How to Report Abuse of an Adult with Mental Illness
Do you know how to report abuse of an adult with mental illness? Sadly, I'm currently in this situation. I am living in a short-term group home for disabled adults, and, recently, I heard a staff member yell, "I'm going to punch the next person who says [expletive]." Under Indiana law, I'm obligated to report that. This made me research how to report abuse of an adult with mental illness.
What Is Abuse of an Adult with Mental Illness?
Each state has an Adult Protective Services. Typically they work out of the county prosecutor's office. Like Child Protective Services (CPS), Adult Protective Services investigates complaints when they have reason to believe an individual has been harmed or is in danger of coming to harm from abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Like CPS, your report is confidential and not subject to the Open Records Act. The law protects you from civil or criminal retaliation as long as your report is made in good faith.
If you are in doubt that what you have witnessed is abuse, these are the people to call. They can tell you whether or not you have witnessed abuse. They also work with law enforcement to hold abusers accountable. Sadly, the definition of abuse varies by state--in Indiana, it has to be physical abuse, financial, or sexual, while in Texas it can be physical, emotional abuse, mental, financial, or sexual. Check with the Adult Protective Services office in your county.
According to the National Adult Protective Services Association, there are different types of abuse, but as a general rule:
Physical abuse: may include slapping, hitting, beating, bruising or causing someone physical pain, injury or suffering. This also could include confining an adult against his/her will, such as locking someone in a room or tying him/her to furniture.
Emotional abuse: involves creating emotional pain, distress or anguish through the use of threats, intimidation or humiliation. This includes insults, yelling or threats of harm and/or isolation, or non-verbal actions such as throwing objects or glaring to project fear and/or intimidation.
Neglect: includes failures by individuals to support the physical, emotional and social needs of adults dependent on others for their primary care. Neglect can take the form of withholding food, medications or access to health care professionals.
Isolation: involves restricting visits from family and friends or preventing contact via telephone or mail correspondence.
Financial or material exploitation: includes the misuse, mishandling or exploitation of property, possessions or assets of adults. Also includes using another’s assets without consent, under false pretense, or through coercion and/or manipulation.
Abandonment: involves desertion by anyone who assumed caregiving responsibilities for an adult.
Sexual abuse: includes physical force, threats or coercion to facilitate non-consensual touching, fondling, intercourse or other sexual activities. This is particularly true with vulnerable adults who are unable to give consent or comprehend the nature of these actions.
How To Report Abuse of an Adult with Mental Illness
This varies by zip code. Texas has an option to make the report online, while Indiana requires a phone call. The first step is to gather information, such as the names of people involved, current status of the individuals involved (especially if there is injury), the address the abuse occurred at, and names and contact information of witnesses.
The second step is to find out who to make the report to. You have several options: Adult Protective Services, your state's Protection and Advocacy Services, local law enforcement, the Health Department (if it happened in a facility) or, if your state has one, the Department of Mental Health and Addictions.
Remember, better to make a report and be wrong than to stay quiet and have something happen. You may be the only advocate the victim has. There is very little more noble than speaking up for someone who can not speak for themselves. Making a report requires great courage, and you should be proud of yourself for doing so.
Protecting Against Retaliation When Reporting Mental Illness Abuse
Sadly, this is likely. An abuser wants nothing more to keep the abuse secret. While your identity is protected, sometimes the abuser can figure out who made the complaint (as is my situation). The best way to prevent against retaliation is to be sure you or your loved one are in a safe place before filing the complaint.
If retaliation occurs, the abuser will dig him/herself deeper into the metaphorical hole. Document what you can and report it. Let the abuser know you are not afraid. More often than not, they'll back down. Retaliation against an individual for filing a complaint is illegal--make sure the abuser knows it.
Abuse of any person is despicable, unacceptable, and wrong. Don't let the abuser get away with it. Know how to report abuse of an adult with mental illness.
Oberg, B. (2015, July 27). How to Report Abuse of an Adult with Mental Illness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, June 15 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/recoveringfrommentalillness/2015/07/how-to-report-abuse-of-an-adult-with-mental-illness
Author: Becky Oberg
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His brother has also said that he has done it by smacking him in the head. The brother Jacob is no better cussing at dan Henry all the time but what is worse is that Dan Henry is bowel incontinence. Jacob doesnt tolerate this and has sat dan Henry on the toilet with a poopy diaper on his head, made him eat sitting on the toilet, and forced dan Henry to take off his clothes and sprays him with the garden hose because he pooped.
Where I come from things like this are against the law and humanity.
I went to visit both men and went into the house, the smell was unreal the house was cluttered with poopy diapers, pee stains from Russell no clean area to sit that hasn't been pooped on. I had to leave, the smell made me gag. I've seen things like this on TV, I'm not.sure how to report.in the state of ohio. Please help me help them, the son Jacob is supposed to be taking care of them instead they are being abused.
Thanks for reaching out and leaving a comment. I'm sorry to hear about your suffering. It sounds like you are living in a very toxic environment. Is there any possibility that you can move out? Are you in the US? There are a few places you can look for an advocate. Did you explain your situation to the police when you were arrested? You can try your county mental health board, or a local community mental health agency. Your local NAMI chapter might even know of local resources. Please don't give up. Sometimes you really have to dig to find the right resources, but they are out there.
I write this out of desperation. This guy rented me a room 5 weeks ago and total hell has existing since my arrival. First he has cameras in every room. Then about 8 days into my stay while sanding his kitchen cupboards for 12 hours a day. He tells me I have a "Nice Ass". Then on memorial day I tell him I was leaving because I am not gay, he convinces me he's not. Only to move a 30yr old boy into his bedroom to sleep on my bed which he swindled from my always indecisive Bi-Polar mind. He knew I suffer with this mental disorder yet continued to take all of my money and belongings all while thinking about my ass! This is a criminal of merciless drive. He yells at me 24/7 to get out yet demands labor even then "rents" me a filthy cluttered garage. Only to spend the next two weeks 24hrs a day cleaning. My phone is dying call Tom 505-730-0134
Im so sorry to hear what you've been through. Sounds like your coworkers are sick emotional bullies. There could be different reasons why they're setting you up. Maybe someone else wants your job. Could be like you said, they are biased towards people with mental illness, this is very common. I experienced this at a job many yrs ago. Once they found out they made my job extra difficult, always nit picking, etc. basically hoping I'd quit. Anyhow your situation- right now what matters most is to stay safe and I would keep logs of all abusive incidents, conversations etc.
Are you in TX? You can report abuse online or phone: https://www.txabusehotline.org/Login/Default.aspx
You may want to get free legal advice from Legalaid- someone who has experience with mentally disabled people. It's important to know your rights if they try to fire you.
I don't know the whole story but sounds like a horrible work environment. Can you look for other work?
Hope this helps. :-)