Adult Protective Services

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 provide protective services to adults between 18 and 59 years of age who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially 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 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 may 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

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View the annual report (PDF) to explore data on reporting, regulations, and 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, October 17, 2018 at 10:00AM
  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 1:00PM
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 10:00AM

Webinar registration information

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.