PRINTER'S NO. 831
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
729
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY J. WARD, BROOKS, MENSCH, YUDICHAK, MARTIN,
COMITTA, DUSH, PITTMAN, STEFANO, DiSANTO, COSTA, LANGERHOLC,
SCHWANK, AUMENT, BAKER AND MASTRIANO, JUNE 1, 2021
REFERRED TO EDUCATION, JUNE 1, 2021
AN ACT
Amending the act of June 9, 1997 (P.L.169, No.14), entitled "An
act providing for Statewide nurse aide training programs
relating to nursing facilities," further providing for
implementation.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 9 of the act of June 9, 1997 (P.L.169,
No.14), known as the Nurse Aide Resident Abuse Prevention
Training Act, is amended to read:
Section 9. Implementation.
The department shall incorporate the resident abuse
prevention training under section 3 as part of the State-
approved nurse aide training programs. Under an approved nurse
aide training program, curriculum content for the theory and
laboratory requirements of the training may be delivered in
class, in person, online or via asynchronous, virtual reality or
other digital delivery mechanism, or in a blended format which
is a combination of any of the above, and must be approved by
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the department. The clinical hour requirements must be completed
in an approved clinical setting. The department shall report
annually to the chairperson and minority chairperson of the
Aging and Youth Committee of the Senate, the chairperson and
minority chairperson of the Aging and Older Adult Services
Committee of the House of Representatives, the chairperson and
minority chairperson of the Education Committee of the Senate
and the chairperson and minority chairperson of the Education
Committee of the House of Representatives on the progress in
implementing the requirements of this section. In addition, the
resident abuse prevention training shall be extended to be part
of the regular in-service education of the nurse aide, as
required by section 483.75(8) of the regulations of the Omnibus
Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (Public Law 100-203, 101 Stat.
1330). Annually, after completion of the nurse aide training and
competency evaluation program, the nurse aide shall attend an
in-service program that incorporates section 3 as part of the
presentation. [The resident abuse prevention training component
shall be included as part of the residents' rights curriculum in
all nurse aide training classes and as part of the regular in-
service education of the nurse aide on or before March 1, 1998.]
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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