A fundamental duty of government is to protect its most vulnerable population - children, the elderly, and those with physical and mental disabilities. While anyone can and should report suspected abuse, Massachusetts requires certain professionals to report suspected abuse to the appropriate protective service agency. Those agencies conduct their threshold investigations and in turn must refer the most serious cases to the local District Attorney.
In the case of adults (persons age 18 through 59) with mental and physical disabilities, Massachusetts Law requires physicians, nurses, dentists, social workers, police officers and others to immediately report suspected abuse to the Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC).
Reports can be filed through DPPC's website or by calling their hotline at 800.426.9009 V/TTY.
The District Attorneys urge Massachusetts citizens to always give the benefit of the doubt to the safety of persons with disabilities. When in doubt, REPORT!