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75-723. Abuse, neglect and exploitation unit; confidentiality of investigations; reports forwarded to unit; report to legislature; rules and regulations; prohibition on use of funds; contracting. (a) There is hereby created in the office of the attorney general an abuse, neglect and exploitation of persons unit.

(b) Except as provided by subsection (h), the information obtained and the investigations conducted by the unit shall be confidential as required by state or federal law. Upon request of the unit, the unit shall have access to all records of reports, investigation documents and written reports of findings related to confirmed cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation of persons or cases in which there is reasonable suspicion to believe abuse, neglect or exploitation of persons has occurred which are received or generated by the Kansas department for children and families, Kansas department for aging and disability services or department of health and environment.

(c) Except for reports alleging only self-neglect, such state agency receiving reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation of persons shall forward to the unit:

(1) Within 10 days of confirmation, reports of findings concerning the confirmed abuse, neglect or exploitation of persons; and

(2) within 10 days of such denial, each report of an investigation in which such state agency was denied the opportunity or ability to conduct or complete a full investigation of abuse, neglect or exploitation of persons.

(d) On or before the first day of the regular legislative session each year, the unit shall submit to the legislature a written report of the unit's activities, investigations and findings for the preceding fiscal year.

(e) The attorney general shall adopt rules and regulations as deemed appropriate for the administration of this section.

(f) No state funds appropriated to support the provisions of the abuse, neglect or exploitation of persons unit and expended to contract with any third party shall be used by a third party to file any civil action against the state of Kansas or any agency of the state of Kansas. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the attorney general from initiating or participating in any civil action against any party.

(g) The attorney general may contract with other agencies or organizations to provide services related to the investigation or litigation of findings related to abuse, neglect or exploitation of persons.

(h) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, nothing shall prohibit the attorney general or the unit from distributing or utilizing only that information obtained pursuant to a confirmed case of abuse, neglect or exploitation or cases in which there is reasonable suspicion to believe abuse, neglect or exploitation has occurred pursuant to this section with any third party contracted with by the attorney general to carry out the provisions of this section.

History: L. 2006, ch. 181, § 1; L. 2014, ch. 115, § 313; July 1.



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