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Adult Protection

Adult Protection

Adult Protection programs provide for the safety and protection of vulnerable adults that are, or are suspected to be, victims of abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation by:

  • Receiving reports of abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation;

  • Investigating allegations and conducting an assessment; and

  • Offering referral to and arranging for provision of emergency or supportive services to reduce or eliminate risk of harm.

Abuse means the intentional or negligent infliction of physical pain, injury or mental injury.

Neglect means failure of a caretaker to provide food, clothing, shelter or medical care reasonably necessary to sustain the life and health of a vulnerable adult, or the failure of a vulnerable adult to provide those services for themselves.

Exploitation means an action which may include, but is not limited to, the unjust or improper use of a vulnerable adult's financial power of attorney, funds, property, or resources by another person for profit or advantage.

Vulnerable Adult is a person 18 years or older who is unable to protect himself from abuse, neglect or exploitation due to physical or mental impairment which affects the person’s judgment or behavior to the extent that he lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate or implement decisions regarding his person.