Speak Up It's the Law Conference

The State of Colorado will require many service professionals to report suspected elder abuse beginning July 2014 because of the passage of Senate Bill 111. To help professionals understand SB 111 their roles, responsibilities and liability as a mandated reporter, the City & County of Denver and Denver District Attorney are hosting a one-day conference, Speak Up It’s the Law. The information provided at the conference will be Denver specific.

The conference will be held June 11, 2014 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the University of Denver. This conference, including breakfast and lunch, is provided at no charge thanks to our sponsors. CLE training credits are pending. 

A partial list of mandatory reporters includes: Pharmacists, Medical Professionals, Clergy, Social Workers, Guardians, Conservators, Financial Institution Personnel, Home Health and Care Facility staff. All are urged to attend.

Advance registration is required.

The Speak Up It's the Law Conference will teach you everything you need to know about the Mandated Elder Abuse Reporting Law, as it relates to the law in Denver. The training day will include demonstrations, lecture, video, and audience interaction.


  • Who are mandatory reporters
  • What must be reported
  • What happens once the report is made
  • What constitutes abuse
  • Criminal charges if mandated reporters fail to report abuse
  • How the police, District Attorney’s Office, and Adult Protective Services respond to reports
  • How cases go through the criminal justice system


  • Candise Winder, Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Jessica Naberhaus and Karen Devine, Denver Human Services, Adult Protective Services
  • Melissa Drazen-Smith and Dave Bernhart, Denver City Attorney’s Office Sergeant
  • Ryan McGinty, Denver Police Department
  • Joe Morales and Ralph Stephenson, Denver District Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit
  • Darryl Shockley, Denver District Attorney’s Office
  • The Honorable Judge Elizabeth Leith, Denver District Court

Questions: 720-944-2900 or juanita.rios-johnston@denvergov.org            
Due to overwhelming demand, this conference is full. To add your name to the conference wait list please register here. If there is a cancellation, we will contact you. This conference is being offered for free thanks to community partners and sponsors.

For additional on-line training information and an FAQ, click here

The Speak Up It's the Law conference is sponsored by the following groups. Through sponsors and partnerships, this conference is being offered for free. 

Sponsors & Community Partners

Useful Phone Numbers

Child Abuse Hotline
Adult Protection Hotline
DHS Customer Service

Colorado Relay/TDD

Child Support Services

Foster Care

GIVE Denver
720-944-GIVE (4483)

Denver City & County Information