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Adult Protective Services - Resources

Confidentiality and Disclosure

APS reports and investigative information are confidential and will not be disclosed.  There are only a few instances under which an APS reports and/or investigative reports can be disclosed.

APS may release reports and investigative information to:

  • Another public or private agency or to a court-appointed representative of an adult, only to the minimal extent required to conduct an investigation, provide services or petition the court for the appointment of a guardian or a person or conservatorship of the estate of the person;
  • To the Attorney General for the District of Columbia or the United States Attorney if requested for an investigation, prosecution, or civil or administrative enforcement action;
  • To the Metropolitan Police Department;
  • If directed by court order; or
  • And for the purposes of data sharing with identified health and human services agencies in accordance with the Data-Sharing and Information Coordination Amendment Act of 2010, as amended. (D.C. Law 18-273; D.C. Official Code §§ 7-241, et seq.)

Resources

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) Administration on Aging
Phone number: 1 (855) 500-3537
Toll free number: 1(800) 677-1116
Monday through Friday, 9 am – 8 pm

AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Phone number: (202) 434-2120 (Main)
Phone number: (202) 434-2170 (Legal hotline)
E-mail address: [email protected]

District of Columbia Office on Aging
Phone number (202) 724-5622
Phone number (202) 724-5626
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am– 5 pm

American Bar Association (ABA), Commission on Law and Aging
Phone number: (202) 662-8690
E-mail address: [email protected]

National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)
Phone number: 1 (877) 855-7438
E-mail address: [email protected]

American Society on Aging
Phone: (415) 974-9600
Toll free: 1 (800) 537-9728
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am– 5:30 pm

National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Phone number: (202) 547-7424

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Phone number: (303) 839-1852 (Main)
(202) 745-1211 (x143) (Policy Office)

National Homecare and Hospice Foundation
Phone number: 1 (877) 470-6472
E-mail address: [email protected]

Gerontological Society of America
Phone number: (202) 842-1275

Abuse Definitions

The APS Law (D.C. Official Code § 7-1901) defines Abuse, Exploitation, Neglect, and Self-Neglect, in relevant part as follows:

Abuse

  1. The intentional or reckless infliction of serious physical pain or injury;
  2. The use or threatened use of violence to force participation in “sexual conduct,” defined in D.C. Official Code § 22-3101(5)
  3. The repeated, intentional imposition of unreasonable confinement or threats to impose unreasonable confinement, resulting in severe mental distress;
  4. The repeated use of threats or violence, resulting in shock or an intense, expressed fear for one's life or of serious physical injury; or
  5. The intentional or deliberately indifferent deprivation of essential food, shelter, or health care in violation of a caregiver's responsibilities, when that deprivation constitutes a serious threat to one's life or physical health.

An adult shall not be considered abused under the APS Law for the sole reason that he or she seeks treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone in accordance with a religious method of healing, in lieu of medical treatment.

Exploitation

The unlawful appropriation or use of another's “property,” as defined in D.C. Official Code § 22-3201, for one's own benefit or that of a 3rd person.

Neglect

  1. The repeated, careless infliction of serious physical pain or injury;
  2. The repeated failure of a caregiver to take reasonable steps, within the purview of his or her responsibilities, to protect against acts of abuse described above;
  3. The repeated, careless imposition of unreasonable confinement, resulting in severe mental distress; or
  4. The careless deprivation of essential food, shelter, or health care in violation of a caregiver's responsibilities, when that deprivation constitutes a serious threat to one's life or physical health.

An adult shall not be considered neglected under the APS Law for the sole reason that he or she seeks treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone in accordance with a religious method of healing, in lieu of medical treatment.

Self-neglect:

The failure of an adult, due to physical or mental impairments or incapacity, to perform essential self-care tasks, including:

  1. Providing essential food, clothing, shelter, or medical care;
  2. Obtaining goods or services necessary to maintain physical health, mental health, emotional well-being, and general safety; or
  3. Managing his or her financial affairs.

An adult shall not be considered to be committing self-neglect under the APS Law for the sole reason that he or she seeks treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone in accordance with a religious method of healing, in lieu of medical treatment.

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