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800-AGE-INFO: Additional Information for Massachusetts Elders
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Protective Services

Elder abuse including physical, emotional, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, caregiver neglect, and self-neglect is a growing, under-reported phenomenon.  Under Massachusetts General Law c. 19A elder abuse is defined and Tri-Valley is the agency mandated to take reports of abuse in its 25 town area.  Our Protective Service Workers investigate and resolve these issues in the least intrusive way possible.

Anyone who believes an elder is being abused or neglected may make a report. The identity of the reporter is confidential.

A category of individuals called mandated reporters are bound by law to report knowledge of abuse of an elder. Mandated reporters are: physicians, physician’s assistants, nurses, medical interns, coroners, dentists, podiatrists, osteopaths, social workers, occupational or physical therapists, psychologists, family counselors, police, probation officers, EMTs, firefighters, directors of home health aid agencies, homemaker agencies, assisted living residence directors, case managers, health aides, homemakers, COA directors or outreach workers. A mandated reporter’s failure to report may result in a fine.

To report elder abuse call Tri-Valley, Inc., 1-800-286-6640 (in-state callers only) or 508-949-6640.  Nights, weekends and holidays call the 24-hour Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-800-922-2275.

Elder Abuse Mandated Reporter Form available for download here: Elder Abuse Mandated Reporter Form

Crisis Intervention

The Crisis Intervention Program assists people over the age of 60 and also the communities they live in.

The Crisis Intervention Worker first and foremost assists elders in problem resolution around evictions, hoarding, substance abuse, addiction, credit card debt and non-compliant behavior.

Secondly, this program helps alleviate pressure on the community’s resources and manpower by addressing crises that the community might otherwise have to address.

The Crisis Intervention Worker’s goal is to allow the elder choices while addressing concerns, but with a goal of maximizing an elder’s independence and well-being in the community.

A phone call to Tri-Valley’s Protective Service Department will begin the process of helping an elder in need.

Call 1-800-286-6640 or 1-508-949-6640.

Elder Abuse Hotline

You can report Elder Abuse and Neglect 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

The statewide Hotline number is 1-800-922-2275. It is both voice and TDD.

The Hotline will in turn contact Tri-Valley or the other geographically appropriate Protective Service Agency so that it may address the issues you are reporting.

Reports in the towns of:

Bellingham, Blackstone, Brookfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Franklin, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millville, Northbridge, North Brookfield, Oxford, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster and West Brookfield

should go directly to Tri-Valley, Inc. between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  The Hotline is always available but is most useful nights, weekends and holidays.