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  • NJ A936
  • Requires reporting of suspected abuse of institutionalized elderly to police and that facility employees receive notice of reporting requirement annually; designated as "Peggy's Law."
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(6/26/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill, designated as "Peggy's Law," amends P.L.1977, c.239 (C.52:27G-1 et seq.), which establishes the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly, to require that any caretaker, social worker, physician, registered or licensed practical nurse, or other professional, who, as a result of information obtained in the course of his employment, has reasonable cause to suspect or believe that an institutionalized elderly person is being or has been abused or exploited, shall immediately report this information to the local law enforcement agency, as well as to the ombudsman. The law currently provides that these professionals shall report this information, in a timely manner, to the ombudsman. Similarly, the bill mandates that any other person who has reasonable cause to suspect or believe that an elderly person is being or has been abused or exploited shall immediately report such information to the local law enforcement agency and the ombudsman. The law currently provides that other persons may report this information to the ombudsman. Also, in order to ensure that residents or patients and their family members, as well as employees of facilities for the institutionalized elderly are aware of the reporting requirements of the law, the bill requires that: · Notices provided by the ombudsman that include information about the procedure to follow in filing a complaint and other pertinent information, which are posted in the facility and given to patients and their family members, shall be prepared in both English and Spanish and shall include the phone number of the local law enforcement agency; and · The administrator of a facility shall annually provide all caretakers, social workers, physicians, registered or licensed practical nurses, or other professionals employed at the facility with a notice explaining the requirements in the bill concerning the reporting of suspected abuse or exploitation of an institutionalized elderly person, and require, as a condition of employment at the facility, that the professional acknowledge in writing receipt of the notice, which acknowledgement will be retained in the employee's personnel file. The bill has a delayed effective date of 60 days following enactment in order to provide the ombudsman with sufficient time to prepare and distribute the required notices.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Budget, Health and Senior Services, Substituted by another Bill
Substituted by S1219 (2R)  (on 6/29/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
6/29/2017 A Substituted by S1219 (2R)
6/26/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/26/2017 Assembly Budget Hearing (19:00 6/26/2017 A-4432 (1R), A-4784 (1R) and A-5038 are pending referral. * Revi)
6/26/2017 Assembly Budget Hearing (19:00 6/26/2017 A-4432 (1R), A-4784 (1R) and A-5038 are pending referral.)
6/22/2017 A Transferred to Assembly Budget Committee
5/11/2017 A Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
5/11/2017 Assembly Health and Senior Services Hearing (19:00 5/11/2017 A-4789 Conaway pending intro and referral. Requires naltrexone a)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/26/2017 Assembly Budget Committee: Reported with Amendments 13 0 0
Detail 5/11/2017 Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee: Reported with Amendments 12 0 1