Senate approves Nofs bill strengthening adult foster care licensing requirements

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LANSING―Legislation that increases security at Michigan’s adult foster care facilities was approved by the state Senate on Tuesday, said Sen. Mike Nofs, sponsor of the bill.

Senate Bill 1101, part of a three bill package, imposes restrictions, criminal background checks and other requirements on owners, partners or directors of adult foster care facilities applying for a state license. Such restrictions already apply to staff and volunteers at the facilities.

“As a former law enforcement officer, I view the protection of our most vulnerable adults and children as a top priority,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “This bill will help ensure that those who have been convicted of crimes against adults will not be able to gain access to seniors residing in adult foster care homes or homes for the aged.”

Specifically, the bill will:

* Require an applicant for a license to consent to a criminal history check and a criminal records check;

* Require an owner, partner, or director who has direct access to residents of an adult foster care facility or who has on-site facility operational responsibilities to consent to a criminal history check and a criminal records check;

* Prohibit the Department of Human Services from issuing a license to or renewing the license of an applicant, a licensee designee, or an owner, partner, or director who has regular direct access to residents or on-site operational responsibilities, if he or she had been convicted of a misdemeanor within 10 years before the application, or had been convicted of a felony; and

* Prohibit a licensee, licensee designee, or owner, partner, or director of a licensee from being permitted on the premises of a facility if he or she had been convicted of adult abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation, or a listed offense under the Sex Offenders Registration Act.

“Families place a tremendous amount of trust in the owners and operators of adult foster care facilities to take care of their loved ones,” said Nofs. “These are vulnerable adults and it is our duty to help make sure they are treated with the best care possible.”

SB 1101 received unanimous Senate approval and now goes to the state House for consideration.
 

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