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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Governor Scott Signs EPI-backed Bill Adding Protections for Long-Term Care Facility Residents

June 23, 2020

Today, Governor Phil Scott signed into law H.635, a bill strengthening protections for long-term care residents. For example, under the new law, if a long-term care facility causes its residents “mental harms,” the State may undertake immediate enforcement action to address those concerns. Previously, Vermont law only permitted such action in response to “physical” harms. The EPI assisted in developing H.635 based on lessons learned assisting on the Attorney General’s successful litigation against the owner/manager of the Pillsbury Senior Communities. Earlier this June, Assistant Attorney General Jamie Renner, EPI Chair, also testified in support of H.635 before the Vermont Senate Health & Welfare Committee.

To read H.635 as enacted, click here.

Last modified: October 28, 2020