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Mandatory Reporting of Elderly Abuse or Exploitation

Effective July 1, 2014: Senate Bill 13-111 requires certain professional groups to report suspected mistreatment, abuse, or exploitation of at-risk elders (defined as persons age 70 and older). Each year, an estimated 2.1 million elderly adults are victims of abuse or neglect. For every reported case, as many as five cases go unreported. Physical and sexual assault, financial, and other forms of exploitation and caretaker neglect are just some of the mistreatment faced by elderly individuals. The cornerstone of preventing elder abuse is awareness and education. View SB 13-111.

The law requires certain professional groups to report abuse, neglect, and exploitation of at-risk elders to law enforcement within 24 hours, and also allows for legal penalties for non-reporting by mandated reporters. To learn more about what professional groups are included or to access online training for mandatory reporters, visit the Mandatory Reporting page on the Colorado Department of Human Services, Adult Protective Services (Colorado APS) website. The training takes 30-40 minutes to complete.