ELDER ABUSE LAWS AND MANDATED REPORTING - CONNECTICUT
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The following information is summarized from: Conn.
General Statutes, Sec.17b-450-452, and Conn.
General Assembly, Office of Legislative Research
Report #2000-R-0855 (http://www.cga.ct.gov/2000/rpt/2000-R-0855.htm).
ELDER ABUSE UNDER CONNECTICUT LAW
Under Connecticut law (CGS §
elder abuse includes, but is not limited to, the
willful infliction of physical pain, injury or mental
anguish, or the willful deprivation by a caretaker of
services which are necessary to maintain physical and
mental health. Elder abuse also includes
neglect, exploitation, and/or abandonment of an
elderly (ages 60+) person (see CGS
§ 17b-451 for definitions of those terms). When
the Commissioner of Social Services receives a report
that an elderly person has been abused, neglected,
exploited or abandoned, or is in need of protective
services, he or she orders an evaluation of the
situation and the condition of the elderly person. A
written evaluation includes recommended actions and a
determination of whether protective services are
needed. The person who reported the elderly abuse will
be notified of the findings, upon request.
The list of mandated reporters is very similar to that for child abuse and neglect. Included are:
licensed physicians and surgeons and licensed or unlicensed residents and interns
- registered and licensed practical nurses
nursing home administrators, nurse’s aides, orderlies, and anyone else paid for providing care in a nursing home
osteopaths, optometrists, chiropractors, and podiatrists
psychologists and social workers
When any mandated reporter has reasonable cause to suspect or believes that someone age 60 or over (1) has been abused, neglected, exploited, or abandoned, or is in a condition caused by one of these or (2) is in need of protective services (services designed to protect elderly individuals from such harm), he/she must report this to the Conn. Dept. of Social Services (DSS), Protective Services for the Elderly (PSE) within three days. Anyone who is required to report and doesn’t can be fined up to $2,000, and/or imprisonment for up to one year, or both. The report, which can be made orally or in writing, must contain the name and address of the elderly person, information regarding the nature and extent of the problem, and any other information which the reporter believes might be helpful in an investigation. As with the child abuse cases, the law grants both civil and criminal immunity to reporters in proceedings that might arise from the report, except for liability for perjury, unless the reporter acted in bad faith or with malice. (CGS § 17b-451).
People who are not mandated to report, but who suspect abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment of an older adult are encouraged, but not required by law, to also report to DSS Protective Services for the Elderly (PSE).
TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT'S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
Search by program name: Protective Services for the Elderly (PSE)
SOURCES: Conn. General Statutes, Sec.17b-450-452;
Conn. General Assembly, Office of Legislative Research Report #2000-R-0855
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: January2015
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