Summary: S.750 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for S.750. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (03/25/1999)

Compassionate Care Act of 1999 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to require hospitals and other health care facilities that receive Federal assistance in any form to protect the rights of their patients and residents, including freedom from physical or mental abuse, corporal punishment, involuntary seclusion, and physical or chemical restraints used for punishment or convenience.

Permits use of physical or chemical restraints only to ensure the physical safety of a patient or resident, or others, and only upon a physician's specific written order.

Requires a facility subject to the Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Individuals Act of 1986 to notify the appropriate Protection and Advocacy system of each resident's death and related circumstances.

Amends the Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Individuals Act of 1986 to require a State protection system for the mentally ill to investigate certain deaths and injuries at such facilities. Subjects facilities to loss of Federal assistance for noncompliance with this Act.