Type: Law Bulletins
Date: 06/30/2014

New Ohio Sex Offender Requirements for Long Term Care Facilities

Effective Sept. 15, 2014, nursing homes, residential care facilities and county homes in Ohio will soon have additional requirements related to the admission of a registered sex offender. House Bill 483 and the Mid-Biennium Budget Review Bill added Section 3721.122 to the Ohio Revised Code. Before an individual is admitted as a resident to a nursing home, residential care facility or county home, the administrator shall search the Ohio sex offender registry for the individual’s name in the internet-based sex offender and child-victim offender databases. If the search results identify the individual as a sex offender and the registered sex offender is admitted, a care plan must be developed to protect other residents and provide a safe environment free of abuse. Also, the nursing home, residential care facility or county home must notify residents and their sponsors of the sex offender’s admission and provide a description of the plan of care for safety. The sex offender registry can be found here.

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