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About Adult Protective Services

APS is a mandated service provided by local social services districts. It involves intake, investigation and assessment of referrals of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of impaired vulnerable adults who live in the community. APS workers develop services plans for eligible clients to remedy physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, or to address unmet, essential needs of adults.

APS serves adults (age 18 and older) who, due to physical or mental impairments:

Services provided (directly or through referral) may range from safety monitoring, linkages with other service providers (health, mental health, aging, etc.), assistance in obtaining benefits, informal money management, to appointment as a representative payee, to petitioning a court for appointment as a guardian or for some other legal intervention.

The Role of The Bureau of Adult Protective Services

The investigation, maintenance of a case record, and delivery of services are governed by state regulations. The bureau’s role is to:


Adult Protective Services include:

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