Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is pushing to lift a bar on the practice of using nursing homes to care for people who are mentally ill.
The move comes after a federal appeals court ruled that such use was illegal.
The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by a former resident who said she was forced to work in a nursing home after she suffered a mental illness and was unable to get help.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that such practices are illegal.
“This is a terrible situation,” Warren said Tuesday.
“We have a moral duty to care.”
The senators bill would allow nursing homes, assisted living facilities, day care centers, day schools and assisted living homes to allow patients to live in their homes as long as the resident is at least 65 years old.
It would also allow nursing home residents to petition a judge to extend the home’s resident’s stay.
The bill also would allow families to sue the nursing home if they were harmed while in the facility.
The senators proposal is in line with previous legislation introduced by Sens.
Richard Blumenthal (D, Conn.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D