CHAPTER 319dd

PROTECTIVE SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY

Table of Contents

Sec. 17b-450. (Formerly Sec. 17a-430). Definitions.

Sec. 17b-451. (Formerly Sec. 17a-431). Report of suspected abuse, neglect, exploitation, or abandonment or need for protective services. Penalty for failure to report. Immunity and protection from retaliation.

Sec. 17b-452. (Formerly Sec. 17a-432). Investigation of report. Findings and recommendation. Registry. Confidentiality.

Sec. 17b-453. (Formerly Sec. 17a-433). Referral to Department of Social Services. Injunction against interference by caretaker.

Sec. 17b-454. (Formerly Sec. 17a-434). Access to records. Authority of Department of Social Services.

Sec. 17b-455. (Formerly Sec. 17a-435). Lack of consent or withdrawal of consent.

Sec. 17b-456. (Formerly Sec. 17a-436). Appointment of conservator for elderly person lacking capacity to consent to protective services.

Sec. 17b-457. (Formerly Sec. 17a-437). Assistance by public or private agencies.

Sec. 17b-458. (Formerly Sec. 17a-438). Periodic review of cases in which protective services are provided. Consent to continuation of services.

Sec. 17b-459. (Formerly Sec. 17a-439). Payment for protective services. Procedures when elderly person unable to pay.

Sec. 17b-460. (Formerly Sec. 17a-440). Referral for criminal investigation or proceedings.

Sec. 17b-461. (Formerly Sec. 17a-441). Regulations.

Secs. 17b-462 to 17b-489. Reserved


Sec. 17b-450. (Formerly Sec. 17a-430). Definitions. For purposes of sections 17b-450 to 17b-461, inclusive:

(1) The term “elderly person” means any resident of Connecticut who is sixty years of age or older.

(2) An elderly person shall be deemed to be “in need of protective services” if such person is unable to perform or obtain services which are necessary to maintain physical and mental health.

(3) The term “services which are necessary to maintain physical and mental health” includes, but is not limited to, the provision of medical care for physical and mental health needs, the relocation of an elderly person to a facility or institution able to offer such care, assistance in personal hygiene, food, clothing, adequately heated and ventilated shelter, protection from health and safety hazards, protection from maltreatment the result of which includes, but is not limited to, malnutrition, deprivation of necessities or physical punishment, and transportation necessary to secure any of the above stated needs, except that this term shall not include taking such person into custody without consent except as provided in sections 17b-450 to 17b-461, inclusive.

(4) The term “protective services” means services provided by the state or other governmental or private organizations or individuals which are necessary to prevent abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment. Abuse includes, but is not limited to, the wilful infliction of physical pain, injury or mental anguish, or the wilful deprivation by a caretaker of services which are necessary to maintain physical and mental health. Neglect refers to an elderly person who is either living alone and not able to provide for himself or herself the services which are necessary to maintain physical and mental health or is not receiving such necessary services from the responsible caretaker. Exploitation refers to the act or process of taking advantage of an elderly person by another person or caretaker whether for monetary, personal or other benefit, gain or profit. Abandonment refers to the desertion or wilful forsaking of an elderly person by a caretaker or the foregoing of duties or the withdrawal or neglect of duties and obligations owed an elderly person by a caretaker or other person.

(5) The term “caretaker” means a person who has the responsibility for the care of an elderly person as a result of family relationship or who has assumed the responsibility for the care of the elderly voluntarily, by contract or by order of a court of competent jurisdiction.

(P.A. 77-613, S. 1, 15; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; P.A. 95-160, S. 18, 69; P.A. 96-139, S. 12, 13; P.A. 06-196, S. 240.)

History: Sec. 46a-14 transferred to Sec. 17a-430 in 1991; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department on aging, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17a-430 transferred to Sec. 17b-450 in 1995; P.A. 95-160 deleted the definition of “state ombudsman” and “regional ombudsman”, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-139 changed effective date of P.A. 95-160 but without affecting this section; P.A. 06-196 made technical changes in Subdiv. (4), effective June 7, 2006.

