Adult Protection


Wabasha County's Adult Protection Team provides assessment and protective social services for the purpose of preventing maltreatment including abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, and to safeguard the welfare of the maltreated vulnerable adult.  

A vulnerable adult is a person 18 years of age or older who is: 
  • At risk due to mental and/or physical impairments and potentially unable to care for themselves and live independently.
  • Any adult who lives and/or receives services from a licensed facility.

Related services may include, case planning, consultation, crisis intervention, investigation of vulnerable adult maltreatment reports, and commitment guardianship/conservatorship.


Reports of vulnerable adult maltreatment are screened within five business days excluding weekends and holidays. If the report meets the criteria of maltreatment and the person meets the statutory definition of a vulnerable adult, an adult protection investigation will be initiated. Social Workers will determine the vulnerable adult’s safety, level of risk, strengths, and ongoing needs. O-going adult protection services will be provided if determined necessary. 

Reporting Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults

Anyone can make a report concerning the safety of a vulnerable adult. The Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC) provides a toll-free number, 1-844-880-1574, the general public can call to report suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults.

Mandated Reporters

Mandated reporters, including law enforcement, educators, doctors, nurses, social workers and other licensed professionals, can use a web-based online reporting system. The online mandated reporting form asks for information about the vulnerable adult, suspected maltreatment and alleged perpetrator. When the completed form is submitted, mandated reporters will receive a report reference number for their records. Mandated reporters can download, save and print a copy of their report.

Reporting by phone remains an option for mandated reporters.  Please call MAARC at 1-844-880-1574

If you are reporting an emergency that requires immediate assistance from the police / sheriff, fire department or an ambulance, call 911 first, then call MAARC.