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Adult Protective Services-Mandatory Reporters

Mandatory Reporters

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:

  • Conservator;
  • Court-appointed mental retardation advocate;
  • Guardian;
  • 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.    

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