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New Ohio elder abuse mandatory reporter training materials.

Friday, December 7, 2018   (0 Comments)
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House Bill 49 signed by Governor Kasich in June 2017 expanded the list of mandated reporters for elder abuse in Ohio. This bill also required the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to develop training materials for all mandated reporters. ODJFS has met this mandate by developing a series of reference guides, geared towards the various individuals and professional disciplines listed in section 5101.63 of the Revised Code (ORC), effective September 29, 2018.

 

Each guide contains an overview of adult protective services (APS), specifically: statutory definitions pertaining to APS; indicators of elder maltreatment; guidance on how and where to report suspected elder abuse; and information on what happens after a report is made. In addition, each guide contains information specific to its audience. One publication is written for the mandated reporters working in the medical field; one written for legal and law enforcement professionals; and one is written for financial service providers. There is also a fourth guide written for all Ohioans that does not focus on any particular discipline or profession. A copy of each guide is included with this correspondence for your information and use, as applicable.

 

ORC Section 5101.632 tasks all entities that employ, license or regulate the individuals listed as mandated reporters with ensuring those professionals have access to the training materials developed by ODJFS. These guides are available free of charge in both electronic and hard copy format. Please select the following guides or you download or order them through the JFS Forms Central website (http://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/).

Please contact the ODJFS APS Program staff at aps_mailbox@jfs.ohio.gov with any question.


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