Care in the community faces tougher scrutiny

Long-awaited changes to protect vulnerable boarding house residents have been announced a day before the NSW coroner is expected to release damning findings on how the system failed six mentally ill residents.

Under proposed new laws - expected to be introduced into the state parliament later this year - government workers will have the power to enter licensed boarding houses, where people with mental illnesses and cognitive impairments live.

The move aims to tighten scrutiny of care in the community facilities to ensure they are