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ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES

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AMENDMENTS

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2008 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Kevin T. VanTassell

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House Sponsor: David Litvack

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill amends the Aging and Adult Services chapter of the Utah Human Services
             11      Code and related provisions.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    defines and modifies terms;
             15          .    clarifies the rulemaking authority of the Division of Aging and Adult Services;
             16          .    describes the powers and duties of Adult Protective Services;
             17          .    clarifies that a law enforcement agency has discretion regarding whether to open an
             18      investigation of potential criminal conduct against a vulnerable adult;
             19          .    clarifies provisions regarding the collection of photographic, audio, or video
             20      evidence relating to the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult;
             21          .    removes or modifies time restrictions relating to an adult protection case;
             22          .    modifies provisions relating to access to records maintained by Adult Protective
             23      Services;
             24          .    modifies provisions related to the offender database maintained by Adult Protective
             25      Services, including findings made, the notice given to alleged perpetrators, and
             26      procedures to challenge findings;
             27          .    modifies provisions relating to emergency orders; and
             28          .    makes technical changes.
             29      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:


             30          None
             31      Other Special Clauses:
             32          None
             33      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             34      AMENDS:
             35          62A-2-122, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapters 60, 107, and 188
             36          62A-3-109, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1988, Chapter 1
             37          62A-3-301, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 31
             38          62A-3-302, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 31
             39          62A-3-303, as repealed and reenacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 108
             40          62A-3-304, as repealed and reenacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 108
             41          62A-3-305, as repealed and reenacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 108
             42          62A-3-308, as repealed and reenacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 108
             43          62A-3-309, as repealed and reenacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 108
             44          62A-3-311, as repealed and reenacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 108
             45          62A-3-311.1, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 50
             46          62A-3-312, as repealed and reenacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 108
             47          62A-3-318, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 108
             48          62A-3-320, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 108
             49          63-2-202, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 201
             50          63-2-302, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 2
             51      ENACTS:
             52          62A-3-311.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             53      REPEALS AND REENACTS:
             54          62A-3-307, as repealed and reenacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 108
             55      REPEALS:
             56          62A-3-306, as repealed and reenacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 108
             57          62A-3-313, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 108


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             59      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             60          Section 1. Section 62A-2-122 is amended to read:
             61           62A-2-122. Access to vulnerable adult abuse and neglect information.
             62          (1) For purposes of this section:
             63          (a) "Direct service worker" is as defined in Section 62A-5-101 [; and].
             64          (b) "Personal care attendant" is as defined in Section 62A-3-101 .
             65          (2) With respect to a licensee, a certified local inspector applicant, a direct service
             66      worker, or a personal care attendant, the department may access the [data base] database
             67      created by Section 62A-3-311.1 for the purpose of:
             68          (a) (i) determining whether a person associated with a licensee, with direct access to
             69      vulnerable adults, has a supported or substantiated finding of:
             70          (A) abuse;
             71          (B) neglect; or
             72          (C) exploitation; and
             73          (ii) informing a licensee that a person associated with the licensee has a supported or
             74      substantiated finding of:
             75          (A) abuse;
             76          (B) neglect; or
             77          (C) exploitation;
             78          (b) (i) determining whether a certified local inspector applicant has a supported or
             79      substantiated finding of:
             80          (A) abuse;
             81          (B) neglect; or
             82          (C) exploitation; and
             83          (ii) informing a local government that a certified local inspector applicant has a
             84      supported or substantiated finding of:
             85          (A) abuse;


             86          (B) neglect; or
             87          (C) exploitation; [or]
             88          (c) (i) determining whether a direct service worker has a supported or substantiated
             89      finding of:
             90          (A) abuse;
             91          (B) neglect; or
             92          (C) exploitation; and
             93          (ii) informing a direct service worker or the direct service worker's employer that the
             94      direct service worker has a supported or substantiated finding of:
             95          (A) abuse;
             96          (B) neglect; or
             97          (C) exploitation; or
             98          (d) (i) determining whether a personal care attendant has a supported or substantiated
             99      finding of:
             100          (A) abuse;
             101          (B) neglect; or
             102          (C) exploitation; and
             103          (ii) informing a person described in Subsections 62A-3-101 (9)(a)(i) through (iv) that a
             104      personal care attendant has a supported or substantiated finding of:
             105          (A) abuse;
             106          (B) neglect; or
             107          (C) exploitation[;].
             108          (3) After receiving identifying information for a person under Subsection 62A-2-120 (1),
             109      the department shall process the information for the purposes described in Subsection (2).
             110          (4) The department shall adopt rules under Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative
             111      Rulemaking Act, consistent with this chapter and [consistent with Section 62A-3-311.1 ] Title
             112      62A, Chapter 3, Part 3, Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults, defining the
             113      circumstances under which a person may have direct access or provide services to vulnerable


             114      adults when the person is listed in the statewide database of the Division of Aging and Adult
             115      Services created by Section 62A-3-311.1 as having a supported or substantiated finding of
             116      abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
             117          Section 2. Section 62A-3-109 is amended to read:
             118           62A-3-109. Adjudicative proceedings.
             119          [The] Adjudicative proceedings held by, or relating to, the division or the board shall
             120      comply with the procedures and requirements of Title 63, Chapter 46b, [in its adjudicative
             121      proceedings] Administrative Procedures Act.
             122          Section 3. Section 62A-3-301 is amended to read:
             123           62A-3-301. Definitions.
             124          As used in this part:
             125          (1) "Abandonment" means any knowing or intentional action or [inaction] failure to act,
             126      including desertion, by a person or entity acting as a caretaker for a vulnerable adult that leaves
             127      the vulnerable adult without the means or ability to obtain necessary food, clothing, shelter, or
             128      medical or other health care.
             129          (2) "Abuse" means:
             130          (a) knowingly or intentionally:
             131          [(a)] (i) attempting to cause harm[, intentionally or knowingly];
             132          (ii) causing harm[, or intentionally or knowingly]; or
             133          (iii) placing another in fear of [imminent] harm;
             134          (b) unreasonable or inappropriate use of physical restraint, medication, or isolation that
             135      causes or is likely to cause harm to a vulnerable adult [that is in conflict with a physician's
             136      orders or used as an unauthorized substitute for treatment, unless that conduct furthers the
             137      health and safety of the adult];
             138          (c) emotional or psychological abuse;
             139          (d) a sexual offense as described in Title 76, Chapter 5, Offenses Against the Person; or
             140          (e) deprivation of life sustaining treatment, or medical or mental health treatment,
             141      except:


             142          (i) as provided in Title 75, Chapter 2a, Advance Health Care Directive Act; or
             143          (ii) when informed consent, as defined in Section 76-5-111 , has been obtained.
             144          (3) "Adult" means a person who is 18 years of age or older.
             145          (4) "Adult protection case file" means [documents and information] a record, stored in
             146      any format, contained in [the] a case file maintained by Adult Protective Services [on a
             147      particular case, including any report or other notification received by the division or Adult
             148      Protective Services].
             149          (5) "Adult Protective Services" means the unit within the division responsible to
             150      investigate abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults and provide appropriate
             151      protective services.
             152          (6) "Capacity to consent" means the ability of a person to understand and communicate
             153      regarding the nature and consequences of decisions relating to the person, and relating to the
             154      person's property and lifestyle, including a decision to accept or refuse services.
             155          [(6)] (7) "Caretaker" means [any] each person, entity, corporation, or public institution
             156      that assumes the responsibility to provide a vulnerable adult with care, food, shelter, clothing,
             157      supervision, medical or other health care, resource management, or other necessities.
             158      ["Caretaker" includes a relative by blood or marriage, a household member, a person who is
             159      employed or who provides volunteer work, or a person who contracts or is under court order to
             160      provide care.]
             161          [(7)] (8) "Counsel" means an attorney licensed to practice law in this state.
             162          (9) "Database" means the statewide database maintained by the division under Section
             163      62A-3-311.1 .
             164          [(8)] (10) "Elder abuse" means abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elder adult.
             165          [(9)] (11) "Elder adult" means a person 65 years of age or older.
             166          [(10)] (12) "Emergency" means a circumstance in which a vulnerable adult is at an
             167      immediate risk of death [or], serious physical injury, or [is at risk of immediate,] serious
             168      physical, emotional, or financial harm. [Risk of immediate, serious harm includes exploitation
             169      that results in the inability of a vulnerable adult to provide funds for immediate needs, including


             170      food, shelter, and necessary medical care.]
             171          [(11)] (13) (a) "Emotional or psychological abuse" means [intentional or] knowing or
             172      intentional verbal or nonverbal conduct directed at a vulnerable adult [including ridiculing,
             173      intimidating, yelling, swearing, threatening, isolating, coercing, harassing, or other forms of
             174      intimidating behavior] that results or could result in the vulnerable adult suffering mental
             175      anguish [or], emotional distress, [including] fear, humiliation, degradation, agitation, or
             176      confusion[, or isolation].
             177          (b) "Emotional or psychological abuse" includes ridiculing, intimidating, yelling,
             178      swearing, threatening, isolating, coercing, or harassing.
             179          [(12)] (14) "Exploitation" means the offense described in Subsection 76-5-111 (4).
             180          [(13)] (15) "Harm" means pain, mental anguish, emotional distress, hurt, physical or
             181      psychological damage, physical injury, serious physical injury, suffering, or distress inflicted
             182      knowingly or intentionally.
             183          (16) "Inconclusive" means a finding by the division that there is not a reasonable basis
             184      to conclude that abuse, neglect, or exploitation occurred.
             185          [(14)] (17) "Intimidation" means communication through verbal or nonverbal conduct
             186      which threatens deprivation of money, food, clothing, medicine, shelter, social interaction,
             187      supervision, health care, or companionship, or which threatens isolation or abuse.
             188          [(15)] (18) (a) "Isolation" means knowingly or intentionally preventing a vulnerable
             189      adult from having contact with another person by:
             190          (i) preventing the vulnerable adult from receiving visitors, mail, or telephone calls,
             191      contrary to the [express] expressed wishes of the vulnerable adult, including communicating to a
             192      visitor that the vulnerable adult is not present or does not want to meet with or talk to the
             193      visitor, knowing that communication to be false;
             194          (ii) physically restraining the vulnerable adult in order to prevent the vulnerable adult
             195      from meeting with a visitor; or
             196          (iii) making false or misleading statements to the vulnerable adult in order to induce the
             197      vulnerable adult to refuse to receive communication from visitors or other family members.


             198          (b) The term "isolation" does not include an act intended to protect the physical or
             199      mental welfare of the vulnerable adult or an act performed pursuant to the treatment plan or
             200      instructions of a physician or other professional advisor of the vulnerable adult.
             201          [(16)] (19) "Lacks capacity to consent" has the meaning as provided in Section
             202      76-5-111 .
             203          [(17)] (20) (a) "Neglect" means:
             204          [(a)] (i) (A) failure of a caretaker to provide necessary care, including nutrition,
             205      clothing, shelter, supervision, personal care, or dental, medical, or other health care for a
             206      vulnerable adult, unless the vulnerable adult is able to provide or obtain the necessary care
             207      without assistance; or
             208          [(ii)] (B) failure of a caretaker to provide protection from health and safety hazards or
             209      maltreatment;
             210          [(b)] (ii) failure of a caretaker to provide care to a vulnerable adult in a timely manner
             211      and with the degree of care that a reasonable person in a like position would exercise;
             212          [(c)] (iii) a pattern of conduct by a caretaker, without the vulnerable adult's informed
             213      consent, resulting in deprivation of food, water, medication, health care, shelter, cooling,
             214      heating, or other services necessary to maintain the vulnerable adult's well being;
             215          [(d)] (iv) knowing or intentional failure by a caretaker to carry out a prescribed
             216      treatment plan that causes or is likely to cause harm to the vulnerable adult;
             217          [(e)] (v) self-neglect by the vulnerable adult; or
             218          [(f)] (vi) abandonment by a caretaker.
             219          [(18) "Physical injury" includes damage to any bodily tissue caused by nontherapeutic
             220      conduct, to the extent that the tissue must undergo a healing process in order to be restored to a
             221      sound and healthy condition, or damage to any bodily tissue to the extent that the tissue cannot
             222      be restored to a sound and healthy condition. "Physical injury" includes skin bruising, a
             223      dislocation, physical pain, illness, impairment of physical function, a pressure sore, bleeding,
             224      malnutrition, dehydration, a burn, a bone fracture, a subdural hematoma, soft tissue swelling,
             225      injury to any internal organ, or any other physical condition that imperils the health or welfare of


             226      a vulnerable adult and is not a serious physical injury as defined in this section.]
             227          (b) "Neglect" does not include conduct, or failure to take action, that is permitted or
             228      excused under Title 75, Chapter 2a, Advance Health Care Directive Act.
             229          (21) "Physical injury" includes the damage and conditions described in Section
             230      76-5-111 .
             231          [(19)] (22) "Protected person" means a vulnerable adult for whom the court has
             232      ordered protective services[, including a vulnerable adult for whom emergency protective
             233      services have been established under the provisions of this chapter].
             234          [(20) "Protective services" means any services provided by Adult Protective Services to
             235      a vulnerable adult, either with the consent of the vulnerable adult or the vulnerable adult's
             236      guardian or conservator, or by court order, if that adult has been abused, neglected, exploited,
             237      or is in a state of self-neglect; protective services may include:]
             238          [(a) an intake system for receiving and screening reports;]
             239          [(b) investigation of referrals in accordance with statutory and policy guidelines;]
             240          [(c) protective needs assessment;]
             241          [(d) coordination and referral to community resources for services; or]
             242          [(e) short-term, limited services including emergency shelter or respite when family or
             243      other community resources are not available to provide protection.]
             244          (23) "Protective services" means services to protect a vulnerable adult from abuse,
             245      neglect, or exploitation.
             246          [(21)] (24) "Self-neglect" means the failure of a vulnerable adult to provide or obtain
             247      food, water, medication, health care, shelter, cooling, heating, safety, or other services
             248      necessary to maintain the vulnerable adult's well being when that failure is the result of the
             249      adult's mental or physical impairment. Choice of lifestyle or living arrangements may not, by
             250      themselves, be evidence of self-neglect.
             251          [(22)] (25) "Serious physical injury" [has the meaning as provided] is as defined in
             252      Section 76-5-111 .
             253          [(23) "Substantiated" or "substantiation" means a finding, based upon a preponderance


             254      of the evidence, that there is a reasonable basis to conclude that abuse, neglect, or exploitation
             255      occurred, regardless of whether there is an identified perpetrator or current need for protective
             256      services. If more than one allegation is made or identified during the course of the
             257      investigation, any allegation determined to meet the criteria for substantiation requires a case
             258      finding of "substantiated."]
             259          (26) "Supported" means a finding by the division that there is a reasonable basis to
             260      conclude that abuse, neglect, or exploitation occurred.
             261          [(24)] (27) "Undue influence" occurs when a person uses the person's role, relationship,
             262      or power to exploit, or knowingly assist or cause another to exploit, the trust, dependency, or
             263      fear of a vulnerable adult, or uses the person's role, relationship, or power to gain control
             264      deceptively over the decision making of the vulnerable adult.
             265          [(25) "Unsubstantiated" means a finding, based upon a preponderance of the evidence,
             266      that there is insufficient evidence to conclude that abuse, neglect, or exploitation occurred.]
             267          [(26)] (28) "Vulnerable adult" means an elder adult, or an adult who has a mental or
             268      physical impairment which substantially affects that person's ability to:
             269          (a) provide personal protection;
             270          (b) provide necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, or mental or other health care;
             271          (c) obtain services necessary for health, safety, or welfare;
             272          (d) carry out the activities of daily living;
             273          (e) manage the adult's own financial resources; or
             274          (f) comprehend the nature and consequences of remaining in a situation of abuse,
             275      neglect, or exploitation.
             276          (29) "Without merit" means a finding that abuse, neglect, or exploitation did not occur.
             277          Section 4. Section 62A-3-302 is amended to read:
             278           62A-3-302. Purpose of Adult Protective Services Program.
             279          Subject to the rules made by the division under Section 62A-3-106.5 , Adult Protective
             280      Services [shall]:
             281          (1) shall investigate or cause to be investigated reports of alleged abuse, neglect, or


             282      exploitation of vulnerable adults [occurring in all settings]; [and]
             283          (2) shall, where appropriate, provide short-term, limited protective services with the
             284      permission of the affected vulnerable adult or the guardian or conservator of the vulnerable
             285      adult[. The division may promulgate rules]; and
             286          (3) may make rules, in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative
             287      Rulemaking Act, and develop procedures and policies [to be used in] relating to:
             288          (i) reporting and investigating incidents of abuse, neglect, or exploitation[, and in
             289      investigating]; and
             290          (ii) providing protective services to the extent that funds are appropriated by the
             291      Legislature for this purpose.
             292          Section 5. Section 62A-3-303 is amended to read:
             293           62A-3-303. Powers and duties of Adult Protective Services.
             294          In addition to all other powers and duties that Adult Protective Services is given under
             295      this part, Adult Protective Services:
             296          (1) shall maintain an intake system for receiving and screening reports;
             297          (2) shall investigate reports;
             298          (3) shall perform protective needs assessments;
             299          (4) may coordinate with, or make referrals to, community resources;
             300          (5) may provide limited services to a vulnerable adult, on a temporary basis, when
             301      family or community resources are not available to provide for the protective needs of the
             302      vulnerable adult;
             303          [(1)] (6) shall have access to facilities licensed by, or contracting with [either], the
             304      department or the Department of Health for the purpose of conducting investigations;
             305          [(2) has authority to receive, upon request,]
             306          (7) shall be given access to, or provided with, written statements, documents, exhibits,
             307      and other items [pertinent] related to an investigation, including medical or financial records of a
             308      vulnerable adult who is the subject of an investigation [when] if:
             309          (a) for a vulnerable adult who does not lack the capacity to consent, the vulnerable


             310      adult signs a release of information [is provided by the vulnerable adult who does not lack
             311      capacity to consent]; or
             312          (b) for a vulnerable adult who lacks the capacity to consent, [and] an administrative
             313      subpoena [has been] is issued [through] by Adult Protective Services;
             314          [(3) has authority to]
             315          (8) may institute proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction to seek relief
             316      necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter;
             317          [(4) has authority to]
             318          (9) may require all persons, including family members of a vulnerable adult and any
             319      caretaker, to cooperate with Adult Protective Services in carrying out its duties under this
             320      chapter, including conducting investigations and providing protective services;
             321          [(5)] (10) may require all officials, agencies, departments, and political subdivisions of
             322      the state to assist and cooperate within their jurisdictional power with the court, the division,
             323      and Adult Protective Services in furthering the purposes of this chapter;
             324          [(6)] (11) may conduct studies and compile data regarding abuse, neglect, and
             325      exploitation; and
             326          [(7)] (12) may issue reports and recommendations.
             327          Section 6. Section 62A-3-304 is amended to read:
             328           62A-3-304. Cooperation by caretaker.
             329          A caretaker, facility, or other institution [may not use its own] shall, regardless of the
             330      confidentiality standards [as a basis for failure to] of the caretaker, facility, or institution:
             331          (1) report abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult in accordance with this
             332      chapter;
             333          (2) cooperate with any Adult Protective Services investigation;
             334          (3) provide Adult Protective Services with access to records or documents relating to
             335      the vulnerable adult who is the subject of an investigation; or
             336          (4) provide evidence in any judicial or administrative proceeding relating to a vulnerable
             337      adult who is the subject of an investigation.


             338          Section 7. Section 62A-3-305 is amended to read:
             339           62A-3-305. Reporting requirements -- Investigation -- Immunity -- Violation --
             340      Penalty -- Physician-patient privilege -- Nonmedical healing.
             341          (1) Any person who has reason to believe that any vulnerable adult has been the subject
             342      of abuse, neglect, or exploitation shall immediately notify Adult Protective Services intake or
             343      the nearest law enforcement agency. When the initial report is made to law enforcement, law
             344      enforcement shall immediately notify Adult Protective Services intake. Adult Protective
             345      Services and law enforcement shall coordinate, as appropriate, their efforts to provide
             346      protection to the vulnerable adult.
             347          (2) When the initial report or subsequent investigation by Adult Protective Services
             348      indicates that a criminal offense may have occurred against a vulnerable adult[, it]:
             349          (a) Adult Protective Services shall notify the nearest local law enforcement agency[.
             350      That] regarding the potential offense; and
             351          (b) the law enforcement agency [shall] may initiate an investigation in cooperation with
             352      Adult Protective Services.
             353          (3) Anyone who in good faith makes a report or otherwise notifies a law enforcement
             354      agency[, the division,] or Adult Protective Services of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation
             355      is immune from civil and criminal liability in connection with the report or other notification.
             356          (4) Any person who willfully fails to report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of
             357      a vulnerable adult is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
             358          (5) Under circumstances not amounting to a violation of Section 76-8-508 , a person
             359      who threatens, intimidates, or attempts to intimidate a vulnerable adult who is the subject of a
             360      report, a witness, the person who made the report, or any other person cooperating with an
             361      investigation conducted pursuant to this chapter is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
             362          [(6) The physician-patient privilege does not constitute grounds for excluding evidence
             363      regarding a vulnerable adult's injuries, or the cause of those injuries, in any judicial or
             364      administrative proceeding resulting from a report made in good faith pursuant to this part.]
             365          [(7)] (6) An adult is not considered abused, neglected, or a vulnerable adult for the


             366      reason that the adult has chosen to rely solely upon religious, nonmedical forms of healing in
             367      lieu of medical care.
             368          Section 8. Section 62A-3-307 is repealed and reenacted to read:
             369          62A-3-307. Photographing, video, and audio taping.
             370          Law enforcement or Adult Protective Services investigators may collect evidence
             371      regarding alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult by taking, or causing to be
             372      taken, photographs, video tape recordings, or audio or video tape accounts of a vulnerable
             373      adult, if the vulnerable adult:
             374          (1) consents to the taking of the photographs, video tape recordings, or audio or video
             375      tape accounts; or
             376          (2) lacks the capacity to give the consent described in Subsection (1).
             377          Section 9. Section 62A-3-308 is amended to read:
             378           62A-3-308. Peace officer's authority to transport -- Notification.
             379          (1) A peace officer may remove and transport, or cause to have transported, a
             380      vulnerable adult to an appropriate medical or shelter facility, if:
             381          (a) the officer has probable cause to believe that:
             382          (i) by reason of abuse, neglect, or exploitation there exist [emergency] exigent
             383      circumstances; and[:]
             384          [(a)] (ii) the vulnerable adult will suffer serious physical injury or death if not
             385      immediately placed in a safe environment;
             386          (b) the vulnerable adult refuses to consent or lacks capacity to consent; and
             387          (c) there is not time to notify interested parties or to apply for a warrant or other court
             388      order.
             389          (2) [The] A peace officer [shall] described in Subsection (1) shall, within four hours
             390      after a vulnerable adult is transported to an appropriate medical or shelter facility:
             391          (a) notify Adult Protective Services [within four hours of transporting a vulnerable
             392      adult to a medical or shelter facility.] intake; and
             393          (b) request that Adult Protective Services or the division [shall] file a petition with the


             394      court for an emergency protective order [under Section 62A-3-320 within 24 hours after being
             395      notified, not including Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays].
             396          Section 10. Section 62A-3-309 is amended to read:
             397           62A-3-309. Enforcement by division -- Duty of county or district attorney.
             398          (1) It is the duty of the county or district attorney, as appropriate under Sections
             399      17-18-1 , 17-18-1.5 , and 17-18-1.7 , to:
             400          (a) assist and represent the division [and to];
             401          (b) initiate legal proceedings to protect vulnerable adults; and
             402          (c) take appropriate action to prosecute the alleged offenders.
             403          (2) [When] If the county or district attorney fails to act upon the request of the division
             404      to provide legal assistance within [30 days of the request,] five business days after the day on
             405      which the request is made:
             406          (a) the division may request the attorney general to act [and, in the attorney general's
             407      discretion,]; and
             408          (b) the attorney general may, in the attorney general's discretion, assume the
             409      responsibilities and carry the action forward in place of the county or district attorney.
             410          Section 11. Section 62A-3-311 is amended to read:
             411           62A-3-311. Requests for information.
             412          (1) Requests for [information contained in an adult protection case file] records
             413      maintained by Adult Protective Services shall be made in writing to Adult Protective Services.
             414      [Requests should indicate the specific information requested and the reason for the request.
             415      Notwithstanding the provisions of Title 63, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and
             416      Management Act, nothing may be released in response to a request except as provided in
             417      Section 62A-3-312 .]
             418          (2) Classification and disclosure of records shall be made in accordance with Title 63,
             419      Chapter 2, Government Records Access and Management Act.
             420          Section 12. Section 62A-3-311.1 is amended to read:
             421           62A-3-311.1. Statewide database -- Restricted use and access.


             422          (1) The division shall maintain a [data base] database for reports of vulnerable adult
             423      abuse, neglect, or exploitation made pursuant to this part.
             424          (2) The [data base] database shall include:
             425          (a) the names and identifying data of the alleged abused, neglected, or exploited
             426      vulnerable adult and the [reported abuser] alleged perpetrator;
             427          (b) information regarding whether or not the allegation of abuse, neglect, or
             428      exploitation was [substantiated or unsubstantiated; and] found to be:
             429          (i) supported;
             430          (ii) inconclusive;
             431          (iii) without merit; or
             432          (iv) for reports for which the finding is made before May 5, 2008:
             433          (A) substantiated; or
             434          (B) unsubstantiated; and
             435          (c) any other information that may be helpful in furthering the purposes of this part, as
             436      determined by the division[, subject to the restrictions of Section 62A-3-306 ].
             437          (3) Information obtained from the [data base] database may be used only [for]:
             438          (a) [compiling] for statistical summaries compiled by the department that do not include
             439      names or other identifying data;
             440          [(b) granting or denying licenses or other grants of privilege by the department where
             441      identification as a possible adult abuser may be relevant to the privilege in question, in
             442      accordance with Subsection (4); and]
             443          [(c) licensing purposes by the Bureau of Licensing within the Department of Health, as
             444      provided for in Section 26-21-9.5 , in determining whether a person associated with a covered
             445      health care facility who provides direct care to vulnerable adults has a substantiated finding of
             446      vulnerable adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation if identification as a possible perpetrator is
             447      relevant to the employment activities of that person.]
             448          [(4) (a) A license or privilege may not be denied under Subsection (3) solely on the
             449      basis of information in the data base.]


             450          [(b) Before a license or privilege may be denied under Subsection (3), the department
             451      taking the action shall conduct a review and provide the person making application for the
             452      license or privilege with notice and an opportunity to be heard in accordance with Title 63,
             453      Chapter 46b, Administrative Procedures Act.]
             454          (b) where identification of a person as a perpetrator may be relevant in a determination
             455      regarding whether to grant or deny a license, privilege, or approval made by:
             456          (i) the department;
             457          (ii) the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing;
             458          (iii) the Bureau of Licensing, within the Department of Health;
             459          (iv) any government agency specifically authorized by statute to access or use the
             460      information in the database; or
             461          (v) an agency of another state that performs a similar function to an agency described in
             462      Subsections (3)(b)(i) through (iv); or
             463          (c) as otherwise specifically provided by law.
             464          Section 13. Section 62A-3-311.5 is enacted to read:
             465          62A-3-311.5. Notice of supported finding -- Procedure for challenging finding --
             466      Limitations.
             467          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), within 15 days after the day on which
             468      the division makes a supported finding that a person committed abuse, neglect, or exploitation
             469      of a vulnerable adult, the division shall serve the person with a notice of agency action, in
             470      accordance with Subsections (2) and (3).
             471          (b) The division may serve the notice described in Subsection (1)(a) within a reasonable
             472      time after the 15 day period described in Subsection (1)(a) if:
             473          (i) the delay is necessary in order to:
             474          (A) avoid impeding an ongoing criminal investigation or proceeding; or
             475          (B) protect the safety of a person; and
             476          (ii) the notice is provided before the supported finding is used as a basis to deny the
             477      person a license or otherwise adversely impact the person.


             478          (2) The division shall cause the notice described in Subsection (1)(a) to be served by
             479      personal service or certified mail.
             480          (3) The notice described in Subsection (1)(a) shall:
             481          (a) indicate that the division has conducted an investigation regarding alleged abuse,
             482      neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult by the alleged perpetrator;
             483          (b) indicate that, as a result of the investigation described in Subsection (3)(a), the
             484      division made a supported finding that the alleged perpetrator committed abuse, neglect, or
             485      exploitation of a vulnerable adult;
             486          (c) include a summary of the facts that are the basis for the supported finding;
             487          (d) indicate that the supported finding may result in disqualifying the person from:
             488          (i) being licensed, certified, approved, or employed by a government agency;
             489          (ii) being employed by a service provider, person, or other entity that contracts with, or
             490      is licensed by, a government agency; or
             491          (iii) qualifying as a volunteer for an entity described in Subsection (3)(d)(i) or (ii);
             492          (e) indicate that, as a result of the supported finding, the alleged perpetrator's
             493      identifying information is listed in the database;
             494          (f) indicate that the alleged perpetrator may request a copy of the report of the alleged
             495      abuse, neglect, or exploitation; and
             496          (g) inform the alleged perpetrator of:
             497          (i) the right described in Subsection (4)(a); and
             498          (ii) the consequences of failing to exercise the right described in Subsection (4)(a) in a
             499      timely manner.
             500          (4) (a) The alleged perpetrator has the right, within 30 days after the day on which the
             501      notice described in Subsection (1)(a) is served, to challenge the supported finding by filing a
             502      request for an informal adjudicative proceeding, under Title 63, Chapter 46b, Administrative
             503      Procedures Act.
             504          (b) If the alleged perpetrator fails to file a request for an informal adjudicative
             505      proceeding within the time described in Subsection (4)(a), the supported finding will become


             506      final and will not be subject to challenge or appeal.
             507          (5) At the hearing described in Subsection (4)(a), the division has the burden of
             508      proving, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the alleged perpetrator committed abuse,
             509      neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
             510          (6) Notwithstanding any provision of this section, an alleged perpetrator described in
             511      this section may not challenge a supported finding if a court of competent jurisdiction entered a
             512      finding in a proceeding to which the alleged perpetrator was a party, that the alleged perpetrator
             513      committed the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult, upon which the supported
             514      finding is based.
             515          (7) A person who was listed in the database as a perpetrator before May 5, 2008, and
             516      who did not have an opportunity to challenge the division's finding that resulted in the listing,
             517      may at any time:
             518          (a) request that the division reconsider the division's finding; or
             519          (b) request an informal adjudicative proceeding, under Title 63, Chapter 46b,
             520      Administrative Procedures Act, to challenge the finding.
             521          Section 14. Section 62A-3-312 is amended to read:
             522           62A-3-312. Access to information in database.
             523          [The records and information contained in the data base and the adult protection case
             524      file are protected records under Title 63, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and
             525      Management Act. However, notwithstanding the provisions of Title 63, Chapter 2,
             526      Government Records Access and Management Act, information and records contained in the
             527      data base and in the adult protection case file are not open to public inspection.]
             528          [Pertinent parts of the data base] The database and the adult protection case file:
             529          (1) shall be made available to law enforcement agencies, the attorney general's office,
             530      and county or district attorney's offices;
             531          (2) shall be released as required under Subsection 63-2-202 (4)(c); and
             532          (3) may be made available, at the discretion of the division, to:
             533          [(1)] (a) subjects of a report as follows:


             534          [(a)] (i) a vulnerable adult named in a report as a victim of abuse, neglect, or
             535      exploitation, or that adult's attorney or legal guardian; and
             536          [(b)] (ii) a person identified in a report as having abused, neglected, or exploited a
             537      vulnerable adult, or that person's attorney; and
             538          [(2)] (b) persons involved in an evaluation or assessment of the vulnerable adult as
             539      follows:
             540          [(a)] (i) an employee or contractor of the department who is responsible for the
             541      evaluation or assessment of an adult protection case file;
             542          [(b)] (ii) a multidisciplinary team approved by the division to assist Adult Protective
             543      Services in the evaluation, assessment, and disposition of a vulnerable adult case;
             544          [(c)] (iii) an authorized person or agency providing services to, or responsible for, the
             545      care, treatment, assessment, or supervision of a vulnerable adult named in the report as a victim,
             546      when in the opinion of the division, that information will assist in the protection of, or provide
             547      other benefits to, the victim;
             548          [(d)] (iv) a licensing authority for a facility, program, or person providing care to a
             549      victim named in a report; and
             550          [(e) the person or entity that reported the abuse, neglect, or exploitation, as considered
             551      necessary on an individual case basis by the division; and]
             552          [(f)] (v) legally authorized protection and advocacy agencies when they represent a
             553      victim or have been requested by the division to assist on a case[.], including:
             554          (A) the Office of Public Guardian, created in Section 62A-14-103 ; and
             555          (B) the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, created in Section 62A-3-203 .
             556          Section 15. Section 62A-3-318 is amended to read:
             557           62A-3-318. Petition by division for protective services -- Notice -- Rights of adult.
             558          (1) If the division determines that a vulnerable adult is in need of protective services but
             559      lacks capacity to consent to protective services, the division may petition the district court for
             560      an order authorizing the division to provide protective services. The petition shall include:
             561          (a) the name, address, and age of the adult who is the subject of the petition;


             562          (b) the reasonably ascertainable names and addresses of the spouse, parents, adult
             563      children, and caretaker of the adult who is the subject of the petition;
             564          (c) the name and address of any court-appointed guardian or conservator for the adult;
             565          (d) specific facts sufficient to show that the subject of the petition is a vulnerable adult
             566      in need of protective services; and
             567          (e) specific facts sufficient to show that the vulnerable adult lacks capacity to consent.
             568          (2) Upon the filing of a petition, the court shall set a date for hearing on the petition.
             569      At least ten days' notice of the petition and the hearing shall be given to the adult who is the
             570      subject of the petition and to each other person identified in Subsection (1)(b) or (c).
             571          (3) The notice shall be in plain language and [large type,] in at least [14] a 14-point
             572      font. The notice shall indicate the time and place of the hearing, the possible adverse
             573      consequences to the adult, and a list of rights as set forth in Subsections (4), (6), and (7). The
             574      petition and notice shall be served personally upon the adult who is the subject of the petition
             575      and upon the adult's spouse, caretaker, and parents if they can be found within the state. Notice
             576      to the spouse, caretaker, and parents, if they cannot be found within the state, and to other
             577      persons shall be given by first-class mail, postage prepaid.
             578          (4) The adult who is the subject of the petition shall have the right to be present at the
             579      hearing, unless the adult has knowingly and voluntarily waived the right to be present, or unless
             580      a licensed physician has certified that the adult is physically unable to attend. Waiver shall not
             581      be presumed by nonappearance of the adult, but shall be determined by the court on the basis of
             582      evidence provided to the court.
             583          (5) The adult who is the subject of the petition may be examined by a licensed physician
             584      appointed by the court, who shall submit a written report to the court. The adult may be
             585      interviewed by a visitor, as defined in Section 75-5-308 , appointed by the court, who shall
             586      submit a written report to the court. The visitor may also interview knowledgeable persons at
             587      the division and others who have knowledge of the adult who is the subject of the petition.
             588          (6) The adult who is the subject of the petition has the right to be represented by
             589      counsel at all proceedings before the court. Unless the adult has retained counsel, the court


             590      shall appoint counsel. The fees of the adult's counsel shall be paid by the adult who is the
             591      subject of the petition unless the adult is indigent in which case the division will pay the adult's
             592      reasonable [attorneys] attorney fees.
             593          (7) The adult who is the subject of the petition is entitled to present evidence and to
             594      cross-examine witnesses, including any court-appointed physician and visitor. The issues may
             595      be determined at a closed hearing if the adult who is the subject of the petition so requests.
             596          (8) Nothing in this section limits proceedings under Title 75, Utah Uniform Probate
             597      Code.
             598          Section 16. Section 62A-3-320 is amended to read:
             599           62A-3-320. Petition for emergency order -- Protective services -- Temporary
             600      guardian -- Forcible entry.
             601          (1) Upon [petition therefor,] the filing of a petition for an emergency order, the court
             602      may, without notice, order appropriate protective services, if the court finds that:
             603          (a) the subject of the petition is a vulnerable adult[, that];
             604          (b) the adult has no court-appointed guardian or conservator or the guardian or
             605      conservator is not effectively performing the guardian's or conservator's duties[, that];
             606          (c) an emergency exists[,]; and [that]
             607          (d) the welfare, safety, or best interests of the adult require immediate action[, the court
             608      may, without notice, order appropriate protective services].
             609          (2) The order described in Subsection (1) shall specifically designate the protective
             610      services which are [being] approved, together with supporting facts.
             611          [(2)] (3) Protective services authorized in an emergency order may not include
             612      hospitalization, nursing or custodial care, or a change in residence, unless the court specifically
             613      finds that the action is necessary and authorizes the specific protective services in the order.
             614          [(3)] (4) (a) Protective services [shall be] provided through an emergency order [for a
             615      period not to exceed] may not be provided longer than three business days, at which time the
             616      order shall expire unless a petition for guardianship, conservatorship, or other protective
             617      services [has been] is filed.


             618          (b) If a petition for guardianship, conservatorship, or other protective services is filed
             619      within the three-business-day period described in Subsection (4)(a), the emergency order may
             620      be continued for as long as 15 days from the [date] day on which the last petition was filed, to
             621      allow time for a hearing to determine whether the emergency order shall remain in effect.
             622          [(4)] (5) In [its] the emergency order, the court may appoint [the petitioner or another
             623      interested person as] a temporary guardian, in accordance with Section 75-5-310 .
             624          [(5)] (6) To implement an emergency order, the court may authorize forcible entry by a
             625      peace officer into the premises where the protected person is residing, only upon a showing that
             626      voluntary access into the premises is not possible and that forcible entry is required.
             627          Section 17. Section 63-2-202 is amended to read:
             628           63-2-202. Access to private, controlled, and protected documents.
             629          (1) Upon request, and except as provided in Subsection (10)(a), a governmental entity
             630      shall disclose a private record to:
             631          (a) the subject of the record;
             632          (b) the parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated minor who is the subject of the
             633      record;
             634          (c) the legal guardian of a legally incapacitated individual who is the subject of the
             635      record;
             636          (d) any other individual who:
             637          (i) has a power of attorney from the subject of the record;
             638          (ii) submits a notarized release from the subject of the record or his legal representative
             639      dated no more than 90 days before the date the request is made; or
             640          (iii) if the record is a medical record described in Subsection 63-2-302 (1)(b), is a health
             641      care provider, as defined in Section 26-33a-102 , if releasing the record or information in the
             642      record is consistent with normal professional practice and medical ethics; or
             643          (e) any person to whom the record must be provided pursuant to:
             644          (i) court order as provided in Subsection (7); or
             645          (ii) a legislative subpoena as provided in Title 36, Chapter 14, Legislative Subpoena


             646      Powers.
             647          (2) (a) Upon request, a governmental entity shall disclose a controlled record to:
             648          (i) a physician, psychologist, certified social worker, insurance provider or producer, or
             649      a government public health agency upon submission of:
             650          (A) a release from the subject of the record that is dated no more than 90 days prior to
             651      the date the request is made; and
             652          (B) a signed acknowledgment of the terms of disclosure of controlled information as
             653      provided by Subsection (2)(b); and
             654          (ii) any person to whom the record must be disclosed pursuant to:
             655          (A) a court order as provided in Subsection (7); or
             656          (B) a legislative subpoena as provided in Title 36, Chapter 14, Legislative Subpoena
             657      Powers.
             658          (b) A person who receives a record from a governmental entity in accordance with
             659      Subsection (2)(a)(i) may not disclose controlled information from that record to any person,
             660      including the subject of the record.
             661          (3) If there is more than one subject of a private or controlled record, the portion of the
             662      record that pertains to another subject shall be segregated from the portion that the requester is
             663      entitled to inspect.
             664          (4) Upon request, and except as provided in Subsection (10)(b), a governmental entity
             665      shall disclose a protected record to:
             666          (a) the person who submitted the record;
             667          (b) any other individual who:
             668          (i) has a power of attorney from all persons, governmental entities, or political
             669      subdivisions whose interests were sought to be protected by the protected classification; or
             670          (ii) submits a notarized release from all persons, governmental entities, or political
             671      subdivisions whose interests were sought to be protected by the protected classification or from
             672      their legal representatives dated no more than 90 days prior to the date the request is made;
             673          (c) any person to whom the record must be provided pursuant to:


             674          (i) a court order as provided in Subsection (7); or
             675          (ii) a legislative subpoena as provided in Title 36, Chapter 14, Legislative Subpoena
             676      Powers; or
             677          (d) the owner of a mobile home park, subject to the conditions of Subsection
             678      41-1a-116 (5).
             679          (5) A governmental entity may disclose a private, controlled, or protected record to
             680      another governmental entity, political subdivision, another state, the United States, or a foreign
             681      government only as provided by Section 63-2-206 .
             682          (6) Before releasing a private, controlled, or protected record, the governmental entity
             683      shall obtain evidence of the requester's identity.
             684          (7) A governmental entity shall disclose a record pursuant to the terms of a court order
             685      signed by a judge from a court of competent jurisdiction, provided that:
             686          (a) the record deals with a matter in controversy over which the court has jurisdiction;
             687          (b) the court has considered the merits of the request for access to the record; and
             688          (c) the court has considered and, where appropriate, limited the requester's use and
             689      further disclosure of the record in order to protect:
             690          (i) privacy interests in the case of private or controlled records;
             691          (ii) business confidentiality interests in the case of records protected under Subsection
             692      63-2-304 (1), (2), (40)(a)(ii), or (40)(a)(vi); and
             693          (iii) privacy interests or the public interest in the case of other protected records;
             694          (d) to the extent the record is properly classified private, controlled, or protected, the
             695      interests favoring access, considering limitations thereon, outweigh the interests favoring
             696      restriction of access; and
             697          (e) where access is restricted by a rule, statute, or regulation referred to in Subsection
             698      63-2-201 (3)(b), the court has authority independent of this chapter to order disclosure.
             699          (8) (a) A governmental entity may disclose or authorize disclosure of private or
             700      controlled records for research purposes if the governmental entity:
             701          (i) determines that the research purpose cannot reasonably be accomplished without use


             702      or disclosure of the information to the researcher in individually identifiable form;
             703          (ii) determines that:
             704          (A) the proposed research is bona fide; and
             705          (B) the value of the research outweighs the infringement upon personal privacy;
             706          (iii) (A) requires the researcher to assure the integrity, confidentiality, and security of
             707      the records; and
             708          (B) requires the removal or destruction of the individual identifiers associated with the
             709      records as soon as the purpose of the research project has been accomplished;
             710          (iv) prohibits the researcher from:
             711          (A) disclosing the record in individually identifiable form, except as provided in
             712      Subsection (8)(b); or
             713          (B) using the record for purposes other than the research approved by the governmental
             714      entity; and
             715          (v) secures from the researcher a written statement of the researcher's understanding of
             716      and agreement to the conditions of this Subsection (8) and the researcher's understanding that
             717      violation of the terms of this Subsection (8) may subject the researcher to criminal prosecution
             718      under Section 63-2-801 .
             719          (b) A researcher may disclose a record in individually identifiable form if the record is
             720      disclosed for the purpose of auditing or evaluating the research program and no subsequent use
             721      or disclosure of the record in individually identifiable form will be made by the auditor or
             722      evaluator except as provided by this section.
             723          (c) A governmental entity may require indemnification as a condition of permitting
             724      research under this Subsection (8).
             725          (9) (a) Under Subsections 63-2-201 (5)(b) and 63-2-401 (6), a governmental entity may
             726      disclose to persons other than those specified in this section records that are:
             727          (i) private under Section 63-2-302 ; or
             728          (ii) protected under Section 63-2-304 subject to Section 63-2-308 if a claim for
             729      business confidentiality has been made under Section 63-2-308 .


             730          (b) Under Subsection 63-2-403 (11)(b), the records committee may require the
             731      disclosure to persons other than those specified in this section of records that are:
             732          (i) private under Section 63-2-302 ;
             733          (ii) controlled under Section 63-2-303 ; or
             734          (iii) protected under Section 63-2-304 subject to Section 63-2-308 if a claim for
             735      business confidentiality has been made under Section 63-2-308 .
             736          (c) Under Subsection 63-2-404 (8), the court may require the disclosure of records that
             737      are private under Section 63-2-302 , controlled under Section 63-2-303 , or protected under
             738      Section 63-2-304 to persons other than those specified in this section.
             739          (10) (a) A private record described in Subsection 63-2-302 (2)(f) may only be disclosed
             740      as provided in Subsection (1)(e).
             741          (b) A protected record described in Subsection 63-2-304 (43) may only be disclosed as
             742      provided in Subsection (4)(c) or Section 62A-3-312 .
             743          Section 18. Section 63-2-302 is amended to read:
             744           63-2-302. Private records.
             745          (1) The following records are private:
             746          (a) records concerning an individual's eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits,
             747      social services, welfare benefits, or the determination of benefit levels;
             748          (b) records containing data on individuals describing medical history, diagnosis,
             749      condition, treatment, evaluation, or similar medical data;
             750          (c) records of publicly funded libraries that when examined alone or with other records
             751      identify a patron;
             752          (d) records received or generated for a Senate or House Ethics Committee concerning
             753      any alleged violation of the rules on legislative ethics, prior to the meeting, and after the
             754      meeting, if the ethics committee meeting was closed to the public;
             755          (e) records received or generated for a Senate confirmation committee concerning
             756      character, professional competence, or physical or mental health of an individual:
             757          (i) if prior to the meeting, the chair of the committee determines release of the records:


             758          (A) reasonably could be expected to interfere with the investigation undertaken by the
             759      committee; or
             760          (B) would create a danger of depriving a person of a right to a fair proceeding or
             761      impartial hearing; and
             762          (ii) after the meeting, if the meeting was closed to the public;
             763          (f) employment records concerning a current or former employee of, or applicant for
             764      employment with, a governmental entity that would disclose that individual's home address,
             765      home telephone number, Social Security number, insurance coverage, marital status, or payroll
             766      deductions;
             767          (g) records or parts of records under Section 63-2-302.5 that a current or former
             768      employee identifies as private according to the requirements of that section;
             769          (h) that part of a record indicating a person's Social Security number or federal
             770      employer identification number if provided under Section 31A-23a-104 , 31A-25-202 ,
             771      31A-26-202 , 58-1-301 , 61-1-4 , or 61-2-6 ;
             772          (i) that part of a voter registration record identifying a voter's driver license or
             773      identification card number, Social Security number, or last four digits of the Social Security
             774      number;
             775          (j) a record that:
             776          (i) contains information about an individual;
             777          (ii) is voluntarily provided by the individual; and
             778          (iii) goes into an electronic database that:
             779          (A) is designated by and administered under the authority of the Chief Information
             780      Officer; and
             781          (B) acts as a repository of information about the individual that can be electronically
             782      retrieved and used to facilitate the individual's online interaction with a state agency;
             783          (k) information provided to the Commissioner of Insurance under:
             784          (i) Subsection 31A-23a-115 (2)(a); or
             785          (ii) Subsection 31A-23a-302 (3); and


             786          (l) information obtained through a criminal background check under Title 11, Chapter
             787      40, Criminal Background Checks by Political Subdivisions Operating Water Systems.
             788          (2) The following records are private if properly classified by a governmental entity:
             789          (a) records concerning a current or former employee of, or applicant for employment
             790      with a governmental entity, including performance evaluations and personal status information
             791      such as race, religion, or disabilities, but not including records that are public under Subsection
             792      63-2-301 (2)(b) or 63-2-301 (3)(o), or private under Subsection (1)(b);
             793          (b) records describing an individual's finances, except that the following are public:
             794          (i) records described in Subsection 63-2-301 (2);
             795          (ii) information provided to the governmental entity for the purpose of complying with
             796      a financial assurance requirement; or
             797          (iii) records that must be disclosed in accordance with another statute;
             798          (c) records of independent state agencies if the disclosure of those records would
             799      conflict with the fiduciary obligations of the agency;
             800          (d) other records containing data on individuals the disclosure of which constitutes a
             801      clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy; [and]
             802          (e) records provided by the United States or by a government entity outside the state
             803      that are given with the requirement that the records be managed as private records, if the
             804      providing entity states in writing that the record would not be subject to public disclosure if
             805      retained by it[.]; and
             806          (f) any portion of a record in the custody of the Division of Aging and Adult Services,
             807      created in Section 62A-3-102 , that may disclose, or lead to the discovery of, the identity of a
             808      person who made a report of alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
             809          (3) (a) As used in this Subsection (3), "medical records" means medical reports,
             810      records, statements, history, diagnosis, condition, treatment, and evaluation.
             811          (b) Medical records in the possession of the University of Utah Hospital, its clinics,
             812      doctors, or affiliated entities are not private records or controlled records under Section
             813      63-2-303 when the records are sought:


             814          (i) in connection with any legal or administrative proceeding in which the patient's
             815      physical, mental, or emotional condition is an element of any claim or defense; or
             816          (ii) after a patient's death, in any legal or administrative proceeding in which any party
             817      relies upon the condition as an element of the claim or defense.
             818          (c) Medical records are subject to production in a legal or administrative proceeding
             819      according to state or federal statutes or rules of procedure and evidence as if the medical
             820      records were in the possession of a nongovernmental medical care provider.
             821          Section 19. Repealer.
             822          This bill repeals:
             823          Section 62A-3-306, Anonymity of reporter.
             824          Section 62A-3-313, Penalty for unauthorized release of information.


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