Maine Mandated Reporter Requirements

Maine law requires that medical, mental health and social services personnel immediately report or cause a report to be made to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) when the provider knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been or is likely to be abused or neglected or that a suspicious child death has occurred. In addition, Maine law requires providers to immediately report to the Maine DHHS if a child under 6 months of age or otherwise non-ambulatory exhibits evidence of any of the following: Fracture of a bone; Substantial bruising or multiple bruising; Subdural hematoma; Burns; Poisoning; or Injury resulting in substantial bleeding, soft tissue swelling or impairment of an organ. Information about how to report can be found here: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mandated_reporters.shtml

Maine law also requires medical, mental health and social services personnel who know or have reasonable cause to suspect abuse, neglect or exploitation of an incapacitated or dependent adult are mandated to report to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services - Adult Protective Services: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oads/aps-guardianship/

Mandated Reporter Training offered by the Department of Health and Human Services and additional information regarding mandated reporting can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/cps

Additional information on how and where to file a report can be found here: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mandated_reporters.shtml

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Last Updated: October 30, 2018