Adult Protective Services

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Overview of Adult Protective Services, presented to the Board of Chosen Freeholders on September 12, 2012

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What is Adult Protective Services? : 

What is Adult Protective Services? APS investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults in the community. APS responds to crisis situations involving individuals who cannot act on their own behalf. APS provides 24/7 services.

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APS Responsibilities: County APS providers arrange for voluntary or court-ordered social, legal, medical, or psychiatric services necessary to safeguard a vulnerable adult’s rights and resources. As mandated by law, the results of an APS investigation are confidential.

APS Partnerships : 

APS Partnerships Police Departments Police accompaniment is often sought for high-risk home visits. Prosecutor’s Office Financial Institutions Morris View Healthcare Center Community Agencies Municipal Governments Health Departments

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Guiding Principle of APS To provide for a client’s safety in the least restrictive setting, while simultaneously respecting his or her right to self determination.

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APS in New Jersey Adult Protective Services (APS) are provided in every county under NJ Public Law.

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over 18-years-old AND in a community setting AND perceived to be a subject of abuse, neglect, or exploitation AND lacking sufficient understanding or capacity to make decisions. Who is an APS Client?A Vulnerable Adult is:

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Morris County APS Supported by federal/state & county funding. Peer Grouping funding for 2012 = $80,311 Area Plan Grant funding for 2012 = $145,489 Staffed by three professionals who are responsible for investigating all appropriate APS referrals throughout Morris County.

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Case Example: Self Neglect

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Case Example: Caregiver Neglect

Case Example: Physical Abuse : 

Case Example: Physical Abuse

Who Must Report? : 

. Who Must Report? (1) A health care professional, law enforcement officer, firefighter, paramedic or emergency medical technician who has reasonable cause to believe that a vulnerable adult is the subject of abuse, neglect or exploitation. (2) Any other person who has reasonable cause to believe that a vulnerable adult is the subject of abuse, neglect or exploitation may report the information to the county adult protective services provider. Referrals can be made anonymously.

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APS Possible Actions: Connect to Medical care Psychiatric Assessment File for Protective Order File for Guardianship Refer to the Prosecutor’s Office Refer to Mental Health Services Coordinate necessary services (i.e. meals on wheels, homecare services, etc)

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Morris County APS Stats: 2009: 1st Quarter (26 referrals/ 2 guardianships)           Annual (130 referrals/ 4 guardianships) 2010: 1st Quarter (28 referrals/ 3 guardianships) Annual (108 referrals/ 8 guardianships/1 protective order) 2011: 1st Quarter (42 referrals/ 0 guardianships) Annual (180 referrals/ 2 guardianships) 2012: 1st Quarter (65 referrals/ 2 protective orders) 2nd Quarter (48 referrals/ 1 guardianship)

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Where to Report? Morris CountyAdult Protective Services Division on Aging, Disabilities, & Veterans PO Box 900, Morristown, NJ 07963-0900 www.MorrisHumanServices.org 973-326-7282

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