OK: Bill would close loophole on sexual predators working in senior living communities

Source: mcknightsseniorliving.com 3/27/23

Legislation preventing sexual predators and human traffickers from working in senior living communities is working its way through the Oklahoma Legislature.

Last week, the Oklahoma Senate approved Senate Bill 369 to prohibit long-term care facilities from employing anyone listed on the state’s juvenile sex offender registry, maintained by the Office of Juvenile Affairs, or who has been convicted of human trafficking. The bill applies to assisted living communities, residential care homes, continuing care retirement / life plan communities, nursing facilities, home health settings and adult day centers.

The juvenile sex offender registry is closed to the public. The bill would grant long-term care facilities access to the registry to further vet prospective employees. It also would decrease the time period — from seven to five years — that nurse aides would be precluded from employment at long-term care facilities for any nonviolent offenses.

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interesting that there barring juvenile registry offenders only I would have to assume that adults are already banned. But I wonder what caused this sudden concern?

So that’s it? That’s the ‘loophole’? So Oklahoma is protecting grandma from some 13 or 14 year old boy who wants to earn his merit badge volunteering to help a bunch of old farts in a convalescent home. We got to keep these child predators away from our vulnerable senior citizens.