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The mission of the Adult Protective Services APS program is to protect vulnerable persons whose safety and protection may be adversely affected by abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation; raise public awareness, and educate mandated reporters of their reporting responsibilities. APS investigates reports of suspected abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults. Guided by the Mississippi Vulnerable Persons Act, APS provides for the protection of at-risk vulnerable persons age 18 and older residing in private home settings through direct delivery or referral to resources within the community.
In the United StatesAdult Protective Services APS are social services provided to abused, neglected, or exploited older adults and adults with significant disabilities. APS is typically administered by local or state health, aging, or regulatory departments and includes a multidisciplinary approach to helping older adults, and younger adults with disabilities, who are victims. Services range from the initial investigation of mistreatment, to health and supportive services and legal interventions, up to and including the appointment of surrogate decision-makers such as legal guardians.
Adult Protective Services APS responds to confidential reports from anyone who suspects that an elderly person or an adult with a disability dependent adult who lives in Contra Costa County is being abused or neglected or is self-neglecting. Our hour hotline is staffed by social workers who respond to these calls and will walk the caller through a series of questions to determine if a situation requires APS intervention. When a case is opened in APS, an APS social worker will be assigned to the case and will go out to the home of the alleged victim to determine what services, if any, are needed. Mandated reporters are individuals who because of their jobs are required by law to report known or suspected abuse.
Title Authenticated PDF. The General Assembly recognizes that many adult citizens of this State are subject to psychological or physical injury or exploitation because of physical or mental disability, impairment, illness or condition or other causes which render them incapable of providing for their basic daily living needs.
If you suspect abuse, neglect or exploitation, call any time day or night to make a report. Staff will investigate allegations within 24 hours after the report is received. Vulnerable : A condition in which an adult is unable to protect himself or herself from abuse, neglect, or exploitation because of a mental or physical impairment or advanced age. Abuse : Harm or threatened harm to an adult's health or welfare caused by another person.
Jump to navigation Skip to main content. To report abuse of an adult at risk age 18 to 59call your county helpline. To report abuse in a nursing home or other long term care facility, contact the Division of Quality Assurance.