THE SOCIAL WELFARE ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 280 of 1939
400.11b Investigation; purpose; basis; providing licensee with substance of allegations; response to allegations; cooperation of local law enforcement officers; investigation not to be in place of investigation of suspected criminal conduct; scope of investigation; in-person interview; search warrant; availability of protective services; collaboration with other agencies; petition for finding of incapacity and appointment of guardian or temporary guardian; petition for appointment of conservator; report; providing copy of report to state department and prosecuting attorney.
(1) Within 24 hours after receiving a report made or information obtained under section 11a, the county department shall commence an investigation to determine whether the person suspected of being or believed to be abused, neglected, or exploited is an adult in need of protective services. A reasonable belief on the part of the county department that the person is an adult in need of protective services is a sufficient basis for investigation. If an investigation pertains to an adult residing in an adult foster care facility licensed by the department of human services, the county department shall provide the adult foster care licensee with the substance of the abuse or neglect allegations as soon as practicable after the beginning of the investigation. The licensee shall have the opportunity to respond to the allegations, and the response shall be included in the record.
(2) Upon a request by the county department, local law enforcement officers shall cooperate with the county department in an investigation of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation. However, the investigation required by this section shall not be in place of an investigation by the appropriate police agency regarding suspected criminal conduct arising from the suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
(3) The investigation shall include a determination of the nature, extent, and cause of the abuse, neglect, or exploitation; examination of evidence; identification, if possible, of the person responsible for the abuse, neglect, or exploitation; the names and conditions of other adults in the place of residence; an evaluation of the persons responsible for the care of the adult, if appropriate; the environment of the residence; the relationship of the adult to the person responsible for the adult's care; an evaluation as to whether or not the adult would consent to receiving protective services; and other pertinent data.
(4) The investigation shall include an in-person interview with the adult. The county department shall conduct the interview by means of a personal visit with the adult in the adult's dwelling or in the office of the county department. In attempting to conduct a personal visit with the adult in the adult's dwelling, if admission to the dwelling is denied, the county department may seek to obtain a search warrant as provided in 1966 PA 189, MCL 780.651 to 780.659.
(5) The investigation may include a medical, psychological, social, vocational, and educational evaluation and review.
(6) In the course of an investigation, the county department shall determine if the adult is or was abused, neglected, or exploited. The county department shall make available to the adult the appropriate and least restrictive protective services, directly or through the purchase of services from other agencies and professions, and shall take necessary action to safeguard and enhance the welfare of the adult, if possible. The county department also shall collaborate with law enforcement officers, courts of competent jurisdiction, and appropriate state and community agencies providing human services, which services are provided in relation to preventing, identifying, and treating adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation. If the abuse, neglect, or exploitation involves substance abuse, the county department shall collaborate with the local substance abuse coordinating agency as designated by the office of substance abuse services in the department of community health for a referral for substance abuse services. The county department may petition for a finding of incapacity and appointment of a guardian or temporary guardian as provided in section 5303 or 5312 of the estates and protected individuals code, 1998 PA 386, MCL 700.5303 and 700.5312, and may petition for the appointment of a conservator as provided in section 5401 of the estates and protected individuals code, 1998 PA 386, MCL 700.5401, for a vulnerable adult.
(7) Upon completion of an investigation, the county department shall prepare a written report of the investigation and its findings. A copy of this written report shall be forwarded to the department of human services upon the request of the department of human services.
(8) The county department may provide a copy of the written report to the prosecuting attorney for the county in which the adult suspected of being or believed to be abused, neglected, or exploited resides or is found.
(9) A representative from the department of human services, the department of state police, the department of attorney general, and the office of services to the aging, and an individual who is a representative of long-term care providers and is designated by the state attorney general, shall meet and develop a state model protocol for the investigation of vulnerable adult abuse cases. This state model protocol shall be developed not more than 1 year after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this subsection. A county prosecuting attorney, in cooperation with the local county department and local law enforcement agencies, may adopt a local protocol for the investigation of vulnerable adult abuse cases that is based on the state model protocol.
History: Add. 1982, Act 519, Eff. Mar. 30, 1983
Am. 1988, Act 422, Imd. Eff. Dec. 27, 1988
Am. 1990, Act 122, Imd. Eff. June 26, 1990
Am. 2000, Act 61, Eff. Apr. 1, 2000
Am. 2012, Act 175, Imd. Eff. June 19, 2012
Popular Name: Act 280
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