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The Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators regulates and licenses nursing home administrators. The Board does not regulate assisted living administrators nor home health care providers. The mission of the Board is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Colorado by developing and maintaining rules and policies to ensure that only qualified persons are licensed to practice as nursing home administrators and that violators of the laws and rules regulating nursing home administration are sanctioned as appropriate. Board activities include licensing nursing home administrators, investigating complaints about the licensed and unlicensed practice of nursing home administration, disciplining those who violate the law and/or the Board’s Rules and make, amend, and adopt reasonable rules and regulations governing the conduct of nursing home administrators. This Board is made up of five members: 3 nursing home administrators and two public members.
SB 13-111 requires mandatory reporting of the abuse or exploitation of at-risk elders. For the complete language in the bill click here. Each year an estimated 2.1 million elderly adults are victims of abuse or neglect. And, for every reported case, as many as five cases go unreported. Physical and sexual assault, financial and other forms of exploitation and caretaker neglect are just some of the mistreatment faced by elderly individuals. The cornerstone of preventing elder abuse is awareness and education.
This law went into effect on July 1, 2014, requiring certain professional groups to report abuse, neglect, and exploitation of at-risk elders to law enforcement. The law also allows for legal penalties for non-reporting by mandated reporters. To learn more about what professional groups are included please visit the Mandatory Reporting page on the Colorado Department of Human Services, Adult Protective Services' (Colorado APS) page.
Colorado APS is offering online training for Mandatory Reporters; the training will take 30 - 40 minutes to complete. You may access the training here. You can also access the training by visiting the Department of Human Services, Aging & Adult Services page at www.coloradoaging.com.
Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. Please review the program's Laws, Rules and Policies web page to learn of any changes due to legislation.
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