17 January 2013

New Law Doubles Requirement for Elder Abuse Reporting

"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


  1. What good are mandated reporting laws if California law enforcement agencies and prosecutors are unwilling to enforce the laws?

    We have proof on file that a complainant provided Mark Zahner, the chief prosecutor for the California attorney general's Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse (BMFEA) with video and other overwhelming evidence that a Los Angeles-area nursing home committed abandonment, elder neglect/abuse leading to death, patient records falsification, and other crimes, including failure to report the elder abuse to law enforcement or the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

    But Mark Zahner and his BMFEA office in Sacamento, California refused to file any charges against the perpetrators who failed to report the elder abuse. Mr. Zahner and BMFEA failed, even though BMFEA Special Agent Timothy J. Fives noted in his investigation report that the nursing home staff had not reported the elder neglect to law enforcement as required.

    Why did Mark Zahner protect the perpetrators? Why does Attorney General Kamala Harris' BMFEA fail to enforce the law against elder abusers when the abusers are rich, politically connected nursing home owners? What good are mandated reporting laws that are not enforced by BMFEA?

    Elder Abuse Exposed.com

    1. It's window dressing...

      The only way to get something done within or by government agencies & some others is to tie their pay to performance.

      Keep in mind, there is nothing like sucking from the government's tits.

      Er, feeding on tax dollars.


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