Legislation sponsored by Deputy Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco and Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini and signed into law today by Governor Chris Christie will improve conditions for residents of boarding homes and other shelters.
The bill (S-1856/A-3175) requires state and local officials to post on the internet the inspection reports from residential health care centers, boarding homes and homeless shelters that fail inspections for health or safety violations.
“Some facilities are poorly run, and opening inspection results to the public will increase transparency,” said Bucco, R – Morris and Somerset. “Increased accountability means better care. It will apply pressure on the operators to make necessary improvements, resulting in better living conditions and enhanced care.”
“The deplorable living conditions the plague some facilities will no longer be hidden from public scrutiny,” said Angelini, R – Monmouth. “Increased transparency will help enhance the quality of life and safety of residents.”
Department of Community Affairs (DCA) officials provide inspections of residential health care facilities, while local officials are responsible for emergency shelters for the homeless and rooming and boarding houses. Under the bill, the DCA’s commissioner will establish standard inspection practices.