Before we go too far, we need to establish some common language and definitions. An attempt has been made to avoid 'legislative rhetoric' in our training materials; however, the reality is that some of the common language or definitions we use ARE from Statute and Rule. For the most part, you will use the link above (MN STATUTE) to connect to the exact legislative language.

Vulnerable Adult

Minnesota Statute (MS 626.5572, subd. 21) defines ‘vulnerable adult’ as any person 18 years of age or older who:

(1) Is a resident or inpatient of a facility

(2) Receives services at or from a facility required to be licensed to serve adults under Chapter 245A. Human Services Licensing

Exception: a person receiving outpatient services for treatment of chemical dependency or mental illness, or one who is served in the Minnesota sex offender program, is on a court hold order for commitment, or is committed as a sexual psychopathic personality or as a sexually dangerous person under chapter MS 253B, is not considered a vulnerable adult unless the person meets the requirements of clause (4)

(3) Receives services from a home care provider required to be licensed under section MS 144A.46; or from a person or organization that exclusively offers, provides, or arranges for personal care assistant services under the medical assistance program as authorized under sections MS 256B.04, subdivision 16, MS 256B.0625, subdivision 19a, MS 256B.0651, and MS 256B.0653 to 256B.0656 or

(4) Regardless of residence or whether any type of service is received, possesses a physical or mental infirmity or other physical, mental, or emotional dysfunction:

(i) That impairs the individual's ability to provide adequately for the individual's own care without assistance, including the provision of food, shelter, clothing, health care, or supervision; and
(ii) Because of the dysfunction or infirmity and the need for care or services, the individual has an impaired ability to protect the individual's self from maltreatment.