Duluth, MN 55812
Phone: (218) 726–7974;
Fax: (218) 726–8693
Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults: Addressing Vulnerability and Reporting Suspected Abuse
According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, health care settings have three important roles with regard to protective services:
Identifying Potential Vulnerability
It is imperative that all clients, regardless of treatment setting or living situation, are assessed as to their potential vulnerability to abuse or neglect. Not only do clients need to be identified as vulnerable or not; if the client is determined to be vulnerable, the situation must be addressed formally by identifying steps which are taken to reduce vulnerability, and identifying methods used to inform people in the client´s environment to more appropriately communicate with the client.
All statements regarding a client´s vulnerability are to be made initially in the evaluation report. Document any changes in status in the Treatment Summaries and the Summary of Service Sheet.
Reporting Vulnerable Adults: St. Louis County Common Entry Point for Reporting
Reporting Suspected Abuse
Per the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Minnestoa State Statutes, student interns and clinic instructors are considered mandated reporters of abuse. If a client is reporting abuse or if the student intern or clinic instructor suspects abuse, it must be reported.