Direct Care Providers have a legal responsibility to report
suspected abuse, mistreatment, or neglect and a relatively new
obligation to report reasonable suspicions of a crime against a
participant. Sometimes they can be held liable if they don’t and
the abuse, mistreatment, or neglect is discovered.
• As the direct care provider, you are not expected to investigate
and draw the conclusion that abuse, neglect, or misappropriation
• A Direct Care Provider’s only responsibility is to report any actual,
alleged, or suspected incidents to the appropriate persons and
explain their reason for concern.
• Sometimes explanation for reason of concern is as simple as observing
behaviors that are not normal or that seem worrisome.
• Knowing this makes the responsibility less intimidating.
• Once the report has been made, it is then the investigator’s
responsibility to investigate and make the determination whether
misconduct occurred and what punishment, if any, is imposed.