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Colorado Springs Training November 18, 2015

CCERAP and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Gerontology Center have collaborated to present a panel discussion of:

“Revisiting Colorado’s Mandatory Reporting One Year After Passage:  What Are the Professional Challenges in Detecting, Reporting, Investigating and Prosecuting Elder Abuse?

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015
  • Sign-in begins at 12noon
  • Training 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Brookdale Skyline
  • Skyline Room
  • 2365 Patriot Heights
  • Colorado Springs, Co. 80904

Eventbrite - Colorado Springs, Co., Training "Revisiting Colorado's Mandatory Reporting One Year After Passage: What Are the Professional Challenges in Detecting, Reporting, Investigating and Prosecuting Elder Abuse?"

Training Overview
  • Detecting: Panel discussion  
  • Reporting: Kathryn Chacon, Supervisor, Aging and Adult Services Division, El Paso County Department of Human Services shares the process used by her Division when contacted about an elder abuse situation.  
  • Investigating: Detective Charles Szatkowski, Colorado Springs Police Dept., will discuss how the Colorado Springs Police Department prepared for mandatory reporting and the lessons learned after the first year.
  • Prosecuting:  Candace Werth, Prosecutor, Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, describes procedures followed after the abuse report has been received from law enforcement.  
  • Methods Professionals Can Apply to Enhance Collaboration: Panel discussion

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Reporting Suspected Abuse

If abuse is suspected, contact law enforcement in the city where the person and/or client resides.   
  • Law enforcement shares the report with the Department of Human Services/the Department of Social Services Adult Protection Services (APS) within 24 hours     
  • Law enforcement provides a copy of their investigation report to APS and the District Attorney in the county where the person and/or client resides
  • APS may investigate the report and offer the person/client protective services  
  • The District Attorney will review the report for possible criminal charges                                                           

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Physical Abuse Definitions

  • Physical Abuse – inflicting physical pain or injury, e.g. slapping, bruising, or restraining by physical and/or chemical means
  • Sexual Abuse – subjecting an at-risk elder to unlawful, non-consensual sexual conduct or contact of any kind
  • Neglect – the failure by those responsible to provide food, shelter, health care, or protection
  • Exploitation – the illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a senior for someone else’s benefit

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Mandatory Reporting

As of July 1, 2014, certain professionals must report: abuse, caretaker neglect and exploitation of at-risk adults. An at-risk elder is any person 70 years of age and older. Elder Abuse and Colorado’s Mandatory Reporting Law (Colorado Adult Protection Services *Section 18-6.5-108, C.R.S. Mandatory reporters are:   
  • Physicians, surgeons, physicians assistants, osteopaths, physicians in training, podiatrists, occupational therapists
  • Medical examines and coroners
  • Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nurse practitioners

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Both Law Enforcement and Adult Protection Services Need the following information When Reporting Suspected Abuse

  • Name and address of the at-risk elder
  • A description of the suspected mistreatment and the situation; what did you observe?
  • What is the nature and extent abuse?
  • Who is the suspected abuser(s); name(s) and address(s) if possible
  • Any other information that you feel is relevant
It is alright to report if abuse is suspected as long as a report is made in good faith, you are immune from criminal charges or a civic lawsuit for damages. You are not immune if you are the perpetrator of the mistreatment.

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Resources

  • If abuse is suspected, please contact law enforcement where the person resides.                                                            
  • CCERAP is NOT a reporting site for the Mandatory Reporting Law CRS 18-6.5-108.
  • CCERAP promotes statewide understanding of older adult and at-risk adult abuse and the rights and protections available to older and adults and at-risk adults.

CCERAP provides training at no cost, thanks to financial support from the Older Americans Act, disseminated by the Colorado Department of Human Services, State Unit on Aging. CCERAP is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center.

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