Protecting Seniors

 

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

Legislation recently approved by the Michigan Senate would subject workers at adult foster care and homes for the aged to FBI criminal history checks.

Senate Bills 787 and 788 would enable the Michigan State Police to conduct a criminal records check through the FBI on an applicant for an adult foster care or homes for the aged license. The criminal records check requirement would also apply to an owner, partner, or director of the applicant who has regular direct access to residents or who has on-site facility operational responsibilities for the facility.

Subjecting care workers to FBI criminal background checks will help protect seniors from predators who would prey on their vulnerabilities. These proposed laws are common-sense measures that we need to have on the books to safeguard our residents.

Previously, the Senate approved an 18-bill senior protection legislative package last year to protect seniors at risk of being exploited without placing an unmanageable burden on their guardians.

Those measures included initiatives to improve coordination between state and local authorities; enhance banking, annuity and insurance protections for seniors; establish reporting requirements for suspected abuse and neglect or knowledge of abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities; and create an “Amber Alert” style alert for missing seniors.

SBs 787 and 788 now go to the House of Representatives for consideration. I urge them to approve these key measures to protect Michigan seniors.

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Sen. Joe Hune represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.