• State Requires Domestic Violence Notice Posting in Physician Offices and Medical Facilities
  • July 20, 2007 | Author: Jack C. Thompson
  • Law Firm: Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry, PLC - Nashville Office
  • Effective July 1, 2007, the offices of all physicians and most health care facilities licensed by the State of Tennessee must post additional information on the signs in their main public entrances providing victims of abuse, violence, neglect or exploitation contact information for various phone hotlines.  Affected health care facilities include, for example, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, durable medical equipment suppliers, and home health agencies.   Specifically, the notice must contain the following information: 
    1. The statewide toll-free number of the Tennessee Division of Adult Protective Services (APS), 1-888-APS-TENN (1-888-277-8366), and number for the local district attorney’s office;
    2. A statement that a person of advanced age who may be the victim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation may seek assistance or file a complaint with the APS Division concerning such; (Nursing homes that comply with other comparable requirements under Tennessee law are exempt from items (1) and (2).)
    3. A statement that any person, regardless of age, who may be a victim of domestic violence may call the nationwide domestic violence hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY), for immediate assistance, with the hotline number printed in boldface type; and
    4. A statement that a teen involved in a relationship that includes dating violence may also call the national toll-free domestic violence hotline or the national teen dating abuse helpline, 1-866-331-9474, for immediate assistance. (Items (3) and (4) are required effective July 1, 2007.)

    The required information may be incorporated on a single 8.5" x 14" poster.  An example notice can be found at: http://health.state.tn.us/Downloads/HCF_TollFreeHotlinesPoster.pdf