As of July 1, 2014, certain professionals must report abuse, caretaker neglect, and/or exploitation of at-risk elders. An at-risk elder is any person who is 70 years of age or older.


If you are a mandatory reporter and you witness or become aware that an at-risk elder has been or is at imminent risk for mistreatment (abuse, caretaker neglect, or exploitation), you must make a report to law enforcement within 24 hours.


Mandatory Reporters (pursuant to Section 13-90-109(1)(C), C.R.S.):
  • Physicians, surgeons, physicians assistants, osteopaths, physicians in training, podiatrists, occupational therapists
  • Medical examiners and coroners
  • Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nurse practitioners
  • Hospital and long-term care facility personnel engaged in the admission, care, or treatment of patients
  • Psychologists and other mental health professionals
  • Social work practitioners
  • Dentists
  • Law enforcement officials and personnel
  • Court appointed guardians and conservators
  • Fire protection personnel
  • Pharmacists
  • Community-centered board staff
  • Personnel of banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, and other lending or financial institutions
  • A caretaker, staff member, employee, volunteer, or consultant for a licensed or certified care facility, agency home, or governing board, including but not limited to home health providers
  • Emergency medical service providers
  • Physical therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Clergy 

For more information on the mandatory reporting of elder abuse, visit the Colorado Department of Human Services website at http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDHS-Main/CBON/1251575083520