Reportable Incident Definitions

Suspected Abandonment

Leaving a vulnerable adult without financial support or the means or ability to obtain food, shelter, clothing or health care (WS § 35-20-102). For children abandonment is defined as the child has been left without obvious behavioral, verbal, or written intentions of reclaiming the child (WS § 14-3-202).

Suspected Abuse

The intentional or reckless infliction, by the vulnerable adult’s caregiver, family member or other individual of: injury; unreasonable confinement which threatens the welfare and well-being of a vulnerable adult; or intimidation or cruel punishment with resulting physical or emotional harm or pain to a vulnerable individual (W.S. § 35-20-102). This also includes sexual abuse defined as non-consensual sexual contact including, but not limited to, unwanted touching, all types of sexual assault or battery such as rape, sodomy, sexual exploitation and sexual photographing. Abuse with respect to a child means inflicting or causing physical or mental injury, harm or imminent danger to the physical or mental health or welfare of a child other than by accidental means, including abandonment, excessive or unreasonable corporal punishment, malnutrition or substantial risk thereof by reason of intentional or unintentional neglect, and the commission or allowing the commission of a sexual offense against a child as defined by law (W.S. § 14-3-202.)

Suspected Self-Abuse

The intentional or reckless infliction, by the vulnerable adult: injury; unreasonable confinement which threatens the welfare and well-being of a vulnerable adult; or intimidation or cruel punishment with resulting physical or emotional harm or pain to themselves (W.S. § 35-20-102).


Death

Any death of a waiver participant, regardless of where the person was at the time of death.


Suspected Exploitation

The reckless or intentional act taken by any person, or any use of the power of attorney, conservatorship, or guardianship of a vulnerable adult, to obtain control through deception, harassment, intimidation, or undue influence over the vulnerable adult’s money, assets, property with the intention of permanently or temporarily depriving the vulnerable adult of the ownership, use, benefit or possession of his money, assets or property (WS § 35-20-102).


Intimidation

The communication by word or act to a vulnerable adult that he, his family, friends or pets will be deprived of food, shelter, clothing, supervision, prescribed medication, physical or mental health care and other medical care necessary to maintain a vulnerable adults health, financial support or will suffer physical violence.


Suspected Neglect

The deprivation of, or failure to provide the minimum food, shelter, clothing, supervision, physical and mental health care, and other care necessary to maintain a vulnerable adult’s life or health, or which may result in a life-threatening situation (WS § 35-20-102). Neglect with respect to a child means a failure or refusal by those responsible for the child’s welfare to provide adequate care, food, clothing, safe shelter, maintenance, supervision, guidance, education or medical, surgical or any other care necessary for the child’s well-being (WS § 14-3-202).

 

Suspected Self-neglect

When the vulnerable adult is unable, due to physical or mental disability, or refuses to perform essential self-care tasks, including providing essential food, clothing, shelter or medical care, obtaining goods and services necessary to maintain physical health, mental health, emotional well-being and general safety, or managing financial affairs (WS § 35-20-102).

Sexual Abuse

Sexual contact including, but not limited to, unwanted touching, all types of sexual assault or battery as defined in W.S. 6-2-302 through 6-2-304, sexual exploitation and sexual photographing.

 

Below are Categories not reportable to DFS


Elopement

The unexpected or unauthorized absence of an individual for more than four hours when that person is receiving waiver services or the unexpected or unauthorized absence of any duration for a participant whose absence constitutes an immediate danger to himself or others.

Emergency Use of Restraints

An unplanned event where restraints were used to restrain a participant who does not have a restraint protocol in the participant’s current plan of care.

Injury Caused by Restraint

Any injury that occurs as a result of a physical restraint, drug used as a restraint, or mechanical restraint.

Medical/Behavioral Admissions

Any unscheduled admission into a medical/behavioral institution

Medication Error

An event where a participant is given at least one of the following:

(1)          The wrong medication,

(2)          The wrong dosage,

(3)          Medication which should have gone to a different participant,

(4)          Medication via an incorrect delivery route (such as oral vs. Topical), or

(5)          Medication at the wrong time (by an hour or more from the scheduled time).

 

Police Involvement

Any incident that results in police involvement with participants, including but not limited to arrests of participants, questioning of participants by law enforcement, or police calls to participant’s home or service delivery site.

Crime Committed by Participant

Any suspected crime reported to police that was committed by a participant.

Serious Injury

An injury, such as suspected fractures, wounds requiring stitches or injuries due to falls, which requires an emergency room visit, hospital visit or non-routine visit to a doctor or clinic.