Adult abuse registry bill heads to House

February 21, 2014

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate approved a measure Thursday that would create an adult abuse registry in the state.

Senate Bill 98, sponsored by Sen. Sara Beth Gregory, R-Monticello, would direct the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to maintain the adult abuse registry of substantiated cases of abuse or neglect by paid caregivers. The bill would require personal care agencies, including nursing home facilities, to check the registry as part of the background check process prior to hiring an individual.

SB 98 would create due process protections for individuals accused of abuse or neglect and would allow them to appeal their cases to civil court. The bill would also permit individuals to provide their registry information to families or others seeking to hire a personal caregiver.

“It is about protecting those elderly and disabled, vulnerable adults who are not in a position to be able to protect themselves,” Gregory said.

SB 98 was approved unanimously and now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.