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Elder Justice Coalition - Sonoma County Human Services

Are you a mandated reporter?

A Mandated Reporter is:

Any person who has assumed full or intermittent responsibility for care or custody of an elder or dependent adult, whether or not that person receives compensation, including administrators, supervisors, and any licensed staff of a public or private facility that provides care or services for elder or dependent adult care custodian, health practitioner, clergy member, or employee of a county adult protective services agency or a local law enforcement agency. (W&IC 15630(a))

Conditions Under Which Reporting Abuse is Permitted

Any mandated reporter who has knowledge of, or reasonably suspects that, abuse for which reports are not mandated has been inflicted upon an elder or dependent adult or that his or her emotional well-being is endangered in any other way, may report the known or suspected instance of abuse. (W&IC 15630(c)(1))

Conditions Under Which Reporting Abuse is Required

California Welfare and Institutions Code 15630(b)(1) states that any mandated reporter, who, in his or her professional capacity, or within the scope of his or her employment, has observed or has knowledge of an incident that reasonably appears to be:
  • physical abuse, abandonment, abduction, isolation, financial abuse, or neglect; or
  • is told by an elder or dependent adult that he or she has experienced behavior constituting physical abuse, abandonment, isolation, financial abuse, or neglect; or reasonably suspects abuse; required to report.

Reporting hotline information is included in this websites “How to Report” section.

Mandated Reporters Duty

Mandated reporters must report any incident of alleged or suspected abuse, or a reasonable suspicion of abuse, which comes to their attention.

All reports should be made immediately, or as soon as practically possible by telephone. The written report must be received within two working days.