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Adult Protective Services

State Hotline: 1-800-992-6978

An Endangered Adult...

A person who believes or has reason to believe an endangered adult is the victim of battery, neglect or exploitation is required to report the facts to Adult Protective Services or a law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the endangered adult. A report to Adult Protective Services may be made by calling the state hotline number or by contacting the appropriate APS Investigative Unit directly. Any emergency report should be made directly to law enforcement. A person who makes a report in good faith is immune from any civil or criminal liability. IC 35-46-1-13 & IC 35-46-1-14.

An "endangered adult," for purposes of reporting, is an individual who is:

  1. at least eighteen (18) years of age; and
  2. incapable by reason of mental illness, mental retardation, dementia, or other physical or mental incapacity of managing or directing the management of the individual's property or providing or directing the provision of self-care.

APS Units

Items of Current Interest

Federal Trade Commission: Protecting Older Consumers (2018-2019)

National Council on Aging Top 10 Financial Scams Targeting Seniors

National Council on Disability: Beyond Guardianship: Toward Alternatives that Promote Greater Self-Determination for People with Disabilities

Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary Sep. 21, 2017 APS Hearing Notes

Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary Sep. 21, 2017 APS Hearing Presentation

GAO Report: Elder Abuse: Extent of Abuse by Guardians (Nov. 2016)

IPAC - FSSA Report to General Assembly (Dec. 2016)

Elder Abuse

The Prosecutor's Resource - Elder Abuse (2017)

Protecting Seniors: A Bank Resource Guide for Partnering with Law Enforcement and Adult Protective Services (2021)

Michigan Model Vulnerable Adult Protocol The Michigan Model Vulnerable Adult Protocol (MI-MVP) is a blueprint for communities to implement for the purpose of reducing harm and victimization of vulnerable adults through a coordinated team approach . . . . This model protocol will aid in systemic changes and ensure reports are appropriately reviewed, investigated and prosecuted and will ensure victims are effectively referred to necessary social and health services.


ABA Commission on Law and Aging

American Society on Aging

Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect

Clearinghouse of Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly

Indiana Council Against Senior Exploitation (IN-CASE)

National Adult Protective Services Association

National Center on Elder Abuse

National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making

Retention Schedule for APS Files

Adult Protective Services (APS) Supporting Documents

Volunteer Advocates Senior and Incapacitated Adults (VASIA)


VASIA Directory


Webinars (FSSA - Division of Aging - APS)

Guardianship 12-20-17 (Presentation) (G-Ship Registry Info)

Attorney General Consumer Protection 1-17-18 (Presentation)