(D) When a law enforcement officer takes protective custody of a vulnerable adult under this section, the law enforcement officer must immediately notify the Adult Protective Services Program and the Department of Social Services in the county where the vulnerable adult was situated at the time of being taken into protective custody. The law authorized the Department of Human Services to develop, administer, and implement a program of protective services for vulnerable adults. Definition: A vulnerable adult is any person older than age 18, or emancipated by marriage that has a substantial mental or functional impairment.
In April 1980, Governor Al Quie signed Minnesota’s Vulnerable Adult Act into Law. The Acts definition and related laws are: 626.557 – REPORTING OF MALTREATMENT OF VULNERABLE ADULTS. 626.5571 – MULTIDISCIPLINARY ADULT PROTECTION TEAM. 626.5572 – DEFINITIONS. 626.5573 – NEGLIGENCE ACTIONS. 9555.7100-9555.7600 – ADMINISTRATIVE RULES. Department of Human . DSHS can investigate only situations of abuse, abandonment, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation that involve an alleged victim who meets the definition of ‘vulnerable adult’ in the law. APS refers situations that involve alleged victims who do not fall within the definition of ‘vulnerable adult’ to appropriate resources.
1.1 The Protection of Vulnerable Adults (PoVA) scheme, as set out in Part 7 of the Care Standards Act 2000, was implemented on a phased basis from 26 July 2004. Except for a number of “legacy” cases, the PoVA provisions of that Act have been repealed and replaced by a new vetting and barring. (h) The lead investigative agency shall notify the vulnerable adult who is the subject of the report or the vulnerable adult's guardian or health care agent, if known, and any person or facility determined to have maltreated a vulnerable adult, of their appeal or review rights under this section or section 256.021.