Adult Protection

Report suspected vulnerable adult abuse, neglect or financial exploitation

The Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) provides a toll-free number, 1-844-880-1574, for the general public to report suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults. Mandated reporters – including law enforcement, educators, doctors, nurses, social workers and other licensed professionals – can use a web-based reporting system. Call 911 first if you are reporting an emergency that requires immediate assistance from law enforcement, fire department or an ambulance.

Definitions of Vulnerable Adult and Maltreatment

Mandated Reporters

Itasca County Health & Human Services Adult Protection Maltreatment Investigation Priorities

Adult Maltreatment reports which are the responsibility of Itasca County Health & Human Services as the Lead Investigative Agency will be screened for investigation by our intake team, which includes law enforcement when available. The team will consider seriousness of the incident, imminent danger, history of perpetrator and vulnerabilities of the victim.

Prioritization Guidelines


  • An allegation of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation is present as defined by MN Statute 626.5572

 Adult Protective Services may not be warranted in certain situations, such as the following examples, but not limited to these examples: 

  1. The alleged incident is an accident
  2. The vulnerable adult is deceased, and an investigation is not possible 
  3. An APS response would be duplicative to services/efforts already in place:
    1. Existing supports are aware of concerns and able to help the vulnerable adult
    2. Concerns for financial exploitation where the alleged offender is unknown, and the financial institution can provide protections
    3. Concerns for financial exploitation with a dollar loss less than $500
    4. The alleged maltreatment has previously been assessed