Adult Protection (AP) serves as a program that helps connect the “at risk” adult with services and resources. An “at risk “ adult is defined as an individual 18 years of age or older who is susceptible to mistreatment or self-neglect because the individual is unable to perform or obtain services necessary for the individual’s health, safety and welfare.
Types of Abuse:
- Caregiver Neglect
- Self Neglect
As of July 1st of this year, reporting elder abuse will be mandated by Colorado State Law. Senate Bill SB13-111 was passed last year and will be implemented statewide by July 1, 2014. Before July Coloradoans will need to know who is a mandatory reporter and how to report suspected abuse. Mesa County Department of Human Services is offering this training on mandatory reporting of at-risk elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. The training will answer questions about the new law and provide information on the following:
• What is mandatory reporting?
• Who is required to report?
• What situations must be reported and to whom?
• How to make a report to Adult Protection Services (APS) and Law Enforcement?
This training will be provided at no cost to organizations such as- Medical personnel, long term care facility personnel, mental health professionals, social workers, law enforcement personnel, court appointed guardians and conservators, fire protection personnel, pharmacists, dentists, bank personnel, home health providers and affiliated parties, emergency medical service providers, physical therapists, clergy and chiropractors...the list goes on……
Help us pull back the curtain on elder abuse!
PLEASE CONTACT WESTERN CO 211 TO SCHEDULE A TRAINING. CALL 211 FROM A LANDLINE OR 970‐244‐8400 VIA CELL PHONE.
If you are concerned about a friend, neighbor or loved one in any of the above areas mentioned you are encouraged to call the Department of Human Services intake line at (970)248-2888.
*Please note that referral sources are always kept confidential and can be kept anonymous