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.

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:

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 9:00AM
  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 11:00AM
  • Monday, September 17, 2018 at 1:30PM
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 10:00AM
  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 1:00PM
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 10:00AM

Click Here for registration information.

Information for Mandatory Reporters:

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

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