September 8, 2011
Currently in Iowa nursing home inspections reports–which would detail reports of nursing home abuse or neglect–are not made public, but the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa is working to change that.
The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, which handles nursing home inspections, says that reports cannot be made public unless the federal government allows access.
Randall Wilson, legal director of the ACLU of Iowa, wrote a letter to the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals in which he questions why the federal government should have control over inspection records when Iowa’s inspections program is not federally funded and is instead supported entirely by the state.
Wilson says a large part of his group’s mission is to push for freedom of information and open records. He calls the state inspection department hiding behind the federal government “totally dysfunctional”.
In addition to groups like the ACLU of Iowa fighting for people’s rights, a nursing home abuse lawyer can help you and your family explore your legal rights if nursing home abuse happens.