Ramsey County Adult Protective Services helps vulnerable adults, their care givers and support persons
Who is a Vulnerable Adult?
- Someone who is 18 or over AND Needs institutional services - lives in a nursing home, hospital, licensed facility such as a group home or foster care OR
- Needs home health services OR
- Needs help in caring for and protecting themselves, because they have a physical, mental, or emotional disability
If someone is in immediate danger, call 9 1 1
What is Maltreatment of a Vulnerable Adult?
- Physical or Emotional: conduct, intended or not, that produces physical or emotional pain or injury
- Verbal: Words or gestures that threaten, harass, disparage, or humiliate
- Sexual: Violating criminal sexual conduct or prostitution statutes or sexual contact between facility staff person & a resident or client
- Personal Exploitation: Forcing a vulnerable adult to perform services for the advantage of another
Failure of a caregiver to provide necessary food, clothing, shelter, health care or supervisions
Absence of necessary food, clothing, shelter, health care, or supervision
- A person with legal authority makes unauthorized use of the vulnerable adult's resources, resulting in a detriment to the vulnerable adult
- A person without authority uses the financial resources of a vulnerable adult, regardless of detriment
Intake - How to Make A Report if you Suspect or Know a Vulnerable Adult is Maltreated
- Immediately, call Ramsey County Adult Protection, which is the designated ENTRY POINT for Ramsey county. Call intake at 651-266-4012. If it is after regular office hours, call Emergency Social Services at 651-291-6795. Minnesota statutes require that reports of maltreatment of vulnerable adults be investigated and reported to the state. Note: Reporters' names are confidential and retaliation is prohibited and penalized.
It may be helpful to organize your thoughts and to record the following details:
- What happened, to whom, when, where and how?
- Who committed the maltreatment?
- Is the vulnerable adult still at risk?
- After you make the report, a process of investigation and protection will begin immediately.
- You can ask to receive notification of the final investigation report determining whether or not maltreatment occurred.
- Reporter’s names are confidential and retaliation is prohibited and penalized.
Who Can Receive Adult Protection Case Management Services?
Adults who are deaf and hard of hearing - with American Sign Language interpretation
Adults for whom the voluntary delivery system is not working
Adults with minimal or no natural supports
People with disabilities who are not eligible for other case management services
Vulnerable adults for whom maltreatment is being investigated
MN Dept of Human Resources Adult Protection
Ramsey County Sexual Offense Services SOS 651 - 643 - 3006