Protecting Vulnerable Adults The Adult Protective Services Program is responsible for preventing further harm to vulnerable adults who are victims of abuse, neglect, exploitation or self-neglect. (Chapter 415, F.S.). These adults may experience abuse, neglect, or exploitation by second parties or may fail to take care of themselves adequately.
Protecting Elders and Vulnerable Adults from Abuse and Neglect Who are “vulnerable adults?” Washington State’s Vulnerable Adult Protection Act protects people who: Are 60 or older who are functionally, mentally, or physically unable to care for themselves OR Have a court-appointed guardian OR Have a developmental disability OR.
The law authorized the Department of Human Services to develop, administer, and implement a program of protective services for vulnerable adults. Definition: A vulnerable adult is any person older than age 18, or emancipated by marriage that has a substantial mental or functional impairment.
Adult Protective Services investigators protect vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation by coordinating with mental health, public health, law enforcement, the probate courts, the aging network, community groups and the general public.