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Adult Protective Services What are Adult Protective Services? Adult Protective Services (APS) provides intervention on behalf of at-risk adults over 18 to correct or alleviate situations in which actual or imminent danger of abuse, neglect, or exploitation exists.  In the Colorado Adult Protective Services statute an “at-risk" adult means an individual 18 years or older who is susceptible to mistreatment because he/she is unable to perform or obtain services necessary for his/her health, safety, or welfare; or, who lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate responsible decisions concerning his/her person or affairs. 

Mistreatment Categories Exploitation means taking an at-risk adult’s money or other assets against their will or without their knowledge. It also means deceiving, harassing, intimidating, or using undue influence to get the adult to do something against their will. Caretaker Neglect occurs when an at-risk adult’s caretaker fails to make sure the adult has adequate food, clothing, shelter, psychological care, physical care, medical care, or supervision. Physical Abuse is hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking, burning, confining, or restraining an at-risk adult. Sexual Abuse is sexual activity or touching without the at-risk adult’s consent or understanding. Self-Neglect occurs when an at-risk adult cannot or does not care for him/herself. Choice of lifestyle, by itself, is not proof of self-neglect.

APS offers protective services to improve the health, safety, and welfare of at-risk adults experiencing mistreatment or self-neglect.  APS uses community-based services and resources, health care services, family and friends when appropriate, and other support systems.

Certain professional groups are required by law to report suspected abuse or neglect.  This includes doctors, dentists, nurses, home health providers, adult care facility staff, emergency responders, clergy members, financial institutions staff, and many others.  For more information, please visit ColoradoAPS.com.  Individuals who are not mandatory reporters are urged to report mistreatment or self-neglect of an at-risk adult.  All reports to Adult Protective Services are confidential and can be made anonymously.  

Warning Signs of Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation S udden changes in behavior, finances, or lifestyle P hysical injuries, dehydration, or malnourishment E xtreme withdrawal, depression, or anxiety A bsence of basic care or necessities K ept away from others

U nsanitary living conditions P ersonal items or money missing

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To Contact Adult Protective Services

Call 303-621-3149, opt 8

For after-hours reports of Adult Abuse or Neglect, please call: (303) 660-7500, Douglas County Regional Dispatch