Panel Recommends State-Wide Criminal Background Checks On Nursing
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 20, 2006
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS--A legislative panel recommended Wednesday that the state require nursing homes to perform criminal background checks on their residents in order to protect them from ex-convicts, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules suggested that 25,000 State Police background checks be done every three months until checks are completed on all of the estimated 100,000 in people in long-term care facilities by September of next year.
The committee also recommended that state health officials, rather than nursing homes, decide whether sex offenders and ex-convicts can share bedrooms with other residents.
The panel is responsible for working out the details of the Vulnerable Adults Protection Act, which Governor Rod Blagojevich signed into law last year.
Last April, the Sun-Times found that 100 registered sex offenders and 61 parolees convicted of non-sex crimes were living in Illinois nursing homes.
"Background checks for nursing home residents" (Chicago Sun-Times)