Adult Protection

A vulnerable adult is any person, 18 years of age of older, who receives services from a licensed health care facility or home care or personal care assistance provider in Minnesota, or who requires assistance to provide for his or her own care. This person also is unable or unlikely to report maltreatment because of a physical or mental limitation.

A vulnerable adult is a victim of maltreatment when she or he is subjected to abuse, – physical or sexual; Neglect – caregiver or self; and Financial Exploitation.  There are three basic types of maltreatment; 1) Abuse-Physical, Emotional and Sexual, 2) Neglect-Caregiver Neglect or Self Neglect and 3) Financial Exploitation.  

Minnesota Statute, Chapter 626, Section 626.557 defines adults who are in need of protection and vulnerable to various forms of abuse or neglect.  An example of a specific services that might be obtained for the person is a Guardian/Conservator that is court appointed to act in the best interested of the vulnerable adult.  

For Adult Maltreatment Reports Only:  Effective 8:00 am on July 1st, 2015
For reporting suspected maltreatment of a vulnerable adult call the State-Wide Common Entry Point at 844-880-1574.  The number is toll-free for the general public and answered 24/7.

Website access is also available for mandated reporters on the DHS Website.

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Types of Abuse

Adult Protection Staff investigates maltreatment of at-risk adults. This maltreatment may be in the form of Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation.
  1. Who are At-Risk Adults?
  2. Abuse
  3. Neglect
  4. Exploitation
The purpose of the Adult Protective Services program is to protect adults who cannot protect themselves. These adults are known as “at-risk adults.” They are considered to be at risk of mistreatment or self-neglect because:
• They are unable to protect themselves; and/or
They are unable to perform or arrange for services that will help them protect their health and safety; and/or
They lack sufficient understanding or lack capacity to make or communicate decisions that will keep them safe and healthy.