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Reporting Child Maltreatment
Reporting Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults
To help protect health, safety and well-being of the individuals receiving services from licensed facilities, investigators from either the local county or the Licensing Division investigate reports of alleged maltreatment.
For vulnerable adults, reports of suspected maltreatment in licensed facilities are accepted by each countys Common Entry Point.
For children, reports of suspected maltreatment in DHS licensed facilities are submitted to the Licensing Division on the DHS Licensing Division Maltreatment/Licensing Report Form.
Maltreatment investigations are guided by the procedures and definitions contained in these statutes:
Most investigations include a visit to the program, numerous interviews and the collection of pertinent documents. A summary of the information obtained during the investigation is documented in a public report called an Investigation Memorandum and the privacy of information obtained during an investigation is explained in the Divisions Privacy Notice. The results and determinations of these investigations are subject to appeal. Each investigation must answer several questions:
An individual responsible for maltreatment that is serious or recurring is disqualified from positions allowing direct contact with, or access to, people receiving services from facilities licensed by the Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Health, from facilities serving children or youth licensed by the Department of Corrections, and from unlicensed Personal Care Provider Organizations.
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