Adult Protection and Vulnerable Adult Investigations/Assessments
Adult Protection is committed to improving the quality of life for Beltrami County’s most vulnerable citizens. These individuals are unable to protect themselves or provide for their own physical, emotional, or mental needs due to impairing conditions. Adult Protection Services focus on person-centered engagement and balancing rights to self-determination and privacy with protection from harm from maltreatment and neglect. Adult Protection Services responds to remediate maltreatment through assessment or investigation and service intervention. Vulnerable adult investigations are completed in conjunction with the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department, and the Bemidji Police Department. Maltreatment of vulnerable adults includes abuse, caregiver neglect, self-neglect, and financial exploitation.
The Common Entry Point (CEP) is available 24 hours per day to receive reports of vulnerable adult maltreatment. The CEP assesses these reports and sends them to the appropriate lead investigative agency (County, Law Enforcement, Office of Health and Facility Complaints or the Department of Human Services).