Legislation dubbed “Larry’s Law” is aimed at preventing what happened to Larry Lee from happening again.
House Bill 307, filed by Democratic Rep. Terry Mills, right, “would require an individual to be examined and assessed by a medical professional before admission to a personal care home, and it would require further assessment of the degree of disability for an individual with an acquired brain injury who was being considered for placement,” report Valarie Honeycutt Spears and Beth Musgrave of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Senate Bill 115, filed by Republican Sen. Jimmy Higdon, left, would require that a potential resident be evaluated by a mental health professional before someone is admitted to a personal care home, a cost that would be picked up by the state. Higdon and Mills are both from Lebanon, where Larry Lee lived until he went to Falmouth Nursing Home in Pendleton County.
In August, Lee, right, disappeared from the home, one of 82 free-standing personal care homes in Kentucky. Lee, who had a brain injury from childhood, had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and diabetes. He was found dead four week after his disappearance on the banks of the Licking River, which flows through Falmouth.
A pre-admission assessment “is the only thing that we found that could have saved Larry Lee,” Higdon said. “His condition was too severe. He should have never been in a personal care home.” (Read more)