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Adult Protective Services Unit
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
This year’s event will be Friday, June 14, 2013 at the William Mitchell College of Law. Minnesota will celebrate the eighth anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This year’s theme is: Digging Deeper: Beyond the Basics.
National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) Conference
The 24th Annual NAPSA conference will be in St. Paul, MN on October 2-3, 2013. The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) is a national non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization with members in all fifty states. Formed in 1989, the goal of NAPSA is to provide Adult Protective Services (APS) programs a forum for sharing information, solving problems, and improving the quality of services for victims of elder and vulnerable adult mistreatment. Its mission is to strengthen the capacity of APS at the national, state, and local levels, to effectively and efficiently recognize, report, and respond to the needs of elders and adults with disabilities who are the victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and to prevent such abuse whenever possible. For more information go to the NAPSA website at:
Adult Protective Services Unit
This unit provides training and consultation about the Minnesota Vulnerable Adults Act. Identifying maltreatment in vulnerable adults can be challenging because the adult may not be able to communicate what happened or may be considered an unreliable witness. For example, an elderly man with dementia has a bruise on his arm. Is the bruise the result of caregiver abuse or did he accidentally bump into the wall?
There are three basic kinds of maltreatment:
Reporting Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults
Adult Protection Data
In addition, Adult Protective Services keeps an aggregate statewide database on maltreatment reports made and investigated.
The Adult Protective Services unit is a consultant for Minnesota's Vulnerable Adult Act [Minnesota Statute Section 626.557 (1995)]. In addition to educating the public about maltreatment of vulnerable adults, Adult Protective Services consults with local agencies, including counties and law enforcement agencies.
Guideline to the Investigation of Vulnerable Adult Maltreatment
The Minnesota Vulnerable Adult Act outlines the role of Adult Protective Services as providing:
3. Data Collection:
4. Vulnerable Adult Maltreatment Review Panel:
Get the "Help Protect People who are Frail or Vulnerable" brochure.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please contact the Adult Protection state office staff Jennifer Kirchen or Mary McGurran, or at DHS.AdultProtection@state.mn.us, by phone (651) 431-2609 or (800) 882-6262. TDD/TTY users please call (800) 627-3529 and ask for the phone number listed above.
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