California Lawmakers Buckle Down on Elder Abuse


[Image via Mariko Yamada]

Mariko Yamada, a California Assemblymember and chair of the Committee on Aging & Long Term Care, along with other legislative members, has introduced a bill that will affect how elder abuse crimes are reported.

The Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act establishes various procedures for the reporting, investigation, and prosecution of elder and dependent adult abuse. The act requires certain persons, called mandated reporters, to report known or suspected instances of elder or dependent adult abuse. The act requires a mandated reporter, and authorizes any person who is not a mandated reporter, to report the abuse to the local ombudsman or the local law enforcement agency if the abuse occurs in a long-term care facility. Failure to report physical abuse and financial abuse of an elder or dependent adult under the act is a misdemeanor.

This bill would, instead, require the mandated reporter, and authorize any person who is not a mandated reporter, to report the abuse to both the local ombudsman and the local law enforcement agency. [Source]

Yamada is a representative of the 8th District in California which includes Solano and Yolo counties.

According to a recent report, abused elders are more likely to be female, abuse drugs or alcohol or suffer from a mental disorder. More information can be found at the Administration on Aging website.