A new bill in Pennsylvania will protect nursing home residents from sexual attacks. State Representative Robert Matzie introduced House Bill 2341, legislation that would require nursing homes to alert staff and residents when the facility admits a convicted sex offender. It is a simple safety notice. Rep. Matzie said:
“I believe that we need to ensure that our most vulnerable are safe. I think a lot of people were shocked there were nothing on the books, from democrats, republicans, from advocates.”
If the bill becomes law, it will mandate the facility to report the information to the Department of Health, which will create a centralized registry that would function as a Megan’s Law for nursing homes.
The Pennsylvania Health Care Association is in favor of the bill.