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					   NO. 79. AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL ABUSE, NEGLECT,
   AND EXPLOITATION OF VULNERABLE ADULTS.

                                    (H.163)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. FINDINGS

   The General Assembly finds:

      (1) Vulnerable adults are one of the most abused segments of our

population. The 1998 National Elder Incidence Study reported that 449,925

elders experienced abuse or neglect in noninstitutional settings. About 84

percent of these cases were never reported. During the past five years, there

has been a 41-percent increase in the number of reports of abuse of vulnerable

adults made to adult protective services in the Vermont department of aging

and independent living. During that same period, there has been a 66-percent

increase in the number of protective services provided to vulnerable adults.

      (2) Nationally, statistics show that more than 90 percent of people with

developmental disabilities will experience sexual abuse at some point in their

lives. Only three percent of sexual abuse cases involving people with

developmental disabilities are ever reported.

      (3) Crime victimization is a major problem among persons with severe

mental illness (SMI). In their report “Crime Victimization in Adults with

Severe Mental Illness: Comparison with the National Crime Victimization




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Survey,” researchers at Northwestern University’s Department of Psychiatry

and Behavioral Sciences documented that:

         (A) More than 25 percent of persons with SMI had been victims of

violent crimes within the past year, more than 11 times the rate for the general

population even after controlling for demographic differences.

         (B) For the types of violent crimes analyzed (various degrees of

rape/sexual assault, robbery, and assault), the rates of occurrence for persons

with SMI ranged from six to 23 times greater than the rates among the general

population.

      (4) According to a 2002 General Accounting Office report on nursing

home resident abuse, there is increasing concern that nursing home residents

are abused by the very people who are supposed to care for them. In 1999,

over 25 percent of nursing homes nationwide were cited by state survey

agencies for conduct that harmed residents or put them at risk of death or

serious injury. Reports of sexual and physical abuse often are not made

promptly, and existing state and federal safeguards do not adequately protect

residents from potentially abusive nursing home employees.

      (5) Prevention services, training, and education are critical components

in reducing abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults. The more

frequently and efficiently that education, prevention, and training services and

other early interventions are employed, the greater likelihood that fewer

vulnerable adults will be subject to abuse. For example, reports to adult

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protective services increased by 18 percent during and immediately following

a six-month 2004 public education campaign conducted by the Vermont

Center for Crime Victim Services to educate vulnerable adults, the elderly,

caregivers, and the general public about the issues of elder abuse, neglect, and

exploitation in Vermont. Such a significant and immediate increase

underscores the clear need for more public education and training about the

crimes committed against this vulnerable segment of our population.

      (6) While this act enhances the ability to prosecute persons under

criminal law who abuse vulnerable adults, it is also the intent of the General

Assembly to focus attention on the crucial role that prevention and training

services can play to intervene at an early stage and ensure that vulnerable

adults are not abused at all.

Sec. 2. 13 V.S.A. chapter 28 is added to read:

                  CHAPTER 28. ABUSE, NEGLECT, AND

               EXPLOITATION OF VULNERABLE ADULTS

§ 1375. DEFINITIONS

   As used in this chapter:

      (1) “Bodily injury” means physical pain, illness, or any impairment of

physical condition.

      (2) “Caregiver” means:

         (A) a person, agency, facility, or other organization with

responsibility for providing subsistence, health, or other care to a vulnerable

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adult, who has assumed the responsibility voluntarily, by contract, or by an

order of the court; or

         (B) a person providing care, including health care, custodial care,

personal care, mental health services, rehabilitative services, or any other kind

of care which is required because of another’s age or disability.

      (3) “Lewd and lascivious conduct” means any lewd or lascivious act

upon or with the body, or any part or member thereof, of a vulnerable adult,

with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or

sexual desires of the person or the vulnerable adult.

      (4) “Neglect” means intentional or reckless failure or omission by a

caregiver to:

         (A)(i) provide care or arrange for goods, services, or living

conditions necessary to maintain the health or safety of a vulnerable adult,

including, but not limited to, food, clothing, medicine, shelter, supervision, and

medical services, unless the caregiver is acting pursuant to the wishes of the

vulnerable adult or his or her representative, or an advanced directive as

defined in chapter 111 of Title 18; or

            (ii) make a reasonable effort, in accordance with the authority

granted the caregiver, to protect a vulnerable adult from abuse, neglect or

exploitation by others.

