August 25, 2020
VOYCE would like to extend another big thank you to Missouri Representative Jim Murphy (District 094) and VOYCE’s Grants and Public Policy Coordinator Nicole Lynch for a robust discussion on the new law surrounding Authorized Electronic Monitoring. If you were not able to join us on August 18th for the overview and Q&A with Representative Murphy and Nicole, you may purchase the recording on our 2020 Conference Sessions page.
We are excited to host a Community Crash Course for families of long-term care residents, available September 8th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm OR September 14th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Here, families of Skilled Nursing, Residential Care, Assisted Living, or Intermediate Care residents interested in pursuing their right to have a camera in-room can learn the basics and benefits of the law, resident vs facility responsibilities, and considerations for choosing, placing, and operating an Authorized Electronic Monitoring device. Registration for these courses is FREE!
As Representative Murphy mentioned in our recent webinar discussion, the Authorized Electronic Monitoring in Long-Term Care Facilities Act was signed into law in August 2020 and monitoring may start on September 3, 2020. We have all been waiting patiently for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to finalize the rules of the law – and they’re here! You can read all of the rules of the law and complete the essential Electronic Monitoring Device Acknowledgement and Request Form when you are ready to begin the process of installing a device.
Here are a few key rules and regulations to keep in mind:
On placement of devices: There are few official requirements for the placement of cameras within a resident’s space. Representative Murphy suggests working with the facility administration to choose a location that:
The facility is responsible for providing electricity and a space to mount the device, plus must post signage alerting visitors to monitoring within the facility and within specific rooms. Otherwise, the resident (or their family) must provide the device, coordinate installation/removal, gather consent, and provide WiFi or a hotspot.
Hopefully, this article clarifies some of the regulations for taking advantage of the new Authorized Electronic Monitoring Act. Be sure to download your Acknowledgement and Request Form and join us for the Community Crash Course: Cameras for Nursing Homes!
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