The who, what and where of mandated reporting
Hopefully, all people who witness or suspect maltreatment will report the abuse. However, mandated reporters are a special group required to report suspected maltreatment.
Mandated reporters are professionals identified by law who MUST make a report if they have reason to believe that the abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult has occurred. "Mandated reporter" means a professional or professional’s delegate while engaged in:
- Social services
- Law enforcement
- Direct care
- Licensed health and human services professionals (MS 214.01, subdivision 2)
- Employment in a licensed facility
- Medical examiner or coroner activities
Common Entry Point
The Common Entry Point (CEP) is a designated unit at the local level that is responsible for receiving reports of suspected maltreatment. The CEP is available 24 hours per day to take calls from mandated and voluntary reporters of suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults. The CEP will immediately report to a law enforcement agency any incident in which there is reason to believe a crime has been committed.
To report abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult in Minnesota, contact the local Common Entry Point (CEP) office in the county where the vulnerable adult lives or where the maltreatment occurred.