Jun 19, 2012
Governor Snyder signed 10 elder abuse prevention bills into law, significantly expanding our ability to combat vulnerable adult abuse in all forms. It has been a long process, and we still have 8 bills to get through this legislative session but thanks to your efforts and those of advocates and colleagues around the state, the following are now law:
SB 454 – allows videotaped testimony for vulnerable adults in specific circumstances
SB 455 – increases penalties for financial exploitation
SB 457 – authorizes (does not mandate) elder death review teams. Provides FOIA protection and guidance for team membership.
SB 459 – increases criminal penalties and clarifies fraudulently obtaining a signature as a crime
SB 461- prevents a convicted abuser from inheriting from their victim; requires bonding for conservators
SB 462 – requires abuse in LTC to be reported to state authorities (not just to NH management); protects employees who report to the state
SB 464 - requires the state to develop a model protocol for abuse investigation
SB 465 – increases penalties for financial abuse
SB 466 – creates the Senior Alert, similar to an amber alert. The senior alert allows law enforcement to begin an investigation/notify press immediately if a vulnerable adult is reported missing.
SB 468- prevents a magistrate from refusing 3rd party complaint on the basis that the victim did not file the complaint
For a full explanation of these bills, go to www.michigan.gov
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You can report any known or possible abuse at any time by calling the 24-hour hotline at 1-855-444-3911.
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