"Effective January 1, caretakers of seniors living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are required to report suspected abuse to both the care center's ombudsman and a law enforcement agency. AB40 doubles mandated reporter duties to share knowledge or suspicion of physical abuse, abandonment, neglect, isolation or financial abuse of residents in long-term care facilities.
AB40 requires observers to contact law enforcement by phone and in writing within two hours after learning of or suspecting physical abuse of a resident resulting in serious injury, or within 24 hours of a non-injury incident. Mandated reporters - employees, supervisors or administrators at a facility - can face up to six months in jail and or a $1,000 fine if they fail to do so."
The Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act