Oregon Department of Human Services, Aging and People with Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities
Abuse Investigations and Protective Services
For the purpose of conducting abuse investigations and provision of protective services for adults, the CDDP is the designee of the Department. Each CDDP must conduct abuse investigations and provide protective services or arrange for the conduct of abuse investigations and the provision of protective services through cooperation and coordination with other CDDPs and when applicable, Brokerages.
If determined necessary or appropriate, the Department may conduct an investigation itself rather than allow the CDDP to investigate the alleged abuse or the Department may conduct an investigation in addition to the investigation by the CDDP. Under such circumstances, the CDDP must receive authorization from the Department before conducting any separate investigation.
Unless otherwise directed by the Department, the CDDP must investigate allegations of abuse of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are:
Adults 18 years of age or older, unless an adult is under 21 years of age and residing in a certified child foster home setting; and
Receiving case management services; or
Receiving any Department-funded services for individuals; or
ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS. The CDDP must have and implement written protocols that describe the conduct of an abuse investigation, a risk assessment, implementation of any actions, and the report writing process.
COORDINATION WITH OTHER AGENCIES. The CDDP must cooperate and coordinate investigations and protective services with other agencies that have authority to investigate allegations of abuse for adults or children.
INITIAL COMPLAINTS OF ABUSE.
Until certified by the Department as a CAM user, initial complaints of abuse must immediately be submitted electronically using the Department’s system for reporting serious events.
Once certified by the Department as a CAM user, initial complaints of abuse must be submitted electronically using CAM, within one business day of receiving the complaint. An entry of a report of suspected abuse does not fulfill the requirement of a mandatory reporter to report suspected abuse.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST. The CDDP may not investigate allegations of abuse made against employees of the CDDP. Abuse investigations of CDDP staff are conducted by the Department or a CDDP not subject to an actual or potential conflict of interest.