SPRINGFIELD, ILL – State Rep. Yolonda Morris, D-Chicago, a dedicated advocate for improving healthcare in Illinois, successfully championed the passage of Senate Bill 1779 through the legislature. This measure establishes a Medication Aide Program in the state, creating a pathway for medication aides to serve in long-term care facilities.

With over two decades of experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Representative Morris understands the challenges faced by healthcare professionals in long-term care settings. She recognizes the importance of ensuring that our healthcare workforce is adequately equipped to care for our aging population.

Senate Bill 1779 aims to enhance patient safety and reduce medication errors by allowing medication aides to assist nurses in long-term care facilities. These aides will undergo specialized training and certification, enabling them to work under the supervision of registered nurses.

The bipartisan support for Senate Bill 1779 highlights the widespread recognition of the need to improve the quality of care in long-term care facilities. By creating opportunities for CNAs to advance their careers through the Medication Aide Program, this legislation will not only benefit healthcare professionals but also enhance the overall quality of care for Illinois residents.

Representative Morris’s commitment to elevating healthcare standards in Illinois is evident in her efforts to pass this crucial legislation. The Medication Aide Program established by Senate Bill 1779 will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the healthcare industry, ensuring that our most vulnerable residents receive the high-quality care they deserve.

Rep. Yolonda MorrisRep. Yolonda Morris

9th District

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