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How adult day health programs report abuse or neglect to the Department of Public Health

To report abuse, neglect, mistreatment or misappropriation of property,


Submit an electronic report using the Virtual Gateway | Healthcare Facility Reporting System (HCFRS). If the incident involved unanticipated death or suicide*, call DPH at 617-753-8150 immediately, before you submit the electronic report.

* Partial list of immediately reportable events.


  • If the incident also qualifies as a "serious incident," only one report through HCFRS is necessary.
  • Not familiar with DPH’s online reporting system? You can get enrollment help, training materials, and more from DPH.



Department of Public Health, Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality

Business hours:

Non-business hours:
617-363-0755 or 617-469-1111

Fax: 617-753-8165


We hope these instructions helped you meet this reporting requirement. Be aware that this action may not fulfill all applicable reporting requirements associated with the event.

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