There is a bill that was introduced in Ohio that would require nursing homes to notify residents and their families when a sex offender moves into the facility. This seems like a no-brainer.
Under current law, not only is notification not required, but nursing homes are not allowed to turn away applicants for being sex offenders.
Senate Bill 130 would require licensed nursing care facilities to notify residents and their families that a Tier 3 sex offender is living there. Notification would also be required if a person was imprisoned for a felony any time during the 12-month period of their application for admission.
Nursing home operators worry that notification will put them in a difficult legal position.
"What is the answer when (family members) come to the facility and say, ‘Well, we don’t want this person living next door to our loved one? What are you going to do about it?’ " said Peter Van Runkle of the Ohio Health Care Association, which represents nursing home. "We are not legally allowed to refuse to admit someone that we have the ability to take care of because of their past offenses."
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