Nursing Facility Advocacy 101: New CT Laws That Enhance Resident Rights, Free
This session has been approved for 1 CLE by the CT Bar Association and 1 CEC by the CT/NASW
The 2021 Legislative Session was an important one for nursing home residents. Several bills were passed and signed into law to ensure that better care is provided to residents in nursing facilities and that they are afforded the same rights as any other individual, regardless of the setting in which they reside. Attorneys Brian Cantor and Lara Stauning will provide a general summary of the Connecticut laws that were passed in the 2021 Legislative Session that impact and enhance the rights of CT nursing facility residents. A more in-depth discussion will be provided by Attorney Cantor regarding Public Act 21-55, the “Technology Bill” that allows residents in nursing facilities to use the technology of their choice, and the rules established regarding the use of such technology. Attorney Stauning will provide an overview of Public Act 21-71, the “Essential Support Person” bill that establishes a process by which residents are to designate an “essential support person” to be permitted to visit, so long as they meet specific requirements, in the event of a public health emergency. Both bills address the social isolation of nursing home residents that resulted from the COVID-19 Pandemic and act to prevent it from occurring in the future.