Office of Children and Family Services

Adult Protective Services


Adult Protective Services include:

  • Investigation and assessment of the adult’s needs and risk of harm;
  • Counseling for the victimized adult and their family;
  • Case management including location and arrangement of medical and mental health assessments and services, home health care, home-delivered meals, and homemaker or housekeeper chore services. This could include ongoing assessments and monitoring to assure that the services place continues to be appropriate;
  • Advocacy to assist in obtaining benefits and services the adult is entitled to;
  • Finding alternative living arrangements, or arranging for emergency room and board for an APS client up to 30 days;
  • Money management to assist adults who are unable to manage their own resources on their own behalf or protect themselves from exploitation. This can range from informal to more formal means of money management. APS may provide informal money management to assist adults to pay their bills or keep track of their money. APS can act as a representative payee appointed by the Social Security Administration to manage clients’ Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. A protective payee can be established to manage public assistance benefits;
  • Crisis interventions that can be sought if the person, because of an impairment, is incapable of making the choices necessary to remove the endangering condition, include: short-term involuntary protective services orders, orders of protection, admission to a psychiatric facility, admission to a developmental center;
  • Long-term involuntary interventions, such as seeking guardianship for persons who lack capacity or agree and who need protection to care for their person, their property, or both.

For further information on any of these services, please contact your local department of social services APS unit.