Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Abuse
The Disabled Adults And Elder Persons Protection Act protects those who are vulnerable to neglect and abuse within Georgia and are not able to help themselves as easily as others within our community. For more information on protecting yourself or a loved one please contact Scholle Law.
Our Adult Protective Services in Georgia is the state agency that is charged with the implementation of the statutory scheme that protects disabled adults and elder adults living in long term care facilities. The statutory scheme that applies to elders also applies to those disabled adults living in these communities. Their protection is found in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated sections 30-5-4 and related statutes.
One of the main goals of the statutes protecting disabled adults and the elderly is to enable and support reporting of abuse. The laws allow reporting protections so that if abuse is reported in good faith to authorities it can be done in an anonymous way and cannot lead to liability for the reporting party.
Some individuals are required or mandated to report abuse. In other words, there are persons who are in a position to recognize abuse of the elderly or disabled, and they have a duty to report suspected abuse or neglect. They cannot look the other way. Just as is the case with suspected abuse of children and the reporting requirements of teachers and others who are in a position to recognize parental or caregiver abuse, the same is true with the elderly or disabled. In the case this group of people, mandated reporters, they must report or they could be held liable for that failure in a criminal misdemeanor. The mandated areas of reporting include everything from mental and physical or verbal abuse to self-neglect and other abuses.
If you or someone you love is the victim of abuse while living in a long term care facility, please contact Scholle Law for help understanding the rights of those who are protected by Georgia law.