What Are the Mandatory Reporting Requirements in Wa
If you are a mandatory registrant, APS/CRU will document your name and phone number, which is evidence of your compliance with your legal obligation to report abuse of vulnerable adults. Keep in mind that your name as a registrant is confidential, unless: A mandatory registrant who prepares a report in good faith is exempt from any liability arising from the report or report. The report or testimony does not constitute a violation of the confidential privileges of the community [RCW 74.34.050]. At WCSAP, we get a lot of questions from proponents about the ins and outs of mandatory reporting. While Washington`s mandatory reporting law is quite simple, in practice it may seem much more complex. Here are some quick answers (which are not legal advice) to some of the recent questions we`ve received on the topic: It is not clear from the law whether mandatory filers (professionals and providers described in Chapter 74.34.020(10) RCW) must report suspected abuse, neglect, neglect or financial exploitation of vulnerable adults when they are not working (outside of working hours). DSHS encourages all mandatory registrants to report to the DSHS if, at any time, they have reason to believe that a vulnerable adult has been abused, abandoned, neglected or financially exploited. All DSHS employees are mandatory reporters and must report suspected abuse, neglect, neglect or financial exploitation of vulnerable adults during and after regular working hours, evenings, weekends and holidays (Administrative Policy No. 8.02).
According to RCW 74.34.020(10), the persons to be reported are: The mandatory registrant is always required to report any suspected physical abuse to the DSHS. The APS/RCS is obliged to report a criminal offence (possible bodily harm) to the law enforcement authorities. If you are not a mandatory declarant, then you are a permissive declarant [RCW 74.34.035]. Washington State law encourages people other than mandatory filers to report if they have reason to believe that abuse, abandonment, neglect, or self-neglect has occurred or occurred. Persons other than mandatory registrants are called «permissive declarants». As with much of our advocacy work, mandatory reporting is not just about what we do, but also how we do it. A victim-centred approach to mandatory reporting includes: Are you a mandatory filer? If this is the case, you must immediately report the abuse, abandonment, neglect, and financial abuse of a vulnerable adult to the Washington State Department of Health and Human Services (DSHS). Mandatory registrants are not required by law to report situations of self-neglect, but DSHS urges mandatory registrants to do so to help at-risk adults. As a mandatory registrant, you must ALSO report immediately to law enforcement if you suspect sexual assault and physical assault (see RCW 74.34.035). The Act states that [RCW 74.34.035(4)]: «A designated reporter is not required to report to law enforcement an incident of physical assault between vulnerable adults that results in minor bodily harm and requires only basic first aid, unless requested by the injured vulnerable adult or his or her legal representative or family member.
Unless: A statement from the Washington State Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Act: Anyone who has reason to believe a child has been abused or neglected should report such incidents. Washington state law defines two types of reporting of alleged abuse: mandatory whistleblowers and permissive reporters. A person who is required to report and does not make a statement is guilty of a serious offence. A person who makes a false statement in bad faith or bad faith is guilty of an offence [RCW 74.34.053]. Sometimes people want to report anonymously. We recommend that you leave your name and phone number so that the APS/CRU receptionist can call you back for more information. The additional information you give may be exactly the information needed to protect the vulnerable adult. The APS/CRU admissions officer will ask you if you wish to keep your identity confidential or if you would give permission to disclose your identity.
If the vulnerable adult lives at home or with a family member, call local admission numbers 1-877-734-6277 and TTY numbers 1-833-866-5595. Mandatory filers are also required by law to report a death to the local coroner or coroner if there is reason to believe that the death of a vulnerable adult was caused by violence. Sometimes you have a lot of information; Sometimes you may have little information. The more information you can give, the more you help the adult at risk. When creating a report, provide as much information as you have [RCW 74.34.040]: Report immediately if you have reason to believe that a vulnerable adult has been abused, neglected, neglected, or financially abused.