2015 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 43A. Mental Health
§43A-10-105.1. Notice of investigation – Consent of vulnerable adult - Summary and written description – Explanation of procedures.
A. As soon as possible after initiating an investigation of a referral regarding a vulnerable adult, the Department shall provide to the caretaker of the alleged victim, the legal guardian, and next of kin of the vulnerable adult notification including a brief oral summary and easily understood written description of the investigation process, whether or not the caretaker, guardian or next of kin is alleged to be the perpetrator of the abuse, neglect or exploitation of the vulnerable adult.
B. If the vulnerable adult retains capacity to consent to voluntary services, and does not wish for a caretaker or next of kin to receive notification of the investigation, the Department shall abide by wishes of the vulnerable adult.
C. The notification specified by subsection A of this section shall include:
1. A statement that the investigation is being undertaken by the Department of Human Services pursuant to the requirements of the Protective Services for Vulnerable Adults Act in response to a report of abuse, neglect or exploitation and shall include the name and office telephone number of the Department representative with primary responsibility for the investigation;
2. A statement that the identity of the person who reported the incident of abuse is confidential and may not even be known to the Department since the report could have been made anonymously;
3. A statement that the investigation is required by law to be conducted in order to enable the Department of Human Services to identify incidents of abuse, neglect or exploitation in order to provide protective or preventive social services to vulnerable adults who are in need of such services;
4. An explanation of the procedures of the Department of Human Services for conducting an investigation of alleged abuse, neglect or exploitation, including:
a.a statement that the alleged victim of abuse, neglect or exploitation is the Department’s primary client in such an investigation,
b.a statement that findings of all investigations are provided to the office of the district attorney, and
c.a statement that law enforcement may conduct a separate investigation to determine whether a criminal violation occurred;
5. An explanation of services which may be provided as a result of the Department’s investigation, including:
a.a statement that the caretaker, legal guardian and next of kin will be involved in the process of developing a plan of services for the vulnerable adult insofar as that involvement is consistent with the best interests of the vulnerable adult,
b.a statement that voluntary services may be provided or arranged for based on the adult client’s needs, desires and acceptance, and
c.a statement that involuntary services may be provided through the judicial system when immediate services are needed to preserve the life of the vulnerable adult and physical health or preserve the resources of the vulnerable adult which may later be needed to provide care for the vulnerable adult;
6. A statement that, upon completion of the investigation, the identified caretaker, legal guardian and next of kin will receive a letter from the Department which will inform such caretaker, legal guardian and next of kin:
a.that the Department has found insufficient evidence of abuse, neglect or exploitation,
b.that there appears to be probable cause to suspect the existence of abuse, neglect or exploitation in the judgment of the Department, and
c.the recommendations of the Department concerning the vulnerable adult;
7. The procedures concerning the process the caretaker, legal guardian and next of kin may use to acquire access to the vulnerable adult in the event the vulnerable adult is removed from the residence of the vulnerable adult and the circumstances under which access may be obtained;
8. The procedures to follow if there is a complaint regarding the actions of the Department and the procedures to request a review of the findings made by the Department during or at the conclusion of the investigation;
9. Information specifying that if the caretaker, legal guardian and next of kin of the vulnerable adult have any questions as to their legal rights, that such persons have a right to seek legal counsel;
10. References to the statutory and regulatory provisions governing abuse, neglect or exploitation and how the caretaker, legal guardian and next of kin may obtain copies of those provisions; and
11. An explanation that the caretaker, legal guardian and next of kin may review specific information gathered during the investigation and pertaining to the service needs of the vulnerable adult subject to the requirements and exceptions provided in Section 10-110 of this title.
Added by Laws 1999, c. 78, § 2, emerg. eff. April 13, 1999. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 332, § 5, emerg. eff. May 29, 2003.
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