The mission of the Adult Protective Services (APS) program is to protect vulnerable persons whose safety and protection may be adversely affected by abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation; raise public awareness, and educate mandated reporters of their reporting responsibilities.
Adult Protective Services (APS) Unit within the Division of Aging and Adult Services was created through legislation passed in 2006. APS investigates reports of suspected abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults. Guided by the Mississippi Vulnerable Persons Act, APS provides for the protection of at-risk vulnerable persons age 18 and older residing in private home settings through direct delivery or referral to resources within the community.
Physical Abuse: beating, slapping, kicking, rough handling, or other abuse causing welts, cuts, burns, abrasions, sprains, bruises, dislocations, fractures or broken bones.
Neglect by Caregiver/Others: lack of supervision, failure to give medicine, food or personal care, not attending to bed sores.
Self-Neglect: Indicators such as the inability to provide self-care (i.e. cook, eat, bath), over-medication/under-medication, untreated medical or mental conditions, aimless wandering, causing fires.
Psychological/Emotional Abuse: Indicators such as verbal threats or insults, cursing, belittling, withholding companionship or isolation.
Sexual Abuse: Indicators such as Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), pregnancy, bruises, bleeding, pain or itching in genital or anal areas, difficulty in walking or sitting.
Financial Abuse/Exploitation: Indicators such as mismanaging money or stealing property, savings, credit cards, unusual activity in bank accounts, misuse of assets by a representative payee.
Direct Services is made available for the APS Program to help vulnerable clients in need of immediate assistance during an APS Worker’s investigation. It provides a more cost-effective method of small-dollar purchase and payment to serve the client’s needs.
Direct Services are designed to supplement a variety of processes including, but not limited to, the following:
- Food assistance
- COVID Testing/vaccines/boosters
- Medications and medical supplies
- Adult Day Care
- Home Repairs