Mandatory Reporters

Report Abuse

Any person can report abuse even if you are not a mandatory reporter. Learn more.

Mandatory Reporters are professionals identified by law who MUST make a report if they have reason to believe that the abuse, abandonment, neglect, or financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult has occurred. Mandatory reporters are:

  • Employees of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).
  • Law Enforcement.
  • Social Workers.
  • Professional School Personnel.
  • Contracted Individual Providers caring for a DSHS client.
  • Employees of a social service, welfare, mental health, home care, hospice, home health, adult day care, and adult day health agency.
  • Owners or employees of nursing homes, boarding homes, or adult family homes.
  • Health Care Providers subject to Title 18 RCW (such as nurses and doctors).
  • Christian Science Practitioner.

Learn more about reporting abuse as a mandatory reporter.