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Nursing Home Law Discussed at Hearing

Legal experts explained that the mental health code which does not allow felons to be mixed with mentally ill people and seniors applies to nursing homes; however it seems to not be enforced. Currently, there are two separate sets of state laws regarding nursing homes and the mentally ill. These have caused confusion about how to treat individuals. For example, under state law, voluntary nursing home residents may leave whenever they want, yet if they are seriously mentally ill, the situation becomes more complicated. Illinois relies more heavily than any other state on nursing homes to house psychiatric patients. There are often time legal problems with placing the individuals in Illinois nursing homes. This news game at the fourth hearing held since the Chicago Tribune investigation that found nursing home abuse that went so far as death. The panel will submit a report concerning nursing home negligence by January 31, 2010. To learn more about the legal discrepancies, please click the link.