Mandated reporters have an individual duty to report known or suspected abuse or neglect relating to children, elders or dependent adults. Employee who is required by law to report a particular category or type of abuse to the appropriate law enforcement or social service agency.
Any employees whose positions are designated by the state as mandated reporters must understand what they are required to report, when it must be reported, and to whom. Person between ages 18 and 64 with a physical or mental limitation that restricts his or her ability to carry out normal activities or protect his or her rights. The following general categories of employees, described in more detail in Appendix A, are mandated reporters for abuse and neglect of a child: Mutual fights between children, or injuries caused by reasonable and necessary force used by a peace officer acting within the scope of his or her duties, do not need to be reported.
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Those procedures are in addition to, but do not replace, the procedures described in this policy. The following general categories of incidents of abuse of an elder or dependent adult must be reported when a mandated reporter has observed, has knowledge of or reasonably suspects the abuse, or is told by the elder or dependent adult that such abuse has occurred: The appropriate reporting agency for elder and dependent adult abuse depends on the location in which the abuse occurred, not the location in which it was discovered.
Employees should refer to their department or facility for those additional abuse reporting procedures. After a report has been made using the procedures below, follow up and status updates may be obtained via the Adult Protective Services Mandated Reporter Hotline at (888) 202-4248.
The DHCS was created and is directly governed by California statutes (state laws) passed by the California Legislature.
These statutes grant DHCS the authority to establish its programs and adopt regulations.
State law requires that mandated reporters immediately report cases of suspected abuse or neglect of an elder or dependent adult to Adult Protective Services (APS).
(800) 814-0009 APS Hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week California Law, under the Welfare & Institutions Code for Elder Abuse, provides for mandatory reporting of physical abuse, neglect, self-neglect, sexual abuse, mental suffering, financial abuse, isolation, abandonment or abduction of an elder or dependent adult when: Failure of a mandated reporter to report suspected abuse and/or neglect is a misdemeanor.
For those who are mandated reporters under California law, failure to report is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail or a fine of up to 00, or both (Penal Code §§ 11162, 11166(c); Welfare & Inst. In some cases, failure to report elder or dependent adult abuse may result in up to one year in jail or a fine of up to 00, or both (Welfare & Inst. Failure to report is also serious neglect of duty that can lead to discipline, in accordance with the Faculty Handbook (for faculty) or staff policies (for staff).
All employees who are mandated reporters are required to sign the relevant acknowledgment forms (see Forms, below).
Regulations (also called administrative laws) are rules that set out the requirements and procedures to support the administration and utilization of DHCS programs.