June 16, 2016
New work group to make recommendations on voluntary electronic monitoring in care facilities
The Minnesota Department of Health today announced the formation of a new work group to develop recommendations for future state laws regarding the use of voluntary electronic monitoring such as video cameras in professional care settings. The technology is seen as a potentially valuable tool for protecting vulnerable children and adults and holding accountable perpetrators of abuse.
The Residential Care and Services Electronic Monitoring Work Group was created in the 2016 session after a number of related measures were considered by Senate and House members. The purpose is to bring together legislators, state agency staff, and stakeholders to discuss the use of video cameras and other electronic monitoring technologies in nursing homes and other facilities for the purpose of detecting abuse and neglect of vulnerable people.
As specified in the enabling legislation, the group is to have 16 official members and a group chair who is appointed by the Minnesota Commissioner of Health. Membership includes:
- Amanda Vickstrom, Executive Director, Minnesota Elder Justice Center (Work Group Chair)
- Minnesota State Representative Nick Zerwas
- Minnesota State Representative Deb Hilstrom
- Minnesota State Senator Alice Johnson
- Minnesota State Senator Michelle Benson
- Gil Acevedo, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health
- Loren Colman, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services
- Jean Peters, citizen representative for consumers/victims
- Rebecca Coffin, Attorney, Voigt, Rodè & Boxeth
- Cheryl Hennen, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
- Doug Beardsley, Vice President, Care Providers of Minnesota
- Jon Lips, Vice President, LeadingAge Minnesota
- Skip Valusek, Minnesota Home Care Association
- Mary Jo George, Assistant State Director, AARP Minnesota
- Beth McMullen, Vice President, Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota and North Dakota
- Tony Palumbo, County Attorney, Anoka County
- Rick Varco, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota
The work group will issue a report with recommendations to the legislature by January 15, 2017. The first meeting will be held on June 22, 2016 at 3 p.m., in Room 200 of the State Office Building, at 100 Rev. Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul. The public is welcome to attend.
For more information including future meeting dates, please visit the MDH website: Residential Care and Services Electronic Monitoring Work Group.
MDH Communications Director