Protective Services and Abuse

Protected Services and Abuse

Overview

Our office is available to take complaints of abuse or neglect during business hours at 541-296-5452, and confidential messages may be left after hours. Child abuse allegations should be reported to the local DHS office, and concerns of elder abuse reported local Senior and People with Disabilities Office. For all immediate threats to health and safety, please call 911.

Mid-Columbia Center for Living is responsible for assuring protective services and completing abuse investigations when the alleged victim:

  • Is over the age of 18
  • Is enrolled in or has been previously found eligible for DD Services in Oregon

Protective Services

DD program staff review complaints of abuse and immediately take steps to assess further risk. In some cases, protective services may be offered to avoid further harm. Protective services may include:

  • physical and mental status evaluations
  • alternative living arrangements
  • medical and legal services
  • advocacy
  • counseling
  • changes to staffing assignments

Abuse Investigations

After initially assessing risk and working to protect anyone potentially experiencing abuse, Mid-Columbia Center for Living will screen abuse allegations to determine whether or not an investigation will be initiated. Oregon Administrative Rule abuse categories include:

  • Abandonment
  • Death
  • Financial Exploitation
  • Involuntary Seclusion
  • Neglect
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Wrongful Restraint
  • Verbal Abuse

Read OAR 407-045-0370 for more information on what may constitute abuse.  Employees of the Mid-Columbia Canter for Living Disabilities Program and our contracted providers are all Mandatory Reporters of abuse as prescribed in ORS 430.765.