         (B) Neglect may be repeated conduct or a single incident which has

resulted in or could be expected to result in physical or psychological harm, as

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a result of subdivisions (A)(i) or (ii) of this subdivision (4).

      (5) “Serious bodily injury” means bodily injury which creates a

substantial risk of death or which causes substantial loss or impairment of the

function of any bodily member or organ or substantial impairment of health or

substantial disfigurement.

      (6) “Sexual act” means conduct between persons consisting of contact

between the penis and the vulva, the penis and the anus, the mouth and the

penis, the mouth and the vulva, or any intrusion, however slight, by any part of

a person’s body or any object into the genital or anal opening of another.

      (7) “Sexual activity” means a sexual act, other than appropriate health

care or personal hygiene, or lewd and lascivious conduct.

      (8) “Vulnerable adult” means any person 18 years of age or older who:

            (A) is a resident of a facility required to be licensed under chapter 71

of Title 33;

            (B) is a resident of a psychiatric hospital or a psychiatric unit of a

hospital;

            (C) has been receiving personal care and services from an agency

certified by the Vermont department of aging and independent living or from a

person or organization that offers, provides, or arranges for personal care; or

            (D) regardless of residence or whether any type of service is

received, is impaired due to brain damage, infirmities of aging, or a physical,

mental, or developmental disability that results in some impairment of the

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individual’s ability to:

            (i) provide for his or her own care without assistance, including

the provision of food, shelter, clothing, health care, supervision, or

management of finances; or

            (ii) protect himself or herself from abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

§ 1376. ABUSE

   (a) A person who engages in conduct with an intent or reckless disregard

that the conduct is likely to cause unnecessary harm, unnecessary pain, or

unnecessary suffering to a vulnerable adult shall be imprisoned not more than

one year or fined not more than $1,000.00, or both.

   (b) A person who commits an assault, as defined in section 1023 of this

title, with actual or constructive knowledge that the victim is a vulnerable

adult, shall be imprisoned for not more than two years or fined not more than

$2,000.00, or both.

   (c) A person who commits an aggravated assault as defined in subdivision

1024(a)(1) or (2) of this title with actual or constructive knowledge that the

victim is a vulnerable adult shall be imprisoned not more than 20 years or fined

not more than $10,000.00, or both.

§ 1377. ABUSE BY UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT AND UNLAWFUL

         CONFINEMENT

   (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, no person shall

knowingly or recklessly:

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      (1) cause or threaten to cause unnecessary or unlawful confinement or

unnecessary or unlawful restraint of a vulnerable adult; or

      (2) administer or threaten to administer a drug, a substance, or

electroconvulsive therapy to a vulnerable adult.

   (b) This section shall not apply if the confinement, restraint, administration,

or threat is:

      (1) part of a legitimate and lawful medical or therapeutic treatment; or

      (2) lawful and reasonably necessary to protect the safety of the

vulnerable adult or others, provided that less intrusive alternatives have been

attempted if doing so would be reasonable under the circumstances.

   (c) A person who violates this section shall:

      (1) be imprisoned not more than two years or fined not more than

$10,000.00, or both.

      (2) if the violation causes bodily injury, be imprisoned not more than

three years or fined not more than $10,000.00, or both.

      (3) if the violation causes serious bodily injury, be imprisoned not more

than 15 years or fined not more than $10,000.00, or both.

§ 1378. NEGLECT

   (a) A caregiver who intentionally or recklessly neglects a vulnerable adult

shall be imprisoned not more than 18 months or fined not more than

$10,000.00, or both.

   (b) A caregiver who violates subsection (a) of this section, and as a result

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of such neglect, serious bodily injury occurs to the vulnerable adult, shall be

imprisoned not more than 15 years or fined not more than $10,000.00, or both.

§ 1379. SEXUAL ABUSE

   (a) A person who volunteers for or is paid by a caregiving facility or

program shall not engage in any sexual activity with a vulnerable adult. It

shall be an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this subsection that the

sexual activity was consensual between the vulnerable adult and a caregiver

who was hired, supervised, and directed by the vulnerable adult. A person

who violates this subsection shall be imprisoned for not more than two years or

fined not more than $10,000.00, or both.

