As an initiative to investigate and prevent elder abuse and exploitation, State Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) cosponsored legislation to allow Adult Protective Services (APS) to more fully investigate their claims of abuse. The State Senate passed the proposal unanimously on May 17.
“Our laws for protecting our senior citizens, especially those in assisted living or poor health, need to protect every single senior citizen,” said Curran. “House Bill 4847 corrects a gap in our Adult Protective Services laws that left some seniors vulnerable, and it makes it clear that APS is authorized to investigate all crimes of abuse against seniors in a state facility or program—regardless of where the abuse took place or who committed the crime.”
With the enactment of House Bill 4847, Adult Protective Services will be able to investigate claims of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation for adults who reside in facilities affiliated with the Department of Human Services that occur both outside of the facility and in cases where the suspected abuser is a non-employee—including family members.
“As elected officials, we must continue to find more legislative solutions and oversight to the stop the wave of elder abuse and financial exploitation,” said Curran.
The legislation will now move to Governor Rauner’s desk for a signature.