Report suspected maltreatment of a vulnerable adult to the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center at 1-844-880-1574 which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Minnesota encourages good faith reporting of suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults by any person. If you make a report, your identity is confidential and cannot be released without a court order.
What happens after reporting?
All reports of suspected maltreatment received by MAARC are referred to the agencies responsible to respond. The agency responsible depends on the relationship between the vulnerable adult and the person alleged responsible, if there is an immediate social service need for the vulnerable adult, and if the report contains information which may also be criminal. Lead investigative agencies are county adult protective services, Minnesota Department of Health, or Minnesota Department of Human Services. Reports are reviewed by the lead investigative agency to determine if emergency protective services are needed. Reports that include an alleged crime are also referred to law enforcement.
Information contained in reports of suspected maltreatment of a vulnerable adult made to MAARC is confidential under Minnesota law. MAARC cannot provide information about a report to anyone, including the reporter, once a report is completed. Once a report is referred to the agency responsible, different parts of the law cover how information in the report can be shared, but the identity of the reporter remains protected. Contact the county or state agency responsible for the report for questions about a completed report.
Mandated reporters include law enforcement, educators, doctors, nurses, social workers and other licensed professionals. Mandated reporters can use an online reporting tool. When the completed form is submitted, mandated reporters will receive a report reference number for their records. Mandated reporters can download, save and print a copy of their report.
Reporting by phone remains an option for mandated reporters. More information for mandated reporters can be found on the Department of Human Services Partners and Providers, Adult Protection website.