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Rep. Brent testifies on elder abuse prevention bill

Esther's Law would allow long-term care facility residents to electronically monitor their rooms
May 28, 2020
Juanita O. Brent News

COLUMBUS- Yesterday, State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) provided sponsor testimony on House Bill (HB) 461, also known as “Esther’s Law,” that would permit a long-term care facility resident or the resident’s sponsor to authorize the installation and use of an electronic monitoring device in the resident’s room under certain conditions. HB 461 would also prohibit discrimination or retaliation against a resident who authorizes electronic monitoring.

“Esther’s Law would better protect one of the most vulnerable populations from neglect and abuse in any form,” said Rep. Brent. “As legislators, we work for you, and that means passing meaningful legislation to renew Ohio’s promise of safety and security at every stage of life. This bill offers families comfort by having another set of eyes on their loved one for security.”

The bill requires a resident’s roommate to fully or conditionally consent to electronic monitoring, and requires a long-term care facility to make a reasonable attempt to accommodate a resident wishing to use electronic monitoring if the resident’s roommate refuses consent. Additionally, the bill requires the establishment of a financial assistance program for Medicaid-eligible persons to purchase electronic monitoring devices.

HB 461 now awaits further consideration in the Aging and Long-Term Care Committee.