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Illinois Department of Public Health tells long-term care facilities to report resident sex offenders

As previously reported in a recent entry, sex offenders and parolees are a growing problem in long-term care facilities. The Department of Public Health has responded by recently adopting amendments to the Illinois Administrative Code that requires certain long-term care facilities to notify local law enforcement and residents once an identified sex offender is admitted to the facility. The facilities are also required to develop emergency contingency plans to be routinely renewed. Additionally, the amendments require that all employees who have contact with patients undergo a criminal background check. These new amendments apply to supportive living facilities, skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities, sheltered care facilities, Illinois Veterans’ homes, intermediate care for the developmentally disabled facilities, and long-term care for under age 22 facilities.

To read the Amendments.