SECTION 1. Section 70E of chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2020 Official Edition, is hereby amended, in line 210, by inserting the following new paragraphs:-
Every nursing home shall establish a human rights committee which shall have the authority to receive and investigate, or investigate on its own motion, any complaints affecting the rights of residents. The department shall promulgate regulations regarding the composition, terms, and duties of said committee, and shall provide annual training for human rights committee members in its six regions.
The Commissioner shall designate not less than 2 employees per region as human rights officers who shall be trained in enforcement and resolution of violations of the human rights of nursing home residents and staff. The human rights officers shall work with nursing home human rights committees to provide assistance and support in processing resident complaints.
SECTION 2. Said section 70E of chapter 111, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting at the end thereof the following words:- Rights of residents shall include the enumerated rights of nursing home residents, as appearing in the Omnibus Budget Reform Act of 1987, guaranteed to residents receiving Medicare or Medicaid, which shall apply for all residents whether the resident receives Medicare or MassHealth benefits.
SECTION 3. Section 72 of said chapter 111, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting at the end thereof the following:-
Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department shall promulgate regulations to promote the dignity of residents, both permanent and temporary, of licensed nursing homes that are equivalent to the protection of rights of residents of facilities licensed by the department of mental health and the department of developmental disabilities. These regulations shall be effective not later than July 1, 2025.
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