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Governor Highlights Elder Abuse Mandatory Reporting

Goes into Effect July 1, 2014

Mandatory Elder Abuse Reporting
Governor Hickenlooper discusses the Elder Abuse Mandatory Reporting requirement that takes effect Tuesday as State Board of Human Services member Kate Silburn, former senator Evie Hudak, former Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey, Sen. Linda Newell, Sen. Jeanne Nicholson and Rep. Dianne Primavera look on.

Gov. John Hickenlooper today reminded Coloradans that, effective Tuesday, July 1, certain professional groups will be required to report suspected elder abuse, neglect and/or financial exploitation of individuals age 70 and older.

Professional groups are now required to report suspected abuse, neglect or financial exploitation include doctors, dentists, nurses, home health providers, emergency responders, clergy, and financial institution staff, to name just a few (see attached fact sheet for the complete list of mandatory reporters).

On July 1, Colorado becomes the 48th state in the nation to require mandatory reporting of elder abuse and exploitation.

The Governor signed Senate Bill 13-111  into law May 2013, allowed a year for training of mandatory reporters to identify and report suspected abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. To date, more than 2,000 individuals who will become mandatory reporters July 1 have been trained on their new responsibilities.

In 2013, Adult Protective Services caseworkers across Colorado responded to 11,539 reports of suspected abuse or neglect of at-risk adults.  With the new mandatory reporting law, this number is expected to grow by 10% - 15% in the first year.