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Abuse registry helps families protect loved ones

November 29, 2018

Seven cases of elder abuse have been reported in the state of Utah in 2018. Seven. 

That number may seem low, unless one of the seven was your elderly mother or father or grandparent.

Did you know that families can be more involved and proactive in monitoring caregivers and the care their loved ones receive?

The Utah Nursing Assistant Registry (UNAR), which oversees the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training and certification, monitors abuse cases in Utah and blacklists those convicted of abuse. This abuse registry is regularly updated so that abusers won’t be hired again.

The registry is also available to the public. That means families can check that the person caring for your beloved family member does not have a history of abuse. 

If you believe that someone you love is experiencing abuse at the hands of their provider, please contact Adult Protective Services (APS) at 1-800-371-7897.

Below is the process that will happen so you know what to expect once that report is received. 

  1. Adult Protective Services launches an official investigation.
  2. If evidence of abuse is found, APS reaches out to the Utah Department of Health (DOH).
  3. Utah DOH reaches out to the Utah Attorney General’s Office for legal representation and prosecution of the case.
  4. Utah DOH notifies the Utah Nursing Assistant Registry. If convicted, the name is added to the abuse registry.

The Standard-Examiner recently reported on a case being handled by the AG’s Office, which you can read here: Nurse’s aide charged with abusing vulnerable adults appears in court.

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AG Office in Action

November 9, 2018

Protect the people of Utah. 

This is a big deal for the Utah Attorney General’s Office and one of its core functions. Domestic abuse, human and drug trafficking, sexual assault, crimes against children – the list of crimes that destroy our families and neighborhoods goes on and on. No matter what it is, our team of investigators and prosecutors work hard to remove from our communities those who would seek to take advantage or do us harm. 

Here’s a highlight of the last several weeks looking at the Office in action. Utah registered nurse convicted of sexual assault

KSL: Alleged big play in Utah drug trafficking charged

Standard Examiner: Nurse’s aide charged with abusing vulnerable adults appears in court

Gephardt Daily: Task force arrest Layton man for crimes against children

Daily Herald: Investigators say Lehi man created, sold fake green cards

Gephardt Daily: Smugglers arrested in Utah with 2.33 pounds of contraband after multi-agency operation

The Herald Journal: Logan man pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah nurse charged with beating a 2-year-old foster child to death

Deseret News: Salt Lake police officer arrested in child pornography investigation

Fox13Now: Salt Lake City officer arrested in child porn investigation Charges filed against police office in child pornography case

Standard-Examiner: Salt Lake City police officer, Syracuse man in jail for allegedly possessing child porn

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