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If you are a mandatory reporter and become aware that an at-risk older adult or at-risk adult with IDD has been or is at imminent risk for mistreatment (abuse, caretaker neglect or exploitation), you must make a report to law enforcement where the person resides within 24 hours. Click here for a list of Colorado law enforcement agencies. Call your local law enforcement agency's main telephone number or dispatch number to make a report. If there is an emergency situation -- where there's imminent risk to the at-risk elder or at-risk adult with IDD -- call 911.
It’s okay to report if you just suspect something is wrong. As long as you make the report in good faith, you are immune from any criminal charges or a civil lawsuit for damages. You are not immune if you are the perpetrator of the mistreatment.
If you knowingly make a false report or willfully fail to make a report of mistreatment, it is a class 3 misdemeanor. If you are charged and convicted, you could receive a fine of up to $750, six months in jail, or both.
Have as much information as possible about the at-risk older adult or at-risk adult with IDD, the alleged perpetrator, and what is concerning you. At a minimum, law enforcement will need the following information:
The following information is also helpful to give law enforcement and/or APS:
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a mandatory reporter and need to make a report of abuse, neglect or exploitation of an at-risk adult with IDD, please notify law enforcement. Do not report of abuse, neglect or exploitation to email@example.com; doing so could result in a delayed response and does not meet your obligation under the law.
To make a report of suspected mistreatment, exploitation, or self-neglect of an at-risk adult, call the Adult Protective Services (APS) intake number for the county department of human services where the at-risk adult lives.
If your call is about caretaker neglect:
If your call is about exploitation:
If your call is about physical abuse or sexual abuse:
If your call is about self-neglect: