H.B. 267 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Rebecca Chavez-Houck

Senate Sponsor: Brian E. Shiozawa

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions related to the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable
             10      adult.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    clarifies and modifies the powers and duties of Adult Protective Services; and
             14          .    makes the vulnerable adult database and the adult protection case file available to
             15      city attorneys.
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22           62A-3-303 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 91
             23           62A-3-312 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 91 and 382
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 62A-3-303 is amended to read:
             27           62A-3-303. Powers and duties of Adult Protective Services.
             28          In addition to all other powers and duties that Adult Protective Services is given under
             29      this part, Adult Protective Services:

             30          (1) shall maintain an intake system for receiving and screening reports;
             31          (2) shall investigate [reports] referrals that meet the intake criteria;
             32          (3) shall conduct assessments of vulnerability and functional capacity as it relates to an
             33      allegation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an adult who is the subject of a report;
             34          [(3)] (4) shall perform assessments based on protective needs [assessments] and risks
             35      for a vulnerable adult who is the subject of a report;
             36          [(4)] (5) [may coordinate with, or make referrals to, community resources] may address
             37      any protective needs by making recommendations to and coordinating with the vulnerable adult
             38      or by making referrals to community resources;
             39          [(5)] (6) may provide short-term, limited services to a vulnerable adult[, on a
             40      temporary basis,] when family or community resources are not available to provide for the
             41      protective needs of the vulnerable adult;
             42          [(6)] (7) shall have access to facilities licensed by, or [contracting] contracted with, the
             43      department or the Department of Health for the purpose of conducting investigations;
             44          [(7)] (8) shall be given access to, or provided with, written statements, documents,
             45      exhibits, and other items related to an investigation, including private, controlled, or protected
             46      medical or financial records of a vulnerable adult who is the subject of an investigation if:
             47          (a) for a vulnerable adult who does not lack [the] capacity to consent, the vulnerable
             48      adult signs a release of information; or
             49          (b) for a vulnerable adult who lacks [the] capacity to consent, an administrative
             50      subpoena is issued by Adult Protective Services;
             51          [(8)] (9) may [institute] initiate proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction to seek
             52      relief necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter;
             53          [(9)] (10) may require all persons, including family members of a vulnerable adult and
             54      any caretaker, to cooperate with Adult Protective Services in carrying out its duties under this
             55      chapter, including the provision of statements, documents, exhibits, and other items that assist
             56      Adult Protective Services in conducting investigations and providing protective services;
             57          [(10)] (11) may require all officials, agencies, departments, and political subdivisions

             58      of the state to assist and cooperate within their jurisdictional power with the court, the division,
             59      and Adult Protective Services in furthering the purposes of this chapter;
             60          [(11)] (12) may conduct studies and compile data regarding abuse, neglect, and
             61      exploitation; and
             62          [(12)] (13) may issue reports and recommendations.
             63          Section 2. Section 62A-3-312 is amended to read:
             64           62A-3-312. Access to information in database.
             65          The database and the adult protection case file:
             66          (1) shall be made available to law enforcement agencies, the attorney general's office,
             67      city attorneys, and county or district attorney's offices;
             68          (2) shall be released as required under Subsection 63G-2-202 (4)(c); and
             69          (3) may be made available, at the discretion of the division, to:
             70          (a) subjects of a report as follows:
             71          (i) a vulnerable adult named in a report as a victim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, or
             72      that adult's attorney or legal guardian; and
             73          (ii) a person identified in a report as having abused, neglected, or exploited a
             74      vulnerable adult, or that person's attorney; and
             75          (b) persons involved in an evaluation or assessment of the vulnerable adult as follows:
             76          (i) an employee or contractor of the department who is responsible for the evaluation or
             77      assessment of an adult protection case file;
             78          (ii) a multidisciplinary team approved by the division to assist Adult Protective
             79      Services in the evaluation, assessment, and disposition of a vulnerable adult case;
             80          (iii) an authorized person or agency providing services to, or responsible for, the care,
             81      treatment, assessment, or supervision of a vulnerable adult named in the report as a victim,
             82      when in the opinion of the division, that information will assist in the protection of, or provide
             83      other benefits to, the victim;
             84          (iv) a licensing authority for a facility, program, or person providing care to a victim
             85      named in a report; and

             86          (v) legally authorized protection and advocacy agencies when they represent a victim
             87      or have been requested by the division to assist on a case, including:
             88          (A) the Office of Public Guardian, created in Section 62A-14-103 ; and
             89          (B) the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, created in Section 62A-3-203 .

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