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The Adult Protective Services (APS) program was established to investigate reports and provide intervention and protection to vulnerable adults who are victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. APS field investigators operate out of the offices of county prosecutors throughout the state.
If the APS unit has reason to believe that an individual is an endangered adult, the adult protective services unit shall investigate the complaint or cause the complaint to be investigated by law enforcement or other agency and make a determination as to whether the individual reported is an endangered adult. To be eligible for service under this program, an individual must be a resident of the state of Indiana, 18 years of age or older, physically or mentally incapacitated and reported as abused, neglected or exploited.
All persons are required by law to report all cases of suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation to either the nearest APS office or to law enforcement. All reports are secure and kept confidential.
Individuals may file a report online or by calling the state hotline or calling an ASP field office.
Please note that APS is not an emergency responder, if you believe someone is in immediate danger, call 911 immediately.
After a report is submitted it is sent to the director of the local APS unit, who will determine the appropriate next step. APS will keep your report confidential and will not disclose your name without a court order. If APS conducts an investigation, an investigator may contact you for additionally information; however, APS does not discuss ongoing investigations and will not provide you with information regarding the details or the status of the investigation.
Please understand that when adults have the capacity to make their own decisions, they may refuse services and have the right to do so. APS has no authority to force a fully cognizant adult to do anything against their will.
There are three aspects to being an endangered adult in Indiana. Indiana considers an endangered adults to be: