Arizona bill promotes use of video monitoring in group homes

Feb 11, 2019, 4:31 AM
(Pixabay Photo)...
(Pixabay Photo)
(Pixabay Photo)

PHOENIX — An Arizona legislator is encouraging more group homes and intermediate care facilities to install video monitoring systems in their common areas with her new bill.

Republican state Rep. Nancy Barto told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Friday that HB 2117 is meant to give families who have relatives in these facilities some peace of mind.

“Right now, the group homes can use (cameras) and many do, but they don’t seem to be available for families who have a family member in a ICF situation, so I think it ought to be available,” she said.

Talk of increasing protections for vulnerable people in group homes has been popular in the Arizona government since a severely disabled woman was sexually assaulted and gave birth in December at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix.

After the birth, the Arizona Department of Health Services implemented new safety measures at Hacienda, including more monitoring of patient care areas but not video cameras.

Barto said she was working on the video monitoring bill last year, but people said it wasn’t necessary. Now, the Hacienda incident has revived discussion around it, she said.

The bill would require any facility using video monitoring to establish policies that protect patients’ privacy, including consent requirements.

“We’d obviously have to get the consent of the person and of every person in the group home — obviously, they have to provide consent in those situations where they are currently doing that, so that seems to be not a real barrier,” Barto said.

The next step for the bill is a hearing in the Arizona Health and Human Services committee.

“What we’re trying to accomplish is a way to make (video monitoring) effective and available for families,” she said.

“There’s a lot of attention on this situation, obviously, and other solutions to provide the type of security and safety for patients and clients that just don’t have capacity, or that just are unable to care for themselves or communicate with the world like you and me.”

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Amy Phol and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/Grand Canyon University)...

Grand Canyon University student injured after being hit by stray bullet

Grand Canyon University announced that one student was hit by a stray bullet after multiple gunshots were heard near campus.
23 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...

Arizona awarded over $20M in federal funds for school safety

The United States Department of Education awarded $20,826,927 to Arizona as part of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
23 hours ago
Registrar Kristen Schmidt takes stock of the painting "Seated Man" by Elaine de Kooning, wife of Wi...
Associated Press

Arizona museum exhibit marks end to de Kooning painting saga

Nobody could have predicted a Willem de Kooning painting stolen in 1985would find its way back to an Arizona museum.
23 hours ago
(Facebook Photos L-R/Kris Mayes for Arizona, Abraham Hamadeh for Attorney General)...

Watch: Arizona Attorney General candidates Kris Mayes, Abe Hamadeh debate

Candidates for Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes and Abe Hamadeh faced off in a debate Wednesday night.
23 hours ago
From left, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (AP Photos)...
Kevin Stone

Arizona GOP leaders push Hobbs to reject referendum blocking school voucher expansion

Arizona Republican leaders want Secretary of State Katie Hobbs to quickly reject the referendum that’s blocking school voucher expansion.
23 hours ago
(Drug Enforcement Agency Photos)...

8 million fentanyl pills seized in Arizona during 4-month DEA operation

The Drug Enforcement Agency said it seized 10.2 million fentanyl pills, the vast majority in Arizona, during a just-completed enforcement operation.
23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Arizona bill promotes use of video monitoring in group homes