Sec. 17b-451. (Formerly Sec. 17a-431). Report of suspected abuse, neglect, exploitation, or abandonment or need for protective services. Penalty for failure to report. Immunity and protection from retaliation. (a) Any physician or surgeon licensed under the provisions of chapter 370, any resident physician or intern in any hospital in this state, whether or not so licensed, any registered nurse, any nursing home administrator, nurse’s aide or orderly in a nursing home facility, any person paid for caring for a patient in a nursing home facility, any staff person employed by a nursing home facility, any patients’ advocate and any licensed practical nurse, medical examiner, dentist, optometrist, chiropractor, podiatrist, social worker, clergyman, police officer, pharmacist, psychologist or physical therapist, who has reasonable cause to suspect or believe that any elderly person has been abused, neglected, exploited or abandoned, or is in a condition which is the result of such abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment, or is in need of protective services, shall, not later than seventy-two hours after such suspicion or belief arose, report such information or cause a report to be made in any reasonable manner to the Commissioner of Social Services or to the person or persons designated by the commissioner to receive such reports. Any person required to report under the provisions of this section who fails to make such report within the prescribed time period shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, except that, if such person intentionally fails to make such report within the prescribed time period, such person shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor for the first offense and a class A misdemeanor for any subsequent offense.

(b) Such report shall contain the name and address of the involved elderly person, information regarding the nature and extent of the abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment, and any other information which the reporter believes might be helpful in an investigation of the case and the protection of such elderly person.

(c) Any other person having reasonable cause to suspect or believe that an elderly person is being, or has been, abused, neglected, exploited or abandoned, or who is in need of protective services may report such information in any reasonable manner to the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee.

(d) (1) Subject to subdivision (2) of this subsection, any person who makes any report pursuant to sections 17b-450 to 17b-461, inclusive, or who testifies in any administrative or judicial proceeding arising from such report shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability on account of such report or testimony, except for liability for perjury.

(2) Any person who makes any report pursuant to sections 17b-450 to 17b-461, inclusive, is guilty of making a fraudulent or malicious report or providing false testimony when such person (A) wilfully makes a fraudulent or malicious report to the commissioner pursuant to the provisions of this section, (B) conspires with another person to make or cause to be made such report, or (C) wilfully testifies falsely in any administrative or judicial proceeding arising from such report as to the abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment of, or need of protective services for, an elderly person. Making a fraudulent or malicious report or providing false testimony is a class A misdemeanor.

(e) Any person who is discharged or in any manner discriminated or retaliated against for making, in good faith, a report pursuant to this section shall be entitled to all remedies available under law including, but not limited to, remedies available under sections 19a-532 and 31-51m, as applicable.

(f) For the purposes of sections 17b-450 to 17b-461, inclusive, the treatment of any elderly person by a Christian Science practitioner, in lieu of treatment by a licensed practitioner of the healing arts, or the refusal of treatment by an elderly person for religious reasons shall not of itself constitute grounds for the implementation of protective services.

(P.A. 77-613, S. 2, 15; P.A. 78-30; P.A. 80-190, S. 11; P.A. 84-546, S. 160, 173; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; P.A. 99-101; 99-102, S. 15; P.A. 01-209, S. 1, 7; P.A. 03-267, S. 3; P.A. 04-257, S. 102; P.A. 11-224, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 78-30 added Subsec. (e) re treatment of elderly person by Christian Science practitioner; P.A. 80-190 removed coroners from list of those required to make report in Subsec. (a); P.A. 84-546 made technical changes, substituting “licensed” for “registered” where appearing; Sec. 46a-15 transferred to Sec. 17a-431 in 1991; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department on aging, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17a-431 transferred to Sec. 17b-451 in 1995; P.A. 99-101 amended Subsec. (a) to add psychologists to list of professionals required to report suspected abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment of an elderly person; P.A. 99-102 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting obsolete reference to chapter 371 and osteopaths and making a technical change; P.A. 01-209 amended Subsec. (c) to authorize report by any other person having reasonable cause to “suspect” abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment and to make a technical change for the purpose of gender neutrality, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-267 amended Subsec. (a) to require the report be made “not later than seventy-two hours after such suspicion or belief arose” rather than “within five calendar days”, make penalty applicable to failing to make the report “within the prescribed time period” and add provision that if the person intentionally fails to make the report within the prescribed time period, the person shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor for the first offense and a class A misdemeanor for any subsequent offense, added new Subsec. (e) re remedies available to person who is discharged or in any manner discriminated or retaliated against for making a good faith report, redesignated existing Subsec. (e) as Subsec. (f) and amended said Subsec. to include “the refusal of treatment by an elderly person for religious reasons”; P.A. 04-257 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), effective June 14, 2004; P.A. 11-224 amended Subsec. (d) by designating existing provisions as Subdiv. (1) and amending same by adding provision making Subdiv. subject to Subdiv. (2) and deleting provision re person acting in bad faith or with malicious purpose, and by adding Subdiv. (2) re persons making fraudulent or malicious report or providing false testimony.

