The first step in combatting the epidemic that is abuse and neglect of vulnerable populations starts with reporting suspected abuse or neglect immediately. Below find the different ways to report abuse and neglect of various vulnerable populations in Illinois.

If you have any questions about the reporting process, or what happens after, we encourage you to reach out to the author of Failure to Protect, Barry G. Smoot on our contact the author page.

To Report Suspected Abuse or Neglect of a Person with a Disability in Illinois 

If you suspect abuse or neglect of an intellectually disabled person or developmentally disabled individual at an Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) operated facility, you should call the Illinois Office of Inspector General (OIG) 24 Hour Hotline:

Illinois OIG 24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-368-1463 Voice/TTY

Reporting Abuse/Neglect of a Person with a Mental or Developmental Disability in a Domestic Setting (NOT in a IDHS Setting) Call:

Illinois Adult Protective Services at 1-866-800-1409

Reporting Abuse/Neglect of a Nursing Home Resident in Illinois, you should call:

Illinois Department of Public Health: Nursing Homes in Illinois at 1-800-252-4343

To Report Elder Abuse or Neglect (NOT in a Nursing Home) 

Elder Abuse 24-Hour Hotline
1-866-800-1409 (Voice)
1-888-206-1327 (TTY)