November 23, 2022
The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs is charged with taking reports of abuse, neglect or significant incidents. Reports are made using one of the prescribed methods (phone or web). OASAS (operated, certified, licensed) providers are required to report allegations of abuse, neglect and other significant incidents to the Justice Center. Funded, but not licensed/certified, providers must report incidents to OASAS Patient Advocacy.
Additionally, it is incumbent upon an OASAS Credentialed individual to notify appropriate authorities, including employers and OASAS, when they know of a colleague’s impairment or misconduct as stated in their Canon of Ethics. 14 NYCRR §853.19(a)(10).
The Justice Center incident reporting process and the OASAS credentialing complaint process are separate and distinct processes. If an incident involves a person who has applied for a credential or is credentialed, and is alleged to have committed acts which would violate their Canon of Ethics, the facility or provider agency must report that incident to the Justice Center AND submit a complaint form to the OASAS Credentialing Unit detailing the allegations for subsequent investigation within 24 hours of notice of the alleged conduct.
Further, a credentialed person, such as a CASAC, who fails to report a colleague’s misconduct or impairment may be subject to discipline for violating the Canon of Ethics. For access to the OASAS CASAC complaint form, please click here: https://oasas.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/11/casac-complaint-form_0.pdf