   (b) No person, whether or not the person has actual knowledge of the

victim’s vulnerable status, shall engage in sexual activity with a vulnerable

adult if:

      (1) the vulnerable adult does not consent to the sexual activity; or

      (2) the person knows or should know that the vulnerable adult is

incapable of resisting, declining, or consenting to the sexual activity due to his

or her specific vulnerability or due to fear of retribution or hardship.

   (c) A person who violates subsection (b) of this section shall be:

      (1) imprisoned for not more than five years or fined not more than

$10,000.00, or both, if the sexual activity involves lewd and lascivious

conduct;

      (2) imprisoned for not more than 20 years or fined not more than

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$10,000.00, or both, if the sexual activity involves a sexual act.

   (d) A caregiver who violates subsection (b) of this section shall be:

        (1) imprisoned for not more than seven years or fined not more than

$10,000.00, or both, if the sexual activity involves lewd and lascivious

conduct.

        (2) imprisoned for not more than 25 years or fined not more than

$10,000.00, or both, if the sexual activity involves a sexual act.

§ 1380. FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION

   (a) No person shall willfully use, withhold, transfer, or dispose of funds or

property of a vulnerable adult, without or in excess of legal authority, for

wrongful profit or advantage. No person shall willfully acquire possession or

control of or an interest in funds or property of a vulnerable adult through the

use of undue influence, harassment, duress, or fraud.

   (b) A person who violates subsection (a) of this section, and exploits

money, funds, or property of no more than $500.00 in value, shall be

imprisoned not more than 18 months or fined not more than $10,000.00, or

both.

   (c) A person who violates subsection (a) of this section, and exploits

money, funds, or property in excess of $500.00 in value, shall be imprisoned

not more than 10 years or fined not more than $10,000.00, or both.

§ 1381. EXPLOITATION OF SERVICES

   Any person who willfully forces or compels a vulnerable adult against his

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or her will to perform services for the profit or advantage of another shall be

imprisoned not more than two years or fined not more than $10,000.00, or

both.

§ 1382. DEFERRED SENTENCE

   Notwithstanding the limitation of subsection 7041(a) of this title, a court

may, on the motion of a party or on its own motion, with or without the

consent of the state’s attorney, defer sentencing for a misdemeanor violation of

this chapter and place the defendant on probation upon such terms and

conditions as it may require.

§ 1383. ADULT ABUSE REGISTRY

   A person who is convicted of a crime under this chapter shall be placed on

the adult abuse registry. A deferred sentence is considered a conviction for

purposes of the adult abuse registry.

Sec. 3. 13 V.S.A. § 5301(7) is amended to read:

§ 5301. DEFINITIONS

   As used in this chapter:

                                        ***

        (7) For the purpose of this chapter, “listed crime” means any of the

following offenses:

                                        ***

           (Z) burglary into an occupied dwelling as defined in section

subsection 1201(c) of this title; and

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         (AA) the attempt to commit any of the offenses listed in this section;

and

         (BB) abuse (section 1376 of this title), abuse by restraint (section

1377 of this title), neglect (section 1378 of this title), sexual abuse (section

1379 of this title), financial exploitation (section 1380 of this title), and

exploitation of services (section 1381 of this title).

Sec. 4. 33 V.S.A. § 6913 is amended to read:

§ 6913. PENALTIES; DEFERRED SENTENCING; CRIMINAL SEXUAL

         ACTIVITY BY CAREGIVER; ABUSE; NEGLECT;

         EXPLOITATION; MANDATORY REPORTER’S FAILURE TO

         REPORT

   (a) Any person who engages in abuse, as defined in subdivision 6902(1)(B)

or (C) of this title shall be fined not more than $10,000.00 or be imprisoned not

more than 18 months, or both.

   (b) Any person who willfully engages in exploitation as defined in

subdivision 6902(6)(A), (B) or (C) of this title, shall be fined not more than

$10,000.00 or be imprisoned for not more than 18 months, or both.

   (c) Any caregiver who purposely, knowingly or recklessly neglects a

vulnerable adult as defined in subdivision 6902(7) of this title shall be fined

not more than $10,000.00 or be imprisoned for not more than 18 months, or

both.

