I know that I am considered a mandated reporter for suspected adult and child abuse but what does that mean? Can I just call an EMS supervisor or tell the hospital and let them know about the situation?
- No, you must make the phone call to APS or CPS (Social Services) directly and as soon as possible (immediately). The only exception is in the case of suspected child abuse–you can let the physician know immediately after arrival at the ED and that constitutes notification. It is still better to call yourself since you may have information from the scene that the physician won’t know.
- Technically, all EMS providers on the scene are required to make the call. If there is an understanding that the AIC will be handling the call and you have any doubts that they made the call or if you saw something they did not, you are legally obligated to do it yourself.
- Contact Information—
• APS (for suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation): 757-385-3550 M-F 0830-1700 or 1-888-83ADULT for after hours/weekends
• CPS (for suspected abuse, neglect, safety issues): 757-385-3400 or 1-800-552-7096
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