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Bill Detail: SB21-118

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Title Alternative Response Mistreatment At-risk Adults
Status Governor Signed (06/16/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Human Services
House Sponsors M. Snyder (D)
R. Pelton (R)
Senate Sponsors J. Ginal (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House Committee Public and Behavioral Health & Human Services
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 02/23/2021
Summary

Current law allows for only one type of response for a county
department of human or social services (county department) to follow
after a report of mistreatment or self-neglect of an at-risk adult, regardless

of the level of risk reported. That type of response requires a full
investigation, including unannounced initial in-person interviews, and a
finding by the county department.
The bill creates, on or after January 1, 2022, an alternative
response pilot program (pilot) that a participating county department can
utilize when it receives a report, related to an at-risk adult, of
mistreatment or self-neglect, (report) and the report has identified the risk
as lower risk, as defined by rules promulgated by the state department of
human services (state department).
The state department shall select a maximum of 15 rural and urban
county departments to participate in the pilot. Upon receipt of a report, a
participating county department will not make a finding nor will it be
required to complete unannounced initial in-person interviews, so long as
the report has identified the risk as lower risk, as defined by rule of the
state department. If, upon further review, the participating county
department determines the situation is more severe, it shall revert to the
process that is currently set forth in law for investigating a report.
The state department shall provide initial training on the pilot to
participating county departments, as well as ongoing technical assistance.
The state department shall promulgate rules for the implementation
and administration of the pilot. The rules must include, at a minimum, a
description of the risk levels and the parameters around unannounced
initial in-person interviews.
The state department shall contract with a third-party evaluator to
evaluate the pilot's success or failure, including a consideration of the
pilot's effectiveness in achieving outcomes over a 2-year period.
Each participating county department shall submit a report to the
state department, as necessary, regarding the county department's use of
the pilot and any data required by the state department to effectively
evaluate the pilot.
The state department shall submit a summary report to the health
and human services committee of the senate and the public and
behavioral health and human services committee of the house of
representatives as part of its State Measurement for Accountable,
Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act presentations
in January 2025 and January 2026.
The pilot is repealed, effective July 1, 2027.

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