Abuse

Mandatory reporting information for other professions can be found under the specific topics on the Mandatory Reporting Web page.

As an employee of DHS you are a Mandatory Reporter.

You are required by law to report alleged abuse of:

  • children under the age of 18
  • adults age 65 and over
  • adults with developmental disabilities
  • adults with mental illness, and
  • residents in nursing facilities

What constitutes a mandatory report, and when and to whom to make the report, varies depending on which of these individuals is the subject of the report. If you are uncertain regarding the proper reporting authority, request assistance from a manager.

Children under the age of 18

What constitutes a mandatory report of child abuse: Having reasonable cause to believe that any child you come in contact has suffered abuse or that any person with whom you come in contact has abused a child.

When you must report: You must report child abuse and neglect 24 hours per day, seven days per week and the report must be made immediately. This requirement applies whether you observe the abuse or neglect during your work activities or on your personal time.

To whom you report: Report either to your local DHS Child Welfare offices, or to your local law enforcement agency.

The law that applies: ORS 419B.005 to 419B.045

Also see the: Child abuse reporting video

Elderly, 65 and over and people with physical disabilitites 

When you must report: You are a 24/7 mandatory reporter. For more information about mandatory reporting see Reporting Abuse of Older Adults and People with Physical Disabilities.

To whom you report: Report to your local APD office or Area Agency on Aging, or to local law enforcement.

The law that applies: ORS 124.050 to 124.095

Adults with developmental disabilities

When you must report: You are a 24/7 mandatory reporter.

To whom you report: report abuse or neglect to your County Developmental Disability Program.,  DHS Office of Investigations, or to local law enforcement.

The law that applies: ORS 430.735 to 430.765

Adults with mental illness

When you must report: You are a 24/7 mandatory reporter.

To whom you report: Report to your report abuse to your county mental health program. DHS Office of Investigations, or to local law enforcement.

The law that applies: ORS 430.735 to 430.765

Residents in nursing facilities

When you must report: You are a 24/7 mandatory reporter.

To whom you report: Report to your local APD office or Area Agency on Aging, or to local law enforcement.

The law that applies: ORS441.630 to 441.680

Definitions

There are different types of abuse; for specific definition of abuse pertaining to each client population, access the Oregon Revised Statutes.

Failure to report

There could be criminal and civil penalties for failure to report. For more information regarding these possible penalties, visit the Oregon Revised Statutes website.

Resources

Official capacity - For more information on the definition of "Official Capacity," contact the Department of Human Services, Office of Human Resource, (503) 947-5415.

Reporting matrix - The Mandatory Reporting Matrix​ includes the same information as on this page but in a table format. You may want to print the reporting matrix and use it as a quick reference tool.

Training Resources - More extensive training on Mandatory Reporting is available through DHS Program Training. Mandatory reporting of child abuse training is accessed through your local office and other mandatory reporting training is accessed through DHS Program Training. For a training schedule, visit the DHS Training Website.