Group and nursing homes in North Carolina must comply with federal and state laws. Failing to do so might result in fines, license suspension or revocation, and more. As of today, the penalties have increased for abuse cases in group and nursing homes in North Carolina. Governor McCrory signed a piece of legislation today referred to as 'Burt's Law.'
Burt's Law goes into effect immediately and imposes misdemeanors upon any staff or volunteer that fails to notify authorities of resident or elder abuse within 24 hours. Staff and volunteers are required to report any instances of abuse to local police, the Department of Social Services, and their local district attorney. Matters of abuse are not limited to deliberate acts and also include accidental harm.
The law also holds accountable employees and volunteers of applicable facilities who borrow or take personal property from a client/resident.
Group homes and nursing homes are not the only facilities inclusive in the legislation. According to Burt's Law, the requirements apply to:
FACILITIES WHOSE PRIMARY PURPOSE IS TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR THE CARE, TREATMENT, HABILITATION, OR REHABILITATION OF INDIVIDUALS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS BY INCREASING PUNISHMENTS FOR CLIENT ABUSE, EXPLOITATION, OR NEGLECT
The new law will hopefully help deter staff from abusing residents and minimize the number of nursing home abuse incidents. Curious about a senior's rights? Read the Nursing Home Resident Bill of Rights and contact our nursing home abuse attorneys in Raleigh and Cary for a free case review.
Burt's Law goes into effect December 1, 2015.