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New Law Designed to Prevent California Elder Abuse

As San Diego elder abuse attorneys, we are pleased to report that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two new bills into law that will help protect California’s elderly population. The first would allow authorities to keep up with the growing number of California elder abuse reports, and the second would ensure that care facilities provide adequate notice to their residents before closing their doors.

Elder Abuse Reporting

The first law, SB718 by Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, establishes a confidential Internet reporting system for elder abuse, which is designed to expedite reporting of suspected elder abuse. The bill was written in response to budget cuts that decreased the number of personnel able to handle calls from mandated reporters or the general public about elder abuse.

In San Diego alone, officials receive an average of about 845 calls per month from those who suspect elder abuse. As a result, police, bankers, and doctors are routinely kept on hold for over six minutes — and in some cases for more than an hour — when calling in required alerts of suspected elder abuse to San Diego authorities.

License Notification

The second law, AB313, by Sen. Bill Monning, D-Santa Cruz, requires residential facilities to conspicuously post notices for at least 30 days and provide written notices to residents and their responsible parties if the facility’s license is in jeopardy.

The bill was introduced after a nursing home in Santa Cruz was ordered to close last year and residents were only given two weeks of notice.

“These protections will ensure residents have enough time to prepare for a move and minimize the impact of transfer trauma,” Monning said.

Source: Mercury News