House OKs bill to form adult protection registry

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Associated Press

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 7:29 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill aimed at creating an adult protection registry in Kentucky has passed the state House.

The goal is to provide more assurances that the elderly and disabled are receiving proper care.

The measure cleared the House on a 99-0 vote Tuesday. It returns to the Senate, which will consider changes by the House.

The registry would list people found to have abused, neglected or exploited vulnerable adults.

Care providers for those adults would have to check the registry to make sure potential employees and contractors don't have a history of abusing the elderly or disabled.

Care providers expected to check the registry would include adult day health care programs, assisted-living communities, group homes for people with developmental disabilities, home-health agencies and long-term-care facilities.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 98.

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