2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 30 - INSTITUTIONS AND AGENCIES
Section 30:1A-3 - Suspicion of abuse or exploitation of resident of residential health care facility; report; immunity from liability for report or testimony; notice to ombudsman; evaluation; findings; recommended action; registry


NJ Rev Stat § 30:1A-3 (2013) What's This?

30:1A-3. Suspicion of abuse or exploitation of resident of residential health care facility; report; immunity from liability for report or testimony; notice to ombudsman; evaluation; findings; recommended action; registry
a. As used in this section "abuse" means the willful infliction of physical pain, injury or mental anguish; unreasonable confinement; or, the willful deprivation of services which are necessary to maintain a person's physical and mental health; and "exploitation" means the act or process of using a person or his resources for another person's profit or advantage.

b. Any person who has reasonable cause to suspect that a resident of a residential health care facility, rooming house or boarding house is suffering or has suffered abuse or exploitation, shall report such information in a timely manner to the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services or to the person or agency within the department designated by the commissioner to receive such reports.

c. Such report shall contain the name and address of the resident, information regarding the nature of the suspected abuse or exploitation and any other information which might be helpful in an investigation of the case and the protection of the resident.

d. The name of any person who reports suspected abuse or exploitation pursuant to this section and the name of any person mentioned in such report shall not be disclosed unless the person who reported the abuse or exploitation specifically requests such disclosure or a judicial proceeding results from such report.

e. Any person who reports suspected abuse or exploitation pursuant to this section or who testifies in any administrative or judicial proceeding arising from such report or testimony shall have immunity from any civil or criminal liability on account of such report or testimony, unless such person has acted in bad faith or with malicious purpose.

f. Upon receiving a report that a resident of a residential health care facility, rooming house or boarding house may be suffering or may have suffered abuse or exploitation, the commissioner shall promptly notify the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly when the report involves an elderly person as defined in section 2 of P.L.1977, c. 239 (C. 52:27G-2), and shall direct the appropriate county welfare board to make a prompt and thorough evaluation of the report, or refer the report for such an evaluation by another appropriate government agency.

g. The evaluation shall be based upon a visit with the resident and consultation with others who have knowledge of the particular case, and shall contain written findings and recommendations. The person who reported the suspected abuse or exploitation, the victim of the suspected abuse or exploitation, the owner of the residential health care facility, rooming house or boarding house wherein the suspected abuse or exploitation has occurred, the State agency having a regulatory responsibility for the facility, and the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly when the case involves an elderly person as defined in section 2 of P.L.1977, c. 239 (C. 52:27G-2), shall be promptly notified of such findings and recommended action.

h. If a determination is made that the resident may have suffered abuse or exploitation, the commissioner shall refer such findings, in writing, to the county prosecutor.

i. The commissioner shall maintain a central registry of all reports of suspected abuse or exploitation and all evaluations, findings and recommended action. No information received and compiled in such registries shall be construed to be a public record.

L.1979, c. 496, s. 36.


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