When any mandated reporter has reasonable cause to suspect or believes that someone age 60 or over (1) has been abused, neglected, exploited, or abandoned, or is in a condition caused by one of these or (2) is in need of protective services (services designed to protect elderly individuals from such harm), he/she must report this to the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), Protective Services for the Elderly (PSE) within five calendar days. Anyone who is required to report and doesn’t can be fined up to $500. The report, which can be made orally or in writing, must contain the name and address of the elderly person, information regarding the nature and extent of the problem, and any other information which the reporter believes might be helpful in an investigation. As with the child abuse cases, the law grants both civil and criminal immunity to reporters in proceedings that might arise from the report, except for liability for perjury, unless the reporter acted in bad faith or with malice.
People who are not mandated to report, but who suspect abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment of an older adult are encouraged, but not required by law, to also report to DSS Protective Services for the Elderly (PSE).
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Search by program name: Protective Services for the Elderly (PSE)