State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) has announced that the “Ohio Elder Justice Act” passed the House during today’s session. The legislation would strengthen the laws protecting elders from abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.

The bill adds financial harm to the list of violations against an elderly person that trigger reporting to the county department of job and family services. In addition to “financial harm,” HB 24 strengthens the definitions of “neglect,” exploitation” and “home health agency.”

“As technology continues to expand, so do the opportunities for some people to use it for malicious purposes and take advantage of Ohio’s elderly citizens,” Smith said. “Therefore, I am proud to support this piece of legislation that will help to protect Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens.”

HB 24 also:

  • Modifies the list of people who must report to a county      department of job and family services when they reasonably suspect an      elderly person with certain physical or mental impairments is being abused

  • Authorizes the Ohio Department of Job and Family      Services (ODJFS) to establish a registry of reported abuse or neglect      within two years of the bill’s effective date

  • Authorizes ODJFS to disclose the registry’s information      to law enforcement agencies through the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway

  • Allows waiver of the usual 24-hour notice to an adult’s      closest relative and guardian when it is apparent that delay will cause      immediate harm to the adult

  • Creates a commission, which will recommend strategies      for combating elder abuse and that will issue a report every two years to      help local communities also combat elder abuse

House Bill 24 now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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