- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 47. Welfare, Social Services and Institutions
- Chapter 24. Protection of Vulnerable Adults
- Section 10. Reports of Harm.
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AS 47.24.010. Reports of Harm.
- (a) Except as provided in (e) and (f) of this section, the following persons who, in the performance of their professional
duties, have reasonable cause to believe that a vulnerable adult suffers from abandonment, exploitation, abuse,
neglect, or self-neglect shall, not later than 24 hours after first having cause for the belief, report the belief to
the department's central information and referral service for vulnerable adults:
- (1) a physician or other licensed health care provider;
- (2) a mental health professional as defined in AS 47.30.915
(11) and including a marital and family therapist licensed under AS 08.63;
- (3) a pharmacist;
- (4) an administrator of a nursing home, residential care or health care facility;
- (5) a guardian or conservator;
- (6) a police officer;
- (7) a village public safety officer;
- (8) a village health aide;
- (9) a social worker;
- (10) a member of the clergy;
- (11) a staff employee of a project funded by the Department of Administration for the provision of services to older
Alaskans, the Department of Health and Social Services, or the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault;
- (12) an employee of a personal care or home health aide program;
- (13) an emergency medical technician or a mobile intensive care paramedic;
- (14) a caregiver of the vulnerable adult;
- (15) a certified nurse aide.
- (b) A report made under this section may include the name and address of the reporting person and must include
- (1) the name and address of the vulnerable adult;
- (2) information relating to the nature and extent of the abandonment, exploitation, abuse, neglect, or self-neglect;
- (3) other information that the reporting person believes might be helpful in an investigation of the case or in providing
protection for the vulnerable adult.
- (c) The department or its designees shall report to the Department of Law any person required by (a) of this section to
report who fails to comply with this section. A person listed in (a) of this section who, because of the circumstances,
should have had reasonable cause to believe that a vulnerable adult suffers from abandonment, exploitation, abuse,
neglect, or self-neglect but who knowingly fails to comply with this section is guilty of a class B misdemeanor. If a
person convicted under this section is a member of a profession or occupation that is licensed, certified, or regulated
by the state, the court shall notify the appropriate licensing, certifying, or regulating entity of the conviction.
- (d) This section does not prohibit a person listed in (a) of this section, or any other person, from reporting cases of
abandonment, exploitation, abuse, neglect, or self-neglect of a vulnerable adult that have come to the person's
- (e) If a person making a report under this section believes that immediate action is necessary to protect the vulnerable
adult from imminent risk of serious physical harm due to abandonment, exploitation, abuse, neglect, or self-neglect and
the reporting person cannot immediately contact the department's central information and referral service for
vulnerable adults, the reporting person may make the report to a police officer or a village public safety officer. The
police officer or village public safety officer shall take immediate action to protect the vulnerable adult and shall,
at the earliest opportunity, notify the department. A person may not bring an action for damages against a police
officer, village public safety officer, the state, or a political subdivision of the state based on a decision under
this subsection to take or not to take immediate action to protect a vulnerable adult. If a decision is made under this
subsection to take immediate action to protect a vulnerable adult, a person may not bring an action for damages based
on the protective actions taken unless the protective actions were performed with gross negligence or intentional
misconduct; damages awarded in the action may include only direct economic compensatory damages for personal injury.
- (f) A person listed in (a) of this section who reports to the long term care ombudsman under AS 47.62.015
, or to the Department of Health and Social Services, that a vulnerable adult has been exploited, abused, or neglected
in an out-of-home care facility is considered to have met the duty to report under (a) of this section.
- (g) [Repealed, Sec. 14 ch 129 SLA 1994].
- (h) [Repealed, Sec. 14 ch 129 SLA 1994].
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