The Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services along with the eight counties listed below implemented a call center know as COLLABOR8. These nine (9) JFS Departments share a telephone and imaging system between counties to service public assistance consumers.
A Sandusky County Grand Jury recently indicted Fremont resident, Kelly Provonsha, on charges of tampering with records and grand theft.
How to Make a Referral
If you suspect that an adult age 60 or older who is living in Sandusky County is at risk of abuse, neglect (including self-neglect), or exploitation, you should contact the Sandusky County Department of Job and Family Services, Adult Protection Unit at (419) 334-8708. The agency is available from 8-4:30, Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) to take calls concerning abused, neglected or exploited adults. You may also contact this number if you wish to inquire about the possibility of voluntary services for those adults who are 45-59 years old. Anonymous calls will be accepted, however, the agency prefers if you give your name and phone number so that you may be contacted again if more information is needed. Your name will not be released under any circumstances, unless you are needed to testify in a future court action.
At a minimum, the agency will need the following information about the adult in order to accept a report:
- Their name;
- Their address;
- A detailed description of the alleged abuse, neglect or exploitation (when, where, how long, etc.);
***In addition, the following information will be asked so that the agency can better assess the situation:***
- The name, address and phone number of the alleged perpetrator, when applicable;
- Access the alleged perpetrator has to the adult;
- The phone number of the adult;
- The names of other people living in the home;
- How you became aware of the alleged abuse, neglect or exploitation;
- The ages (date of birth if possible) of those involved;
- Any knowledge you may have about past concerns with the adult;
- The functioning level of the adult and any concerns regarding substance abuse/violent behavior;
- Any other persons who may have knowledge of or witnessed the alleged abuse/neglect/exploitation;
- If the adult has a power of attorney or guardian;
- What support system(s) the adult has, if any.
The more information you can provide regarding your concerns, the better the agency will be able to assist the adult.
Current Ohio law mandates that certain professionals report any elder abuse or suspicion of elder abuse to the county department of job and family services. These professionals are:
- any attorney, physician, osteopath, podiatrist, chiropractor, dentist, or psychologist
- any employee of a hospital as defined in ORC Section 3701.01
- any nurse licensed under ORC Chapter 4723
- any employee of an ambulatory health facility
- any employee of a home health agency
- any employee of an adult care facility as defined in ORC Section 3722.01
- any employee of a community alternative home as defined in ORC Section 3724.01
- any employee of a nursing home, rest home, or home for the aging, as defined in ORC Section 3721.01
- any senior service provider
- any peace officer, coroner, clergyman
- any employee of a community mental health facility
- any person engaged in social work or counseling
Anyone who reports elder abuse in good faith is immune from civil and criminal liability under Ohio law. Furthermore, an employer cannot punish an employee who files a report.