What are the reasons the County would screen out a report?
* Not a Vulnerable Adult - Minnesota Statute dictates the County can only intervene in the private lives of adults when they meet the criteria of being a vulnerable adult (which is also defined by statute). Sometimes the County may accept a report for investigation; and as a part of that process, we will gather more information to determine if the person is a vulnerable adult or not. If we learn the person will not meet the criteria, we no longer have the authority to proceed and then close out the investigation. Just because a person is 70 for instance or receiving "disability" from Social Security, it does not mean they automatically are a vulnerable adult. Please see Blue Earth County's website page Vulnerable Adult/Adult Protection for definition of a vulnerable adult.

* Duplicate Report - The County may screen out a report because the same incident/concerns have already been reported to the County and it has been investigated or is currently under investigation.

* Not a Maltreatment Allegation - Sometimes the County gets details of a situation which would not meet the criteria of an allegation of adult maltreatment. This does not happy very often, but these situations are not likely to result in harm to the person (i.e., the person does not have access to cable television).

(Definition of "vulnerable adult")

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1. What information can I obtain from the County about a specific maltreatment allegation?
2. What if I disagree with the County's maltreatment determination?
3. Who investigates concerns about the treatment of residents of a nursing home?
4. Who investigates concerns about the treatment of residents in a group home?
5. I have learned the County is investigating a maltreatment concern and I have information to share. Who do I contact?
6. If I make a report, can I remain anonymous or can someone find out I made the report?
7. Why would law enforcement be involved with an adult maltreatment investigation?
8. How long does a maltreatment substantiation stay part of the person's record?
9. What are the reasons the County would screen out a report?
10. How many County staff work in Adult Protection?
11. How many adult protection reports and investigations are completed each year in Blue Earth County?
12. I am not sure if I should report a concern or not.
13. How long does it take to complete an adult maltreatment investigation?