Anyone can report, however, mandated reporters are required by law to report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of endangered or impaired adults.
Arkansas Code Annotated 12-12-1708 lists the persons required to report abuse, stating:
- Whenever any of the following has observed or has reasonable cause to suspect that an endangered or impaired adult has been subjected to conditionsÂ or circumstances which would reasonable result in abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or exploitation, as defined in this chapter, he or she shall immediately report or cause a report to be made in accordance with the provisions of this section:
- Dental hygienist
- Resident intern
- A nurse
- Hospital personnel engaged in administration, examination, care, or treatment of persons
- Social worker
- Case manager
- A home health worker
- Mental health professional
- Peace officer
- Law enforcement officer
- Facility administrator or owner
- Employee of a facility
- Employee of the Department of Human Services
- Emergency medical technician
- An employee of a bank or other financial institution
- Whenever a person is required to report under this chapter in his or her capacity as a member of the staff, an employee in a facility, or an employee of the department, he or she shall immediately notify the person in charge of the institution, facility, or agency, or that personâs designated agent, who shall then become responsible for making a report or cause a report to be made.
- In addition to those persons and officials required to report suspected adult abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect, any other person may make a report if the person has reasonable cause to suspect that an adult has been abused, neglected, or exploited, as defined in this chapter.
- A report required under this chapter shall be made to the central registry (800-482-8049 ) by the receiving agency for abused or neglected adults not residing in long-term care facilities.
- A report for abused or neglected adults residing in a long-term care facility shall be made immediately to the local law enforcement agency for the jurisdiction in which the facility is located and to the Office of Long-Term Care of the Division of Medical Services of the Department of Human Services, pursuant to regulations of that office.
- The office shall notify this central registry and the office of the Attorney General.
No privilege of contract shall relieve anyone required by this subchapter to make notification of the requirement of making notification.