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Mandated Reporting Adult Protective Services Title Graphic

Unit 3


To explain your responsibilities as a mandated reporter under Maine's Adult Protective Services Act.

Maine law requires that if any of the following individuals suspects that an adult has been abused, neglected or exploited, and there is reasonable cause to suspect that the adult is incapacitated or dependent, then that individual shall immediately make a report to the Department.

Individuals who are mandated to report while acting in a professional capacity:

Ambulance Attendant Mental Professional Occupational
  Animal Control Officer   Therapist  
  Certified Nursing Assistant Pharmacist  
  Chiropractor Physical Therapist  
  Clergy* Physician (M.D. and D.O.)  
  Dentist Physician's Assistant  
  Emergency Medical Technician Podiatrist  
  Emergency Room Personnel Psychologist  
  Humane Agent Law Enforcement Official  
  Registered Nurse Social Worker  
  Licensed Practical Nurse Speech Therapist  
  Medical Examiner Unlicensed Assistive Personnel
  Medical Intern   (includes Personal Care

*A clergy member acquiring the information as a result of clerical professional work except for information received during confidential communications.

Others who are mandated to report include:
Any other individual who has assumed full, intermittent or occasional responsibility for the care or custody of the adult, whether or not the person receives compensation.

Any person affiliated with a church or religious institution who serves in an administrative capacity or has otherwise assumed a position of trust or responsibility to the members of that church or religious institution, while acting in that capacity, regardless of whether the person receives compensation.

So, are you a Mandated Reporter?


Reading Activity - Law

  • Maine’s Adult Protective Services Act may be reviewed at the following link
    (page will open in new window - this content is located on another site):

  • Click on the link to read through the Subchapter 1A on “Reporting Abuse,
    Neglect and Exploitation” before beginning this unit
    (page will open in new window - this content is located on another site):


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