If you are unsure whether or not you should make a report, call Freeborn County Dept. of Human Services at 507.377.5400. The Adult Protection staff can help you decide if a report should be made based on the information you provide.
A mandated reporter must report immediately but no later than 24 hours after they suspect that maltreatment may have occurred.
After you have made the report, the Adult Protection staff will screen the report to determine if it meets criteria to proceed with an investigation. You can ask to receive notification of the final investigation report determining whether or not maltreatment occurred. However, sometimes this information cannot be released due to data privacy and/or the health and safety of the vulnerable adult. Reporters' names are confidential and retaliation is prohibited and penalized.
Anyone can make a voluntary report of suspected vulnerable adult maltreatment if that person believes that a vulnerable adult has been maltreated. Others are mandated to report by statute. The requirements for reporting are outlined in the Reporting of Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults Act.