Mandatory Elder Abuse Reporting Bill Heads to Colorado’s Governor

A bill requiring people in certain occupations — ranging from physicians to clergy members — to report abuse or exploitation of seniors in Colorado is heading to to the governor’s desk.

Senate Bill 111 passed through the House Wednesday morning and will now go to Gov. John Hickenlooper to be signed into law. Currently, Colorado is one of three states that does not require certain professionals, such as caretakers for elders, to report abuse or exploitations against seniors.

The bill will require nurses, chiropractors, law enforcement officers, dentists, nursing home staff, home health care workers and others to report any abuse or exploitation of anyone over the age of 70.

These mandatory reporters will be required by law to report any incidents to law enforcement within 24 hours of observing the abuse.

The bill was amended in committee to clarify that while clergy members are considered mandatory reporters, the “penitent privilege” that allows a clergy member keep certain information confidential, such as a parishioner giving a confession to a priest, still applies.

Any mandatory reporter who willfully fails to report the abuse could face a class 3 misdemeanor charge.

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Mandatory Elder Abuse Reporting Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

2 Responses to “Mandatory Elder Abuse Reporting Bill Heads to Colorado’s Governor”

  1. Thelma Says:

    Good news for the elderly; will it be bad news for the court gang?

  2. Norma Says:

    I think it's a step, Thelma.

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