See Sec. 17b-407 re required reporting of suspected abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment of residents in long-term care facilities.

Sec. 17b-452. (Formerly Sec. 17a-432). Investigation of report. Findings and recommendation. Registry. Confidentiality. (a) The commissioner upon receiving a report that an elderly person allegedly is being, or has been, abused, neglected, exploited or abandoned, or is in need of protective services shall investigate the report to determine the situation relative to the condition of the elderly person and what action and services, if any, are required. The investigation shall include (1) a visit to the named elderly person, (2) consultation with those individuals having knowledge of the facts of the particular case, and (3) an interview with the elderly person alone unless (A) the elderly person refuses to consent to such interview, (B) a physician, having examined the elderly person not more than thirty days prior to or after the date on which the commissioner receives such report, provides a written letter stating that in the opinion of the physician an interview with the elderly person alone is medically contraindicated, or (C) the commissioner determines that such interview is not in the best interests of the elderly person. If the commissioner determines that a caretaker is interfering with the commissioner’s ability to conduct an interview alone with the elderly person, the commissioner may bring an action in the Superior Court or Probate Court seeking an order enjoining such caretaker from interfering with the commissioner’s ability to conduct an interview alone with the elderly person. In investigating a report under this subsection, the commissioner may subpoena witnesses, take testimony under oath and compel the production of any necessary and relevant documents necessary to investigate the allegations of abuse, neglect or abandonment. The commissioner may request the Attorney General to petition the Superior Court for such order as may be appropriate to enforce the provisions of this section. Upon completion of the investigation, written findings shall be prepared which shall include recommended action and a determination of whether protective services are needed. The person filing the report shall be notified of the findings, upon request.

(b) The Department of Social Services shall maintain a state-wide registry of the reports received, the investigation and findings and the actions taken.

(c) The client’s file, the original report and the investigation report shall not be deemed public records nor be subject to the provisions of section 1-210. The name of the person making the original report or any person mentioned in such report shall not be disclosed unless the person making the original report specifically requests such disclosure or unless a judicial proceeding results therefrom or unless disclosure of the name of the elderly person about whom the report was made is required to fully investigate a report.

(P.A. 77-613, S. 3, 15; P.A. 85-72; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; P.A. 95-160, S. 19, 69; P.A. 96-139, S. 12, 13; P.A. 01-209, S. 2, 7; P.A. 11-224, S. 2.)

History: P.A. 85-72 amended Subsec. (c) to allow disclosure of the name of the elderly person about whom a report was made if required to fully evaluate a report; Sec. 46a-16 transferred to Sec. 17a-432 in 1991; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department on aging, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17a-432 transferred to Sec. 17b-452 in 1995; P.A. 95-160 replaced references to regional ombudsman with the Department of Social Services and made technical changes, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-139 changed effective date of P.A. 95-160 but without affecting this section; P.A. 01-209 amended Subsec. (a) to require investigation in lieu of evaluation, to provide for an interview with the elderly person alone, to allow commissioner to seek a court order enjoining caretaker from interfering with the interview, to allow commissioner to subpoena witnesses, take testimony under oath and compel production of documents necessary to investigate allegations, and to authorize commissioner to request Attorney General to seek a court order as appropriate to enforce provisions of section, and amended Subsecs. (b) and (c) to provide for investigation in lieu of evaluation, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 11-224 amended Subsec. (a)(3) by designating existing exception re refusal to consent to interview as Subpara. (A), adding Subpara. (B) re physician letter that interview alone is medically contraindicated, and designating existing exception re determination that interview is not in best interests as Subpara. (C).

