Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
On March 18, 2022, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1242 (SB 1242) into law to strengthen background checks for individuals who want to work at nursing care facilities in the state, according to a news release on the Governor’s website that listed all 19 bills signed into law that day by the Governor.
“Our nursing homes and assisted living facilities deserve accountability and leadership from their supervisors,” Governor Ducey stated in the news release. “SB 1242 accomplishes this. Our seniors – grandmothers, grandfathers, and family members – deserve nothing less to ensure their safety, happiness, and health.”
Sponsored by State Senator Tyler Pace (R-District 25), SB 1242 enhances background checks for licensure through the Nursing Care Institutions and Assisted Living Facilities (NCIA). Proper vetting of the managers and staff of these facilities is critical for the safety of the vulnerable, elderly individuals that NCIA facilities house.
In addition to bolstering background checks, the bill prohibits individuals with any felony conviction involving violence or financial fraud from getting a license. The NCIA Board must work with the Arizona Department of Health Services to establish a process for identifying and referring complaints between the agencies.
SB 1242 defines crimes that constitute “felony involving violence or financial fraud” as forty-six specific offenses that include homicide, sexual assault, sexual abuse, child abuse, neglect of a vulnerable adult, indecent exposure, terrorism, theft, forgery, fraudulent use of a credit card, welfare fraud, kidnapping, and robbery.
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