Representative Michaelson Jenet, bill sponsor, introduced HB21-1123. This bill requires information sharing between the Department of Human Services (DHS), county departments of human services, and the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) if a regulated professional was found to have a substantiated case of mistreatment of an at-risk adult in the course of their professional duties. As part of this information sharing, DORA must provide the professional license number of the person under investigation to county departments of human services. In addition, the DHS must share certain appeal information with DORA, upon request. Starting January 1, 2022, the DHS must notify DORA within ten days if a professional has been found to have a substantiated case of mistreatment.
The bill also requires courts to request Colorado Adult Protective Services (CAPS) data system checks from the DHS before a court appoints a conservator or guardian to an at-risk adult. The courts may require the applicant to pay for the CAPS check. The DHS must provide notification of a substantiated finding within seven calendar days.