Reporting Abuse and Neglect

Anyone can report alleged abuse or neglect in good faith. However, certain professionals are required by law to report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Mandated reporters are individuals who have direct contact, supervision or care of consumers. They are required by law to report instances of abuse. Examples of mandated reporters include, but are not limited to, teachers, child care workers, medical personnel, dentists, social workers and law enforcement. Mandated reporters are responsible for reporting abuse or neglect when there is reasonable cause to suspect that a consumer has been the victim of maltreatment. Mandated reporters must make a report when they suspect a consumer has been or may be subjected to conditions or circumstances which would reasonably result in abuse or neglect.

Choose any of the links below for more information on abuse and neglect.

Department of Mental Health's Code of State Regulations 9 CSR 10-5.200 Report of Complaints of Abuse, Neglect and Misuse of Funds/Property

Department of Mental Health's Constituent Services - This office provides supports to clients and their family members. The main goals of the office are to ensure that client rights are not being violated; to review reports of abuse or neglect; and to provide useful information to clients and family members about mental health issues.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services - Reporting Suspected Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation

Missouri Department of Social Services - Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

University of Missouri Extension - Information and Resources on Child Abuse and Neglect