New legislation protects the elderly

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. New elderly abuse reporting laws have mesa county service care professionals prepping for the new legislation.

Adult protection services put together an elderly abuse reporting training session Thursday morning to educate people the recently passed Senate Bill 111.

This new legislation brings with it some major changes to elder abuse reporting and carries some serious consequences for those who don't comply.

"Mandatory reporters are required to report any at risk elder who is being abused, neglected or exploited,” says Candance McGuire of Adult Protection Services.

Mandatory reporters, that includes anyone from law enforcement officials to family members of the elderly, attended Thursday's training to learn their new responsibilities to at risk-seniors.

Failure to report could result in fines up $750 dollars or up to 6 months in jail.

The Mesa County Adult Protection Services Expects a 15% increase in elderly abuse reporting when the law goes into effect in July.


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