Adult Protection

Adult Protection and Vulnerable Adult Investigations

Adult Protection strives to improve the quality of life for Crow Wing County's most vulnerable citizens. These individuals are unable to protect themselves or provide for their own physical, emotional, or mental needs due to age or handicapping conditions. Adult Protection Services focus on safety and well-being but also works towards reducing neglect, abuse, or exploitation of vulnerable adults through outreach and education. Vulnerable adult investigations are completed in conjunction with the Crow Wing County Attorney's Office, Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department, and state licensing through Social Services.
  
The Common Entry Point (CEP) is available 24 hours per day to receive reports of vulnerable adult maltreatment. The CEP assesses these reports and sends them to the appropriate lead investigative agency (County, Law Enforcement, Office of Health and Facility Complaints or the Department of Human Services).
 
 

Reporting


Anyone can make a report concerning the safety of a vulnerable adult. To make a vulnerable adult report, please call the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) at 1-844-880-1574. MAARC will provide the report information to Crow Wing County Adult Protection for those situations in which Crow Wing County is the lead investigative agency. If the vulnerable adult is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. 

If you are a mandated reporter, you may use the online reporting tool at www.mn.gov/dhs/reportadultabuse/.

Information that is helpful when you report, but not required:
  • The name and address of the vulnerable adult
  • The name and address of the person causing the maltreatment
  • The date and time of the alleged maltreatment
  • Details of what happened, when, where and how
  • Is the vulnerable adult still at risk 

A Vulnerable Adult is any person, 18 years of age or older who:

  • Is a resident or inpatient of a facility or receives licensed services from a home care agency or personal care assistance provider who is under the medical assistance program in Minnesota
  • Possess a physical or mental impairment that severly limits the ability to provide for and direct his or her own care AND are unable to report to protect themselves from maltreatment because of the physical or mental limitation
For more information go to www.mn.gov/dhs/adult-protection/.  

The Role of Crow Wing County Adult Protective Services:

  • Investigate allegations of maltreatment
  • Report allegation findings to DHS Background Studies Unit
  • Attempt to provide protection to the vulnerable adult while still be person centered and allowed the adult to make their own decisions (when abled)
  • Provide training and presentations on vulnerable adult and maltreatment issues

Additional Resources
Resources for Elderly and Disabled Adults

MAARC card