Adult Protective Services

Do you suspect elder abuse or abuse of an adult with a disability? Call 1-800-490-8505.

In 2010, the Adult Protective Services (APS) Law (Act 70 of 2010) was enacted to protect adults between the ages of 18 and 59 with a physical or mental disability that limits one or more major life activities. The APS Law establishes a program of protective services in order to detect, prevent, reduce and eliminate abuse, neglect, exploitation and abandonment of these adults in need.

A report can be made on behalf of the adult whether they live in their home or in a care facility such as a nursing facility, group home, hospital, etc. Reporters can remain anonymous and have legal protection from retaliation, discrimination, and civil and criminal prosecution. The statewide Protective Services hotline is available 24 hours a day.

2015-16 Adult Protective Services Annual Report

View annual reports to explore data on reporting, regulations, victims, and perpetrators.

Common Signs of Abuse

  • Bruises or broken bones
  • Weight loss
  • Memory loss
  • Personality changes
  • Social isolation
  • Changes in banking habits
  • Giving away assets such as money, property, etc. 

Adult Protective Services Webinars

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 1:30 PM
  • Monday, March 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM
  • Monday, June 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM

For Webinar registration information, click here.

Information for Mandatory Reporters

If you have questions about the APS program, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.

If you have questions about the APS Law, mandatory reporting, or protective services, please contact the Adult Protective Services Division, or call 717-736-7116.