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The Bill, which was sponsored by Representative Greg Harris and Senator Terry Link, received overwhelming bipartisan support at the Illinois General Assembly in May of 2015, and comes at a time when it couldn’t be more necessary. Each year, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) receives an average of 19,000 calls reporting abuse and neglect that is allegedly committed against residents of Illinois long term care facilities. Approximately 5,000 of those claims are investigated annually, and there were more than 150 documented cases of abuse and neglect in 2014 alone. Lawmakers, friends and family members and personal injury lawyers in Illinois hope that the installation of surveillance equipment in our state’s long term care facilities will help prevent the tragic occurrence of negligence and abuse that so often plagues the residences of some our most vulnerable members of society.
According to the Illinois General Assembly, the Act applies to numerous types of care facilities in the state.
The Bill clearly states that the term “electronic monitoring device” is defined as being a surveillance instrument that offers a fixed position camera, an audio recording device, or a combination of the two that records or broadcasts sounds and/ or activities that occur. According to the Chicago Tribune, these types of monitoring devices can cost residents and their family members anywhere from $200 to more than $1,000. Additionally, all surveillance equipment installations and services must comply with the National Fire Protection Association’s 101 Life Safety Code.
While residents and their families should consult a personal injury lawyer in Illinois for more detailed information about the Act or advice about their specific situation, below are a few notable provisions of the Bill than can help Illinois residents develop a better understanding of what to expect with the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long Term Care Facilities Act.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the state of Illinois is the fifth state in the nation to enact a law that allows the installation and use of electronic monitoring equipment in long term care facilities. Other states with similar laws include Oklahoma, Washington, Texas and New Mexico.