DHS partners with providers, community organizations and other stakeholders to offer a variety of home and community-based services for older adults. DHS also works with others to assess needs of the aging population and to offer training and conferences on policies and innovations in the field of aging.
Minnesota law says vulnerable adults must be safe and that a process must be in place to report suspected maltreatment, protect vulnerable adults and requires respond to reports of suspected maltreatment in appropriate cases.
The DHS Adult Protection Unit provides training and consultation to citizens, service providers, counties, law enforcement and state agencies regarding the Minnesota Vulnerable Adult Act. (Minnesota Statute Section 626.557 (1995))
The Minnesota Department of Human Services Adult Protective Services Unit helps to meet those requirements by:
Providing training and consultation to the public, serve providers, counties, law enforcement and state agencies on the Minnesota Vulnerable Adult Act, Minnesota Statute Section 626.557
Developing policy and identifying best practices to prevent maltreatment of vulnerable adults and to respond to it if it occurs
Collecting and evaluating data regarding maltreatment of vulnerable adults
Operation of the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center
The Adult Protective Services Unit administers the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC), where both members of the public and mandated reporters can report suspected maltreatment of a vulnerable adult. MAARC has a statewide toll-free number, 844-880-1574, and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.