Mandatory Abuse Reporting
The Older Adults Protective Services Act (OAPSA), which was amended by Act 13 of 1997, mandates reporting requirements on suspected abuse. Any employee or administrator of a facility who suspects abuse is mandated to report the abuse. All reports of abuse should be reported to the local Area Agency on Aging and licensing agencies. If the suspected abuse is sexual abuse, serious physical injury, serious bodily injury, or suspicious death as defined under OAPSA, the law requires additional reporting to the Department of Aging and local law enforcement.
Definitions of Abuse requiring additional reporting:
- Sexual Abuse—intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing or attempting to cause rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault or incest. Sexual Harassment requires reporting to the AAA only.
- Serious Physical Injury—an injury that causes a person severe pain or significantly impairs a person’s physical functioning, either temporarily or permanently.
- Serious Bodily Injury—an injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a body member or organ.
- Suspicious Death—a death that would arouse suspicion or is questionable.
Facilities (defined by OAPSA)
- Adult Daily Living Centers
- Personal Care Homes
- Assisted Living Residences
- Birth Centers
- Community Homes for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
- Community Residential Rehabilitation Services
- Department of Human Services (DHS) Nursing Facilities
- DHS-licensed and DHS operated residential facilities for adults
- Domiciliary Care Homes
- Family Living Homes
- Home Care Registry*
- Home Health Care Organization or Agency**
- Intermediate Care Facilities for the Intellectually Disabled (private and state)
- Long Term Care Nursing Facilities
- Long Term Structured Residences
- Personal Care Homes
- State Mental Hospitals
*A Home Care Registry or “Registry” is further defined to include those agencies licensed by the Department of Health any organization or business entity that supplies, arranges or refers independent contractors to provide activities of daily living or instrumental activities of daily living or specialized care in the consumer’s place of residence or other independent living environment for which the registry receives a fee, consideration or compensation of any kind.
**Home Health Care Agency is further defined to include those agencies licensed by the Department of Health and any public or private organization which provides care to a care-dependent individual in their place of residence.
Statewide Elder Abuse Hotline: 1-800-490-8505
Any person who believes that an older adult is being abused, neglected, exploited or abandoned may call the elder abuse hotline. The hotline is open 24 hours a day.