On July 14, Governor Parsons signed HB 1387, the electronic monitoring bill. For TEN YEARS, VOYCE and other elder rights advocates have fought to get an electronic monitoring bill passed, and today that fight has been won! This is a highly positive step forward for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our loved ones and all those in long-term care facilities in Missouri.
Why is the electric monitoring bill important?
There are many reasons residents, family members, and facilities have elected to install an electronic monitoring device, including but not limited to:
- Filling gaps in security and protection from abuse, theft, and neglect
- Ensuring that the resident is receiving appropriate levels of care
- Confirm or deny allegations of suspected abuse and neglect
- Promote facility reputation and increase accountability
Starting the last week of August, residents of long-term care communities will now be able to place cameras in their rooms. There will still be installation restrictions as a result of COVID-19 for the foreseeable future.
To learn more about what this law actually does and how it affects residents, families, and long-term care communities, check out our blog post: What Does this Camera Bill Mean for You?
Whether you signed our letter showing your support for this bill, called your legislator, participated in advocacy day, or shared your support on social media, this victory is YOURS, and we THANK YOU! The importance of this bill cannot be overstated. We all want the best for our loved ones and any measures that we can take to improve their safety, wellbeing, and happiness are important. The HB 1387 electronic monitoring bill is a great step forward and an example of how positive change can happen when we all work together for the betterment of others.
If you would like to connect with VOYCE around the electronic monitoring bill please contact us.