PA 15-150—sHB 5257

Human Services Committee

AN ACT REQUIRING NOTICE OF ABUSE REPORTS CONCERNING RESIDENTS OF LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

SUMMARY: The law requires people working in certain professions (mandated reporters, see BACKGROUND) to report to the Department of Social Services (DSS) if they have reasonable cause to suspect or believe a resident in a long-term care facility has been abused, neglected, exploited, or abandoned, and DSS must investigate such reports. This act requires DSS, after receiving such a report, to notify the resident's (1) guardian or conservator, if any; (2) legally liable relative; or (3) other responsible party. The department must get the contact information from the long-term care facility and provide the notice as soon as possible, but no later than 24 hours, after receiving the report. The notice is not required when the guardian, conservator, legally liable relative, or responsible party is the suspected perpetrator.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

BACKGROUND

Mandated Reporters

By law, the following are mandated reporters of abuse, neglect, exploitation, or abandonment of long-term care facility residents:

1. licensed physicians and surgeons and licensed or unlicensed resident physicians and interns;

2. registered and licensed practical nurses;

3. long-term care facility administrators, nurse's aides, orderlies, and anyone else paid for providing care in such a facility;

4. patient advocates;

5. medical examiners;

6. dentists;

7. optometrists, chiropractors, and podiatrists;

8. psychologists, social workers, and sexual assault or domestic violence counselors;

9. clergy;

10. police officers;

11. pharmacists; and

12. physical therapists (CGS 17a-412).

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