Under the authority and oversight of the Disabled Persons Protection Commission and per M.G.L. chapter 19c, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Protective Services Program conducts civil investigations of allegations of abuse such as acts of physical, sexual, emotional, verbal abuse and omission by a caregiver of a person with a physical disability between the ages of 18 and 59.
Protective services are provided when it is determined that the abused individual was seriously injured as a result of an act and/or omission by the caregiver. Protective Services offered to the abused individual are voluntary and short term, and are targeted to maintain the safety and independence of the individual.
To file a report of abuse to a person with a disability, the Disabled Persons Protection Commission Hotline can be contacted anytime at (800) 426-9009.