Mandated Reporting

 

 

 

 

 

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Mandated reporting requirements: Welfare & Institutions (W&I) Code 15630. Certain individuals in their professional capacity are required to report suspected abuse. For example doctors, bankers, social workers, care facility employees, therapists, etc. Those who take full time or intermittent care of an elder are mandated reporters. You do not have to be a mandated reporter to report.

The identity of the reporting party must be confidentially maintained and may only be disclosed to APS, local law enforcement, LTC Ombudsman Program, Bureau of Medi-Cal and Elder Abuse, Licensing Agencies, the District Attorney or by a court order. Revealing the identity of the reporter to any other party is a misdemeanor and may result in a jail sentence or a fine.

What to Report:

  • Physical abuse including Sexual abuse
  • Mental suffering including emotional and psychological abuse (includes isolation/abandonment)
  • Financial exploitation
  • Neglect including self-neglect
  • Abduction
  • Abandonment
  • Serious Bodily Injury is: An injury involving extreme physical pain, substantial risk of death, or protracted loss or impairment of function of a bodily member, organ, or of mental faculty, or requiring medical intervention, including, but not limited to, hospitalization, surgery, or physical rehabilitation.

When to report?

  • When the mandated reporter has:
    • Observed the abuse occurring
    • Knowledge of an incident that reasonably appears to be abuse
    • Been told by an elder or dependent adult that he/she has been abused

Where to Report (Community)?

  • Suspected elder and dependent adult abuse that has occurred in the community must be referred to APS or law enforcement.
  • Telephone report made immediately or as soon as possible
  • Written report in two working days

Where to Report (Long- Term Care)?

  • If a mandated reporter observes, has knowledge of, or reasonably suspects:
  • ABANDONMENT, ABDUCTION, ISOLATION, MENTAL SUFFERING, FINANCIAL ABUSE, or NEGLECT has occurred to a resident of a long-term care facility they must report by telephone immediately or as soon as possible to the ombudsman program law enforcement and send a written report within two days.

If a mandated reporter observes, has knowledge of, or reasonably suspects PHYSICAL ABUSE has occurred at a LTC facility and No serious bodily injury has occurred. A telephone report must be made within 24 hours to law enforcement and a written report must be made in 24 hours to the ombudsman, and law enforcement, and licensing. If a mandated reporter observes, has knowledge of, or reasonably suspects: PHYSICAL ABUSE has occurred at a LTC facility and the alleged abusewas caused by a resident diagnosed with dementia by a physician and no serious bodily injury resulted. A telephone report must be made immediately or as soon as practicably possible to the ombudsman or law enforcement and a written report made in 24 hours to the ombudsman or law enforcement.

  • Serious Bodily Injury is: An injury involving extreme physical pain, substantial risk of death, or protracted loss or impairment of function of a bodily member, organ, or of mental faculty, or requiring medical intervention, including, but not limited to, hospitalization, surgery, or physical rehabilitation.

 

Penal Code 368+ Smart Phone App

 

Available for Android devices, and IOS devices. Includes a summary of Elder and Dependent Adult Penal Code 368 and other common crimes that can be used in conjunction with a PC 368 arrest; The Warning Signs of Abuse and Neglect; as well as Agency Contacts for cross-reporting and providing assistance to the victim. Brought to you by the Institute on Aging in San Francisco and the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect at UC Irvine.

 

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How to Report

In the Community:

Adult Protective Services (APS)

24-hour APS hotline: (877) 477-3646 or (877) OR through a secured internet reporting tool

https://apslive.lacss.harmonyis.net/LACSSLiveIntake/

 

In Long Term Care Facilities:

WISE & Healthy Aging

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

City and County of Los Angeles: (800) 334-9473, Fax (310) 395-4090

Community Care Licensing (CCL) Regulates :Central Intake Phone: (844) 538-8766

Central Intake email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Department of Public Health (DPH)-Regulates skilled nursing facilities, ICF-DD, adult day health care, and acute hospitals

      DPH main office (562) 345-6884

 

  • To find local law enforcement contact 211 for the County of LA
  • To find local law enforcement contact 311 for City of LA

Click Here to access the Confidential Report of Suspected Dependent Adult/Elder Abuse form.


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