Beginning on July 1, 2014 it will be required for certain professional groups to report suspected mistreatment of at-risk elders to law enforcement. Click on Senate Bill 13-111, which created mandatory reporting.
At-risk elders are persons age 70 and older. You must report suspected physical or sexual abuse, exploitation, and caretaker neglect to law enforcement within 24 hours of your observation of the mistreatment if you belong to one of these professional groups:
- Physicians, surgeons, physicians’ assistants, osteopaths, physicians in training,
- Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nurse practitioners;
- Hospital and long-term care facility personnel engaged in the admission, care, or treatment of patients;
- Emergency medical service providers;
- Occupational therapists, physical therapists,
- Medical examiners and coroners;
- Psychologists and other mental health professionals;
- Social work practitioners;
- Law enforcement officials and personnel;
- Fire protection personnel;
- Court appointed guardians and conservators;
- Personnel of banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, and other lending or financial institutions;
- Community-centered board staff;
- A caretaker, staff member, or employee of or volunteer or consultant for a licensed or certified care facility, agency, home, or governing board, including but not limited to home health providers; and
- A caretaker, staff member, employee, or a volunteer or consultant for, a home care placement agency, as defined in Section 25-27.5-102(5), C.R.S.
Training for Mandatory Reporters
On-line training for mandatory reporters and others is now available. The training will take 30-40 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the training you will be able to print out your results for your file or for your employer. To access the training, click here.
Federal guidance on Mandatory Reporting for financial institutions.