor of the bill to the legislature’s Aging committee on behalf of the Fairfield Senior Advocates (FSA). The (FSA) is a volunteer, non-partisan organization based in Fairfield, CT that is dedicated to supporting senior citizens within our State.
The legislation, S.B. 832, An Act Concerning Registries of Persons Found Responsible for Assaults or Other Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation or Abandonment of Elderly Persons or Persons with Disabilities would enforce the creation of a public registry which will secure the protection of elderly or disabled individuals from persons convicted of assaults, neglect exploitation, abandonment, and other abuse.
Rep. Kupchick said, “Families deserve the peace of mind that their loved ones are receiving the best possible care at senior facilities and nursing homes. It is morally imperative to protect our parents, grandparents, relatives, friends, and neighbors just as we strive to protect children from sexual predators.”
According to the National Adult Protective Services Association’s March 2018 national report, twenty-six states are using abuse registries. Connecticut is not among them. Kentucky signed a bill into law in 2014 which created a registry to identify certain caregivers who had been involved in abuse cases substantiated by the Adult Protective Branch within the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
This law requires providers, such as adult day health care program centers, adult day training facilities, assisted-living communities, home health agencies, hospice programs, and long-term care facilities, to query, by secure means, as to whether a prospective employee, contractor, or volunteer had been the subject of a validated finding of adult abuse.
The bill now moves to the State Senate and House of Representatives for further debate and vote.