Response Priority and Definitions
Response Priority: Immediate response reports require that the investigation begins immediately, and that a face-to-face contact with the alleged victim is made upon the receipt of the report.
- Severe physical abuse: (external or internal) or sever physical neglect, which presents a potential risk of death or immediate and serious harm to the victim.
- Sexual abuse occurring within the last 72 hours: if penetration is known or suspected, or in which the alleged perpetrator has immediate access to the alleged victim.
- The caregiver, alleged perpetrator, or the incapacitated adult is known or suspected of being psychotic, acting in a bizarre manner that could endanger the victim; or the caregiver is acting under the influence of alcohol or other drugs; or is unable to provide adequate care.
- Bizarre care or punishment by the alleged perpetrator or caregiver. For example, locking the incapacitated adult in a closet.
- Incapacitated adult has been left alone by the caregiver, which could result in potential life-threatening or health-threatening consequences. These reports do not include situations in which the incapacitated adult was left with a relative or friend for weeks or longer and has a place to reside in the meantime.
- Abuse, severe or life-threatening malnourishment, or physical neglect, by self or others, when the report is made from the hospital or by medical personnel.
- Medical neglect and the need for emergency medical attention which without this medical attention would cause the incapacitated adult to be at risk (vulnerable) of potential life-threatening physical harm.
- Any abuse or neglect and the immediate safety of the incapacitated adult is unknown after the call is completed.