S.B. No. 874

relating to quality-of-care monitoring visits to long-term care facilities. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Subdivision (1), Section 255.001, Health and Safety Code, is amended to read as follows: (1) "Department" means the [Texas] Department of Aging and Disability [Human] Services. SECTION 2. Subsections (a) and (f), Section 255.003, Health and Safety Code, are amended to read as follows: (a) The department shall establish regional offices with one or more quality-of-care monitors, based on the number of long-term care facilities in the region, to monitor the facilities in the region on a regular, [unannounced,] aperiodic basis, including nights, evenings, weekends, and holidays. A monitoring visit conducted under this chapter may be announced or unannounced. (f) The quality-of-care monitor shall include in a monitoring [an assessment] visit: (1) observation of the care and services rendered to residents; and (2) formal and informal interviews with residents, family members, facility staff, resident guests, volunteers, other regulatory staff, and representatives of a human rights advocacy committee. SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
______________________________ ______________________________ President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 874 passed the Senate on April 14, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 28, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0. ______________________________ Secretary of the Senate I hereby certify that S.B. No. 874 passed the House, with amendment, on May 25, 2005, by a non-record vote. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House Approved: ______________________________ Date ______________________________ Governor