Washington State Adult Protective Services

Why this resource is helpful:

Adult Protective Services (APS) is dedicated to serving vulnerable adults. We investigate reports about abuse, abandonment, neglect, exploitation and self-neglect of vulnerable adults in Washington State. We collaborate with other agencies to offer protective services as needed. Our goal is to promote lives free of harm while respecting individual choice.
Quoted From: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/adult-protective-services-aps

"Adult Protective Services (APS) is dedicated to serving vulnerable adults. We investigate reports about abuse, abandonment, neglect, exploitation and self-neglect of vulnerable adults in Washington State. We collaborate with other agencies to offer protective services as needed. Our goal is to promote lives free of harm while respecting individual choice.

Who is considered a vulnerable adult?

Report Adult Abuse

The State of Washington defines a vulnerable adult by law as a person who is:

60 years of age or older who has the functional, mental, or physical inability to care for himself or herself; or
Found incapacitated under chapter 11.88 RCW; or
Who has a developmental disability as defined under RCW 71A.10.020; or
Admitted to any facility; or
Receiving services from home health, hospice, or home care agencies licensed or required to be licensed under chapter 70.127 RCW; or
Receiving services from an individual provider; or
Who self-directs his or her own care and receives services from a personal aide under chapter 74.39 RCW.
Not sure if someone is considered a vulnerable adult? Report your concerns anyway. We"ll take care of the rest."

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