- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - People who need to report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults in North Dakota can now do so online.

North Dakota is one of five states now using the Harmony for Adult Protective Services External Web Intake reporting form, the Department of Human Services’ Aging Services Division said Friday.

“Our goal is to make it easy to report concerns, especially for those professionals such as health care providers who are required by law to report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults,” said Michelle Gayette, the department’s administrator of vulnerable adult protective services.

The Legislature last year passed a law requiring more than 20 different types of professionals to report any suspicions. Reports from medical, mental health and emergency workers are handled by Vulnerable Adult Protective Services professionals throughout the state.

Gayette stressed that the reporting system is for non-urgent concerns and said anyone worried that a vulnerable adult is at imminent risk of serious injury or death should call 911.

To be considered a vulnerable adult, a person must be 18 or older or a minor considered independent because he or she is married, who has a substantial physical or mental impairment.



Reporting website: https://fw2.harmonyis.net/NDLiveIntake/

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