Sec. 17b-453. (Formerly Sec. 17a-433). Referral to Department of Social Services. Injunction against interference by caretaker. (a) If it is determined that an elderly person is in need of protective services, services shall be initiated, provided the elderly person consents. If the elderly person fails to consent and the protective services staff of the Department of Social Services has reason to believe that such elderly person is incapable of managing his personal or financial affairs, the protective services staff shall provide protective services to the extent possible and may apply to Probate Court for the appointment of a conservator of person or estate, as appropriate.

(b) If the caretaker of an elderly person who has consented to the receipt of reasonable and necessary protective services refuses to allow the provision of such services to such elderly person, the Commissioner of Social Services may petition the Superior Court or the Probate Court for an order enjoining the caretaker from interfering with the provision of protective services to the elderly person. The petition shall allege specific facts sufficient to show that the elderly person is in need of protective services and consents to their provision and that the caretaker refuses to allow the provision of such services. If the judge finds that the elderly person is in need of such services and has been prevented by the caretaker from receiving the same, the judge may issue an order enjoining the caretaker from interfering with the provision of protective services to the elderly person.

(P.A. 77-613, S. 4, 15; 77-614, S. 521, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; P.A. 95-160, S. 20, 69; P.A. 96-139, S. 12, 13.)

History: P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 replaced commissioner and department of social services with commissioner and department of human resources, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 46a-17 transferred to Sec. 17a-433 in 1991; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of human resources, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17a-433 transferred to Sec. 17b-453 in 1995; P.A. 95-160 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing a reference to the regional ombudsman with the protective services staff of the Department of Social Services, by replacing a provision requiring the regional ombudsman to refer an elderly person, whom he believes lacks the capacity to consent, to the Department of Social Services for a determination of whether a petition for the appointment of a conservator should be filed with a provision requiring the protective services staff to provide protective services and to allow such staff to apply to Probate Court for the appointment of a conservator for an elderly person whom they believe is incapable of managing his personal or financial affairs and by making technical changes, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-139 changed effective date of P.A. 95-160 but without affecting this section.

Annotation to former section 46a-17:

Cited. 199 C. 524.

Sec. 17b-454. (Formerly Sec. 17a-434). Access to records. Authority of Department of Social Services. Any person, department, agency or commission authorized to carry out the duties enumerated in sections 17b-450 to 17b-461, inclusive, shall have access to all relevant records, except that records which are confidential to an elderly person shall only be divulged with the written consent of the elderly person or the representative of such elderly person. If the Commissioner of Social Services has reasonable cause to believe that the elderly person lacks capacity to give consent to release confidential records or if the caretaker of such elderly person is refusing consent and the commissioner has reasonable cause to believe that such caretaker has abused, neglected, exploited or abandoned the elderly person, the commissioner may issue a subpoena to obtain confidential records necessary to investigate the allegations of abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment. The commissioner may request the Attorney General to petition the Superior Court for such order as may be appropriate to enforce the provisions of this section. The authority of the Department of Social Services shall include, but not be limited to, the right to initiate or otherwise take those actions necessary to assure the health, safety and welfare of any elderly person, subject to any specific requirement for individual consent, and the right to authorize the transfer of an elderly person from a nursing home.

(P.A. 77-613, S. 5, 15; 77-614, S. 521, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 93-262, S. 52, 87; P.A. 01-209, S. 3, 7.)

