Mandated Reporter Training for Suspected Adult Abuse and Neglect

Unit 4

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Purpose:

To provide you with information for making a report to APS.

Key Points

A reporter only needs to "suspect" an adult is incapacitated or dependent and in danger.

The intake worker will be asking you to:

Describe the behavior that indicates the adult's mental capacity.

Describe what you observed, heard, or know that indicates dependency.

Describe what the danger is.

The more specific you can be with your information, the better.

Confidentiality vs. Anonymity:

When making a report as a mandated reporter, the law requires you to give your name. Therefore, you cannot make an anonymous report. However, you may request that your name be kept confidential. The Department will honor your request unless it is required to protect the adult from serious harm or required by a court order.

Information Required at Intake

Reports must be made immediately by telephone to the Department and must be followed by a written report within 48 hours if requested by the department.

The report must contain:

The name and address of the adult.

Information regarding the nature and extent of the abuse, neglect or exploitation.

The source of the report.

The person making the report, that person's occupation and where that person
can be contacted.

Any other information that the reporter believes may be helpful.

Mandated Reporter Worksheet

** This is a .pdf in the full-version. It is provided to guide you in your information collection. It is not an "official form." The information on the .pdf is provided below. **

Department of Health and Human Services

  • Mandated Reporter Worksheet

Maine Law specifies certain information that Professionals are required to provide:

  • Information Required:
    • Name of Adult:
    • Adult’s Address:

Describe the nature and extent of abuse or neglect, including a description of injuries and any
explanation given for them:

List the source of the report:
Person Making Report:

Occupations:
Contact Information:
Address:
Phone:

Any other information believed to be helpful:

Contact Information

To report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an adult, 24 hours a day,
call APS Intake at 1-800-624-8404.

To report using a TTY call: 1-800-624-8404 during business hours, or
1-800-963-9490 after business hours.

To report abuse, neglect or exploitation in a facility licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services, call 1-800-383-2441 or for TTY 207-287-9312.

To report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of persons with Developmental Services

Unit 4 Review

** This activity in the full-version is in quiz format. In the full-version, you are provided with a statement and you choose the correct response. At the end of the activity in the full-version, you are shown how many responses were correct. This activity in the full-version is not submitted to anyone else and is just an informative practice to make the information easier to remember. For the purposes of providing valuable information in this text-only version, the statements, possible responses, and correct responses are provided below. **

Statement: When a report is made by phone you have ______ hours to send in a written report if requested by DHHS.

Possible Responses: 48,24,12
Correct Response: 48

Statement: Mandated reporters cannot request confidentiality.

Possible Responses: True or False
Correct Response: False

Statement: Reports must be made immediately.

Possible Responses: True or False
Correct Response: True

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