   (d) Any caregiver who engages in abuse of a vulnerable adult in violation

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of subdivision 6902(1)(D) of this title shall be fined not more than $10,000.00

or be imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

   (e) Any mandatory reporter as defined in subdivision 6903(a)(1), (2), (3),

(4) and (5) of this title that willfully violates subsection 6903(a) of this title

shall be fined not more than $500.00 or be imprisoned for not more than one

year, or both.

   (f) Notwithstanding the limitation of 13 V.S.A. § 7041(a), a court may, on

the motion of a party or on its own motion, with or without the consent of the

state’s attorney, defer sentencing and place the defendant on probation upon

such terms and conditions as it may require.

   (g) Whenever the commissioner finds, after notice and hearing, that a

person has committed sexual abuse as defined in subdivision 6902(1)(D) of

this title, sexual exploitation as defined in subdivision 6902(6)(D), exploitation

as defined in subdivision 6902(6)(A) or (B) in an amount in excess of $500.00,

abuse which causes grievous injury to or the death of a vulnerable adult, or

neglect which causes grievous injury to or the death of a vulnerable adult, the

commissioner may impose an administrative penalty of not more than

$10,000.00 for each violation, except as provided in subsection (h) of this

section. The commissioner shall notify the office of professional regulation, or

any other professional licensing board applicable to the violator, of any

decision made pursuant to this subsection.

   (h)(b) Whenever the commissioner finds, after notice and hearing, that a

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mandatory reporter, as defined in subdivisions 6903(a)(1), (2), (3), (4), and (5)

of this title, has willfully violated the provisions of subsection 6903(a), the

commissioner may impose an administrative penalty not to exceed $500.00 per

violation. For purposes of this subsection, every 24 hours that a report is not

made beyond the period for reporting required by subsection 6903(a) shall

constitute a new and separate violation, and a mandatory reporter shall be

liable for an administrative penalty of not more than $500.00 for each 24-hour

period, not to exceed a maximum penalty of $5,000.00 per reportable incident.

   (i)(c) A person who is aggrieved by a decision under subsection (g)(a) or

(h)(b) of this section may appeal that decision to the superior court where

either party may request trial by jury.

Sec. 5. 13 V.S.A. § 5401(10) is amended to read:

      (10) “Sex offender” means:

         (A) A person who is convicted in any jurisdiction of the United

States, including a state, territory, commonwealth, the District of Columbia, or

military, federal, or tribal court of any of the following offenses:

                                          ***

            (iv) sexual activity by a caregiver as defined in 33 V.S.A.

§ 6913(d) abuse of a vulnerable adult as defined in section 1379 of this title;

                                          ***

Sec. 6. 33 V.S.A. § 6906(a) is amended to read:

§ 6906. INVESTIGATION

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   (a)(1) The commissioner shall cause an investigation to commence within

48 hours after receipt of a report made pursuant to section 6904 of this title.

      (2) The commissioner shall keep the reporter and the alleged victim

informed during all stages of the investigation, and shall:

            (A) notify the reporter, the victim, and the victim’s legal

representative, if any, in writing if adult protective services or the division of

licensing and protection decides not to investigate the report. The notification

shall be provided within five business days after the decision is made and shall

inform the reporter that he or she may ask the commissioner to review the

decision.

            (B) notify the reporter, the victim, and the victim’s legal

representative, if any, in writing if adult protective services or the division of

licensing and protection refers the report to another agency. The notification

shall be provided within five business days after the referral is made.

            (C) notify the reporter, the victim, and the victim’s legal

representative, if any, in writing of the outcome of the investigation. The

notification shall be provided within five business days after the decision is

made and shall inform the reporter that he or she may ask the commissioner to

review the decision.




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Sec. 7. 33 V.S.A. § 6912 is amended to read:

§ 6912. PUBLIC EDUCATION AND DISCLOSURE OF RIGHTS AND

         DUTIES; POSTING OF NOTICE

   (a) The department, within available appropriations, shall conduct a

publicity and education program to encourage the fullest degree of reporting of

suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults.

   (b) All agencies, facilities or institutions providing care and services to

elderly or, disabled, or vulnerable adults shall inform their employees of their

right and duty to report suspected incidents of abuse, neglect, or exploitation

and the protections afforded them by this chapter, and shall establish

appropriate policies and procedures to facilitate such reporting.

