C3A Consortium’s Take on Proposed Amendments to APS Law
House Bill 64, the Ohio Biennial Budget for FY 16-17, appropriated $2,640,000 for Adult Protective Services, and proposed several amendments to APS law. Before the proposed changes – stated as “rules,” by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services – can be incorporated into the Ohio Administrative Code, there must be a public comment period, which officially ended Tuesday, January 19, 2016.
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The changes will greatly improve the existing regulations, including expanded and clarified definitions, the addition of confidentiality training provisions, the requirement for a Memorandum of Understanding among stakeholders, mandatory training for caseworkers and supervisors, and the addition of screening protocols.
- 5101:2-20-05 (E). Concerning to whom APS case Information can be disclosed. Include law enforcement personnel. Dissemination to law enforcement is permitted when law enforcement (police) assists in the investigation or prosecution of a crime related to abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
Law enforcement is mentioned in 5101:2-20-05 (D), regarding disclosing the identity of the reporter, but it is not mentioned in (E).
- 5101:2-20-05 (D). Clarify the time frame for training APS caseworkers and supervisors, and define to whom the training requirements apply. To those hired after 09/29/15, or to all APS caseworkers and supervisors?
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