FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2010
Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that the state is receiving a $2 million federal health care grant to design a comprehensive background check program for employees of nursing homes and other long-term care agencies to further strengthen protections for elderly and disabled residents.
The Governor said
“Our seniors and the disabled require our utmost commitment to their safety and well-being. Families entrust their parents and grandparents to the very places and people who promise caring and compassion and we must ensure we uphold that promise is met,” Governor Rell said. “These funds will allow
Other states awarded grants were
The national background check for each prospective direct patient care employee must include a history search of both state and federal criminal records, abuse and neglect registries, and databases, such as the Nurse Aide Registry. The first step for
Long-term care facilities or providers covered under the new program include nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospice providers, long-term care hospitals, and intermediate care facilities for persons with mental retardation, adult day care, and personal care assistants.