Abuse and Neglect
Disclaimer: These materials are based on the law at the time we write them. We try to update our materials; however, laws are regularly changing. If you want to make sure the law has not changed, contact us or another legal source.
The law says DRC can go into places where people with disabilities live. We can investigate abuse and neglect, train people and make sure the place is treating people right. This pub explains the law that lets DRC do this.
This pub tells you about representative payees. Representative payees help you budget and spend your Social Security payments. The pub tells you what they do. The pub tells you who decides you need one. It tells you what to do if they are misusing your money.
You have special protections if you are an adult with disability or an elder who has been abused, neglected, or targeted for a crime because of your disability.
Do you know an elder or dependent adult who may be the victim of abuse or neglect? Abuse and neglect includes: assault and battery, sexual assault, inappropriate use of physical or chemical restraint or medication, isolation, and financial abuse.
This pub is for representative payees of people getting Social Security benefits. It talks about the duty to act in the best interest of the person. A payee has to manage and keep track of the person’s money, and advocate for them.
If you are a dependent adult1 living in the community, abuse and neglect can take many different forms, including when you are made to live in poor and unsafe living conditions, or when your landlord or home operator2 attempts to kick you out of your home suddenly and without cause.