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Missouri Ombudsmen Testify in the State House Committee Hearing

April 19, 2018

Ombudsmen in Missouri headed to Jefferson City for their Annual Advocacy Day to represent the voices of those in long-term care. VOYCE representatives have been working to raise awarness for two bills allowing residents to install cameras in their nursing home rooms and bills on mandated reporting by nursing homes of sexual assalt to law enforcement. 


A group from VOYCE testified in the Missouri House committee hearing on the camera bill (Ombudsmen, Mary Redford and Dick Corbett). Then VOYCE Executive Director, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, testified in the Senate House committee on mandated reporting by nursing homes of sexual assault to law enforcement.

Significant media was generated on these bills. Executive Director, Mary Lynn Faunda Donovan, was interviewed by a local radio station about two new bills allowing cameras in nursing home rooms and the amendments weakening these bills that were added allowing the facility to turn off the video and audio at the discretion of the nursing home staff and giving facilities final say on whether the resident could install cameras. Hear radio interview here and read an article here.