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Massachusetts Mandatory Reporting Requirements Regarding Elderly/Disabled * This includes the department of elder affairs, the office of health services (which houses the department of public health, the department of mental health, the division of medical assistance and the Betsy Lehman center for patient safety and medical error reduction), the office of children, youth and family services (which houses the department of children and families, the department of transitional assistance, the department of youth services, the child abuse prevention board and the office for refugees and immigrants), the office of disabilities and community services (which houses the department of developmental services, the Massachusetts rehabilitation commission, the Massachusetts commission for the blind, the Massachusetts commission for the deaf and hard of hearing and the Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts and the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke), the department of veterans’ services, the managed care oversight board, and the health facilities appeals board. Elderly: Reasonable cause to believe an elderly person is suffering from abuse. Standard of Knowledge

Definition of Applicable Victim

Reports Made To

Disabled: Reasonable cause to believe that a disabled person is suffering from a serious physical or emotional injury resulting from abuse, including unconsented to sexual activity. Elderly: An elder is a person 60 years of age or older.

Disabled: A disabled person is a person between the ages of 18 and 59, who is mentally retarded, or who is otherwise mentally or physically disabled and as a result of such mental or physical disability is wholly or partially dependent on others to meet his or her daily living needs. Elderly:

  • Telephone reports made to the Elder Abuse Hotline (800)

922-2275, or the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (617) 727- 7750.

  • Written reports faxed to the Executive Office of Elder Affairs

    • (617)

      727-9368.

Disabled:

  • Telephone reports made to the Disabled Persons Protection

Information compiled by RAINN and last updated December 2009. For more information, visit rainn.org. RAINN 2009.

  • 2009. For reprint permission, please contact RAINN at info@rainn.org. Last updated: December 2009.

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