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Reporting Child Abuse - Michigan

MICHIGAN

Under Michigan law, certain professionals (including doctors and health care professionals, mental health professionals and counselors, social workers, teachers and school administrators, law enforcement officers, clergy and child care providers) who have reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect are required to immediately make an oral report of the abuse (telephone or in person) to the Department Human Services. The report must be followed by a written report within seventy-two (72) hours.

Child abuse is defined to include the non-accidental physical injury, mental injury, sexual abuse, exploitation or maltreatment.

To access the specific sections summarized above in the official Michigan Code online, including any relevant definitions, follow:

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(cxbnpe45erw5npvpwfiosq45))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-722-623
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(cxbnpe45erw5npvpwfiosq45))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-722-622

For links to useful information for mandatory reporters from the Michigan Department of Human Services website, follow:

http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5452_7119_44443---,00.html
http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-5452_7119_44443-157836--,00.html

For information on how to contact a local Department Human Services office, see the county map provided by Department Human Services at:

http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5461---,00.html

To report child abuse statewide in Michigan
Twenty-four (24) hours a day, call:
800-942-4357