Stop Elder Abuse
If you suspect an elderly or disabled person is being abused or financially exploited, call the department’s hotline (1-800-392-0210), 7 a.m. to 12 a.m., seven days a week. Due to the possible need for mandated reporters to report a concern to the Central Registry Unit (CRU) during the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. (when the hotline is not in operation), a Mandated Reporter Form is available for use.
Your call may generate an immediate response from the department if the victim is in immediate danger. For less urgent situations, the department may need several days to respond. Either way, a departmental investigator will follow up and contact you for more information.
Advocates for Seniors and People with Disabilities
A number of Missouri groups are dedicated to protecting the rights of older people and those with disabilities. Among them are the:
- Centers for Independent Living;
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program;
- Missouri Coalition for Quality Care;
- Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services;
- On My Own, Inc.;
- Paraquad; and
- The Whole Person.
Prevent Financial Exploitation
Financial exploitation is a crime that destroys thousands of Missouri lives and is becoming more common. The department has launched MOSAFE to stop it.
By law, certain people are required to report abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults and persons with disabilities. Those people are called mandated reporters.
- Elder Abuse – It’s a Crime
- Family Care Safety Registry
- Employee Disqualification List
- Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline
- Office of Missouri Lieutenant Governor
- Secretary of State’s Missouri Investor Protection Center
- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Poster