Parsons, Ks – The Adult Protection Services Assistant Program Administrator Ruth Santner is in the process of visiting Independent Living Centers, Community Mental Health Centers and organizations that serve individuals with developmental disabilities in the East Region of Kansas. On Friday she was accompanied by Gary Crissman from the Pittsburg Office of the Kansas Department for Children and Families, formerly known as the Department of Social & Rehabilitation Services on a stop at the SKIL Resource Center in Parsons.
They provided Dave Sorrick and Rick Knight informational materials to share with staff. Under state statute, persons in specific professions are required to report suspected abuse, neglect, exploitation or fiduciary abuse of adults 18 years of age or older. This includes reporting those who may be neglecting themselves. Reports involving adult or child abuse can be submitted by calling 1-800-922-5330 any time of day or night. Crissman noted investigations into allegations of neglect are usually initiated within 24 hours. The agency will work with law enforcement if criminal activity is suspected. When findings are substantiated, individuals can be placed on the Adult Abuse Registry and will not be able to work in a nursing home or other setting that provides care for adults. Similar registries are maintained by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. DCF also maintains a registry involving child abuse. The name of a person who reports suspected abuse or neglect is confidential and cannot be disclosed without the written consent of the person making the report or through a court order. Santner was invited to come back to SKIL after the first of the year to present information at a monthly coordinators meeting.