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H.B. 179 Enrolled
This bill modifies the Offenses Against the Person section of the Utah Criminal Code.
. makes technical changes to provide consistency with other sections of the Utah
Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
Other Special Clauses:
Utah Code Sections Affected:
76-5-111.1, as enacted by Chapter 130, Laws of Utah 1996
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 76-5-111.1 is amended to read:
76-5-111.1. Reporting requirements -- Investigation -- Immunity -- Violation --
Penalty -- Physician patient privilege -- Nonmedical healing.
has been the subject of abuse, [
immediately notify the nearest peace officer, law enforcement agency, or [
Protective Services intake within the Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and
(2) Anyone who makes that report in good faith to a law enforcement agency, the
Division of Aging and Adult Services, or Adult Protective Services of suspected abuse, neglect,
or exploitation is immune from civil and criminal liability in connection with the report or other
(3) (a) When the initial report is made to a peace officer or law enforcement agency, [
immediately notify [
Adult Protective Services and law enforcement shall coordinate [
vulnerable adult as necessary.
(b) Adult Protective Services will notify the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, as defined in
Section 62A-3-202 , when the initial report to Adult Protective Services involves a resident of a
long-term care facility as defined in Section 62A-3-202 . The Long-Term Care Ombudsman and
Adult Protective Services shall coordinate, as appropriate, in conducting their investigations.
(c) When the initial report or subsequent investigation by [
immediately notify the nearest local law enforcement agency. That law enforcement agency shall
initiate an investigation in cooperation with [
(4) A person who is required to report suspected abuse, [
who willfully fails to do so, is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
(5) Under circumstances not amounting to a violation of Section 76-8-508 , a person who
threatens, intimidates, or attempts to intimidate a vulnerable adult who is the subject of a report, a
witness, the person who made the report, or any other person cooperating with an investigation
conducted pursuant to this chapter is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
(6) The physician-patient privilege does not constitute grounds for excluding evidence
regarding a vulnerable adult's injuries, or the cause of those injuries, in any judicial or
administrative proceeding resulting from a report made in good faith pursuant to this part.
(7) An adult is not considered abused, neglected, or a vulnerable adult for the reason that
the adult has chosen to rely solely upon religious, nonmedical forms of healing in lieu of medical
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