ABUSE/SELF-NEGLECT

The Rhode Island Department of Human Services, Division of Elderly Affairs (DEA) Protective Services Unit, 74 West Road, Cranston, RI 02920, is responsible for investigating complaints of abuse of Rhode Islanders 60 and older by a family member, caregiver, or person with duty of care. Abuse may be physical, emotional, sexual, financial exploitation, or abandonment.
         
Self-neglect occurs when a person is no longer able to care for himself/herself. Reports of self-neglect are also made to the DEA Protective Services Unit. The senior’s needs are assessed and necessary services can be provided.

Rhode Island law requires any person who has reasonable cause to believe that a senior has been abused, or is neglecting his or her basic needs, to report it to DEA.  Failure to report abuse of a person 60 or older can result in a fine of up to $1,000.

Abuse and self-neglect reports can be filed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and on nights, weekends, and holidays, by calling 462-0555. Reports can be filed anonymously.

The DEA Protective Services Unit works with case management agencies to develop a care plan that prevents additional abuse and addresses the elder’s needs.

Under Rhode Island law (R.I.G.L 42-66-10), DEA records pertaining to a person reported to be abused, neglected, exploited, or abandoned, are confidential and are not deemed public records.

The Commission for the Safety and Care of the Elderly works with fire and police advocates in each community to address domestic violence, safety, and other issues. A current listing of fire and police advocates can be found on the DEA web site under the “Commission for the Safety and Care of the Elderly” link.
462-0550................................................................................www.dea.ri.gov

The Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General/Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit, 150 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903, investigates and prosecutes crimes committed against persons 60 and older.
274-4400, ext. 2383........................................................www.riag.state.ri.us

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 422 Post Road, Suite 102, Warwick, RI 02888, works to eliminate domestic violence in Rhode Island.
24/7 Helpline:1-800-494-8100……………………………..…www.ricadv.org

DEA sponsors the Volunteer Guardianship Program, 140 Warwick Neck Avenue, Warwick, RI 02889. Volunteers are trained to serve as health care guardians for eligible frail elders suffering from dementia.

739-2844, X 36……………………………....www.stelizabethcommunity.org