California Elder Abuse Can Soon Be Reported Confidentially
Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, a new California state law will allow California counties to offer a confidential internet system for reporting elder abuse in long-term care facilities.
Currently, those who work in financial institutions, law enforcement and in healthcare, including nursing home staff, are required by law to report suspicions of elder abuse in a “timely manner.” In many counties, there can be a long wait before a call is answered due to staff cuts and a high volume of callers.
In November 2010, 27 percent of callers hung up before their call was answered.
The bill directs the state to institute an online reporting system. Those who want to report a possible elder abuse situation will be able to submit quick and complete reports online, which will supposedly expedite the Department of Public Health’s investigation into reports.