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Reporting Abuse/Neglect of People with Disabilities

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Reporting Abuse/Neglect of People with Disabilities

If you suspect abuse or neglect of a person with disabilities you should report it immediately. In abuse/neglect situations time is often of the essence. After a report is made, the Illinois Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigates the case.

All Reports of Abuse & Neglect of People with Disabilities should be directed to the Illinois Office of Inspector General (OIG) Hotline at: 

1-800-368-1463

Important Note: All Calls and Investigations Are Kept Confidential

Recognizing Abuse/Neglect of Disabled Persons

“Abuse” is defined as any physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental abuse, or financial exploitation.

“Neglect” is defined as an employee’s, agency’s, or facility’s failure to provide adequate medical care, personal care, or maintenance, and that, as a consequence, causes an individual pain, injury, or emotional distress, results in either an individual’s maladaptive behavior or the deterioration of an individual’s physical condition or mental condition or places an individual’s health or safety at substantial risk of possible injury, harm, or death.

When You Should Report

Anytime you suspect abuse & neglect has occurred involving an individual with disabilities. Some examples that the OIG lists:

  • if you see an employee hitting a person with disabilities;
  • if you see an injury on a person with disabilities’ body that does not appear to have been caused by an accident;
  • if a person with disabilities tells you that he or she has been harmed by a caregiver; or
  • if a person with disabilities appears to be undernourished, dressed inappropriately for the weather, or abandoned by staff at a program he or she attends or where he or she lives.

At the end of the day, you should use your own judgment. You should call the hotline when you feel abuse/neglect has occurred.

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What Information Do I Need To Have?

In a best-case scenario, the OIG would like the following information:

  • the abused/neglected person’s name.
  • the nature of the abuse or neglect.
  • When and where the abuse/neglect occurred, including the facility’s name.
  • the name of the suspected perpetrator if you know.
  • Other helpful details, such as witnesses’ names.

We have made our Disabled Person Abuse/Neglect Intake Form Accessible to Download Completely Free. It’s a good guide to know the type of questions/information that the Office of Inspector General will be asking. You can also fill it out and send it back to us if you want us to investigate any claims of abuse/neglect.

Click Here to View Our Disabled Person Abuse/Neglect Intake Form!

Calling the Hotline – Information & Process

The normal hours of operation for the hotline is 8:30am to 4:45pm, Monday through Friday. If you call during these hours, you’ll be able to speak to a hotline investigator. After hour calls are taken by an operator and they take your information, and an investigator will call you back the next business day.

Our CILA Abuse Attorneys are available by Text 24/7 at (801) 215-9669. We can help guide you in the Reporting Process and Further Steps.

When you do talk to an investigator, they take down the information and description of the incident. This is when the investigation begins into the abuse/neglect. The OIG keeps your personal information confidential.

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