Legal aid group says Pennsylvania fell down on the job investigating nursing home complaints

A new report from a civil legal aid organization accuses the Pennsylvania Department of Health of failing to properly investigate complaints about nursing homes.

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Associated Press (AP)
June 12, 2015
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Tags: Nursing Homes, Seniors

Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia


The report by Community Legal Services of Philadelphia said the department dismissed 92 percent of complaints from 2012 through 2014 for about 46 nursing homes that operated in Philadelphia. It also said the department minimized the severity of violations, and never found violations in follow-up inspections.

Sam Brooks, a staff attorney for the advocacy group, said Friday he had not looked at 2015 data to determine whether the patterns his report found are continuing. He also said he has not discussed it with Department of Health personnel.