   (c)(1) All agencies, facilities, or institutions providing care and services to

vulnerable adults shall post in a prominent and accessible location a poster

describing the protections afforded to vulnerable adults by this chapter and by

chapter 28 of Title 13. The poster shall include, at a minimum, the following:

         (A) A statement that abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable

adults is unlawful.

         (B) A statement that it is unlawful to retaliate against a person for

filing a complaint of abuse, neglect, or exploitation or for cooperating in an

investigation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

         (C) A description and examples of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.




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         (D) A statement of the range of consequences for persons who

commit abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

         (E) If the agency, facility, or institution has more than five

employees, a description of the process for filing internal complaints about

abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and the names, addresses, and telephone

numbers of the person or persons to whom complaints should be made.

         (F) The complaint process of the appropriate state and federal

agencies and directions as to how to contact such agencies.

      (2) Except as provided in subdivision (3) of this subsection, the poster

required by this subsection shall be posted in a location where it would

ordinarily be viewed by vulnerable adults.

      (3) An agency, facility, or institution which provides home-based

services shall:

         (A) display the poster required by this subsection in its principal

place of business; and

         (B) provide a written notice which includes all information contained

on the poster to each vulnerable adult for whom services are provided.

Sec. 8. 13 V.S.A. § 5405 is amended to read:

§ 5405. COURT DETERMINATION OF SEXUALLY VIOLENT

         PREDATORS

   (a) The general assembly finds that some sexual offenders should be

subject to increased sex offender registry and community notification

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procedures. It is the intent of the general assembly that state’s attorneys utilize

the provisions in this section to petition the court to designate those offenders

who pose a greater risk to the public as sexually violent predators to ensure

that those offenders will be required to register as sex offenders for life, and

that they will be among those offenders who are included on the state’s internet

sex offender registry.

   (b) Within ten 15 days after the conviction of a sex offender, the state may

file a written request petition with the court requesting that the person be

designated as a sexually violent predator.

   (b)(c) The determination of whether a person is a sexually violent predator

shall be made by the court at the time of sentencing after reviewing the

recommendations of at least two experts in the behavior and treatment of

sexual offenders.

   (d) The court shall order a presentence investigation which shall include a

psychosexual evaluation of the offender.

   (c)(e) In making a determination of whether the person is a sexually violent

predator, the court shall examine the following:

      (1) the person’s criminal history;

      (2) any testimony presented at trial, including expert testimony as to the

person’s mental state;

      (3) the person’s history of treatment for a personality disorder or mental

abnormality connected with his or her criminal sexual behavior;

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      (4) any mitigating evidence, including treatment history or, evidence of

modified behavior, or expert testimony, which the convicted sex offender

wishes to provide to the court prior to the determination; and

      (5) any other relevant evidence.

   (d)(f) The standard of proof when the court makes such a determination

shall be clear and convincing evidence that the convicted sex offender suffers

from a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely

to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses.

   (g) The court shall determine whether the offender was eligible to be

charged as a habitual offender as provided in section 11 of this title or a violent

career criminal as provided in section 11a of this title and shall make findings

as to such.

   (e)(h) After making a determination its determinations, the court shall issue

a written decision explaining the reasons for its determination determinations

and provide a copy of the decision to the department within 10 days.

   (i) A person who is determined to be a sexually violent predator shall be

subject to sex offender lifetime registration and community notification and

inclusion on the internet sex offender registry as provided in this subchapter.

Sec. 9. 13 V.S.A. § 2602 is amended to read:

§ 2602. LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS CONDUCT WITH CHILD

   (a) A person who No person shall wilfully and lewdly commit any lewd or

lascivious act upon or with the body, or any part or member thereof, of a child

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under the age of sixteen 16 years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or

gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of such person or of such child,

shall be imprisoned for the first offense, not less than one year nor more than

five years, or fined not more than $3,000.00, or both; for the second offense,

not less than two years and not more than ten years, or fined not more than

$5,000.00, or both; and for the third or subsequent offense, not less than three

years and not more than 20 years, or fined not more than $10,000.00, or both.

