In the District of Columbia, certain persons are mandated to report instances of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. These persons are referred to as Mandatory Reporters. A mandatory reporter is someone who, if as a result of his or her appointment, employment, or practice, has substantial cause to believe that an adult is in need of protective services. The following is a list of mandatory reporters:
- Court-appointed mental retardation advocate;
- Health-care administrator;
- Licensed health professional as defined in D.C. Official Code §§ 3-1202.01, et seq.
- Police officer;
- Humane officer of any agency charged with the enforcement of animal cruelty laws;
- Bank manager;
- Financial manager; and
- Social worker.
Notwithstanding those persons who are required to report instances of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, any person may voluntarily report an alleged case of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or exploitation.