Statement on the “No Patient Left Alone Act” Being Signed into Law

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

October 21, 2021

The Arc of North Carolina wishes to thank Governor Roy Cooper and legislators in the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) for passing and signing Senate Bill 191, No Patient Left Alone Act, into law. We are grateful and appreciate the time of the legislators and staff who spoke with us and family members regarding the need for this legislation.

Earlier this year, The Arc of North Carolina received emails and phone calls from parents and caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), who were admitted to the hospital, and denied access due to COVID restrictions. While we understood that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Healthcare Association did not want the general public to come into a hospital or residential care setting, many people with IDD have secondary health issues and special needs that require someone to be present with them. We are grateful that parents and caregivers, who frequently are critical members of the care team for people with IDD, will no longer need to worry about being separated from their loved one during a medical crisis.