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SECTION 261
Guidelines for identifying and reporting suspected self neglect, abuse and maltreatment
Elder (ELD) CHAPTER 35-A, ARTICLE 3
§ 261. Guidelines for identifying and reporting suspected self
neglect, abuse and maltreatment. The director, in conjunction with the
commissioner of the department of health and the commissioner of the
office of children and family services, shall develop guidelines to
assist healthcare providers and others working in healthcare settings to
identify suspected self neglect, abuse and maltreatment of an older
adult. Such guidelines may be tailored to specific healthcare providers
or industries and shall include, but shall not be limited to:

1. Common signs and symptoms of self neglect, abuse and maltreatment;

2. Screening questions and tools that can be used during a visit to
help detect whether self neglect or abuse and maltreatment may be
occurring;

3. Training materials for distribution to healthcare providers and
others working in healthcare settings regarding appropriate
interventions and suggestions for discussing the possibility of self
neglect, abuse and maltreatment with older adults; and

4. Information regarding options for reporting suspected cases of self
neglect or abuse and maltreatment and available resources for older
adult victims.