   (b) A person who violates subsection (a) of this section shall be:

      (1) For a first offense, imprisoned not less than one year and not more

than 15 years or fined not more than $5,000.00, or both.

      (2) For a second offense, imprisoned not less than two years and not

more than 30 years or fined not more than $10,000.00, or both.

      (3) For a third offense, imprisoned not less than three years and up to

and including life or fined not more than $25,000.00, or both.

Sec. 10. 13 V.S.A. § 3253 is amended to read:

§ 3253. AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT

                                      ***

   (b) A person who commits the crime of aggravated sexual assault shall be

punishable by a maximum sentence of life imprisonment imprisoned up to and

including life or a fine of fined not more than $50,000.00, or both. No person

who receives a minimum sentence under this section shall be eligible for early

release or furlough until the expiration of the minimum sentence imposed.

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Sec. 11. APPROPRIATION – FUNDING FOR EVALUATIONS

   The amount of $50,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund in fiscal

year 2005 to the department of corrections for the purpose of funding

psychosexual evaluations as a part of presentence investigations conducted by

the department in cases involving a petition to have a person designated as a

sexually violent predator as provided in 13 V.S.A. § 5405 or in sentencing for

the crimes of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child as defined in 13 V.S.A.

§ 2602, aggravated sexual assault as defined in 13 V.S.A. § 3253, and second

offense use of electronic communication to lure a child as defined in 13 V.S.A.

§ 2828. This appropriation shall be used only for the purposes defined in this

section, and any unexpended balance of this appropriation shall carry forward

and not be reverted to the general fund. The department of corrections shall

include in its annual budget proposal for fiscal year 2007 and thereafter an

allocation to fund these evaluations. The annual allocation shall be estimated

based on the need for such evaluations experienced in the current and previous

two fiscal years.

Sec. 12. REPORT

   (a) On or before January 15, 2006 and on or before January 15 of each year

thereafter, the secretary of the agency of human services shall submit a report

to the following committees: the house and senate committees on judiciary,

the house committee on human services, and the senate committee on health

and welfare. The report shall include:

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      (1)(A) The number of reports of abuse, exploitation, and neglect:

             (i) received by adult protective services (APS) within the

department of aging and independent living during the preceding year, and the

total number of persons who filed reports.

             (ii) investigated by APS during the preceding year.

             (iii) substantiated by APS during the preceding year.

             (iv) referred to other agencies for investigation by APS during the

preceding year, including identification of each agency and the number of

referrals it received.

             (v) referred for protective services by APS during the preceding

year, including a summary of the services provided.

         (B) For each type of report required from APS by subdivision (1)(A)

of this section, a statistical breakdown of the number of reports according to

the type of abuse and to the victim’s:

             (i) relationship to the reporter;

             (ii) relationship to the alleged perpetrator;

             (iii) age;

             (iv) disability or impairment; and

             (v) place of residency.

      (2) A complete description of the types of services offered by APS in

response to reports of abuse, exploitation, and neglect, including identification

of the funding sources for each service, past trends, and future projections for

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funding, and whether the current and anticipated funding is adequate to meet

the service needs.

      (3) A complete description of the notification which APS provides to

persons who make reports of abuse, exploitation, and neglect, and the

notifications provided to the persons when APS determines to investigate or

not to investigate a report, to conclude an investigation, to substantiate or not

to substantiate a report, or to refer the report to another agency.

   (b) The report submitted on January 15, 2006 shall include:

      (1) A description of any costs incurred by the department of aging and

independent living as a result of meeting the requirements of this act.

      (2) An update on coordination and communication between the

department of aging and independent living and the department for children

and families with respect to the adult abuse registry established under section

6911 of Title 33 and the child abuse registry established under section 4913 of

Title 33. The update shall include how information on the registries is shared

between state personnel and private employers, and whether employers are

required to make separate requests from each registry or whether one request

automatically produces information from both registries.

   (c) On or before January 1, 2006, the attorney general shall report to the

house and senate committees on judiciary on whether any issues or difficulties

have resulted from removing the requirement that the adult be receiving




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services “for more than one month” from the definition of “vulnerable adult”

in subdivision 1375(8)(C) of Title 13.

Sec. 13. EFFECTIVE DATE

   Sec. 11 shall be effective upon passage.

Approved: June 25, 2005




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