Mandatory Abuse Reporting

To prevent abuse and safeguard the welfare of adults with developmental disabilities, the Oregon legislature determined it was necessary, and in the public interest, to require mandatory abuse reporting for certain private and public workers and officials.

A mandatory reporter (all SDRI staff, county case managers, Personal Support Workers [PSWs] and any other support providers contracted to serve Brokerage or County Developmental Disability Program [CDDP] customers) must report to the community program or a local law enforcement agency all incidents where the reporter has reasonable cause to believe abuse (as defined in ORS 430.735 to 430.765) may have occurred or is presently occurring.

If you believe or suspect that abuse is occurring, immediately contact your county developmental disability program (typically Washington county, for most SDRI customers), and also your local law enforcement agency (if you believe a crime is being or has been committed).

You may also report abuse to Department of Human Services (DHS) by calling the Office of Investigations and Training (OIT) at 503-945-9495 or toll free at 1-866-406-4287 or 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).

For additional information regarding abuse and reporting, please see Oregon DHS’s page on Abuse & Neglect and the page on Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations. You may also wish to view this Training for Families Receiving Services (requires the Adobe Flash plugin).

Providers of services to Brokerage customers should read this Mandatory Abuse Reporting Notice (including filling out and returning the acknowledgment page) at least once per year and print out a copy of the short Quick Abuse Reporting Reference Card for easy reference.