History: P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 replaced department of social services with department of human resources, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 46a-18 transferred to Sec. 17a-434 in 1991; P.A. 93-262 changed reference to departments of income maintenance and human resources to department of social services, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17a-434 transferred to Sec. 17b-454 in 1995; P.A. 01-209 added provisions re subpoena power of commissioner, allowed commissioner to request Attorney General to seek a court order as appropriate to enforce provisions of section and made a technical change for purposes of gender neutrality, effective July 1, 2001.

See Sec. 19a-534 re emergency transfer of patients to other facilities.

See Sec. 19a-535 re transfer or discharge of patients generally.

Annotation to former section 46a-18:

Cited. 199 C. 524.

Sec. 17b-455. (Formerly Sec. 17a-435). Lack of consent or withdrawal of consent. If an elderly person does not consent to the receipt of reasonable and necessary protective services, or if such person withdraws the consent, such services shall not be provided or continued, except that if the Commissioner of Social Services has reason to believe that such elderly person lacks capacity to consent, he may seek court authorization to provide necessary services, as provided in section 17b-456.

(P.A. 77-613, S. 6, 15; 77-614, S. 521, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 87-132, S. 1; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; P.A. 95-160, S. 21, 69; P.A. 96-139, S. 12, 13.)

History: P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 replaced commissioner and department of social services with commissioner and department of human resources, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 87-132 amended Subsec. (b) by changing the time limit for the report from 10 days to 30 days and by requiring initiation of planning within 10 days; Sec. 46a-19 transferred to Sec. 17a-435 in 1991; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of human resources, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17a-435 transferred to Sec. 17b-455 in 1995; P.A. 95-160 deleted former Subsec. (b) requiring the department to initiate service planning upon receipt of a case for the provision of protective services from the regional ombudsman, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-139 changed effective date of P.A. 95-160 but without affecting this section.

Sec. 17b-456. (Formerly Sec. 17a-436). Appointment of conservator for elderly person lacking capacity to consent to protective services. (a) If the Commissioner of Social Services finds that an elderly person is being abused, neglected, exploited or abandoned and lacks capacity to consent to reasonable and necessary protective services, he may petition the Probate Court for appointment of a conservator of the elderly person pursuant to the provisions of sections 45a-644 to 45a-662, inclusive, in order to obtain such consent.

(b) Such elderly person or the individual, agency or organization designated to be responsible for the personal welfare of the elderly person shall have the right to bring a motion in the cause for review of the Probate Court’s determination regarding the elderly person’s capacity or an order issued pursuant to sections 17b-450 to 17b-461, inclusive.

(c) The Probate Court may appoint, if it deems appropriate, the Commissioner of Social Services to be the conservator of the person of such elderly person.

(d) In any proceeding in Probate Court pursuant to provisions of sections 17b-450 to 17b-461, inclusive, the Probate Court shall appoint an attorney to represent the elderly person if he is without other legal representation.

(P.A. 77-613, S. 7, 15; 77-614, S. 521, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87.)

History: P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 replaced commissioner of social services with commissioner of human resources, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 46a-20 transferred to Sec. 17a-436 in 1991; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of human resources, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17a-436 transferred to Sec. 17b-456 in 1995.

Sec. 17b-457. (Formerly Sec. 17a-437). Assistance by public or private agencies. In performing the duties set forth in sections 17b-450 to 17b-461, inclusive, the Department of Social Services may request the assistance of the staffs and resources of all appropriate state departments, agencies and commissions and local health directors, and may utilize any other public or private agencies, groups or individuals who are appropriate and who may be available.

(P.A. 77-613, S. 8, 15; 77-614, S. 521, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; P.A. 95-160, S. 22, 69; P.A. 96-139, S. 12, 13.)

History: P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 replaced department of social services with department of human resources, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 46a-21 transferred to Sec. 17a-437 in 1991; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of human resources, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17a-437 transferred to Sec. 17b-457 in 1995; P.A. 95-160 deleted a reference to the regional ombudsmen, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-139 changed effective date of P.A. 95-160 but without affecting this section.

