5.2 What Is a Common Entry Point (CEP)?

The Common Entry Point (CEP) is a designated entity responsible for receiving maltreatment reports at the local level. It is functional 24/7 to receive calls from voluntary and mandated reporters of any suspected abuse cases they have encountered.

The primary responsibility of the CEP is to immediately register a report to the county law enforcement agencies if they receive a report of any incident where a crime is committed or when a vulnerable adult requires immediate protective services.

Moreover, the CEPs are mandated to immediately notify medical examiners and the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Development Disabilities in cases where a suspected incident of maltreatment involves a death. The unit also refers specific reports of incidents to the lead investigative agency responsible for the report.

From July 1, 2015, the CEPs designated under laws commissioned by the human services in Minnesota operate as the MN Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC).

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