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Stop and Prevent Elder abuse

The El Paso County Pikes Peak Elder Abuse Coalition was created to empower and educate our community, older adults and caregivers. Our main functions are to provide information on services, policies and trainings for preventing mistreatment of elders. Mistreatment of elders appears in many different forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, undue influence, sexual abuse or exploitation, financial exploitation, denial of critical care and self-neglect. Meetings are held the third Friday of each month at Silver Key Senior Services, located at 1625 S. Murray Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80916. For more information please call Silver Key Senior Services at (719) 884-2349. 

 

Mandatory Reporting Non-emergency Dispatch
Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD):
719-444-7000

 

Mandatory Reporting Non-emergency Dispatch
El Paso Sheriff Office (EPSO):
719-390-5555

Adult Abuse or Neglect Intake:
DHS-APS@Elpasoco.com
719-444-5755

Elder Abuse Mandatory Reporting:
http://www.coloradoaging.com/

Silver Key Senior Services
2250 Bott Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Direct: (719) 884-2352
Fax:  (719) 884-2301
Web: www.silverkey.org

Who is a Mandatory Reporter:  please change to the following:
  • The following persons, whether paid or unpaid, shall report as required by paragraph (a) of this subsection (1):
  • Any person providing health care or health-care-related services, including general medical, surgical, or nursing services; medical, surgical, or nursing specialty services; dental services; vision services; pharmacy services; chiropractic services; or physical, occupational, musical, or other therapies.
  • Hospital and long-term care facility personnel engaged in the admission, care, or treatment of patients.
  • First responders including emergency medical service providers, fire protection personnel, law enforcement officers, and persons employed by, contracting with, or volunteering with any law enforcement agency, including victim advocates.
  • Medical examiners and coroners.
  • Code enforcement officers.
  • Veterinarians.
  • Psychologists, addiction counselors, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and registered psychotherapists, as those persons are defined in article 43 of title 12, C.R.S.
  • Social workers, as defined in part 4 of article 43 of title 12, C.R.S.
  • Staff of community-centered boards.
  • Staff, consultants, or independent contractors of service agencies as defined in section 25.5-10-202 (34), C.R.S.
  • Staff or consultants for a licensed or unlicensed, certified or uncertified, care facility, agency, home, or governing board, including but not limited to long-term care facilities, home care agencies, or home health providers.
  • Staff of, or consultants for, a home care placement agency, as defined in section 25-27.5-102 (5), C.R.S.
  • Persons performing case management or assistant services for at-risk elders or at-risk adults with IDD.
  • Staff of county departments of human or social services.
  • Staff of the state departments of human services, public health and environment, or health care policy and financing.
  • Staff of senior congregate centers or senior research or outreach organizations.
  • Staff, and staff of contracted providers, of area agencies on aging, except the long-term care ombudsmen.
  • Employees, contractors, and volunteers operating specialized transportation services for at-risk elders and at-risk adults with IDD.
  • Court-appointed guardians and conservators.
  • Personnel at schools serving persons in preschool through twelfth grade.
  • Clergy members; except that the reporting requirement described in paragraph (a) of this subsection (1) does not apply to a person who acquires reasonable cause to believe that an at-risk elder or an at-risk adult with IDD has been mistreated or has been exploited or is at imminent risk of mistreatment or exploitation during a communication about which the person may not be examined as a witness, unless the person also acquires such reasonable cause from a source other than such a communication.
  • Personnel of banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, and other lending or financial institutions who directly observe in person the mistreatment of an at-risk elder or who have reasonable cause to believe that an at-risk elder has been mistreated or is at imminent risk of mistreatment.
  • Personnel of banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, and other lending or financial institutions who directly observe in person the mistreatment of an at-risk adult with IDD or who have reasonable cause to believe that an at-risk adult with IDD has been mistreated or is at imminent risk of mistreatment by reason of actual knowledge of facts or circumstances indicating the mistreatment.

How to Make a Report of Suspected Mistreatment:

On and after July 1, 2014, any mandatory reporter who observes the abuse or exploitation of an at-risk elder, or who has reasonable cause to believe that an at-risk elder has been abused or has been exploited or is at imminent risk of abuse or exploitation, shall report such fact to a law enforcement agency not more than twenty-four hours after making the observation or discovery.

When making a report to law enforcement and Adult Protective Services, provide as much information as possible about the at-risk adult and the alleged perpetrator including:

  • The adult’s demographic information, such as name, gender, date of birth, or approximate age, address, current location if different from permanent address, and phone number;
  • Medical and/or disabling condition(s);
  • Contact information for friends, family, neighbors, or caregivers;
  • Specific concerns regarding the alleged mistreatment;
  • Safety concerns for the adult;
  • The alleged perpetrators information, such as name, gender, address, phone number and relationship to the at-risk adult, when mistreatment is alleged.
Definitions:

"Mistreatment" means any of the following acts or omissions committed against an at-risk person:

  • The nonaccidental infliction of bodily injury, serious bodily injury, or death.
  • Confinement or restraint that is unreasonable under generally accepted caretaking standards.
  • Subjection to sexual conduct or contact classified as a crime.
  • "At-risk adult" means any person who is seventy years of age or older or any person who is eighteen years of age or older and is a person who is: impaired because of the loss of or permanent loss of use of a hand or foot or because of blindness or the permanent impairment of vision of both eyes to such a degree as to constitute virtual blindness; is unable to walk, see, hear, or speak; is unable to breathe without mechanical assistance; is a person with an intellectual and developmental disability: is a person with a mental illness; is mentally impaired; is blind; is receiving care and treatment for a developmental disability.
  • "At-risk adult with IDD" means a person who is eighteen years of age or older and is a person with an intellectual and developmental disability.
  • "At-risk elder" means any person who is seventy years of age or older.
  • "At-risk juvenile" means any person who is under the age of eighteen years and is a person with a disability as said term is defined in subsection (11) of this section.
  • "At-risk person" means an at-risk adult, an at-risk adult with IDD, an at-risk elder, or an at-risk juvenile.
  • "Caretaker" means a person who: is responsible for the care of an at-risk person as a result of a family or legal relationship; has assumed responsibility for the care of an at-risk person; or is paid to provide care or services to an at-risk person.
  • "Caretaker neglect" means neglect that occurs when adequate food, clothing, shelter, psychological care, physical care, medical care, habilitation, supervision, or any other treatment necessary for the health or safety of an at-risk person is not secured for an at-risk person or is not provided by a caretaker in a timely manner and with the degree of care that a reasonable person in the same situation would exercise, or a caretaker knowingly uses harassment, undue influence, or intimidation to create a hostile or fearful environment for an at-risk person.

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