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Massachusetts Mandatory Reporting Requirements Regarding Elderly/Disabled

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Commission hotline at (800) 426-9009, or the Commission at

    • (617)

      727-6465.

  • Written reports faxed to the Disabled Persons Protection Commission at (617) 727-6469.

Elderly: Reports must include the:

  • name, address, and approximate age of the elderly person;

  • nature and extent of the abuse;

  • name of elderly person’s caretaker, if known;

  • any medical treatment being received or immediately required, if known;

  • name and address of the reporter and where he or she may be contacted, if the reporter wishes to disclose this information; and

  • any additional information the reporter believes to be relevant to the investigation.

Timing/Other Procedures

Disabled: The statute does not specify what information the written report must contain, but the Disabled Persons Protection Commission created a form for those reporting abuse to complete at http://www.mass.gov/Idppc/docs/form_19c_reporting.pdf. Elderly: Reporters must make an oral report immediately followed within 48 hours by a written report

Other

Disabled: Reporters must make an oral report immediately followed within 48 hours by a written report. Elderly: Failure to report elder abuse can result in a fine of up to $1,000.

Disabled: Failure to report abuse of a disabled person can result in a fine of up to $1,000.

Internal Reporting: The executive director of a home care corporation, licensed home health agency or homemaker service agency shall establish procedures within such agency to ensure that homemakers, home health aides, case managers or other staff of said agency who have reasonable cause to believe that an elderly person has been abused shall report such case to the executive director of the corporation or agency. The executive 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.

RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network) provides general information that is intended, but not guaranteed, to be correct and up-to-date. The information is not presented as a source of legal advice. You should not rely, for legal advice, on statements or representations made by RAINN. If you need legal advice upon which you intend to rely in the course of your legal affairs, consult a competent, independent attorney. RAINN does not assume any responsibility for actions or non-actions taken by people who have used this information, and no one shall be entitled to a claim for detrimental reliance on any information provided or expressed. RAINN does not endorse, guarantee or warranty the accuracy, reliability or thoroughness of any referenced information, product or service.

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