OPA: OPA REPORT OF SUSPECTED ABUSE OR NEGLECT OF AN ADULT WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY (PA-6)

OPA REPORT OF SUSPECTED ABUSE OR NEGLECT OF AN ADULT WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY (PA-6)

 
Allegations of abuse or neglect must be reported orally to the Abuse Investigations Division of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, prior to submitting the PA6 Form.
(860) 297-4300 or (800) 842-7303
 
SUMMARY OF CONNECTICUT LAW CONCERNING PROTECTION OF
ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY FROM ABUSE OR NEGLECT. C.G.S. 46A-11, et. seq.
 
Who Is Mandated To Report Abuse Of Adults With Intellectual Disability?
 
Any physician or surgeon licensed under the provisions of chapter 370, any resident physician or intern in any hospital in this state, whether or not so licensed, any registered nurse, any person paid for caring for persons in any facility and any licensed practical nurse, medical examiner, dental hygienist, dentist, occupational therapist, optometrist, chiropractor, psychologist, podiatrist, social worker, school teacher, school principal, school guidance counselor, school paraprofessional, mental health professional, physician assistant, licensed or certified substance abuse counselor, licensed marital and family therapist, speech and language pathologist, clergyman, police officer, pharmacist, physical therapist, licensed professional counselor or sexual assault counselor or battered women's counselor, as defined in section 52-146k.
 
Do Those Mandated To Report Incur Liability?
 
No. Any person, institution or agency reporting in good faith is immune from any liability, civil or criminal.
 
Is There A Penalty For Not Reporting?
 
Yes. A person required to report who fails to do so shall be fined no more than $500.00.
 
What Is The Reporting Procedure?
 
1. An oral report must be made as soon as possible within seventy-two (72) hours to the Office of Protection and Advocacy, Abuse Investigation Division.  In cases where the allegation results in death an oral report must be made within twenty-four (24) hours.
 
2. A written report must follow within five (5) additional calendar days of the oral report.
 
3. All information as noted on the front of this form, if known by the reporter, must be reported.
 
What Must Be Reported?
 
1. Suspected or known abuse or neglect of adults with intellectual disability between the ages of 18 and 59 (in cases where the allegation results in death all persons over 18) inclusive, must be reported to the Office of Protection and Advocacy, Abuse Investigation Division. Abuse is defined as the willful infliction of physical pain or injury or the willful deprivation by a caretaker of services which are necessary to the person's health or safety. Neglect is defined as a situation where a person with intellectual disability is not able to provide for his/herself the services which are necessary to maintain his/her physical and mental health or is not receiving such services from the caretaker.
 
2. If the person with intellectual disability is 17 years old or younger, a report must be made to the Department of Children and Families on a form supplied by them.
 
3. If the person with intellectual disability is not deceased and is 60 years old or older, a report must be made to the Department of Social Services, on a form supplied by them.
 
4. If the person with intellectual disability is between the ages of 18 and 59 inclusive, and lives in a nursing home, both the Office of Protection and Advocacy, Abuse Investigation Division, and the Department of Social Services Ombudsman Office must be contacted and two separate forms filed.
 
Do Private Citizens Have A Responsibility For Reporting?
 
A separate section of the law indicates that any person, in addition to those specifically mandated, having reasonable cause to believe that a person with intellectual disability is being or has been abused or neglected, may make written report to the Office of Protection and Advocacy.
 
What Is The Authority and Responsibility Of The Office of Protection and Advocacy?
 
1. The Office of Protection and Advocacy is responsible for the investigation of allegations of abuse of adults with intellectual disability between the ages of 18 and 59 inclusive (18 and over for allegations resulting in death.)
 
2. If it is determined that an adult with intellectual disability has been abused or neglected and/or is in need of protective services, the case shall be referred to the Department of Developmental Disabilities for development and implementation of a plan of protective services. State or local police involvement will be requested if necessary.
 
3. If it is determined that a caretaker or other person has abused a person with intellectual disability such information shall be referred to the appropriate office of the State's Attorney, which shall conduct further investigation as may be deemed necessary and shall determine whether criminal proceedings should be initiated against such caretaker or other person in accordance with applicable state law.
 
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FORM PA-6 MAY NOT BE SUBMITTED ON-LINE
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The PA-6 Form - OPA REPORT OF SUSPECTED ABUSE OF AN ADULT WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY may be downloaded from the link below.  The form may be completed using Microsoft Word 2003 (or above) or, hand-written.  It must be either mailed or faxed to:
 
State of Connecticut
Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
Abuse Investigation Unit
60B Weston Street
Hartford, CT  06120-1551 
Faxed: 860-297-4384
 
PA-6 Word Document pg1 (43kb)                 PA-6 Adobe File  (24kb)
           PA-6 pg.2
Any questions or concerns regarding this information, please contact: 
Peter Hughes, Program Director, Abuse Investigation Division
860-297-4355
 
 


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