HEALTH AND SAFETY
ADULT ABUSE, NEGLECT AND EXPLOITATION ACT
39-5301A. Declaration of policy. (1) It is the intent of the adult abuse, neglect and exploitation act to authorize the fewest possible restrictions on the exercise of personal freedom and religious beliefs consistent with a vulnerable adult’s need for services and to empower vulnerable adults to protect themselves.
(2) The legislature recognizes that vulnerable adults sometimes experience difficulties managing their own affairs or are unable to protect themselves from abuse, neglect or exploitation. Often, vulnerable adults cannot find others who are able or willing to provide assistance.
(3) The commission is directed to investigate allegations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation involving a vulnerable adult, to make appropriate referrals to law enforcement, and to arrange for the provision of necessary services. Further, the commission shall honor a vulnerable adult’s freedom of choice and right to self-determination. When it becomes necessary for the commission to assist a vulnerable adult, actions shall be tempered by the requirements of due process and must place the fewest possible restrictions on personal freedom. Services provided under this act are also intended to provide assistance to caregiving families experiencing difficulties in maintaining functionally impaired relatives in the household.
(4) In the process of carrying out its adult protection responsibilities, the commission is directed to make effective use of multidisciplinary services available through any and all public agencies, community-based organizations, and informal resources.
[39-5301A, added 1998, ch. 308, sec. 2, p. 1020.]