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Reporting Allegations of Abuse or Neglect
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) assists individuals with physical and/or mental disabilities by investigating all reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation in order to foster humane and caring treatment of individuals with disabilities.
Who is a Required Reporter?
A required reporter is any employee who suspects, witnesses, or is informed of an allegation of… mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. An “employee” is defined in Rule 50 as: A person who provides services at the facility or the community agency on or off site. The service relationship can be with the individual, the facility or the agency, which includes but is not limited to: owners, operators, payroll personnel, contractors, subcontractors, and volunteers.
What Needs to be Reported?
- Physical abuse
- Mental abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial exploitation
How to Report an Allegation of Abuse, Neglect or Death
Your agency or facility policy may instruct you to report it through internal procedures, that’s OK but remember: every allegation must get to OIG within four hours of the time it was first discovered.
- At the Arc of the Quad Cities Area notify the person in charge.
OIG’s Hotline number is: 800-368-1463
Employees are required to cooperate completely and truthfully with OIG investigations. Failure to do so may result in discipline.
OIG refers a person’s name to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Health Care Worker Registry when it substantiates physical abuse, sexual abuse or egregious neglect, or financial exploitation by the person. If someone’s name and substantiated finding is listed on the Registry, then that person may not work in any State funded health care setting in Illinois.