SSB 6403

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C 156 L 12

Synopsis as Enacted

Brief Description: Removing financial barriers to persons seeking vulnerable adult protection orders.

Sponsors: Senate Committee on Health & Long-Term Care (originally sponsored by Senator Regala).

Senate Committee on Health & Long-Term Care

House Committee on Judiciary

Background: A vulnerable adult is a person who is 60 years of age or older who has the functional, mental, or physical inability to care for himself or herself; has been found to be incapacitated; has a developmental disability; has been admitted to a facility such as a nursing home, boarding home, or adult family home; or receives services from home health, hospice or home care agencies, or an individual provider. A vulnerable adult may seek relief from abandonment, abuse, financial exploitation, or neglect by filing a petition for an order for protection in superior court in the county where the vulnerable adult resides. No filing fee may be charged to a vulnerable adult for filing such a petition; standard forms and written instructions must be provided free of charge.

Summary: A public agency may not charge a filing fee or a fee for service of process to a vulnerable adult seeking relief from abandonment, abuse, financial exploitation, or neglect. Vulnerable adults must be provided the necessary number of certified copies at no cost.

Votes on Final Passage:







(House amended)




(Senate concurred)


June 7, 2012