Sec. 17b-458. (Formerly Sec. 17a-438). Periodic review of cases in which protective services are provided. Consent to continuation of services. Subsequent to the authorization for the provision of reasonable and necessary protective services, the Department of Social Services shall initiate a review of each case within ninety days, to determine whether continuation of, or modification in, the services provided is warranted. A decision to continue the provision of such services should be made in concert with appropriate personnel from other involved state and local groups, agencies and departments, and shall comply with the consent provisions of sections 17b-450 to 17b-461, inclusive. Reevaluations of each such case shall be made every ninety days thereafter.

(P.A. 77-613, S. 9, 15; 77-614, S. 521, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 87-132, S. 2; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; P.A. 95-160, S. 23, 69; P.A. 96-139, S. 12, 13.)

History: P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 replaced department of social services with department of human resources, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 87-132 changed the time for the initiation of a review from 45 to 90 days; Sec. 46a-22 transferred to Sec. 17a-438 in 1991; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of human resources, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17a-438 transferred to Sec. 17b-458 in 1995; P.A. 95-160 deleted a provision requiring the department to advise the regional ombudsman of decisions relating to the continuation of protective services for each elderly person, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-139 changed effective date of P.A. 95-160 but without affecting this section.

Sec. 17b-459. (Formerly Sec. 17a-439). Payment for protective services. Procedures when elderly person unable to pay. Concurrent with the implementation of any protective services, an evaluation shall be undertaken by the Department of Social Services, pursuant to regulations which shall be adopted by the Commissioner of Social Services, in accordance with chapter 54, regarding the elderly person’s financial capability for paying for the protective services. If the person is so able, procedures for the reimbursement for the costs of providing the needed protective services shall be initiated. If it is determined that the person is not financially capable of paying for such needed services, the services shall be provided in accordance with policies and procedures established by the Commissioner of Social Services for the provision of welfare benefits under such circumstances.

(P.A. 77-613, S. 10, 15; 77-614, S. 521, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 80-30, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87.)

History: P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 replaced commissioner and department of social services with commissioner and department of human resources, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-30 made minor wording changes and made initiation of procedures for reimbursement of costs mandatory if person is able to pay, substituting “shall” for “should”; Sec. 46a-23 transferred to Sec. 17a-439 in 1991; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of human resources, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17a-439 transferred to Sec. 17b-459 in 1995.

Sec. 17b-460. (Formerly Sec. 17a-440). Referral for criminal investigation or proceedings. If, as a result of any investigation initiated under the provisions of sections 17b-450 to 17b-461, inclusive, a determination is made that a caretaker or other person has abused, neglected, exploited or abandoned an elderly person, such information shall be referred in writing to the Chief State’s Attorney or the Chief State’s Attorney’s designee who shall conduct such further investigation, if any, as deemed necessary and shall determine whether criminal proceedings should be initiated against such caretaker or other person, in accordance with applicable state law.

(P.A. 77-613, S. 11, 15; P.A. 03-267, S. 4; 03-278, S. 68.)

History: Sec. 46a-24 transferred to Sec. 17a-440 in 1991; Sec. 17a-440 transferred to Sec. 17b-460 in 1995; P.A. 03-267 replaced “the appropriate office of the state’s attorney” with “the Chief State’s Attorney or the Chief State’s Attorney’s designee” as the recipient of the referral and the party responsible for conducting any further investigation and determining if criminal proceedings should be initiated and made technical changes; P.A. 03-278 made technical changes, effective July 9, 2003.

Sec. 17b-461. (Formerly Sec. 17a-441). Regulations. Regulations shall be promulgated by the Commissioner of Social Services to carry out the provisions of sections 17b-450 to 17b-461, inclusive.

(P.A. 77-613, S. 12, 15; 77-614, S. 521, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 85, 136; P.A. 93-262, S. 53, 87.)

History: P.A. 77-614 and P.A. 78-303 replaced commissioner of social services with commissioner of human resources, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 46a-25 transferred to Sec. 17a-441 in 1991; P.A. 93-262 replaced reference to commissioners of human resources and aging with commissioner of social services, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17a-441 transferred to Sec. 17b-461 in 1995.

Secs. 17b-462 to 17b-489. Reserved for future use.

Note: Chapter 319ee is also reserved for future use.