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Mandatory Reporting FAQ

Who are mandated reporters?
As of July 1, 2014 mandatory reporters include physical therapists; emergency medical service providers; chiropractors; physicians; surgeons; physicians’ assistants; osteopaths; physicians in training; podiatrists; occupational and physical therapists; medical examiners; coroners; registered nurses; licensed practical nurses; nurse practitioners; hospital and long-term care facility personnel engaged in the admission, care or treatment of patients; chiropractors; psychologists and other mental health professionals; social work practitioners; dentists; law enforcement officials and personnel; court-appointed guardians and conservators; fire protection personnel; pharmacists; community-centered board staff; personnel of banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, another lending or financial institutions; caretaker, staff member, employee or consultant for a licensed or certified care facility, agency, home or governing board, including but not limited to home health providers; caretaker, staff member, employee of, or a consultant for, a home care placement agency, as defined in section 25-27.5-102 (5), C.R.S and clergy (as defined in the children’s code-CRS 19-3-304(2)(AA) and CRS 13-90-109(1)(C)).

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Adult Protective Services Role – An Overview

Currently, Colorado is one of three states that does not require certain professionals, such as medical professionals, to report abuse or exploitation against seniors.  But that is about to change.  Beginning July 1, 2014, doctors, nurses, chiropractors, law enforcement officers, dentists, nursing home staff, home health care workers and others will be required to report any abuse, neglect, or exploitation of anyone over the age of 70 (see below for a full list of mandatory reporters).

Mandatory reporters will be required by law to report any incidents of abuse, neglect, or exploitation to law enforcement within 24 hours of observing the abuse.  If a mandated reporter fails to report an incident to law enforcement they may be charged with a class III misdemeanor.

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