Who should report abuse?
Everyone is encouraged to report abuse or neglect to Adult Protective Services. The identify of reporting parties is protected and kept confidential but "mandated reporters" must identify themselves when reporting.
State law requires that any individual who is an elder or dependent adult care custodian (Mandated) must report any suspected abuse. A care custodian is a person providing any level or type of care or services to the elderly and dependent adults.
- Elderly are persons 65 years and older.
- Dependent Adults are persons between the ages of 18 and 64 who have physical or mental limitations that restrict their ability to carry out normal activities of daily living or to protect their rights.
Mandated Reporting Party Definitions
A Care custodian is an administrator or an employee of any of the following public or private facilities or agencies of persons providing care or services for elders or dependent adults, including members of the support staff and maintenance staff:
- Twenty-four-hour health facilities
- Home health agencies
- Agencies providing publicly funded in-home supportive services, nutrition services, or other home and community-based support services
- Adult day health care centers and adult day care
- Secondary schools that serve 18 to 22- year-old dependent adults and postsecondary educational institutions that serve dependent adults or elders
- Independent living centers
- Alzheimer’s Disease Day Care Resource Centers
- Community care facilities and residential care facilities for the elderly
- Respite care facilities
- Foster homes
- Vocational rehabilitation facilities and work activity centers
- Designated area agencies on aging
- Regional centers for persons with developmental disabilities
- State Dept. of Social Services and State Dept. of Health Services licensing divisions
- County welfare departments
- Offices of patients’ rights advocates and clients’ rights advocates, including attorneys
- Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
- Offices of public conservators, public guardians, and court investigators
- Any protection or advocacy agency
- Fire departments
- Offices of environmental health and building code enforcement
- Any other protective, public, sectarian, mental health or private assistance or advocacy agency or person providing health services or social services to elders or dependent adults
What is a Health Practitioner?
- A physician, surgeon, psychiatrist, psychologist, dentist, resident, intern, podiatrist, chiropractor, licensed nurse, dental hygienist, licensed clinical social worker or associate clinical social worker, marriage, family and child counselor, or any other person who is currently licensed under Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code
- Any emergency medical technician I or II, paramedic or person certified pursuant to Division 2.5 of the Health and Safety Code
- A registered psychological assistant
- An unlicensed marriage, family and child counselor intern
- State or county public health or social service employee who treats an elder or a dependent adult for any condition
- A coroner