Existing Laws

Below you will find links to many of the relevant laws and regulations having to do with drugging of nursing home residents.

Key:

USC – United States Code
CFR – Code of Federal Regulations
H&S – Code California Health and Safety Code

To read the following laws and regulations, click on the category.

Laws on informed consent:

22 CCR §§ 72527(a)(3), (4) & (5), 72527(e) & 72528; H&S Code §§ 1418.8 & 1418.9; 42 USC §§ 1395i-3(c)(1)(A)(i) & 1396r(c)(1)(A)(i); 42 CFR §§ 483.10(d) & 483.10(b)

Click here to read CANHR’s Informed Consent FAQs for Nursing Homes.

Laws on the right to refuse care and treatment:

22 CCR §§72527(a)(4) & 72528(b)(6), H&S Code §1599.72; 42 CFR §483.10(b)(4)

Laws authorizing representatives to exercise rights:

22 CCR §72527(c)&(d), H&S Code §§1599.3 & 1418.8(c), 42 CFR §483.10(a)(3) & (4); 42 USC §1396r(c)(1)(C)

Laws prohibiting chemical restraint:

22 CCR §§72527 (a)(23) & 72018; H&S Code 1180.4(k); 42 CFR §483.13(a); 42 USC §§ 1395i-3(c)(1)(A)(ii) & 1396r(c)(1)(A)(ii); 22 CCR §72319

Laws on unnecessary drugs and gradual dose reduction:

42 CFR §483.25(l); 42 USC §1396r(c)(1)(D)

Laws requiring care and services for mental or psychosocial adjustment difficulties:

42 CFR §483.25(f); 42 USC §§ 1395i-3(b)(2) & (4) and 1396r(b)(2) & (4)

Laws on the right to review and obtain medical records:

42 USC §§1395i-3(c)(1)(A)(iv) and 1396r(c)(1)(A)(iv); 42 CFR §483.10 (b); H&S Code §§123100-123149.5

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