Online Training Tool Debuts for Vulnerable Adult Mandated Reporters
By Patti Cullen, CAE
A new online training module has been introduced by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to help those required by law to report maltreatment of vulnerable adults. The law requires those who work with vulnerable adults to report incidents of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation to the Common Entry Point, the county entity, usually social services, responsible for collecting maltreatment reports. The interactive training program helps the reporter learn how to report, who to report to, and where to find information about reporting. According to Loren Colman, DHS assistant commissioner for Continuing Care, this program helps people who work with vulnerable adults to know what abuse is and what to do when they see it.
The training is free and takes about an hour. It is available online anytime. It describes what maltreatment is, how a report should be made and what the timeliness of a report should be. The program also offers additional resources for those who want to know more. In addition, the program offers an interactive “Test Your Knowledge” exam. It provides a certificate upon successful completion of the test. The new training program was developed by DHS’ Aging and Adult Services, Disability Services and Licensing divisions.
Patti Cullen, CAE
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