Elder abuse mandatory reporting bill clears Colorado Senate committee

A bill requiring people in certain occupations ranging from medical care to the clergy to report abuse of seniors cleared a Colorado Senate committee on Wednesday.

Senate Bill 111 is the product of an elder abuse task force that met last year to make recommendations on legislation requiring mandatory reporting of elder abuse. Colorado is one of only three states that does not have such a law.

The bill would  require doctors, nurses, social workers, clergy members, law enforcement officers, nursing home staff, home health care workers and others to report any neglect or abuse of anyone over the age of 70 within 24 hours of observing the abuse. Those who willfully fail to report abuse could face a fine up to $750 and up to six months in jail.

“We have an obligation to prevent crime and to lessen the effects on victims and that’s what this bill does,” Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, sponsor of the legislation, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Hudak said similar legislation has been proposed for decades, but there always were concerns about how it would be paid for because increased reporting of elder abuse could raise case loads for Adult Protective Services investigators. A 2005 bill was vetoed by then-Gov. Bill Owens.

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4 Responses to “Elder abuse mandatory reporting bill clears Colorado Senate committee”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Do not worry about the cost of certain people having to report elder abuse and exploitation, because it will be a rare occastion, when that hapens. I am in Oregon, which has had that law on the books for some time…How come the fraud inflicted on me, a now 86 year old resident, was never investigated, let alone prosecuted, because they considered the fraudulent action of having taken my inheritance by fraud – a civil matter…privately: they said, they did not have the funds to go after the perpetrators, 3 attorneys and a complying judiciary, while I have the legal entry of the deeds in my name. The did immeasurable harm to me and my life for te past 12 years. eb

  2. fiduciarywatch Says:

    Sonoma County California Adult Protective Services refused to investigate fiduciary Aprille Rafidison because Sonoma County APS works with her on occasion.

  3. Thelma Says:

    A duty to prevent crime?Then stop the fiduciaries ("persons of trust"?) from bleeding the estates of their wards.

  4. David Says:

    Mandatory reporting is a double edged sword. It has a good purpose, of course, but it can also be used by the bad guys to a bad end.

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