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Mandated Reporters


See it. Stop it. Protect Seniors from Elder Abuse

Seniors age 60 or older can easily be the victims of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Elder abuse is defined as intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that may lead to the harm of an older adult age 60 or older.

Elder Abuse includes:
  • Physical, Emotional, or Sexual Abuse 
  • Neglect 
  • Self-neglect 
  • Financial exploitation 

In the United States, only about 1 of every 10 cases of elder abuse, neglect or financial exploitation is reported to Adult Protective Services, annually. Although elder abuse often goes unreported, Ohio law has established a list of professionals, considered "mandated reporters," who must report elder abuse when they encounter it. This year, the law has been changed to expand the list of “mandated reporters” to include all of the following professionals (new professionals are noted in red):

  • Attorneys 
  • Physicians 
  • Osteopaths 
  • Podiatrists 
  • Chiropractors 
  • Dentists 
  • RNs and LPNs
  • Psychologists 
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Marriage and family therapists 
  • Ambulance drivers
  • Emergency technicians/paramedics
  • Building/Housing inspectors
  • Peace officers
  • Coroners
  • Clergy
  • CPAs

  • Pharmacists
  • Dialysis technicians
  • Home health agency employees
  • Outpatient health facility employees
  • Hospital employees
  • Nursing home employees
  • Residential care facility employees
  • Health department employees
  • Mental health agency employees
  • County humane society employees
  • Firefighters
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Notary Publics
  • Bank, Savings & Loan, Credit Union Employees
  • Investment Advisors
  • Financial Planners
  • Senior service providers

How to Report: Adult Protective Services

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See it. Stop it. Report Elder Abuse to Adult Protective Services Call 216-420-6700 or go online dsas.cuyahogacounty.us. You can make a report anonymously, and you are protected by law when you report.

Senior Abuse Mandated Reporter Resources

Please download the following “Mandated Reporter” resources to learn more about the signs of Elder Abuse and how to report it.


DSAS representatives are available to conduct training in Elder Abuse and Reporting for your employees or professional group. Please contact us at 216-698-2202 or email to Kathleen.sizemore@jfs.ohio.gov to schedule a training session.