Adult Protection

Vulnerable Adults
A vulnerable adult is a person 18 years of age or older who is a resident or inpatient of a facility, receives services from a licensed facility or a licensed home care provider; however, regardless if they are receiving services or reside in a facility, they possess a physical or mental infirmity or other physical, mental, or emotional dysfunction that impairs the individuals' ability to adequately provide for their own care and because of the dysfunction or infirmity and the need for assistance, the individual has an impaired ability to protect the individual from maltreatment.
Maltreatment of a Vulnerable Adult
Types of maltreatment:
  • Abuse
  • Emotional
  • Personal Exploitation
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Verbal
The vulnerable person does not have necessary food, shelter, clothing, health care or supervision due to the neglect of the caregiver or because the vulnerable adult cannot meet their own needs.
Senior Person with a Crane
Financial Exploitation
The vulnerable adult's money, assets, or property are not used for their benefit, or are stolen or kept from them.

Reporting Adult Abuse
To report suspected abuse of a vulnerable adult, contact Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) at 844-880-1574. Statewide Common Entry Point available 24/7.

Website access for mandated reporters is

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