The Denver Post editorial board laid out a plan for how to improve the state in five easy (legislative) steps.
I'd like to suggest a sixth step is needed: mandatory reporting of elder
Colorado is one of only three states that does not have a law specifically
protecting our elder population from physical, sexual, caretaker and financial
harm by requiring those in a position of awareness to report suspected
Last year, our legislature created a task force to study the issue. It
recommended a system of mandatory reporting for the mistreatment and
exploitation of at-risk persons over 70 years of age.
Gov. John Hickenlooper has dedicated $5 million to put into place the
policies and procedures needed for adult protective services to be resourced
appropriately to be effective. It is now time to move from studying the issue to
acting on it by passing the upcoming legislation sponsored by state Sen. Evie
Hudak, D-Westminster, state Rep. Sue Schafer, D-Wheat Ridge, and Rep. Amy
Stephens, R-Monument. Their efforts would commit the resources that Colorado's
seniors need to help protect them from harm.
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Colorado Should Make Reporting of Elder Abuse Mandatory, Suthers Says